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Hey there, GRS fans. Just a quick note to let you know that I’m taking a short break from the blog. In part, this is because Kim and I (and the dog) are in the middle of a Real Life vacation to the Oregon Coast. It’s been too cold and windy and wet to spend […] The post

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Long-time readers know how much I love child entrepreneurs. This probably stems from my own experiences having kid-sized businesses when I was young. Whatever the reason, I can’t get enough stories of kids who build their own businesses and learn to take charge of their lives from a young age. Here, for instance, i

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This week’s reader question is an example of why I love the “ask the readers” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. I get to write about situations that otherwise would never occur to me! Karen writes because she’s having trouble with two of her kids: I keep getting sucked into helping two of our child

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This article is part of relationship month at Get Rich Slowly. As a dental hygienist, my girlfriend Kim meets lots of interesting people and has lots of interesting conversations. Last week while cleaning a patient’s teeth, the topic turned to pets. “Two years ago, we didn’t have any animals,” Kim

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Figuring out the financial implications of marriage can be a challenge. Do you merge your money completely? Do you keep some or all of the accounts separate? And who takes care of which household financial chores? As difficult as marriage and money can be, things are even tougher for unmarried couples. There’s a ma

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“What in the world are you doing?” Kim asked me the other day. We were in line at the grocery store, and I had just placed a magazine in our pile of stuff. “Are you buying a fashion magazine?” “It’s not a fashion mag,” I said. “Look! It’s awesome! It’s a magazin

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A few years ago, I polled my Twitter followers to ask: “What did your parents teach you about money? Anything? Did it work?” A lot of folks responded to say that their parents were poor examples: @MoneyMateKate wrote: My parents didn’t teach me — I taught them! I was paying my own dental bills (no [&#

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There are those who believe that money writers lead perfect financial lives. Ha! Would that it were so. When we get together, we often share stories about the dumb things we’ve done. Today, my friends, I want to tell you about an instance in which I failed to follow my own advice, an example of […] The pos

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This guest post from Claudia Pennington is part of the “money stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all stages of financial maturity. Today, Claudia share

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This month’s theme at Get Rich Slowly is relationships. All month long, we’re focusing on how money affects our interactions with family and friends — and how family and friends affect our interactions with money. A couple of months ago, I shared a series of career interviews that the Khan Academy has b

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As relationship month continues at Get Rich Slowly, I’m getting lots of questions from readers about how to handle money when other people are involved. It’s a difficult subject! For instance, here’s an email I recently received from LM, who is looking to convince her husband that they need to change ho

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Every night, I listen to audiobooks all night long. They lull me to sleep. If I tried to listen to new books, of course, that’d be a problem. I wouldn’t hear 90% of the story. But I’ve learned to listen to books I know and love — books like True Grit and The Lord of […] The post

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I’m excited! The Winter Olympics begin today. Or they began yesterday. Or maybe they begin tomorrow. I’m really not sure. I know that to convert from local time in South Korea to local time in Portland, I need to “add seven hours, then subtract a day”. So, it if it’s 11:03 on Friday in Pyeon

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I believe that each of us possesses a money blueprint, a mental map that defines our behaviors and attitudes toward money. Our basic blueprints come from our parents. They’re altered through our interactions with friends and co-workers. And, of course, our own experiences lead us to modify and add to our money blue

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Last week, I drove out to the box factory to see my brother Jeff and my cousin Nick. Ostensibly, I made the trip to check up on Mom’s financial situation. Really, though, it was an excuse to spend three hours chatting about nothing and everything all at once. As I was looking through Mom’s Social […]

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When I woke up last Thursday, I thought my mother was flat broke. I went to bed with the shocking realization that she’s a millionaire. Long-time readers will recall that my mother has struggled with her health for a number of years. She’d been living on her own, receiving ongoing treatment for schizophrenia,

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After reading last week’s article about how couples can manage money together, MeganS left this comment in the discussion: Has anyone ever heard of a money boot camp? My husband & I are doing Whole 30 right now and its been great to spend the month focused on our diet and bodies. But I really […]

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If you’ve been reading my stuff in recent years, you know that I’m a vocal advocate for finding your purpose in life. I believe purpose is the foundation on which all plans — financial and otherwise — ought to be built. Purpose is a compass. It helps you set big goals, sure, but it also […] T

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This guest post from Joel is part of the “money stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all stages of financial maturity. Today, Joel shares how he and his

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I’ve been waiting a year for this day! At the start of 2017, because I was worried about lifestyle inflation, I began tracking my expenses for the first time in years. Using a rusty copy of Quicken 2007, I resumed updating the same budget database I’ve been using since February 2004. After three months of [&#

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While I’ve made plenty of money mistakes in my life, I’ve also done some things right. One of those things is the way in which I’ve handled money in my romantic relationships. I’ve managed to navigate nearly thirty years of adulthood without ever having a fight about money. (I’ve had disagre

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On Tuesday’s article about how to invest, Beth wrote with an awesome question about getting started if you don’t have much money. If you don’t have a lot, traditional advisors aren’t interested in you. I sent her an email to get more info. Basically, Beth wants to know: Which investing app is best

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As January fades and February blooms, we’re going to turn our attention from basic money management to something much more complicated: how money affects our relationships. In December 2016, Bloomberg published a piece that profiled seven different couples from around the United States. The article — which wa

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To conclude “back to basics” month at Get Rich Slowly, today we’re going to explore an important concept, one that’s new to most people. Today, I want to talk about building a wealth snowball. After nearly twelve years of writing about money, I’ve gone from not knowing anything to having som

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When I told readers that January would be “back to basics” month at Get Rich Slowly, the number-one request I received was to write about how to invest. Rather than scatter investing info throughout the month, I decided to collect the essentials into one mammoth article. Here it is: all you need to know about

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There’s a consensus among money writers that one of the most important first steps on the road to financial freedom is establishing an emergency fund. Your emergency fund is like self-insurance to protect you from all the small, surprise disasters we each encounter in daily life. But not every unexpected event is u

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This article is another installment in “back to basics” month at Get Rich Slowly. Most personal finance experts agree: The first thing you should do — after meeting basic needs — is to establish an emergency fund. Life is full of unexpected surprises, many of which cost money — a thief smashes the winds

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This guest post from Marissa — a local woman I learned about last November — is part of the “money stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all s

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This month is “back to basics” month at Get Rich Slowly. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve explored several topics related to credit, including: your credit score (and why it matters), how to use credit cards wisely, and how to get out of debt (without gimmicks or games). For this Saturday’s ep

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Do people at different levels of wealth spend their money on different things? Of course they do. Some of these differences are by necessity, of course. If you have a million dollars in net worth, for example, then even average spending on your weekly meals will make up a much smaller portion of your net […]

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