Profitable Ideas: Money Strategies for Tough Times, What Retirees Would Tell Their Younger Selves, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web.

4 things you can do to make sound financial decisions in financially lean times (Christian Stewardship Network). Things aren’t exactly great in the economy right now. Here are some ways to cope.

10 steps you can take to keep advertisers from dictating your life (Becoming Minimalist). Marketers have a lot of weapons at their disposal, but so do you.

Trust vs. will: what’s the difference? (Personal Capital). Having a will is a great starting point, but for some, a trust would be even better.

70% of retirees would tell their younger selves to start saving earlier (CNBC). Some of the best lessons can be learned from those who’ve gone before us. We would all be wise to take this to heart.

Talking down the price (MoneyWise). You’ll never know what you can get unless you ask.

Why you might buy your next car online (NY Times). This is common in some parts of the world. It’s just starting to catch on here.

Is imposter syndrome costing you money? (Refinery 29). There’s a difference between humility and self-doubt. Humility is a good thing. Self-doubt can hold us back.

A safer way to use your debit card (Clark Howard). While credit cards offer better protection from identity theft than debit cards, here’s how to make debit cards a bit safer.

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