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Profitable Ideas: The Cost of ‘Ethical Clothing,’ How to ‘Frame’ Spending Choices, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Here are 11 reasons we have an umbrella liability insurance policy (My Money Blog). It’s a lot of coverage for a relatively small cost. Do you have a policy? Is ethical clothing expensive? (Moral Fibres). Would you be willing to pay more […]

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How Much Should I Spend on a House?

Of all the spending decisions you make, housing is the most important one. It’s probably your biggest expense, so it’s essential to get it right. Doing so is one of the most important keys to being able to live generously, save and invest adequately, and live with financial margin and peace of mind. How Much of a […]

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Profitable Ideas: Keep Your Kids Safe From ID Theft, 10 Financial Fixes, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. 1 million kids suffer ID theft, so parents beware (CBS Money Watch). Checking to see if your children even have credit reports isn’t easy, but it’s important. Peer-to-peer payments carry risks (Chicago Tribune). With P2P apps, the rules are different, and so […]

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Profitable Ideas: Deceptive Discounts, Value-Boosting Renovations, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. With deceptive ‘discounts,’ retailers are manipulating us to spend more. Here are the worst offenders. (Washington Post). Retailers are very good at making us think we got a bargain. Is instinct eroding your financial health? (Morningstar). We all play the comparison game, […]

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Profitable Ideas: Sentimental Savings, Airbnb Scam Alert, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Get sentimental about saving (Chicago Tribune). Advertisers know all about preying on our emotions. Here’s some interesting research about turning the tables and using emotion to do the right thing financially. More homebuyers are taking out mortgages that stretch them thin (Clark […]

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Profitable Ideas: Whether Frugality Takes Too Much Time, Winning the War on Clutter, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. How much time do frugal strategies take? Five time-tested techniques (The Simple Dollar). You may be surprised at how little time it takes to save a lot. For applicants to elite colleges, early is often the ticket to admission (MarketWatch). It’s a big decision, but taking too long to […]

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Spending Money With Peace of Mind

Living generously, being able to save or invest a portion of all income, and enjoying financial breathing space, requires smart spending. Here are some of the most important ways to get the most for your money in the major spending categories. As you read these ideas, keep in mind that they aren’t about obsessive frugality; […]

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Profitable Ideas: Counting the Opportunity Cost, When Frugality Doesn’t Fly, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles. The unasked question (Humble Dollar). Learning to think through the filter of “opportunity cost” is a powerful way to make better financial decisions. Your smartphone is giving away more personal info that you realize. Here’s how to lock it down. (USA TODAY). Given the recent news […]

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