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  • New developments in online banking security (13 comments)

    This article is by staff writer William Cowie. Most banks (especially the larger ones) have been regarded as pretty safe, for all intents and purposes, since the middle of the previous century. But since banks started maintaining our balances in secure data centers at various locations (instead of holding our savings in safes and vaults in their local branches), a bank’s records of what is yours and mine become increasingly visible to people within the…

  • An updated reckoning and why we became homeowners: Honey’s story (81 comments)

    This story is by staff writer Honey Smith. The dust has (mostly) settled from our home purchase. As a result, I thought it would be a good time to post an updated version of “the reckoning.” I also thought I’d share our reasoning for moving forward with homeownership at this point in our personal finance journey. The Reckoning Please note that I have consolidated some separate accounts of the same type into one category for simplicity’s…

  • Meet the bloggers (3 comments)

    J.D. Roth emailed this morning to tell me that Mr. Money Mustache is visiting Portland later this week, and they’re hosting a blog meetup on Thursday, along with Tyler Tervooren of Riskology. If you’re in the Portland area, come meet the three mustachioed men. J.D. posted the details and directions on his site JDRoth.com today. This sounds like a fun event and I wish I could attend. Enjoy!

  • Giving kids money to manage (26 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. We’ve slowly started our children’s financial education. I thought the easiest way to start would be opening a savings account. I suppose I was correct, but it was met with more resistance than I expected. When we actually opened a savings account for them, I explained that we would deposit their money into their accounts. Then the bank would pay them interest. First, my son was horrified…

  • 8 years of Get Rich Slowly (21 comments)

    Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money. Eight years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal finance blog on the Internet. (I was wrong, of course; there were plenty of similar blogs before…

  • Now casting: Money-help TV show (9 comments)

    A few weeks ago, a TV producer in California reached out to us for help casting their cable TV show. They’re looking for a couple who are at a financial crossroad and need advice from a professional. (They don’t say who the “renowned money expert” is.) Obviously, you’ll need to open the books on your finances for this show. In return, you’ll get a plan for resolving your financial issue. If you’re interested in participating,…

  • The Second Annual Chautauqua on Wealth and Happiness (10 comments)

    Hey, everybody. J.D. here. Last September, I traveled to Ecuador to participate in a good old-fashioned chautauqua. Near Otavalo, I joined Mr. Money Mustache, Jim Collins, and Cheryl Reed to share what we knew about wealth and happiness. Twenty-two smart Canadians and Americans joined us for a week of workshops, one-on-one meetings, and excursions into the beautiful Ecuadoran countryside. What’s a chautauqua? In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig writes that a…

  • Help with your retirement plan — free! (2 comments)

    Our friends over at Kiplinger have enlisted the help of the National Association of Financial Advisors (NAPFA) to help consumers with their retirement planning. They asked me if the Get Rich Slowly readers would like to participate in their live Q&A and I said, “Yes!” Called “Jump-Start Your Retirement Plan,” the one-day program — this Thursday, Feb. 20 — will feature 20 financial planners answering your questions about your retirement. Go to the website now…

  • On a time crunch? Squeeze more out of your day (50 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. When I (or others) want to improve our financial situations, most excuses involve time. I am too busy to take on another job. I don’t have time to start that business I’ve wanted to start for the last three years. I wish I could really get my financial ducks in a row, but I feel like I’m already using every spare minute of my days. While time budgeting and money budgeting…

  • Ask the Readers: How are you coping with low interest rates? (49 comments)

    These days, seeking a savings account that pays more than 1 percent annually can seem like an exercise in futility. At today’s deposit rates, your savings are unlikely to even keep pace with inflation (currently at 1.5 percent). The situation for those over 50 is, well, abysmal. Despite their age, many of the people in this group have relatively little in savings. A recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey revealed that 39…

  • Review: FlexScore, Part I (The Book) (10 comments)

    This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. There are many personal finance books and tools out there, useful to people in all stages of personal finance. I have a lot to learn before reaching financial independence, and the editorial elves thought it would be useful if I shared some of what I learn with you. My recent reviews include “The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read” and “Soldier of Finance: Take Charge of Your…

  • Where’s J.D.? FinCon13! (9 comments)

    The Financial Bloggers Conference, colloquially known as FinCon, begins today in St. Louis. I got an email from J.D. yesterday saying that “barring a miracle” he wouldn’t have a post for today because he was crazy busy at FinCon. But he promises that next week’s post will be filled with tips he learned and ideas that were shared at FinCon13. Here are the recaps from J.D. about FinCon12 and FinCon11. And this year you can…

