Get Rich Slowly passed its 3,000,000th visit last night — its 5,000,000th pageview and 31,000th subscriber came earlier this week. These numbers are nice, but what’s really important are the contributions from readers like you. You folks send me great story ideas, interesting web sites, and puzzling money questions. You also keep the place lively with insightful comments and great discussions in the forum. Thank you.

Here are some of the stories I liked last week from other personal finance and productivity blogs:

The Mighty Bargain Hunter shared a $503,000 typo. A 150-year-old bottle of beer sold recently for $304 on eBay. This is an amazing story!

I believe that luck is overrated — what happens to us is less about luck and more about preparation, attitude, and an open mind. Pick the Brain offers 7 ways to make your own good luck.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between financial advisors and stock brokers? Flexo at Consumerism Commentary explains the difference.

Last week, Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity participated in a paid focus group. I’ve always wondered what these things were like, so it’s interesting to read a first-hand account.

What would you do if you found a wallet on the sidewalk with $1100 inside and no identification? That happened to Nickel a few years ago, and he’s turned the experience into a discussion of how to deal with found money.

While Free Money Finance is on vacation, his blog is filled with guest posts, like this list of five reasons exchange-traded funds trump mutual funds. Meanwhile, another guest poster at No Credit Needed offers an introduction to dividends, an investing concept I haven’t mentioned much around here.

JLP notes that the Bush Administration would like to expand mortgage disclosures so that the terms of the loan — including prepayment penalties or interest rate hikes — are more obvious.

Finally, I love this brief story at Unclutterer on the danger of hoarding. Makes me glad that Kris and I are in the process of purging!

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