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Getting Started With Investing
For help determining how much you may need for your retirement, figuring out your optimal asset allocation, adopting the best process for choosing investments, and choosing among your IRA and 401(K) options, read The Essentials of Investing. For college funding, read How to Help Your Kids Pay for College.

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Profitable Ideas: The Cost of ‘Ethical Clothing,’ How to ‘Frame’ Spending Choices, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Here are 11 reasons we have an umbrella liability insurance policy (My Money Blog). It’s a lot of coverage for a relatively small cost. Do you have a policy? Is ethical clothing expensive? (Moral Fibres). Would you be willing to pay more […]

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Profitable Ideas: Counting the Opportunity Cost, When Frugality Doesn’t Fly, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles. The unasked question (Humble Dollar). Learning to think through the filter of “opportunity cost” is a powerful way to make better financial decisions. Your smartphone is giving away more personal info that you realize. Here’s how to lock it down. (USA TODAY). Given the recent news […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Best DIY Tax Software, A Common Insurance Mistake, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. How to choose the right do-it-yourself tax software (Consumer Reports). Whether you’re still finishing your 2017 return or getting set up for the next tax season, here’s an unbiased look at the leading DIY tax prep packages. The tipping point (Humble Dollar). Compounding may not seem like a big […]

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Profitable Ideas: IRS Red Flags, One Money Mistake You’ll Never Regret, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. Beware, the IRS is looking for these red flags this tax season (MarketWatch). Ah, the irony — being especially generous is a red flag. 7 products with unbelievable warranties (Three Thrifty Guys). This is an important—and often overlooked—aspect of spending money well. Amazon wants to own your checking account […]

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Profitable Ideas: Overcoming Our Obsession With Stuff, The Tax Papers You Need to Keep, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. 7 life-changing perspectives to overcome your family’s obsession with stuff (Becoming Minimalist). Simplifying doesn’t start with cleaning out your closets. It starts with rethinking your assumptions. Now & then (A Wealth of Common Sense). Some good thoughts on striking a balance between saving and spending. Ways to be a […]

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Profitable Ideas: Turning a Hobby Into a Moneymaker, Avoiding a Tax Refund Scam, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. A beginner’s guide to monetizing a hobby (Magnify Money). Turning what you do for fun into a moneymaker. The romantic side of budgeting (The White Coat Investor). One of the least appreciated benefits of a budget is how it can foster a sense of financial oneness in marriage. IRS […]

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Profitable Ideas: Putting Recent Market Events in Perspective, Reasons to Ditch Your Car, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. Perspective (Sound Mind Investing) Some helpful context for all the recent stock market volatility. Also see Never Waste a Downturn. 3 investing mistakes to avoid (Morningstar). Some good reminders for times like these. 5 reasons to ditch your car in 2018 (Magnify Money). If you’re a two-car family and trying […]

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Is There a Trustworthy Process Behind Your Investment Strategy?

The stock market has gotten a little interesting lately, hasn’t it? Okay, scary, unnerving, or painful might be better words. While no investor likes a downturn, some weather the tough days better than others. What makes the difference? Having a trustworthy process behind their investment strategy. As I mentioned in last week’s post (See Investing […]

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