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December 15th, 2017

Most of the time, I can sit down and write a blog post in an hour or two. Or three. I get an idea, then pick up my laptop, find a quiet spot, and hack out my thoughts. Some articles, however, take months (or years!) to create. This is one of them. You see, near […] The post

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December 14th, 2017

This morning, Ben Fractenberg from Lifehacker published a great piece on how to handle sudden unemployment. What should you do when you lose your job? Fractenberg highlights the advice of psychologist Melanie Greenberg, author of The Stress-Proof Brain, who recommends focusing on two primary goals: Looking for a new job,

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December 13th, 2017

Yesterday, my pal Jim Collins dropped me a line. “The audio version of my book just came out,” he told me. “Audible is letting me give away some free copies. Do you think your readers would be interested?” I do think so! Plus, this is a perfect opportunity to migrate my review of The Simple [̷

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As you all know, I’m fond of financial scorecards. While admitting their limitations, I like numbers and tools that allow you to compare your financial progress with other people. I like credit scores, for instance, because they put a number on how you handle money — a number you can compare to Americans at l

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December 12th, 2017

Yesterday I wrote about why it’s important to prepare for an uncertain future. It’s tough to predict where we’ll be (and who we’ll be) in five or ten years. It’s even tougher to predict what’s going to happen in the world around us. In order to cope with this uncertainty, it’s im

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December 11th, 2017

Our financial decisions are based on our expectations for the future. We save for retirement because we expect we’ll live a long time in old age, a period where we expect to be relatively unproductive. We invest in stocks because we expect the market to provide outsized returns when compared to other asset classes.

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December 7th, 2017

One of the main reasons Kim and I decided to move from our condo to this quiet country cottage was to save money. We were spending far too much living in the city. Simply moving made a huge difference to our budget. But now that the dust has settled, it’s time for us to look […] The post

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December 6th, 2017

I’m an optimistic guy. I believe that most people are basically good. So far, life has proved me correct. That said, I’m not naive. I know there are still plenty of scumbags out there — and that many of these scumbags prey on the unsuspecting in order to line their pockets with profit. The Trouble [R

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There’s a new fad in the financial independence subreddit, one that might be fun for Get Rich Slowly readers to play around with. People have discovered Sankey diagrams, a type of chart that makes it easy to visualize data flows. That sounds sort of geeky, I know, so it’s probably best to show an example. [&#

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December 5th, 2017

A few years ago, I had a memorable dinner with two friends from high school. Tom, Paul, and I shared good wine, good food and, especially, good conversation. We spent a lot of time talking about how we perceived money when we were younger, and about how these “money blueprints” shaped us as adults. Tom’

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December 4th, 2017

The Cut has an awesome short interview with 8-year-old Amira Williams, who recently sold 1514 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, making her the top cookie-seller in Brooklyn, New York. Among Amira’s tips: keep your pitch simple, follow the foot traffic, practice effective merchandising, and stay focused on your goals. He

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Have you ever wished you could take a peek at what it’s like to have a different career? Have you ever wondered how other people found their jobs? How much they earn? What they plan to do with their lives? Here’s a great way to satisfy that curiosity. The Khan Academy careers and personal finance […]

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December 3rd, 2017

I sat down this morning to write a review of Dear Debt by Melanie Lockert. Today marks ten years since I said good-bye to debt, and I thought the review would be a fun celebration. But I ran into problems right away. Over the past 8-1/2 years, the previous owners made a lot of changes […] The post

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December 1st, 2017

Earlier this month, I shared a link to a comprehensive guide to certified pre-owned vehicle programs. In doing so, I mentioned that Kim and I both believe that you should drive a car until it dies. This prompted a great question from Tired Scientist in the comments. She wrote: Exactly what is the definition of […]

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