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Profitable Ideas: A Simple Money Move to Make Now, When NOT to Save for Retirement, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. One simple financial move you can make in a month (Forbes). A little bit of this can make a big difference. When not to save for retirement (Reuters). I agree – there are two steps you should take […]

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Profitable Ideas: Don’t Try to Time the Market, Finding Meaning in Your Work, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. What if you were the world’s best market timer? (The Irrelevant Investor). Fortunately, you don’t have to achieve the impossible. Why we can’t stop torturing ourselves with 401(k) wreckage (Bloomberg). With this type of wreck, it’s okay to […]

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Two Essential Habits For Wise Money Management

I’ve written before that I’m not crazy about the term “frugal.” I prefer the phrase “spending smart.” Maybe it’s because I equate frugality (possibly unfairly, I realize) with always opting for the lowest cost option, when sometimes the more expensive one may prove to be the better long-term choice. Whatever you call it, if you’re […]

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Profitable Ideas: Keep Calm, Money-Saving Mental Tricks, and More

My hand-picked list of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles from the past week. Keep calm and step forward (ETF.com). No one likes it when the market falls, but making panicky, emotional investment decisions usually causes more harm than good. 8 most dangerous places to use your debit card (CBS Money […]

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Keeping a Steady Hand on the Wheel Under Changing Financial Conditions

The way we buy cars offers a great example of what I call “binge/purge” money management. For the auto industry, 2015 was a banner year. Nearly 17.5 million vehicles were sold, with SUVs and trucks leading the way. Analysts, such as Eric Lyman of TrueCar, attribute the strong sales, in part, to low gas prices. […]

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Simple, Meaningful Success

If you’re reading these words, once upon a time you subscribed to this blog. But that may have been several years ago, so I’ll understand if you don’t remember! I stopped adding new content in the spring of 2012 when I joined the staff of Sound Mind Investing. I’m still with SMI and loving it. […]

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Spending Money With Peace of Mind

Living generously, saving and investing wisely, and enjoying financial breathing space, requires smart spending. Here are some of the most important ways to get the most for your money in the major spending categories.  As you read these ideas, keep in mind that they aren’t about obsessive frugality; they’re about spending smart. Maintenance Two keys […]

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