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Profitable Ideas: Curbing Your Enthusiasm (to Spend), Raising Less Materialistic Kids, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Got the urge to splurge? 4 steps to overcome your overspending habit (Morningstar). Good tips, especially as we head into the Christmas gift-buying season. Why problem gamblers are suddenly emerging from the fantasy football generation (The Grid). Gambling problems start early. Distractions (Spilled Coffee). […]

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Profitable Ideas: 12 Simple Ways to Save Money, Physical Wallets Are So Yesterday, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. 12 simple ways to save money (Becoming Minimalist). Simple indeed, and effective. There’s more upside than downside for long-term investors (Sam Ro). It’s been a brutal years for investors, but every bear market in history has eventually turned into a bull market. These are […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Bible on FIRE, Spending in the Time of Covid, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Is financial independence biblical? (ArtRainer.com). The FIRE movement is growing in popularity, but has anyone stopped to consider it from a biblical perspective? Let adult children fend for themselves? That’s outdated in today’s economy. (Washington Post). I can’t say that I agree with this […]

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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, with SUVs and trucks leading the way. Auto industry writers, such as Jason Unrau, attributed the strong sales, in large part, to low gas […]

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Profitable Ideas: The “Overfinancialized” Life, Fuel-Efficient Routing, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. The overfinancialization of everything (Young Money). Don’t go through life understanding the cost of everything but the value of nothing. Why watching decluttering videos feels so good (Wired). But how many videos will it take before we actually tackle the junk drawer? For every […]

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Profitable Ideas: Beating Shrinkflation, Buying a Car From a ‘Stealership,’ and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. How to beat shrinkflation (US News). It’s one of the sneakiest ways manufacturers raise prices. Here’s what you can do about it. Why target-date funds might not be the best retirement-planning option for you (Money). They’re the default option in many retirement plans, but […]

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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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