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Get Rich Slowly

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Over the past week, I've shared two terrific retirement planning tools. First, I explored the pros and cons of Personal Capital. Next, I looked at OnTrajectory, which is the best traditional retirement calculator I've found. Today, I want to talk about NewRetirement. Since I discovered it two years ago, NewRetirement has

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My colleagues, who are money nerds just like me, know that I'm obsessed with finding the best retirement calculator. I've been on this quest for years. As you'll learn later this week, my favorite retirement tool is (and has been) NewRetirement. But there are other great tools out there. “You really need to try OnT

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If you've read money blogs over the past five years, you've heard about Personal Capital. Personal Capital is a free money-tracking tool with a beautiful interface and — gasp — no advertising. (One of my big complains about Mint is that it shoves ads in your face.) Many of my friends and colleagues promote th

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It's been two years since I last looked at my overall financial situation to determine whether I have the resources to meet my goals. In those two years, much has changed. I sold my condo and bought a home in the country. I repurchased Get Rich Slowly. I invested in not one but three other […] The post

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Earlier this week, I lamented the fact that my net worth plunged by more than 15% in 2018. Although much of this was due to accounting quirks (buying back this website and remodeling the house, neither of which get tracked by my personal net worth) and larger economic forces (the stock market declined by 6.2% […]

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Across the web, I see other financial bloggers sharing their year-end financial summaries. Some folks had good years. Financial Samurai's net worth increased by 6.5% in 2018. Others had mediocre years. Fritz at The Retirement Manifesto saw his net worth decline by 2.1% thanks to a volatile stock market. Me? Well, I'm emb

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It arrived. I opened the box and held it up to enjoy it. It was a new wireless speaker. It was solid black, a beautiful piece of technology. I couldn't wait to listen to it. I plugged it in and for some reason I couldn't connect my phone to it. I googled it. I found […] The post

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When J.D. decided to spend three weeks in Europe with his family, he asked a few people if they'd be interested in contributing articles during his absence. He even asked me! My name is Scott Rieckens, and I'm new to the world of smart money management. I'm new to the world of financial independence and […]

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In the world of personal finance, the subject of how couples share (or don't share) their money comes up time and time again. It's no surprise. After all, money problems are a leading cause of divorce. But for some reason, the concept that “personal finance is personal” doesn't always factor into people's opi

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Greetings from Prague! I'm just over halfway through my European vacation, so I thought it'd be fun to share some of my adventures and to take a glimpse at the financial side of this journey. This trip is unusual for me because I'm traveling with a party of six. My cousin Duane has terminal cancer […] The po

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My name is Zach, and I write at Four Pillar Freedom, where I tend to tackle financial topics through data visualization. While J.D. is on vacation, I offered to explore one of his favorite topics: the effects of saving rate versus investment returns. Albert Einstein supposedly once said that compound interest is the eigh

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If you're panicked because you still haven't thought of the perfect gift for the people on your Nice List, you'll be relieved to know you don't need to spend as much time as you might think looking for something thoughtful. You also don't need to run up your credit card bill. Why? Because neither of […] The

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Howdy. My name is Michael Robinson. While J.D. is visiting Europe with his cousins, I volunteered to share how my wife and I have leveraged the power of geographic arbitrage to pursue our dreams — and to build our wealth. Geographic arbitrage means taking advantage of the differences in prices between various locat

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HO HO HO! Just like that, the holiday season is upon us! This year, I intend to do most of my Christmas shopping during a three-week tour of Europe with my cousins. We're deliberately visiting as many Christmas markets as possible, so I hope to find a variety of interesting and unusual gifts for my […] The p

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I met a GRS reader named T.J. for happy hour last week. As we sipped our beer, we chatted about money and videogames and our personal struggles with ADHD. We also discovered we have a shared love for audiobooks. T.J. listens to audiobooks as he drives from client to client. I used to consume audiobooks […] T