  • The Prodigal Son Returns: J.D. Roth Is Back at Get Rich Slowly (62 comments)

    Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. As of last Thursday, J.D. is once again writing here at GRS. His non-financial writing can still be found at More Than Money. Hey, everybody. It’s J.D. here. I founded this site, and I wrote and edited the content for many years. Last autumn, I retired from writing here. Today, I’m unretiring — just like a professional athlete. My role at…

  • Money and values: When frugality goes too far (0 comment)

    Welcome to Throwback Thursday! Many in the GRS community have been reading the site since J.D. Roth began posting in 2006, but many of you are new to the community. We’re going to start re-posting some of the most popular — and useful articles — from the past. The financial advice and ideas are still valid, and well worth bringing back to light. Originally published on October4, 2006, this article examines ethics in frugality. J.D.’s…

  • Ask the Readers: What are the most important money lessons that parents should teach their children? (58 comments)

    This guest post is from Sumitha who blogs at A Fine Parent, a unique personal development blog exclusively for parents. Can parents really protect their children from making big money mistakes? There’s no straightforward answer to this question. Consider our own story, for instance. Both my husband and I come from financially conservative families where debt is frowned upon. And still, during our first two years in the U.S., we raked up a sizable chunk…

  • Odds and ends: GRS news (2 comments)

    As you may know, Get Rich Slowly is part of the QuinStreet family of personal finance websites, which include MoneyRates.com, Five Cent Nickel, Consumerism Commentary and others. We’ve recently launched a weekly newsletter as part of the MoneyRates.com Network. The newsletter offers tools, advice, and our proprietary research on interest rates for savings accounts at a hundred banks (including online banks), among other educational articles. Expert commentary is provided by Richard Barrington, CFA, the senior…

  • Ask the Readers: Do you ever pay more to support a local business? (115 comments)

    Reader Jennifer Gwennifer raises a timely question: When I can, I try to support small, family-operated businesses instead of “big box” stores like Walmart. However, I live in a coastal area of New England that is overrun with tourists in the summer, which means I end up paying slightly higher “tourist” prices for some things in the summer months. Some hotels and businesses shut down completely from November to April, so my range of choices…

  • Reader Story: Teenagers and money (aka Debunking the Mom-Is-an-ATM myth) (45 comments)

    This guest post is from Anna Weisend. Anna is a self- employed pastry chef and sugar artist with multiple streams of income, but her favorite job is the one that she doesn’t get paid for: being a mom! Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks with all levels of financial maturity and income. Want to submit your own reader…

  • In Memoriam (56 comments)

    Note: This post is from GRS founder J.D. Roth. The best part of blogging is connecting with readers. For years, I was scared to meet the folks I knew only online. Though it seems strange now, in the 1990s and early 2000s I drew a line between folks I knew in Real Life and what my ex-wife called my “imaginary friends.” When people asked to meet me in person, I thought it was a little…

  • Sweepstakes: What is your New Year’s savings resolution? (4 comments)

    The Get Rich Slowly community is a savvy one, and we know you like to save money, find unexpected money and make good investments. But most of all, we know you like to voice your thoughts! To help you keep your savings resolution for the New Year, we’re running a sweepstakes on our Facebook page. All you have to do is “Like” the page, fill out a form and tell us what your savings resolution…

  • GRS 2.0 (still with cat pictures) (33 comments)

    Now that J.D. has said his farewell, I wanted to introduce myself to the Get Rich Slowly community, since my name will be on many of the posts that are not written by staff writers. I am Ellen Cannon, the editorial director of the financial services websites owned by QuinStreet. In addition to Get Rich Slowly, I oversee ConsumerismCommentary.com, MoneyRates.com, CardRatings.com, HSH.com and numerous others. I am not the new face or financial guru of…

  • What I Did On My Summer Vacation (39 comments)

    Note: This post is from Get Rich Slowly founder J.D. Roth. I’ve been traveling for more than a month now. While much of this travel has been for pleasure — I spent three weeks in Turkey with my cousin — there’s been plenty of work involved too. While I’ve been traveling, I’ve also been writing — and networking with other bloggers. Over the past month, I’ve attended two conferences, and spent three days meeting with…

  • Honey Progress Report: Credit Card Payoff Edition (127 comments)

    This article is from new staff writer Honey Smith. I’ve been at GRS for well over a month now, and I’ve learned a lot. At this point, I’ve been able to implement some changes to my spending. I can now provide an update on the effect those changes have had on my bottom line — namely, that I’ve paid off the outstanding balance on my credit card! I have also been giving serious thought not…

