Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: Reaching Maximum Frugality, Five Things to Never Buy New, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. When frugality bottoms out (The Simple Dollar). What to do when you’ve maximized savings in all areas. How to teach your kids about money and help them be financially responsible adults (Money). Solid advice, especially for younger kids—and especially “Let them […]

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The Ripple Effect of Our Financial Choices

Who are your financial role models? Which of your relatives, friends, neighbors, or co-workers motivate you to make smart money moves? For me, it isn’t the wealthy people I know who live in big homes or drive fancy cars. It isn’t the people who are always the first to own the latest gadgets. It’s the […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Master Life Skill, Inside the Credit Card Industry, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. True long-term career success depends on this most underrated aspect of talent (Fast Company). The ability to wait for a greater reward is considered the master life skill, impacting our careers, our investing success, and so much more. I worked at […]

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The Heart of a Giver

It’s tricky business teaching about generosity these days. Preachers of the prosperity gospel are packing their pews and selling lots of books. Theirs is a “give in order to get” message, based on a misinterpretation of verses like Luke 6:38: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together […]

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Profitable Ideas: Learning From Your Financial Mistakes, Cutting the Financial Umbilical Cord, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Biggest financial regrets (The Big Picture). Another way to look at this: 10 years from now, what financial moves are you likely to regret doing or not doing? The curious economics of being ripped off on holiday (Tim Harford). Don’t let […]

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Tough Money Conversations With Kids

If you’re going to help your kids learn about money, getting them started is one thing; keeping them going is another. Motivation can wane. That’s what seemed to be happening the other night with our 15-year-old when he opened up a conversation about investing. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like the wheels have come […]

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Profitable Ideas: Secrets of Superstar Savers, A Richer Level of Happiness, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. The No. 1 thing people with fat savings accounts scrimp on that you likely don’t (MarketWatch). The importance of getting the big things right. Parents, don’t sacrifice yourselves on the altar of your children’s education (Tim Mauer). Sacrificing to save is […]

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Profitable Ideas: Whether Your College Kid Needs a Credit Card, The Market Will Crash, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Can your college kid handle a credit card? (Independent Advisors). Be sure to teach them the rules of the road for wise credit card use. My biggest FI demon — status anxiety (Monevator). Great article that expresses what so many of […]

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Living a Better Financial Story

In his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller tells a powerful story he calls, “How Jason Saved His Family.” After returning from Los Angeles, where he took part in a storytelling workshop, Don got together with his friend, Jason, and learned of some trouble Jason and his wife were having with […]

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