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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 – a NY Times blog). Have any big dreams? Here are some ideas for turning them into reality.

The ministers of minimalism and the allure of owning absolutely nothing (Pacific Standard). A long, interesting read about people who are pursuing a counter-cultural path toward a more joyful life.

The benefits of giving an experience for Christmas (Chicago Tribune). Why the department store may be the wrong place to look for the best type of present.

Now you can sell shares in yourself to pay for college (Time). Indentured servitude or creative financing? You decide.

7 frugal living skills you should be teaching your children (Wise Bread). Some are skills, some are character traits. They’re all helpful.

Beyond health, home and auto, what insurance do you need? (CNBC). No one likes to spend more than they have to on insurance, but everyone’s glad to have coverage when they need it.

Three ways to utilize your home equity (Sound Mind Investing). It’s relatively easy to borrow against the value of your home, but that doesn’t mean you should.

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