  • On Vacation (23 comments)

    We’re about to embark upon a bold experiment here at Get Rich Slowly. For 6-1/2 years (with one small exception), I’ve been the sole editorial voice here at Get Rich Slowly. Even though Quinstreet bought the blog 3-1/2 years ago, I’ve remained the one controlling the content and directing the writers. (The exception? April Dykman took over for a couple of weeks while I was in South America last February.) Well, I’ve now launched on…

  • Fighting Financial Pressure from Friends (88 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Tim Sullivan. Right now, I’m on my first-ever visit to Ithaca, New York. I’m attending my third wedding in the past month. These three weddings have taken me to three different states and three different time zones. My girlfriend and I just got another invite to a sorority sister’s upcoming nuptials this fall and had the same first thought: “Do we have to?” Our friends and family are important…

  • State of the Blog: The Future of Get Rich Slowly (92 comments)

    On Monday, I posted an article about change, about personal transformation. In it, I noted that people generally don’t like change. They like things to remain the same. Well, Get Rich Slowly is about to change a little. For one, my own role is going to become more background. As most of you have noticed, I’ve been writing less and less over the past few months. This is because I just don’t have much left…

  • Staff Writer Auditions from Past GRS Contributors (38 comments)

    As the audition process for GRS staff writers continues, I’m looking for ways to streamline things a bit. Today, for instance, I’m going to share three candidates in one post. All three of these writers have shared articles at Get Rich Slowly in the past. All three asked me to reprint their past articles as audition pieces. But doing so has prompted some readers to complain. To please everyone, I’m collecting all of their articles…

  • Memorial Day Weekend (5 comments)

    It’s Memorial Day in the United States, a national holiday to commemorate those who died in military service to our country. Many Americans also view Memorial Day as a sort of unofficial “beginning of summer”. It’s a time to enjoy the company of family and friends. I’m taking off the entire weekend as a rare holiday from blogging. In theory, I’ll be helping Kris with a garage sale (we’re both in purge mode after the…

  • Work-life Balance, New Challenges, and Thanks (45 comments)

    This article is by staff writer April Dykman. I’ve been a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly for three-and-a-half years and an editor for the last one-and-a-half. In fact, I was one of the first staff writers to come on board, along with Adam Baker of Man Vs. Debt. But this will be one of my last articles as a staff writer. My last official day will be July 4. From reader to writer When…

  • Reader Survey: How Can We Improve Get Rich Slowly? (349 comments)

    I am the guiding voice of Get Rich Slowly. Over the past six years (and one month), I’ve been the one who has written the bulk of the articles here, the one who has edited 95% of the material on the site, and the one who has decided which topics we cover and which topics we ignore. That said, I like to think I’m responsive to the needs of the readers. As the audience has…

  • 2012 GRS Video Contest Winners (10 comments)

    After a couple of hours spent watching the entries, and after consulting with my special assistant (i.e., the cat), I’ve had a chance to rank my favorite submissions in this year’s Get Rich Slowly video contest. As always, there were some great tips and some great stories. This year, I was impressed with the production values on the entries; some of the videos you folks sent in looked like they could have been produced by…

  • Six Years of Get Rich Slowly (40 comments)

    Six years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal-finance blog on the internet. I was wrong, of course; there were plenty of similar blogs before mine. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. In the Beginning… In April 2006, I was still deep in debt. I’d begun…

  • Final Notice: 2012 GRS Video Contest Ends Sunday! (3 comments)

    If you’re planning to enter the 2012 GRS video contest, you’d better get to work. The contest ends this Sunday night (April 15th) at one second before midnight. This may be the year to enter, too. Because there have only been seventeen entries so far, you have great odds of picking up one of the three $500 prizes. As a reminder: Entries are accepted between today and April 15th. You can enter one two-minute video…

  • One Week Left in the 2012 GRS Video Contest! (3 comments)

    It’s a sunny Saturday here in Portland, our first really spring-like day all year. Everyone’s out enjoying the sun. But not me. I’m inside looking at the submissions for this year’s Get Rich Slowly video contest. I’m pleased with the ones I’ve seen so far. You guys are awesome! For instance, this submission from Cori Rubio is outstanding. Probably the best-filmed entry in the three years we’ve been running this contest. (No surprise since Cori…

  • Reminder: The 2012 GRS Video Contest is Underway! (0 comment)

    How are you coming with your entry for the 2012 Get Rich Slowly video contest? Entries have begun to trickle in, but as in past years, there haven’t been many submissions through the first ten days. That means the folks who have entered already enjoy great odds of winning the $250 early bird prize. Note: Anyone who submits a video before this Sunday is eligible for the Early Bird Award. If you want a chance…

