Here are some of the better personal finance articles that crossed our screens this week.

The many ways your taxes could go up in 2013 (even if you’re not rich) (Time). MarketWatch also reported on the “fiscal cliff’s” estimated impact on various people grouped by income in its piece, What a fiscal-cliff plunge would cost you. We may all be well advised to budget more for Uncle Sam next year.

Is dollar-cost averaging dumb? (Time). Interesting research, but it may be a bit scary to follow through. How would you invest a sizeable lump sum? All at once or a little at a time?

Black Thursday is the new black Friday (CNNMoney). As the selling season gets pushed earlier and earlier, how long can it be before we see Thanksgiving morning sales?

Whole Foods at half price (MarketWatch). Do you shop at Whole Foods? Are lower prices evident or does the chain still live up to its Whole Paycheck reputation?

Wants vs. needs: how to curb kids’ impulse buying (TODAY). One of our favorite personal finance writers, Ron Lieber, weighs in on how to convey an important financial lesson to a young child.

And from the blogosphere…

How to prepare your adult children financially for your eventual demise (Bargaineering). Not the most pleasant topic, but it’s a gift when parents openly communicate with their loved ones about this matter.

2012 holiday gift giving guide: experiences (Unclutterer). Study after study confirms that people remember/value/enjoy experiences more than things. Here’s a helpful list of experience-based gift ideas.

Are you about to fall into the Black Friday money trap? (Personal Dividends). One of the many cautionary articles that always appear this time of year. How do you view Black Friday? Is it a ridiculous intrusion on what should be quality family time? Or have you found the savings to be worth participating in this shopping-as-full-contact-sport tradition?

4 ways to become a better neighbor (Christian PF). Lots of implications here for how we use money. What’s your take-away?

4 ways to break free from the poison of an entitlement mentality (Money Help for Christians). Great, convicting meditation on a heart attitude that can be hard to change.

We’d love to hear your take on any of the above. What are your responses or questions?

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Matt Bell

By Matt Bell

Matt Bell is Sound Mind Investing’s Associate Editor. He is the author of three personal finance books published by NavPress, leads workshops at churches and universities throughout the country, and has been quoted in USA TODAY, U.S. News & World Report, and many other media outlets.


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  • Kathy B

    Matt, Thanks for setting out the “cream of the crop” of your article searches.
    I am thankful for the snippets of wisdom I gain from reading your wide variety of posts.

    • http://www.soundmindinvesting.com/ Matt Bell

      Thanks for the feedback, Kathy. Glad to hear that you find the Roundup posts helpful.

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