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Profitable Ideas: The Fifth-Grade Philanthropist, Closing the Bank of Mom and Dad, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. A 5th grader’s boredom while visiting her mom’s job led to $70,000 for the elderly in need (CNN). Inspiring story about the good that a young child can do. Discipline equals freedom: The difference between deprivation and depriving yourself (Get […]

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Profitable Ideas: New Insights Into the Money/Happiness Connection, Finding Financial Margin, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Time for happiness (Harvard Business Review). Why using money to free up time can boost happiness, and why so few of us use money that way. Spending happily (Humble Dollar). More on the money/happiness equation. 7 ways to use emotional […]

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Profitable Ideas: Buy Low AND High, The Biggest Returns, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Buy low, buy high (The Irrelevant Investor). The surprising, powerful benefits of dollar-cost averaging. Repeat for emphasis (Humble Dollar). You can’t be reminded often enough about the awesome power of compounding returns. Why everyone else seems to have more money […]

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Profitable Ideas: Declutter Your Finances, Build ‘Rich Habits,’ and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. 6 ways to apply decluttering principles to your finances (Becoming Minimalist). It adds peace of mind when your finances are simplified and well organized. Rich habits: Ask for what you want (Four Pillar Freedom). Couldn’t agree more. It’s amazing what […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Powerful Example For Teaching Kids About Money, January Christmas Planning, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. How I saved a small fortune and taught my kids to be independent (Kiplinger). How one parent is teaching his kids about money, and succeeding. Resolve to beat the odds (Real Smartica). Getting after some of the most important financial […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Lessons of 2018, Toward More Ethical Uses of Money, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. The 10 most valuable financial lessons I learned in 2018 (The Simple Dollar). There are some good lessons for all of us on this list. The 10 best financial resolutions for 2019 (Forbes). I like these resolutions a lot (although […]

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Profitable Ideas: 7 Financial Concepts You Should Know, A New Way to Recycle Your Christmas Tree, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Seven ideas (Humble Dollar). Personal finance knowledge everyone should have. Dismantling my dreams, one brick at a time (Slate). All those home renovation shows make it look so easy. But one couple found out it’s much tougher than it looks […]

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Profitable Ideas: Put Market Panic in Perspective, Build a Blessing Budget, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Putting panic in perspective (ETF.com). If you’re feeling a little worried about the stock market, this piece may help put you at ease. Best resume template: 9 ways to update your resume for 2019 (Clark Howard). Is finding a new […]

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Paying for Big-Ticket Items

We recently replaced the furnace/air conditioning system in our home. It was not the most enjoyable way to spend a big chunk of money. However, having the money set aside in savings made it far less painful than it might have been.  If you own a home or a car, I hate to break it […]

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