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Profitable Ideas: Nobody Dreams of a House Full of Stuff, Whether to Pay for Grades, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Your biggest dreams do not include a house full of stuff (Becoming Minimalist). Look around. It’s possible that our dreams and our aspirations are not in synch.  How to get your family to actually use a password manager (Wired). You finally got […]

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What Matters More — Your Spending Rate or Your Saving Rate?

Those of us who write about money for a living can get a little carried away by some of the nitty-gritty details. That seemed to be the case in a surprisingly impassioned debate that sprang up recently over what a person’s higher priority should be—controlling spending or controlling saving. At first, it seemed kind of […]

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Profitable Ideas: Social Media Is All About The Sale, Mental Accounting, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Will TikTok make you buy it? (NY Times). Influencing is so yesterday. Now it’s all about the direct sale. What’s the best way to set financial goals? (A Teachable Moment). Think about one of your financial goals. What aspects of it can […]

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Profitable Ideas: Robinhood is Coming for College Kids, The Psychology of Saving, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Robinhood hits campus, where credit card companies fear to tread (NY Times). How well does the college student in your life understand investing? If not very well, that free t-shirt may come at quite a cost. God doesn’t need your good works […]

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How Successful Investors Talk, or Not

I had conversations with two investors recently that were very telling. The first conversation was with a guy in his 40s who invests his own money—for a living. That’s what he does. It’s how he provides for his family. It’s very unusual, and probably conjures up images of a day-trader, someone trying to sell positions […]

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Profitable Ideas: Ask for a Raise, Teach Your Kids Healthy Phone Habits, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Here’s why you should ask for a 5% raise right now (Money). “For the first time in a long time, workers may actually have the upper hand.”  When job interviewers ask, “What are your weaknesses?” they’re testing your emotional intelligence (Grow). How […]

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Profitable Ideas: Holiday Shopping in the Midst of Covid, Debt ‘Shovels,’ and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Here’s what could mess up your holiday shopping this year—and why you should start early (CNBC). Supply chain issues, mask mandates, and other reasons to start this year’s holiday shopping sooner than later. The college rankings racket (James Fallows). When choosing a […]

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