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How to Fight Fair About Money

Every healthy relationship involves conflict. In fact, psychologist John Gottman, who has spent more than 20 years studying what makes marriages last, believes that “fighting . . . can be one of the healthiest things a couple can do for their relationship.” In his book, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, which I highly recommend, Gottman […]

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Profitable Ideas: Online Shopping Costs More Than You Think, Looking for Travel Bargains in All the Wrong Places, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How online shopping makes suckers of us all (The Atlantic). Online retailing is driven by very sophisticated science, and you are at the center of constant experiments. Cash is king no more (NY Times). Philosophical musings on our […]

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Automating Financial Wisdom

I almost titled this post, “You Can’t Automate Financial Wisdom.” But then I realized, you can. A little background I have a love/hate relationship with financial automation. On the one hand, automation can be a wonderful help. In our household, we have some of our bills set up as auto-pay — those that cost the […]

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Profitable Ideas: Simplifying For Your Kids’ Sake, Why Pinterest Isn’t In Your Best Interests, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Why simplifying may protect our children’s mental health (No Sidebar). Less clutter equals less stress. Is Pinterest the enemy of your finances? (The Simple Dollar). One more example of how social media can be hazardous to your financial […]

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A Tribute to a Generous Man

My father-in-law passed away last week. One of my favorite stories my wife tells is of a time when she was a little girl and they were driving somewhere. She noticed a sign for a bowling alley and asked her dad what bowling was. He didn’t just explain it to her; he turned the car […]

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‘Much Obliged’

Writer Fulton Oursler had vivid memories of an old woman named Anna who helped care for him as a child. When she sat down to eat she would say, “Much obliged, dear Lord, for my vittles.” Oursler wondered why she thanked God since she would get the food regardless of whether she gave thanks or […]

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How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

In a recent post, I provided some guidance as to who needs life insurance. If you determine that you need it, the next question is, “how much?” You’ll hear about various guidelines for answering that question, usually based on multiples of your salary. Some say you should carry life insurance with a death benefit equal […]

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Profitable Ideas: Why It Pays to Spend More, 7 Pieces of Life-Changing Financial Advice, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Worth the price: The actual cost of quality vs. quantity (No Sidebar). With apologies to all the frugalistas out there, many times, it pays to spend more. Selling what they preach (The Atlantic). A fascinating look at the […]

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