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Simple Ways to Save While Shopping

I confess: I don’t like to shop. But I also don’t like to overspend. So, when I do shop, I want the satisfaction of knowing I got a decent price without having to jump through a ton of hoops. Of course, this week marks the beginning of the most important part of the year for […]

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Profitable Ideas: How Facebook Can Hurt Your Finances, The Ministers of Minimalism, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Why Facebook could ruin your retirement (USA TODAY). If we’re not careful, social media can take keeping up with the Joneses to a whole new level. A big life change is more planning than magic (Sketch Guy – […]

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The Best Ways to Save for College

I was surprised to read the results of a recent survey showing that just 28% of U.S. adults know what a 529 college savings plan is. And I was even more surprised that only a slightly higher percentage of respondents with children (32%) were aware of 529 plans. If you have a college-bound child, it […]

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Profitable Ideas: Raising Financially Savvy Kids, 12 Ways to Earn Extra Cash, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Parents pass (bad) money habits to kids (Squared Away). Whether we teach our kids about money—and how—has a lasting impact. Why is it so hard to stick to a budget? (US News). Like any new habit, it can […]

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Living Without a Car Payment Gets a Good Rap

Several years ago when online budgeting tools, such as Mint.com, were introduced, I looked on with a sense of happy shock as budgeting suddenly became something very close to cool. Prior to that, the mere mention of the word “budget” was a conversation killer. With their user-friendly interfaces and access-anywhere apps, online budget tools quickly […]

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Profitable Ideas: Why NOT to Pay Off Your House Faster, Pay In-State Tuition for an Out-of-State School, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. 4 reasons paying off your mortgage faster isn’t always best move (USA TODAY). Some will bristle at this one (don’t shoot the messenger!), but I have to agree that this isn’t always the best move. 5 salary negotiation […]

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Profitable Ideas: Smooth Your Stock Market Ride, Find Out If You Really Are Underpaid, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How regular investing smooths the market’s ups and downs (NY Times). As a wise person once said, timing the market doesn’t work. It’s your time in the market that counts. To read more about the benefits of investing […]

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