Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: Purchases That Get Better With Time, What to Tell Your Kids About Your Finances, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Why experiences (not things) get better with time, according to science (No Sidebar). I couldn’t agree more. Most of my favorite purchases have been experiences, which I spent a lot of time anticipating and have spent a lot of time recalling […]

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What Matters More — Your Spending Rate or Your Saving Rate?

Those of us who write about money for a living can get a little carried away by some of the nitty-gritty details. That seemed to be the case in a surprisingly impassioned debate that sprang up recently over what a person’s higher priority should be—controlling spending or controlling saving. At first, it seemed kind of […]

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Profitable Ideas: Protecting Your Kids From ID Theft, You’re Paying Too Much For Car Insurance, and more.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Protecting your child from identity theft (Independence Advisors). It often goes undetected for years, and by then a lot of damage will have been done. It’s an emergency (fund)! (Monevator). If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s really necessary. Estate planning essentials (Retirement Field […]

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Setting Yourself Up to Win

I just signed up to do something I really don’t want to do, and I’d like to encourage you to do the same. Not the exact same thing I signed up for, just something you may not necessarily want to do. Let me explain. You see, there are plenty of things I want, and I’m […]

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Profitable Ideas: Your Digital Footprint Matters, Undervalued Financial Advice, and more.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. If you do any of these 8 things online you could be hurting your credit (Money). It’s amazing, and scary, what your online habits say about you, and how that information is being used. Financial success isn’t ‘impossible’ (The Simple Dollar). If […]

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Profitable Ideas: Making Your Home Winter-Ready, Easing Into Minimalism, and more.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Your fall home maintenance checklist: 7 tasks to tackle before temperatures dip (Realtor.com). Summer ends this weekend. Here’s how to get your house ready for the colder days ahead. These 401(k) funds took a beating in 2008 — and it could […]

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An Investor’s Got to Know His (or Her) Limitations

Fear finally caused me to stop. I was in Colorado, reconnecting with two long-time friends, one of whom is an experienced mountain climber. He had slowly driven us up a perilous-looking, narrow and rocky path cut along the side of a mountain. There were no guardrails to protect us from the sheer drop-off. Bouncing around […]

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Profitable Ideas: You Probably Don’t Know Your Number, 8 Low-Cost Home Improvements, and more.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. The number one thing Americans get disastrously wrong about retirement (Moneyish). Got a big ballpark number in mind? It’s probably wrong. The seven things I need to work on most to improve my financial and personal life (The Simple Dollar). One of […]

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