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Profitable Ideas: Don’t Set/Forget Your 401(k), Debt After Death, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Why you shouldn’t stick with your 401(k) plan’s default savings (US News). For starters, the percentage of your salary it’ll have you contributing is probably too low. My 12 biggest financial mistakes of the last 10 years (The […]

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Profitable Ideas: Lessons for Living, The Limits of Minimalism, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Some lessons for living from older generations (A Wealth of Common Sense). One of the absolute best ways to learn about life—the financial aspects and everything else—is to ask those who’ve gone before us. The observer effect and […]

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Profitable Ideas: How to Have a Financially Better 2017, Having More Without Buying More, and Other Articles

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Money moves to make in 2017 (Washington Post). Lots of ideas for improving your finances in the New Year. How to be a better spender (Scientific American). Some ways of spending money pay far more happiness dividends than […]

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Profitable Ideas: 9 ‘Secret’ Costco Perks, Invisible Credit Cards, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. This increasingly commonplace habit could be dangerous for your finances (MarketWatch). We’re automating more of our spending. Savings? Not so much. College’s hidden costs: What the admissions office doesn’t tell you (Washington Post). Take everything you know about […]

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Profitable Ideas: Putting Your Money Where Your Values Are, How Amazon Primes You to Overspend, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. An essential budget query: Is this spending aligned with my values? (NY Times). How a little awareness can help you get more for your money. This is what happens when you get rid of 75% of your stuff […]

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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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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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To Get Out of Debt Faster, Fix Your Payments

Here’s one of the most important things to know about how credit card debt works. Let’s say you have a $1,000 balance and that you stop going any further into debt. And let’s say you pay the minimum amount that the credit card company requires each month. If you do that, your required monthly payment […]

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