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Profitable Ideas: When a Sale Costs More, New Thinking on the Happiness/Success Equation, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Who doesn’t love sales? There’s just one problem: they lead us to make dumb choices (Ideas.TED). Unfortunately, many of us have trouble determining how much something is really worth. Marketers know that, and love that. Tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes: What does […]

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Profitable Ideas: How Your Phone Impacts Your Spending, Too Much Stuff, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. You spend 41% more at the supermarket if you keep checking your phone (MarketWatch). Distracted shopping costs more. 200 random things libraries will let you check out for free—from instant pots to skulls (Money). When was the last time you checked […]

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Keeping a Steady Hand on the Wheel Under Changing Financial Conditions

The way we buy cars offers a great example of what I call “binge/purge” money management. For the auto industry, 2018 was a solid year. Some 17.3 million vehicles were sold (the fourth straight year with more than 17 million vehicles sold), with SUVs and trucks leading the way. Auto industry writers, such as Jason […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Wants/Happiness Disconnect, Marketing Endgame, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. What we want doesn’t always make us happy (Bloomberg). Are you pursuing things, and spending money on things, that won’t make you happy? Here’s how much more money you’d have for retirement if you saved $100 a month starting at age […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Financial Habits You Inherited, Becoming a 401(k) Millionaire, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Want a good lesson in financial planning? Study how well your parents did or didn’t do (Pete the Planner). Identifying how your parents continue to influence your financial beliefs and behaviors is the first step toward deciding whether you want to […]

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Profitable Ideas: 10 Secrets of the Millionaires Next Door, A Question to Stop Asking Your Kids, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. 10 secrets of the millionaires next door (Kiplinger). The great thing is how accessible/doable each “secret” is. How much is your education worth? Depends how much you make (Bloomberg). Ten years from now, how people pay for college may look very […]

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