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Profitable Ideas: Keeping Financial Secrets Isn’t Romantic, The Work/Faith Connection, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Baby Boomers are more likely to keep financial secrets (Washington Post). This is one of the benefits of tools like Mint.com. If you set it up correctly, it gives both spouses anytime/anywhere access to your household’s full financial […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Domino Effect of One Purchase, Whether to Buy Life Insurance for Your Kids, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. The Diderot Effect: Why we want things we don’t need and what to do about it (Medium). Really good insights about the domino effect one purchase can have. The Dow just hit 20,000, but half of America missed […]

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It’s Amazing What You Can Get Just By Asking

Everyone has heard the advice, “It doesn’t hurt to ask.” It’s been my experience that very often it pays to ask. Just by asking, I’ve gotten fees waived, better tables at restaurants, lower prices on newspaper subscriptions, an iPhone 6 for $1, and as I’ll describe below, a costly vehicle repair more than reimbursed by […]

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Profitable Ideas: Free is Good, The End of Car Ownership, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Don’t make this 401(k) mistake in 2017 (Time). When it comes to workplace retirement plans, free really is good. Don’t miss out. The end of car ownership? (Vocativ). Many items we used to buy are moving to subscription […]

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Lessons From the Mulch Pile – How to Save Money and Build Community Along the Way

Have you ever walked through your neighborhood on a warm day and looked inside other people’s garages? Don’t the contents look familiar? Don’t they look remarkably similar to the contents of your own garage? I’m not suggesting that we all start forming communes, but couldn’t we do a better job of sharing? On a memorable out of town […]

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Profitable Ideas: Making Good Money Habits Last, Career Lessons From ‘Hidden Figures,’ and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. 5 mental tricks to make a good money habit really last (Forbes). How to set yourself up for success. Working ‘til you die is a lousy financial plan (Time). As I like to say, plan vocationally, emotionally, and […]

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A Simple Step Toward a Solid Financial Future

An endless number of studies have documented people’s general lack of financial preparedness for their later years. As just one example, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) says that among workers age 55 and older, 54% have less than $100,000 saved for retirement. No amount of finger-wagging lectures seems to move the savings needle. The […]

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