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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: How to Negotiate Your Salary, Lessons From Super Savers, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Actually helpful tips for negotiating salary (Four Pillar Freedom). Being willing to negotiate is the first step (most people aren’t). Once you’ve cleared that hurdle, here are some helpful ideas about how to negotiate.  Who’s in your headset? (Krueger & Catalano). […]

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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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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: Finishing Rich Isn’t About the Lattes, Finding Your Financial Focus, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. All you need to do to finish rich (The Irrelevant Investor). It isn’t about lattes.  Can self-employed people ever actually retire? (MarketWatch). In short, yes, but it’ll take discipline and an awareness of the unique retirement accounts available to the self-employed. […]

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Tough Money Conversations With Kids

If you’re going to help your kids learn about money, getting them started is one thing; keeping them going is another. Motivation can wane. That’s what seemed to be happening the other night with our 15-year-old when he opened up a conversation about investing. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like the wheels have come […]

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Profitable Ideas: Secrets of Superstar Savers, A Richer Level of Happiness, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. The No. 1 thing people with fat savings accounts scrimp on that you likely don’t (MarketWatch). The importance of getting the big things right. Parents, don’t sacrifice yourselves on the altar of your children’s education (Tim Mauer). Sacrificing to save is […]

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Profitable Ideas: Whether Your College Kid Needs a Credit Card, The Market Will Crash, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Can your college kid handle a credit card? (Independent Advisors). Be sure to teach them the rules of the road for wise credit card use. My biggest FI demon — status anxiety (Monevator). Great article that expresses what so many of […]

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