Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: Raising Savers, Storm-Prepping Your Biggest Investment, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. How to talk to your kids about saving (The Everyday Advisor). First, figure out if you’re dealing with a natural saver or a natural spender. Three things that stop us talking about money worries (The Evidence-Based Investor). Maybe we just need to make the […]

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Living a Better Financial Story

In his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller tells a powerful story he calls, “How Jason Saved His Family.” After returning from Los Angeles, where he took part in a storytelling workshop, Don got together with his friend, Jason, and learned of some trouble Jason and his wife were having with […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Grandmother’s Rich Legacy, The 1% Rule for Rental Real Estate, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Can’t take it with you (Young Money). I love this story about a grandmother who did much of her “givin’ while she was livin’” and was all the richer for it. 5 things to teach your kids about money and happiness (Kiplinger). Kids can […]

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Are You Financially Healthy? Rate Yourself Using These 9 Qualifications

In 2016, a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings quantified how many Americans have a healthy lifestyle. Can you guess what number it came up with? Less than three percent! In order to qualify, a person had to meet four criteria: Moderate to vigorous exercise for at least 150 minutes per week, a diet score […]

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Profitable Ideas: Easing Your Money Worries, Teaching Kids an Invaluable Lesson, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Stop worrying about money (Living Well, Spending Less). Good, practical steps for getting to a better place with money. 4 lies our consumer society is telling you that you should reject right now (No Sidebar). Our culture speaks to us every day, often in […]

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How to Mess Up Your Marriage

Have you ever felt like a stranger living in a strange land? Like somehow you’ve woken up in a place where you don’t speak the language?  I felt that way while watching a morning news segment about financial infidelity. The host mentioned the results of a national survey in which: 71% of married Americans acknowledged […]

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Profitable Ideas: The High Cost of “Free” Checking, Happy Spending, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Myth of “free” checking costs consumers over $8 billion a year (Bloomberg). Overdraft “protection” sounds like a benefit. It can cost you. The single most important thing to know about financial aid: it’s a sham (Slate). The headline might be a little over the […]

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The Real Cost of Cars

Okay, so you’ve made all the right moves in planning your next car purchase. You’ve kept your current car at least 10 years—preferably 15. You’ve come up with two or three viable options of cars that don’t just look good, they also get good gas mileage and have good safety ratings. You’ve done some comparison-shopping […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Facebook Retirement Plan, Amish Money Management, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Don’t let Facebook ruin your retirement plan (A Teachable Moment). Beware the money-related ads that clutter your feed as you scroll through your friends’ vacation photos. 8 basic skills that can pay you handsomely (Better Humans). None of them require learning how to code. […]

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Teaching Kids About Taxes

An article I wrote last year, The Absolute Best Way to Teach Kids About Money, centered on an idea I read about in Mary Hunt’s excellent book, Raising Financially Confident Kids, in which you give kids responsibility for managing financial categories you used to manage for them (like clothing). In this follow up, I want to […]

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