On Saturday, I joined Kris and her sister for a quick tour of local thrift stores. They picked up clothes; I picked up books. After a few hours of shopping, we took a break to grab some cheap tacos for lunch.

“You’ve inspired me,” Tiffany said as we waited for our meals.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“I’ve been reading Get Rich Slowly,” she said. “I’ve realized there’s more I can do to save money. And to earn money. I’m thinking about finding a second job.”

She explained: “I’m not extravagant. I don’t buy a lot of fancy things, but I don’t live frugally, either. And I don’t want to. I like going to the movies with friends. I like going out to dinner sometimes. I like shopping at thrift stores with you guys. I’m not wild with my money, but I don’t like to pinch pennies.”

The waitress brought our food. As I spread hot sauce over my tacos, Tiffany continued. “I still have some credit card debt. It’s not a lot, and I’m paying it off, but it’s slow. I’d like to pay more. So I’ve decided to find a second job — a part-time job — at Nearby Department Store. I’m hoping they can give me a full day on Sunday. That would be perfect.”

She explained the math to me. If she worked eight hours a week at minimum wage for Nearby Department Store, she could have her credit card debt eliminated in a few months.

“Plus I’ve started saving,” she said. “Every month I’m transferring $100 into my savings account. That’s not a lot, I know, but it’s a start. And once I’m done paying off my credit card, I can save even more.”

I love to hear reader success stories. Get Rich Slowly has been a great tool to help me learn about money, and it’s good to know that others find it useful. But I find it especially edifying when I hear that the site has inspired friends and family to pursue their goals. Keep up the good work, everyone!

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