Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web.
Consumers lay out $1,600 yearly for health-care products that flexible spending accounts could have covered (CNBC). You can probably carry some of this year’s balance into next year, but not for long. Check your plan’s rules and use the money while you can.
Stop following new finance ‘trends’ (Life Hacker). The most profitable ideas in finance are often pretty boring.
Don’t forget to include this asset in your estate plan (A Teachable Moment). This will have a greater impact on your heirs than any money you leave behind.
10 things you can do this week instead of online shopping (Becoming Minimalist). And if you’re going to shop, know what you’re after. As I like to say, a deal isn’t a deal unless it’s a discount on something you were going to buy anyway.
Why your college major does not define your career (US News). Ideas for charting a new path, whether you’re a recent grad or further along in your career.
5 renovations that don’t increase your resale value (Wise Bread). It depends a lot on how much you spend and how unique your tastes are.
Should spouses have separate health insurance coverage? (Morningstar). If you have a family, family coverage used to be a no-brainer. No longer.
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