Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: When Enough is Enough, Products That Last a Lifetime, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. The enough curve: Consider the ongoing costs of your purchases (My Money Blog). When buying more only brings more problems.  It’s okay to be happy with a quiet life (Becoming Minimalist). Tagging off the last article… And when buying less brings […]

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Profitable Ideas: When Buying a New Car Makes Sense, How 3 Simple Changes Added Up to $5,000 of Savings, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Should I buy a used or new car? (The Simple Dollar). The math doesn’t point toward buying a used car as much as before. The obscure charges that utility companies add to your bill (ProPublica). Have you ever taken a close […]

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The Heart of Wise Money Management

There’s a popular myth that managing money effectively is about knowledge and behavior. Figure out what to do and then do it. That’s it. Simple. But there’s a crucial factor missing from that equation: The heart. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23 Marketers understand that […]

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Profitable Ideas: Finishing Rich Isn’t About the Lattes, Finding Your Financial Focus, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. All you need to do to finish rich (The Irrelevant Investor). It isn’t about lattes.  Can self-employed people ever actually retire? (MarketWatch). In short, yes, but it’ll take discipline and an awareness of the unique retirement accounts available to the self-employed. […]

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An Essential Formula For a Financially Healthy Marriage

Money is one of the prime sources of conflict in marriage. However, conflict avoidance isn’t the route to a happy marriage. In fact, John Gottman, a psychologist who has devoted over two decades to studying what makes for a healthy marriage, believes that “fighting—when it airs grievances and complaints—can be one of the healthiest things […]

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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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