Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: Hard Money Lessons, So You Want to be a Real Estate Investor, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. The economy was grim, my dad walked out and every penny mattered: here’s what my childhood taught me about money (USA Today). This one is a wow. Every parent should read it. The “indirect” costs at college can involve nasty surprises […]

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Profitable Ideas: What to Ask Before You Spend, Money Lessons Schools Don’t Teach, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Consider what you gain before spending your hard earned money (Money Ning). Have any somewhat substantial purchases on your radar screen? Ask these questions first. Embrace fate before it embraces you (A Teachable Moment). Life is short. Make your decisions — […]

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A Simple Step Toward a Solid Financial Future

An endless number of studies have documented people’s general lack of financial preparedness for their later years. As just one example, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) says that among workers age 55 and older, 49% have less than $250,000 saved for retirement (30% have less than $50,000). No amount of finger-wagging lectures seems to […]

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It’s Amazing What You Can Get Just By Asking

Everyone has heard the advice, “It doesn’t hurt to ask.” But my experience has been far better than that. Time and time again, I’ve seen that it often pays to ask. Just by asking, I’ve gotten fees waived, better tables at restaurants, lower prices on newspaper subscriptions, an iPhone 6 for $1 (back when iPhone […]

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