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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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Profitable Ideas: Whether to Invest in Cryptos, Thinking of Future You, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. What’s a better investment? Bitcoin or a Roth IRA? (Paul Merriman). One of the most reasonable articles I’ve read about cryptocurrency investing. Dollar cost averaging vs. lump sum: the definitive guide (Of Dollars and Data). The lump sum wins, if you can […]

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Profitable Ideas: In Pursuit of “Enough,” A Year of Focused Saving, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Why having “enough” feels so elusive (Rad Reads). No easy answers here, just a good question we would all do well to ask ourselves from time to time. How a post-college gap year set me up for a million-dollar retirement (Real Simple). […]

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Just ask. They Might Say Yes.

I am constantly amazed at what you can get just by asking. I’ve written before about an experience we had with our van. It needed a costly repair that seemed to be due to a manufacturing defect. Just by asking, I got not just the amount of the repair reimbursed; I got more than the […]

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