Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: Lessons Learned on the Journey Out of Debt, You’re Not Doing Enough to Prevent ID Theft, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Smashing 6 figures of debt & learning what doesn’t apply to me (She Picks Up Pennies). Getting out of debt has much to do with how you frame the conversation. Two years after huge Equifax breach was revealed, consumers are still […]

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Success Goes to the Steady, Not the Speedy

We’re all drawn to stories of people who achieve “overnight success.” They make for great headlines and sell a lot of magazines and books. Problem is, they’re a myth. In the business classic, “Good to Great,” author Jim Collins explored the reasons why some companies break away from their pack of competitors and achieve remarkable, […]

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Shoring Up Your Walls of Protection

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. – Proverbs 22:3 With Hurricane Dorian churning in the Atlantic, I’ve been praying for loved ones who may be in its path, and I’ve been thinking about our homeowner’s insurance coverage. I still get a feeling of dread […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Company You Keep, Insuring Against a Disaster, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Frugal friends: 4 ways your inner circle influences your finances (Money Ning). How much you spend has much to do with the company you keep. Easy home improvements for under $100 (Real Simple). Not sure about “easy,” but if you’re handy […]

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Saving Money is All About the ‘Why’

I know a man who started saving for his daughter’s wedding when she was just a little girl. Long before she ever met the man she would marry her father was setting money aside for her special day, even when money was tight. Over the years, he could have spent more on himself, buying a […]

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Profitable Ideas: Whether to Give Your Teen a Credit Card, Pricing Strategies That Make You Overspend, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Give your teenager a credit card? Some financial experts say yes (NY Times). Better for them to learn while they’re still under your roof than to figure it out when they’re on their own. Don’t wait for a life-changing event to […]

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What If…

“Live for today.” “You only go around once.” You’ve heard these phrases; maybe you’ve even said them. They represent a popular philosophy – in essence, grab for all you can get right now since you don’t know what may happen tomorrow. Similar words are even found in the Bible. When the apostle Paul sought to […]

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Profitable Ideas: Unseen Identity Theft, Overdraft Protection Isn’t What It Seems, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Lost amid Equifax and Capital One hacks: Children with no credit histories are increasingly lucrative to identity thieves (MarketWatch). Some good advice for parents. H&M, Zara, and other fashion brands are tricking shoppers with vague sustainability claims (Fast Company). “Sustainability” is […]

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