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Get Rich Slowly

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Yesterday at the Financial Careers forum on Reddit, a user named /u/unfoldcareers posted some useful advice for job-seekers. “I’ve reviewed and screened thousands of resumes,” /u/unfoldcareers writes, “and I’m sharing my preferred resume format…along with my best resume advice.”

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The July 2018 issue of the AAII Journal — the monthly publication of the American Association of Individual Investors — includes an intersting article about how to “increase your retirement resources”. This plain English piece summarizes some of the findings from the authors’ research paper

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Last week, Ben Carlson from A Wealth of Common Sense published an interesting article about how staying rich is harder than getting rich. He writes: Research shows over 50% of Americans will find themselves in the top 10% of earners for at least one year of their lives. More than 11% will find themselves in […]

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Over the next few weeks at Get Rich Slowly, I plan to ramp up the production level once again. I’m not going to return to the pace of one article per day that I was maintaining at the start of the year, but I’m not going to rest at two articles per week like I […] The post

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Every Tuesday and Thursday morning for the past four weeks, I’ve awakened early and driven to the gym for a one-hour workout with a personal trainer. This is awesome but it also sucks. Why does it suck? Because: I am old. I am fat. I am out of shape. Plus, who likes getting up at […] The post

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Two years ago today, Kim and I returned to Portland after fifteen months traveling the United States in an RV. Believe it or not, I’ve never published an article about the trip and how much it cost. Although we kept a travel blog for most of the adventure (including a page that documented are expenses), […]

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“When are you going to write about your hot tub?” readers have been asking. “We want photos of you in your hot tub.” Fine. Here’s a typical scene on any given afternoon. (This photo was taken with my iPad, and I can’t figure out where the camera lens is…) The cats like the hot tu

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When I was a younger man — back before I founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006 — I was intrigued by the idea of creating passive income. While passive income isn’t exactly a get rich quick scheme (and boy was I intrigued boy those back then!), there’s certainly some overlap. Both passive income and get

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Ah, can you feel that? The end of June is approaching, which means it’s time for the summer weather pattern to descend on Portland. There are clear skies and plenty of sun sun sun in the forecast. Feels like the perfect time to play hooky, no? I’m taking this week off to enjoy the sunshine […] Th

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“Hey,” Kim said one day last week as she was leaving for work. “There’s a package coming today from one of the doctors I work with. To thank all of his hygienists, he’s sending us a trial of HelloFresh.” “What’s HelloFresh?” I asked. “It’s a meal delivery

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Last week, I wrote about the problem with retirement spending: How much should you spend during retirement? If you spend too much, you run the risk of depleting your savings. But if you spend too little, you’re sacrificing the opportunity to make the most of your money, to “drink life to the lees”. One

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Warning: This is a rare GRS post that contains salty language. If you don’t like salty language, don’t read this article. Anthony Bourdain killed himself Friday morning. “So what?” you might be thinking. “He’s just another fucking celebrity who didn’t know how good he had it.R

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I spend a lot of time talking with people who have retired early or are otherwise financially independent. From a purely anecdotal point of view, I’d say most of these folks are well-adjusted. They work to maintain balance in life, and especially with their personal finances. That said, I’ve noticed that a lo

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This guest post from Christine Hughey 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. I met Christine in Jan

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This guest post from Marla Taner is an example of the things money nerds do when they get together. I first met Marla five years ago. Since then, she’s become a good friend. Plus, she’s my “travel hacking” mentor. (Travel hacking, for the uninitiated, is the practice of using credit card points an

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“How much house can I afford?” Answering this question correctly is one of the keys to building a happy, wealthy life. Unfortunately, there’s a vast housing industry in the U.S. that’s geared toward providing the wrong answer. You see, housing is by far the largest expense in most people’s b

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Yesterday was an exciting day at the Rothwards household! After three weeks of demolition and construction, we installed our new hot tub. It took six men an hour of maneuvering before we managed to set the spa into place…but we did it. And we didn’t break anything. Now it’s a matter of completing the de

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This is a guest post from Steve Adcock, who writes at Think Save Retire, a blog about early retirement and Financial Independence. Steve and his wife retired in their mid-thirties to travel full time in an Airstream trailer. For more info, check out their YouTube channel. One of the most deeply-embedded pieces of the “

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Long-time readers are familiar with my decade-long war on Stuff. I was raised in a cluttered home. From a young age, I was a collector. (Some might even say a hoarder!) After Kris and I got married, I began to acquire adult-level quantities of Stuff. When we moved to a larger house, I found ways […] The post

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Today’s article is from Chad Carson, who writes about real estate investing (and other money matters) at Coach Carson. I’ve always been intrigued by real estate investing but overwhelmed by how much info available. I asked Chad if he’d be willing to write an article that would help me (and other GRS rea

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Charles Schwab has released its 2018 Modern Wealth Index, a survey of the saving and investing habits of 1000 Americans. Here’s how the company describes its methodology: The Modern Wealth Index…is based on Schwab’s Investing Principles and composed of over 50 financial behaviors and attitudes. Each behavio

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The older I get, the more I’m convinced that time is money (and money is time). We’re commonly taught that money is a “store of value”. But what does “store of value” actually mean? It’s a repository of past effort that can be applied to future purchases. Really, money is a store

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After twelve years of reading and writing about money, I’ve come to love financial rules of thumb. Financial rules of thumb provide helpful shortcuts for making quick calculations and decisions. You don’t always have time (or want to take the time) to create elaborate spreadsheets when choosing a course of ac

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When Kim and I moved last summer from our riverfront condo to this country cottage on the outskirts of Portland, one of my primary aims was to slash our spending on both housing and food. Although we owned our condo free and clear, living there still cost us roughly $1200 per month. Plus, there were […] The

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I’ve been a homeowner for 24 of the last 25 years. Based on this, you might think I’m an advocate of homeownership over renting. That’s not the case. The older I get, the more I appreciate there’s no correct answer in the perennial “is it better to rent or buy?” debate. Sometimes buyin

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My mother turned seventy a couple of weeks ago. This means a couple of things: First, she’s reached the age at which she can receive maximum retirement benefits from Social Security. Second, it’s time for her to start taking Required Minimum Distributions from her retirement accounts. If you’ve been rea

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Today, I’m pleased to present the first-ever video from the Get Rich Slowly channel on YouTube. If all goes according to plan, there will be many more such videos in the future, not all of which will be shared here on the blog. So, if you’re interested in catching all of the video material I […]

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This week, Kim and I hired a contractor for what we hope will be the last major project on the “country cottage” we bought last summer. We’re replacing our rotting back deck and installing a hot tub. It’s an expensive (and extensive) project. The cost hurts all the more because we’ve already

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During the month of May at Get Rich Slowly, we’re going to turn our attention to home and garden topics. To start, I want to take a brief look at the history of the U.S. housing market. Some folks might find this dry. I think it’s fascinating. Private land ownership is baked into the U.S. […] The

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While visiting Raleigh earlier this month, I spent a morning with my pal Justin (from the excellent Root of Good blog) and his wife. As we sipped our coffee and nibbled our bagels, the conversation turned to cost of living. (Money nerds will be money nerds, after all.) “Things are cheaper here in North Carolina [&#

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