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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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The Best Ways to Save for College

I was surprised to read the results of a recent survey showing that just 28% of U.S. adults know what a 529 college savings plan is. And I was even more surprised that only a slightly higher percentage of respondents with children (32%) were aware of 529 plans. If you have a college-bound child, it […]

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Profitable Ideas: Raising Financially Savvy Kids, 12 Ways to Earn Extra Cash, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Parents pass (bad) money habits to kids (Squared Away). Whether we teach our kids about money—and how—has a lasting impact. Why is it so hard to stick to a budget? (US News). Like any new habit, it can […]

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Profitable Ideas: Smooth Your Stock Market Ride, Find Out If You Really Are Underpaid, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How regular investing smooths the market’s ups and downs (NY Times). As a wise person once said, timing the market doesn’t work. It’s your time in the market that counts. To read more about the benefits of investing […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Happiest Ways to Use Money, Facebook May Be Hurting Your Finances, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Nine simple strategies for a happier life (Jonathan Clements). A veteran financial writer culls the research on the happiest uses of money. A surprisingly painless way to save more for retirement (Time). Factoring in the tax savings can […]

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Success Goes to the Steady, Not the Speedy

We’re all drawn to stories of people who achieve “overnight success.” They make for great headlines and sell a lot of magazines and books. Problem is, they’re a myth. In the business classic, “Good to Great,” author Jim Collins explored the reasons why some companies break away from their pack of competitors and achieve remarkable, […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Debt-Free Degree, Common Money Mistakes, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How to graduate from college debt-free (and regret-free) (Time). Practical advice from one who did just that. 7 401(k) rules you should know by heart (USA TODAY). Good guidance for getting the most from your workplace retirement plan. […]

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Profitable Ideas: Overcoming the Single Greatest Financial Fear, 3 Ways to Keep Identity Thieves at Bay, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. This is Americans’ greatest financial fear (USA TODAY). Do YOU share this concern? If so, get in the habit of paying yourself second. Yes, second. 3 sneaky ways identity thieves can access your data (Time). Recovering from an […]

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Profitable Ideas: Cut Your Food Costs, Storm-Proof Your Home Insurance, Take Ivy League Classes For Free, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. 20 strategies for radically cutting your food expenses (The Simple Dollar). Especially when you put some of these together, the savings can really add up. The 7 best free tools to improve your work performance (Wise Bread). From […]

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Profitable Ideas: Lessons From a 200-Day Spending Fast, Focused Career Success, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. I went 200 days without buying anything new and learned how toxic our need for possessions is (Quartz). How going without reveals how much is truly needed. Things I’m pretty sure about (Motley Fool). Great insights about money […]

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