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What Matters More — Your Spending Rate or Your Saving Rate?

Those of us who write about money for a living can get a little carried away by some of the nitty-gritty details. That seemed to be the case in a surprisingly impassioned debate that sprang up recently over what a person’s higher priority should be—controlling spending or controlling saving. At first, it seemed kind of […]

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Profitable Ideas: Social Media Is All About The Sale, Mental Accounting, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Will TikTok make you buy it? (NY Times). Influencing is so yesterday. Now it’s all about the direct sale. What’s the best way to set financial goals? (A Teachable Moment). Think about one of your financial goals. What aspects of it can […]

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Profitable Ideas: Robinhood is Coming for College Kids, The Psychology of Saving, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Robinhood hits campus, where credit card companies fear to tread (NY Times). How well does the college student in your life understand investing? If not very well, that free t-shirt may come at quite a cost. God doesn’t need your good works […]

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Profitable Ideas: Holiday Shopping in the Midst of Covid, Debt ‘Shovels,’ and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Here’s what could mess up your holiday shopping this year—and why you should start early (CNBC). Supply chain issues, mask mandates, and other reasons to start this year’s holiday shopping sooner than later. The college rankings racket (James Fallows). When choosing a […]

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Profitable Ideas: Magic Beans, Selling a Sense of Groundedness, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Magic beans (The Reformed Broker). Who are you listening to for investment advice? I no longer want to shop (NY Times). How some time away from the mall changed this writer’s perspective on shopping. How has the pandemic changed your financial habits? […]

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Profitable Ideas: Turning Down Uncle Sam’s Cash, Letting Go, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Child tax credit payments have begun. Should you opt out? (NY Times). It seems like free money, but it isn’t. Is it hoarding, collecting, or archiving? Keep? Toss? (Psychology Today). Oh, the complicated relationship we have with our stuff. Should I co-sign? […]

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