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Profitable Ideas: The Hidden Costs of a Home, Investing in Quality-of-Life, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web.

Hidden costs of owning a home are surging for Americans (CNN). One of the most common mistakes I see on budgets is having nothing or not enough allocated to home maintenance and repairs. Today, that’s an especially important line item.

Do you have a “deeper yes”? (The Best Interest). Knowing what matters most will do wonders in helping you know what to say no to.

5 critical skills they didn’t teach you in college (Fast Company). Common denominators among those who get the job and advance.

How to reduce your risk when using personal-finance apps (Wall Street Journal). We live in a “there’s an app for that” world. Here’s how to live in that world safely.

Considering time and quality of life (Meaningful Money). Where do you draw the line between wisely saving for the future and spending the money to make memories with loved ones now? It’s a question worth asking, regularly.

We live in a consumerist society, here’s what you need to know (The Woke Salaryman). How often do you use things until they fall apart?

Does the brand of gasoline really matter? (Clark Howard). This is one of those cases where you can be penny wise and pound foolish.

Is maximizing credit card rewards worth it? (Of Dollars and Data). It can be profitable, but it’s not for everyone.

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