Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: Why We Buy, Virtual Credit Cards, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. Why we buy: the role of comparison in our spending choices (Becoming Minimalist). “Social indifference” is a good goal — actively not caring how other people are spending money (I didn’t say it would be easy!). Virtual credit cards: what are they and should […]

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Profitable Ideas: More Money in Your Paycheck, Uncommon Advice on Choosing a College, and More

Weekly list of curated personal finance articles from around the web. You may see more money in your paycheck this month. Here’s why (CNN). Revised tax brackets may mean you’ll owe Uncle Sam a bit less. Cell phones in school: a conversation starter (Screenagers). This site is worth following for help managing screen time in […]

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The Happiest Uses of Money

If you want to know the secrets to happiness, you’ll find plenty of suggestions online. But there are quite a few serious studies on the topic as well, and one of the most authoritative is the Harvard Study of Adult Development. Some 85 years ago, the school started tracking and analyzing the lives of 724 […]

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Profitable Ideas: Your Money Or Your Life, How Young People Are Buying Homes, and More

Weekly collection of curated personal finance articles from around the web. Your money or your life (Of Dollars and Data). Helpful ways of thinking about what money is really worth to you. Millennials have found a way to buy houses: living with mom and dad (Washington Post). People may criticize this trend as a “failure […]

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Christmas — What’s Fear Got To Do With It?

We don’t usually associate Christmas with fear. We associate it with joy and the celebration of Christ’s miraculous birth. And yet, if you make the mistake of paying too much attention to the news, it’s easy to get all wrapped up in fear. There are wars, inflation, rumors of a recession — oh my!  So […]

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