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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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Profitable Ideas: Unlikely Gifts That Matter, Volvo Doesn’t Want You to Buy One of Their Cars, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. A celebration of stuff: Or why I might be flunking minimalism (She Picks Up Pennies). Really well written article about gifts that mean the most, and no, this isn’t about the importance of buying experiences. Volvo’s new pitch: Don’t buy […]

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Profitable Ideas: Raising Generous Kids, Financial Death by a Thousand Cuts, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Want to raise generous kids? Here’s how  (Washington Post). Three recommended steps, but the first one is the most important one. How to decide whether to relocate for a job (Harvard Business Review). Making a pro/con list will only get […]

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Profitable Ideas: Sales That Are Too Good to be True, Guide to Holiday Tipping, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Where are sales too good to be true? (Consumer Reports). Those deep discounts may not be all that they appear to be. Don’t get blindsided by home repair costs (MarketWatch). I generally recommend budgeting at least $200 month for maintenance and repairs, […]

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Profitable Ideas: Making Your Holidays More Meaningful, How Black Friday Can Help You Save All Year, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Save money this holiday (while creating a closer family) (Kiplinger). Good ideas for making your holidays more meaningful. A long and cold November (Medium). For investors, it’s been a tough stretch. It can be jarring, especially since things have been so smooth […]

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Profitable Ideas: Managing Your Kids’ Expectations, You Need an Estate Plan, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Managing gift expectations with your kids during the holidays (Marriage, Kids and Money). The earlier you start, the better. Is pet insurance worth it? (Washington Post). In two words, probably not. Here’s why. A teacher defaulted on $55,000 in student debt—loan rehabilitation […]

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How’s Your Financial Health?

There’s a new report out that says very few Americans are financially healthy. Working with researchers at the University of Southern California, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) developed an eight-question survey that was taken by a representative sample of U.S. adults, leading to what it calls the U.S. Financial Health Pulse. Its results […]

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Profitable Ideas: How Money Really CAN Buy Happiness, Raising a Minimalist, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Here’s how money really can buy you happiness (Time). After decades of searching for a connection between money and happiness, here’s what’s been learned. Buy it for life: Choosing quality over price (Get Rich Slowly). Spending a little more is often the […]

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