Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: Raising Generous Kids, Financial Death by a Thousand Cuts, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Want to raise generous kids? Here’s how  (Washington Post). Three recommended steps, but the first one is the most important one. How to decide whether to relocate for a job (Harvard Business Review). Making a pro/con list will only get […]

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“Money. Purpose. Joy.” Gains Distribution on RightNow Media

I am very excited to announce that RightNow Media has begun distributing “Money. Purpose. Joy.,” my seven-session video-based course. RightNow is an incredible ministry — a powerful platform that reaches several million people at more than 16,000 churches with video teaching from Francis Chan, Max Lucado, and many other Bible teachers. These churches pay a […]

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Profitable Ideas: Sales That Are Too Good to be True, Guide to Holiday Tipping, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Where are sales too good to be true? (Consumer Reports). Those deep discounts may not be all that they appear to be. Don’t get blindsided by home repair costs (MarketWatch). I generally recommend budgeting at least $200 month for maintenance and repairs, […]

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Seeing Your Goals Through

On October 2nd, I went public with my goal to run a five-mile “turkey trot” in mid November. At the time, I said I really didn’t want to do it. While I had been running regularly, I wasn’t running five miles and that distance felt like a stretch. In fact, in the week leading up to […]

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Profitable Ideas: Making Your Holidays More Meaningful, How Black Friday Can Help You Save All Year, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Save money this holiday (while creating a closer family) (Kiplinger). Good ideas for making your holidays more meaningful. A long and cold November (Medium). For investors, it’s been a tough stretch. It can be jarring, especially since things have been so smooth […]

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Thanksgiving Stories

This article is reprinted by permission from Sound Mind Investing. This Thanksgiving, many of us will gather with extended family to enjoy food, fellowship, and perhaps some football. It can also be a time of life-changing conversations. When my wife, Jude, and I became parents, we received some unusually helpful advice from our friends, Dick […]

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Profitable Ideas: Managing Your Kids’ Expectations, You Need an Estate Plan, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Managing gift expectations with your kids during the holidays (Marriage, Kids and Money). The earlier you start, the better. Is pet insurance worth it? (Washington Post). In two words, probably not. Here’s why. A teacher defaulted on $55,000 in student debt—loan rehabilitation […]

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