Ah, summer. Warm weather, food on the grill, watermelon…and writer’s block. As happens every summer, the creative juices have taken a vacation — not just for me, but for other GRS writers as well. So, as also happens every summer, I’m solving the problem by coming directly to you, the readers.
Get Rich Slowly is only useful insofar as we cover subjects that matter to you. What financial topics would you like us to explore? Are there things we’re writing about too much lately? Certain corners of personal finance we’ve been ignoring? Now’s your chance to speak up.
Please submit your requests for future financial topics here at Get Rich Slowly. Tell us what you want us to write about.
In the meantime, here are some great financial stories from other places around the web:
What’s it like to quit your day job to blog full time? It’s exciting. And scary. In many ways, it’s like starting any other business: You work long hours for low pay with the hopes that you’ll hit the big time. Some people are fortunate and meet with success. Others find that full-time blogging isn’t what they hoped it would be. Over at PT Money, Phil recently shared his experience after blogging full time for a year. It’s an honest look at the ups and downs he’s faced while trying to make a go of it on his own.
Lately, I’ve had a few folks write to ask how to stay motivated to save after they’ve eliminated debt. Jason at Frugal Dad has been exploring this question at his site lately. First, he wrote that he’s debt-free and happy, but where does he go from here? A month later, he mused on how to save money and combat lifestyle creep. I went through this a bit after I got out of debt in 2007. Eventually I realized that one thing made a huge difference for me: Setting goals. Goals keep me focused and keep my spending on track.
On Valentine’s Day, Kathy Kristof shared a piece at Yahoo! Finance that I only found this morning. In five numbers you need to know about your honey, she argues that before you get serious with someone, you should find out their credit score, their risk quotient, their net worth, their savings rate, and how much money they have saved. (On a related note, Flexo at Consumerism Commentary just wrote this morning about the pros and cons of pre-nups.)
Finally, I’m still fascinated by Jacob’s work over at Early Retirement Extreme. Some folks find Jacob’s tone off-putting, but his content is thought-provoking, even when I don’t agree with it. While digging through his archives, I found his cash-flow diagrams for the poor, the middle class, and the investor class. Though I think these diagrams simplify things, they sent me on a twenty minute tangent to diagram my own financial situation. Fun.
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