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Last weekend, Kim and I flew to Utah for a reunion with friends from the 2016 chautauqua in Ecuador. While in Salt Lake City, we met up with Jesse Mecham (the founder of You Need a Budget), visited Utah Olympic Park, and attended a Sunday morning performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Our group also […]

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A lot of things have changed in the world of money since I founded Get Rich Slowly in April 2006. Nowadays, for instance, there are many more opportunities to meet up with like-minded folks in Real Life. From annual retreats like Camp Mustache to monthly meet-ups with Choose FI local groups, it's never been easier [̷

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Fiology is a brand-new site that I believe will interest many Get Rich Slowly readers. It's an attempt to gather in one place related articles about a variety of common topics from the world of financial independence and early retirement. Here's how Fiology founder David Baughier describes his goals: My motivations for F

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More and more, I'm meeting people who want to know how to retire early. There's been a lot of buzz in the media lately about early retirement, and that's led folks to wonder how much money they would need to quit their jobs — or if early retirement is even something they should consider. Why […] The po

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A new report from the Center for Financial Services Innovation says that only 28% of Americans are financially healthy. And it reinforces something we already knew: The U.S. saving rate sucks. Americans don't save. The U.S. Financial Health Pulse divides people into three tiers of financial health. Financially healthy pe

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Everybody’s financial situation — age, income, saving rate — is different. But every retiree, early or late, aspiring or actual, has the same, simple investing imperative: We must preserve and grow our purchasing power in real terms in order to finance decades of future consumption. This sounds simple (whic

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Last week, I found myself revisiting the fantastic Inside Jobs project from The Atlantic. Atlantic staffers interviewed 103 American workers from all walks of life. The magazine then collected those interviews into a single, unified website. Here's how one of the project's leaders describes her aims: So much of my aspira

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While tidying up and decommissioning my old Money Boss website, we found a couple of treasures that deserve to be shared here at Get Rich Slowly. This is one of them. A couple of years ago, I was a guest on the excellent Adulting podcast. Although targeted specifically at young adults, this show has great […]

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It's a GRS tradition! Each year on Halloween, I publish a story about planning for death. Usually these are general articles about estate planning. This year's story is personal. When my best friend died in 2009, one of my biggest regrets was that I hadn't made time to travel with him. Sparky had previously asked […

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My friend Amy recently wrote with an interesting dilemma. “Should I pay off my mortgage early?” she wonders. Amy has a high-paying job and has managed to save enough that she could be completely debt-free if she wanted to. And she kind of wants to! But is this the best choice? She's aware that this […]

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Our recent three-part discussion on choosing quality over price has been interesting. (If you missed it, here's part one, part two, and part three.) It's clear that most of you money bosses value quality, but not all of you are willing to pay a premium to obtain it. And some GRS readers don't think it's […]

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When I wrote about my $80 pajamas, I never imagined it'd spark a three-part series of articles. Yet here we are. On Monday, I wrote about why I chose to buy high-quality pajamas. (I've been wearing them all week, by the way. They're awesome.) On Wednesday, I published a follow-up piece that explored the “buy [̷

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Earlier this week, I wrote about my quest for quality pajamas. I recently paid $80 to purchase a pair from Filson, a company I trust for well-made goods. It's my hope that these will be the last pair of pajamas that I ever purchase. My goal was to “buy it for life”. This experience reminded […] T

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Yesterday, I spent $80 on a pair of pajama bottoms. (Or, as the company calls them, Alaskan guide lounge bottoms.) On the one hand, this feels like an insane amount to spend on sleepwear. On the other hand, my last two pears of pajamas — both $20 specials from Costco — have lasted no longer […] T

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Because I'm a money nerd and a comics nerd, one of my favorite things is when these two obsessions come together in the form of (drom roll, please): financial graphic novels! You might think that's a niche I just invented, but you'd be wrong. I'll admit that financial graphic novels aren't common, but they are […]

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