Best of the week – June 20, 2015

Here are some articles that caught my eye this week…

Now that I’m out of debt, here are 6 misguided beliefs I no longer have about money

So many times our financial success or failure has less to do with our abilities and is far more a result of our beliefs and attitudes. This could be one of the most important articles you read this year.

Father’s Day No-No’s Real dads tell us what they really don’t want—and what they do

If you are struggling with ideas for what to do for that special father in your life, RetailMeNot has some suggestions for you.

Everyone’s Data Has Already Been Stolen – Now What?

Seems like every month there is news of another major data breach. If you have not had your personal information stolen, chances are you will soon. Identity theft is a problem that most of us will have to deal with at one time or another. If you have your identity stolen remember you are not liable for the fraudulent charges. However, getting the charges removed can be time-consuming and painful. You need to have identity theft insurance protection and you want to have protection that will actually help you with cleaning up the mess and not just credit monitoring.

9 ways to make extra cash while working full-time

While often we focus on cutting our budgets when we are looking to pay off debt or save for something special, sometimes the answer is found on the income side of the equation.

A Home Library on a Budget: 9 Places to Find Free and Low-Cost Books

I love books. I might be a little addicted to acquiring books. I am hopeful that God will allow me to finish all the books I have bought before I die, because I suspect I have enough reading material to last me at least another 50 years or so. But acquiring books doesn’t have to break your budget.

Don’t let market fear scare you out of stocks

I’ve heard many people say recently they are afraid to invest because the market has reached all-time highs. But the truth is the market is nearly always reaching all-time highs. Since 1926 the market has averaged hitting an all-time high every 18 days. The real issue is you need to be an investor and not a trader. A trader is always looking to buy and sell. That’s a recipe for going broke. I believe in investing. That means I really don’t care what the market closed today, or tomorrow, or next month, or even next year. What matters to me is where will the market be 10 or 20 years from now. That’s much easier to predict. If you invest based on today’s news, you will always be living in fear.

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