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Success Goes to the Steady, Not the Speedy

We’re all drawn to stories of people who achieve “overnight success.” They make for great headlines and sell a lot of magazines and books. Problem is, they’re a myth. In the business classic, “Good to Great,” author Jim Collins explored the reasons why some companies break away from their pack of competitors and achieve remarkable, […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Debt-Free Degree, Common Money Mistakes, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How to graduate from college debt-free (and regret-free) (Time). Practical advice from one who did just that. 7 401(k) rules you should know by heart (USA TODAY). Good guidance for getting the most from your workplace retirement plan. […]

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The Heart of a Giver

It’s tricky business teaching about generosity these days. Preachers of the prosperity gospel are packing their pews and selling lots of books. Theirs is a “give in order to get” message, based on a misinterpretation of verses like Luke 6:38: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together […]

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Profitable Ideas: Overcoming the Single Greatest Financial Fear, 3 Ways to Keep Identity Thieves at Bay, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. This is Americans’ greatest financial fear (USA TODAY). Do YOU share this concern? If so, get in the habit of paying yourself second. Yes, second. 3 sneaky ways identity thieves can access your data (Time). Recovering from an […]

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How to Mess Up Your Marriage

Have you ever felt like a stranger living in a strange land? Like somehow you’ve woken up in a place where you don’t speak the language?  I felt that way while watching a morning news segment about financial infidelity. The host mentioned the results of a national survey in which: 71% of married Americans acknowledged […]

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Profitable Ideas: Cut Your Food Costs, Storm-Proof Your Home Insurance, Take Ivy League Classes For Free, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. 20 strategies for radically cutting your food expenses (The Simple Dollar). Especially when you put some of these together, the savings can really add up. The 7 best free tools to improve your work performance (Wise Bread). From […]

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Profitable Ideas: Lessons From a 200-Day Spending Fast, Focused Career Success, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. I went 200 days without buying anything new and learned how toxic our need for possessions is (Quartz). How going without reveals how much is truly needed. Things I’m pretty sure about (Motley Fool). Great insights about money […]

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How To Help Your Kids Pay For College

Everyone knows that the cost of college has gotten out of hand. Few people seem to know what to do about it. According to a survey by money management firm Edward Jones, almost 75% of Americans are not familiar with the primary tax-advantaged investment tool designed to help people save for college—a 529 plan. Here’s […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Financial Force Like No Other, Cars That Cost the Least to Maintain, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. The most powerful force in the universe (A Teachable Moment). The math behind the adage, “Time in the market is much more important than timing the market.” One secret to cutting spending (Sketch Guy – a NY Times […]

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