Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: The Top Skill of the Future, Subtle Signs of ID Theft, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. The most important skill of the future is being ‘indistractable’ (Nir and Far). It’ll help in our careers and in every important relationship. Seinfeld on when money became everything (A Wealth of Common Sense). A lot longer ago, Jesus identified money as His chief […]

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A Mom’s Final Advice on Money

Anyone who has lost someone they love will tell you that holidays bring back some of their strongest memories of those people. That’s certainly true for me. So, with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I’ve been thinking about my mom who passed away in December of 2003. This year brought back a memory of […]

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Profitable Ideas: How Debt Can Define Your Future, Re-Shop to Save, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. How I think about debt (Collaborative Fund). “Debt defines your future, and when your future is defined, hope begins to die.” Defining success beyond material excess (Simple Money). Owning more often complicates life more than it enriches life. The new math of driving your […]

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Profitable Ideas: When a Want Becomes a Need, Buffett’s Secret to Success, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. How to distinguish between wants and needs (Becoming Minimalist). The lines are not as clear as you might think. Understanding the 4 key 529 plan fees and expenses (Saving For College). You’re not restricted to your state’s plan (although you should probably use it […]

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How Much Should I Spend on a House?

Of all the spending decisions you make, housing is the most important one. It’s probably your biggest expense, so it’s essential to get it right. Doing so is one of the most important keys to being able to live generously, save and invest adequately, and live with financial margin and peace of mind. How Much of a […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Financial Finish Line, Christians and Sports Betting, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. The prosperity paradox (Becoming Minimalist). Where’s your financial finish line? Americans think they need almost $1.5 million to retire. Experts say to focus on another number instead (CNBC). Fortunately, it’s a number you have a lot more control over. Insurers are spying on your […]

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