Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: How to Live More Intentionally, The Truth About Airline Mileage Programs, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. 6 thought-provoking questions to discover a more intentional life (in any area) (Becoming Minimalist). It has a lot to do with what you buy and how. Your home is not an investment (The Irrelevant Investor). But it probably is your single […]

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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: Which Colleges to Apply to, How Biased Thinking Can Mess With Your Money, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. This is the strategy high school seniors and their parents should adopt with college applications (MarketWatch). A new way of thinking about which colleges to put on your list. What’s the difference between minimalism and frugality? (The Simple Dollar). Both have […]

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How to Fight Fair About Money

Every healthy relationship involves conflict. In fact, psychologist John Gottman, who has spent more than 20 years studying what makes marriages last, believes that “fighting . . . can be one of the healthiest things a couple can do for their relationship.” In his book, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, which I highly recommend, Gottman […]

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Profitable Ideas: An Important Financial Step Few Have Taken, A Pickup Might Be Running Your Finances Off The Road, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Only 1 in 4 Americans have made this essential retirement planning move (Fox Business). It’s free, relatively easy, and it will probably motivate you to save more. Here’s one of the easiest tools for the job. Half of America doesn’t check […]

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We Gave Away Our Van

I know that stuff is just stuff, but some stuff has memories wrapped up in it. Such was the case with our van, a 2004 Toyota Sienna. It was a dealer demo that we bought toward the end of 2003, just before our first child was born.  We brought all three of our kids home […]

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Profitable Ideas: How to Save on a Cell Phone, Some ‘Lifestyle Creep’ is Okay, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. You can save a ton of money buying a refurbished iPhone. But finding the best deal can be tricky (Money). As with most things, last year’s must-have model will be less expensive than this year’s. Now’s the perfect time to switch […]

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Automating Financial Wisdom

I almost titled this post, “You Can’t Automate Financial Wisdom.” But then I realized, you can. A little background I have a love/hate relationship with financial automation. On the one hand, automation can be a wonderful help. In our household, we have some of our bills set up as auto-pay — those that cost the […]

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