Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: When Someone Asks You For Money, The ‘Free Shipping’ Myth, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. What should I do when people ask for money? (Chalmers). Ideas for handling what can be an awkward situation. The mail crunch: Effectively handle damaged or stolen packages (The Simple Dollar). Stealing packages off of front porches has become unfortunately common.  […]

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Simple Ways to Save While Shopping

I confess: I don’t like to shop. But I also don’t like to overspend. So, when I do shop, I want the satisfaction of knowing I got a decent price without having to jump through a ton of hoops. Of course, we’re in the midst of the most important part of the year for retailers. […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Mystery of How Much You’ll Pay for College, 3 Common Retirement Plan Mistakes, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. FAFSA says how much you can pay for college. It’s often wrong. (NY Times). The amount can be deceptively low. Anyone who buys things online is missing out… by ignoring free shopping portals (Business Insider). Another way to rack up points […]

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Four Steps to Conquer Your Fear of Investing

If you’re nervous about investing in the stock market, you’re not alone. Stock ownership in the U.S. is down and frightening memories of the last bear market may be to blame. According to a Gallup survey, just 54 percent of U.S. adults own stocks, including those owned through mutual funds that people invest in via […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Guide to Grocery Home Delivery, Profiting From ‘Weird Knowledge,’ and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Grocery delivery services: The best way to save time and money in 2020 (The Wealthy Nickel). A comprehensive guide to home delivery providers. Have you tried any of these? Using First-Order Thinking to Visualize Spending Decisions (The Simple Dollar). Looking at […]

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Profitable Ideas: Secrets of Super Savers, What Science Says About How to Spend, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. The number one thing people with fat savings accounts scrimp on that you likely don’t (MarketWatch). Cancelling the daily latte will only get you so far. Here’s how to really free up some money to save. So, your adult child moved […]

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