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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 Best Strategy for Two-Earner Households, Inside the Modern Marketer’s Playbook, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. 5 reasons dual-income families should live off one and bank the second (Money Ning). The best financial advice my wife and I got before getting married was to base our lifestyle on one income. 3 real estate lessons learned from our last investment property […]

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Profitable Ideas: The First Bear Market is the Toughest, The Gift of Mac & Cheese, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. If this is your first bear market, there’s no need to panic (Bloomberg). For newer investors, this year’s market performance may be a bit jarring. Here’s some helpful perspective. The gift of mac & cheese (Compass). I love this story. I think you will, […]

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Profitable Ideas: Money Strategies for Tough Times, What Retirees Would Tell Their Younger Selves, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. 4 things you can do to make sound financial decisions in financially lean times (Christian Stewardship Network). Things aren’t exactly great in the economy right now. Here are some ways to cope. 10 steps you can take to keep advertisers from dictating your life […]

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Breaking the Cycle of Financing Vehicles

Our home may be our castle, but for many people, their car is an extension of themselves. According to a study cited by Juliet Schor in her book, The Overspent American, nearly half of all car owners see their car as a reflection of who they are. The belief that we are what we drive, […]

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Profitable Ideas: Helping Our Kids “Catch” Contentment, Inflation is Coming for Our Tax Bills, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Six practical ways to model contentment for your kids today (Becoming Minimalist). Great ideas for helping our kids “catch” contentment from us. Teenagers should be working this summer (Daily Citizen). Getting our young people working will benefit them in countless good ways. And this […]

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