Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: Protecting Your Financial Identity, ‘Does It Spark Joy?’ is the Wrong Question, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Stop thief (Humble Dollar). Protecting your financial identity in light of the Equifax hack and beyond. 4 ways science says money affects your mind (Wise Bread). Money really can mess with our minds. Here are some surprising examples, […]

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An Irrational Financial Act

Of all the things we can do with money, giving it away seems completely, utterly irrational, doesn’t it? After all, we work hard for what we earn. And after paying all the bills and putting a little aside for the future, there just isn’t anything left to give, right? Well, it turns out that generosity […]

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The Case Against Frugality

As the recession of 2008 dragged on, frugality came into vogue, and many commentators believed a new and lasting way of life had begun. The savings rate went up, people held onto their cars longer, and second hand stores became all the rage. In 2010, 63 percent of people said the recession had “forever changed” […]

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Profitable Ideas: Breaking Bad Spending Habits, Double Checking Your Homeowners Insurance, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Break your bad spending habits (Living Well Spending Less). How little bad habits turn into big bad habits, and how your can turn it all around. How ditching a car could save you thousands (Gen Y Planning). This […]

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Three Ways To Be More Engaged In Your Work

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. – Colossians 3:23 With Labor Day coming up, it’s an appropriate time to assess the state of your career. How are you feeling about your work? Does it give you an opportunity to put your skills […]

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Profitable Ideas: Preparing for a Downturn, Giving Kids More Financial Freedom, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How to prepare for a possible economic recession (The Simple Dollar). No one can predict a recession or a bear market, but managing money well always involves playing a strong game of defense. This is why more expensive […]

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Profitable Ideas: Buy Slowly, Jesus’ ‘Terrible’ Financial Advice, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Reconsidering the merits of slow acquisition (Becoming Minimalist). They lived within their means and bought things when needed. Crazy, right? Teaching kids to save, not hoard (Ron Blue Insitute). The importance of moving beyond tactical teaching to uncover […]

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