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Profitable Ideas: Preparing for a Downturn, Giving Kids More Financial Freedom, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How to prepare for a possible economic recession (The Simple Dollar). No one can predict a recession or a bear market, but managing money well always involves playing a strong game of defense. This is why more expensive […]

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Profitable Ideas: Buy Slowly, Jesus’ ‘Terrible’ Financial Advice, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Reconsidering the merits of slow acquisition (Becoming Minimalist). They lived within their means and bought things when needed. Crazy, right? Teaching kids to save, not hoard (Ron Blue Insitute). The importance of moving beyond tactical teaching to uncover […]

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How to Get Past the Worry

I still remember the first time we took our first child to the pediatrician. There was nothing wrong; it was just a normal first check-up. However, my face must have looked like I was carrying our newborn across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. The doctor took one look at me and said, “It’s okay, one […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Profit of Decluttering, Preparing for the End (of the Bull Market), and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How I made $2,145 last month by decluttering (SeedTime). What’s the value of all the unused stuff you have sitting around in your garage or basement? Preparing kids for financial responsibility in college (Ron Blue Institute). The importance […]

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The Real Cost of Cars

Okay, so you’ve made all the right moves in planning your next car purchase. You’ve kept your current car at least 10 years—preferably 15. You’ve come up with two or three viable options of cars that don’t just look good, they also get good gas mileage and have good safety ratings. You’ve done some comparison-shopping […]

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Profitable Ideas: Ruled By Technology, Avoiding a Debit Card Nightmare, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. The manipulative tricks tech companies use to capture your attention (TED). Technology rules our lives — probably more than we realize. Sitting near a high-performer can make you better at your job (CNBC). Choose your cubicle carefully. The […]

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How Serious Are You?

When Hal and Dee were in their mid-fifties, they found themselves with $50,000 of credit card atnd tax debt. That would have been bad enough, but they had been there before, which only made it worse. They had been riding a financial—not to mention emotional, spiritual, and marital—roller coaster for years. Repeating history Early in […]

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Profitable Ideas: How to Buy Happiness, Downsizing Your Home To Upsize Your Life, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Yes, you can buy happiness… if you spend it to save time (USA TODAY). The frugalistas say convenience costs too much, but maybe they’re missing part of the picture. Amazon uses ‘surge pricing,’ just like Uber (CBS Money […]

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