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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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Profitable Ideas: Why We Buy, Adding to Your Life Through Subtraction, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Why do we buy what we buy? (VOX). One of my favorite writers on our competitive, comparative spending. Why we struggle (Humble Dollar). The challenge to manage money well “isn’t complicated—and yet it isn’t so simple.” How to make a debt reduction […]

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Best Financial Advice

Over the years, I’ve asked readers to share some of the best financial advice they’ve ever received. Here are some of their answers. Bob said that during a pre-marriage class he and his then fiancé attended, the teacher suggested using pay raises to build an initial savings account. In Bob’s words, “I can remember how […]

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Profitable Ideas: Netflix Wants to Sell You a Sweatshirt, Minimalism Crashes the Economy, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Doing nothing is hard work (A Wealth of Common Sense). When investing, sometimes we have to resist the urge to take action. Plan now for changes coming to college costs (Fidelity). It looks like the aid funnel is getting narrower. 5 lies […]

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Profitable Ideas: Measuring Your Financial Wellbeing, No Regrets, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Can you measure your financial wellbeing? (The Evidence-Based Investor). Take the test and see how well it assesses your financial situation. Banks slowly offer alternatives to overdraft fees, a bane of struggling spenders (NY Times). Overdraft “protection”has long been one of the […]

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