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Profitable Ideas: Unusually Good Ways to Spend Your Refund, Your Car Is Selling You Out, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles I’ve come across lately. Stop spending money: 401(k) breakdown (Seeking Alpha). Some of the steps for wise investing are well within your control. You just need the discipline to take them. 5 unusual, money-smart ways to spend your tax refund (US News). Are you getting a […]

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Profitable Ideas: Turning a Hobby Into a Moneymaker, Avoiding a Tax Refund Scam, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. A beginner’s guide to monetizing a hobby (Magnify Money). Turning what you do for fun into a moneymaker. The romantic side of budgeting (The White Coat Investor). One of the least appreciated benefits of a budget is how it can foster a sense of financial oneness in marriage. IRS […]

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Profitable Ideas: Putting Recent Market Events in Perspective, Reasons to Ditch Your Car, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. Perspective (Sound Mind Investing) Some helpful context for all the recent stock market volatility. Also see Never Waste a Downturn. 3 investing mistakes to avoid (Morningstar). Some good reminders for times like these. 5 reasons to ditch your car in 2018 (Magnify Money). If you’re a two-car family and trying […]

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Is There a Trustworthy Process Behind Your Investment Strategy?

The stock market has gotten a little interesting lately, hasn’t it? Okay, scary, unnerving, or painful might be better words. While no investor likes a downturn, some weather the tough days better than others. What makes the difference? Having a trustworthy process behind their investment strategy. As I mentioned in last week’s post (See Investing […]

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Profitable Ideas: What You Don’t Know About Risk, The Cost of a Long Commute, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. It’s Hard to Predict How You’ll Respond to Risk (Collaborative Fund). Lots of implications here—from preparing for a bear market to charting a career path. Home buyer’s remorse: Why you get it and how to get past it (MarketWatch). Learn from those who’ve gone before you to avoid the […]

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Investing in a Time of Plenty. What Could Go Wrong?

Since March 2009, the stock market has pretty much “done no wrong.” Over the past nine years, the S&P 500 has more than quadrupled in value. But just as surely as nighttime follows daytime, bear markets follow bull markets. The only questions are, “When?” and “Are you ready?” No one knows the answer to the […]

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Profitable Ideas: Money Lies Christians Believe, The Future of Retailing, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. 5 lies Christians tell about money (The Gospel Coalition). There’s a lot to think about here, and pray about, and study. ‘Wait and see’ before using 529s for private school tuition (CNN). This change in the tax law is causing a lot of confusion. Especially if your state provides […]

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