  • Teaser: The 2012 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is Coming! (7 comments)

    Spring is on the way, which means it’s almost time for the third annual Get Rich Slowly video contest! Two years ago, to celebrate this site’s fourth anniversary, we invited readers to submit short videos sharing financial tips and success stories. We received 57 submissions, from which J.D. picked a handful of contest winners. 2011 Video Contest Winners Last year, the quality of the videos was so high that it was difficult to pick the…

  • Q&A: My Current Financial State (144 comments)

    Fridays are typically “Ask the Readers” days at Get Rich Slowly, but today I’m doing something a little different. I’ve made a couple of big revelations lately, and those have generated a lot of questions. Today, I’ll answer a handful of these questions in order to give an outline of how I’m managing my money. There’s a lot to be said about the discipline it took to be conscious spender (and saver) even after a…

  • Cardratings.com Wants to Hear Your Story (10 comments)

    Every week we feature a “reader story” at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature people from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Our friends at credit card comparison website CardRatings.com are also looking for some reader stories, and they’ve asked if GRS readers would like to be featured on their site….

  • GRS Blogger Profile: Tim Sullivan (80 comments)

    This post is from new staff writer Tim Sullivan. Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five-plus years, it’s grown into a multi-author blog. Last year, the staff writers shared short bios to give readers a little background. Today, our newest writer does the same. Sitting down to a cup of tea with a friend, she talked about her job-hunt, bemoaned her boyfriend’s quirks, explained her…

  • Get Rich Slowly Writer Profiles (17 comments)

    For my final piece of housekeeping today, here are profiles of all the regular writers at Get Rich Slowly. When I founded this site, I had no idea what it was to become. I thought it’d be a fun way to share what I learned about money as I dug myself out of debt. Eventually, this blog became a full-time job for me. And more. In late 2008, I recognized that I was becoming burned…

  • GRS Comment Policy (Updated) (31 comments)

    Over the last few months, a lot of new folks have stopped by Get Rich Slowly. Many have stuck around to become regular readers. Thank you. With the influx of traffic, though, the tone of our discussions has become a little less civil. This isn’t so good. It’s time for a quick review of the GRS comment policy. Remember, the other folks here are real people, a lot like you There are certain things I…

  • How to Submit a Reader Story or Question to Get Rich Slowly (16 comments)

    Sunday morning is “reader story” time at Get Rich Slowly. Every week, I share a story sent in by a reader like you. Today, though, I’m going to take a time out to do some housekeeping. This morning, I’m sharing info on how to submit a reader question or story for future publication. At noon-ish, I’ll republish the GRS comment policy. And in the late afternoon/evening, I’ll share mini bios of all the GRS writers…

  • GRS Blogger Profile: Sarah Gilbert (24 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five-plus years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. Last winter, the staff writers shared brief bios to give readers a little background. Today, our newest staff writer Sarah Gilbert does the same. I used to be an investment banker. But before that, I was your average poor public school kid. I grew up the oldest of…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: July 2011 (18 comments)

    It was a strange, strange month for me. After an amazing June — a month in which everything seemed to go right — things fell apart in July. For much of the month, I felt like I was simply trying keep my head above water. If I were still tracking my sleep every night, I’d expect to see I was averaging less than six hours a night (possibly much less). After a week-long vacation with…

  • Reader Story: Making Life Transitions Meaningful (83 comments)

    This guest post from Laura Mezoff Christy is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Some of the biggest transitions in life also tend to be the most expensive. Births, funerals, weddings, buying houses, and leaving for…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: May 2011 (7 comments)

    For years, readers have complained that there are too many stories at GRS. “There’s no need to post more than once a day,” my wife tells me, echoing the feedback I receive from folks like you. So, I’ve gradually been reducing the number of posts at the site: I published 62 articles in January 2008, for instance, but there will only be 35 for May 2011. Meanwhile, the technical elves and I have been playing…

  • 2011 GRS Video Contest Winners (35 comments)

    Participation in the Get Rich Slowly video contest was down this year, which makes me a little sad, but the quality of the entries made up for it. In fact, the quality of the videos was so high this year that it was tough to pick a handful of winners. As a reminder, contestants could share videos in two categories for this contest: Success Stories and Personal Finance Tips. The top video in each category…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: April 2011 (6 comments)

    April was a fun month for me. Though I had intended to write about financial literacy, I actually spent my time exploring other topics. I’ve been thinking a lot about the philosophical aspects of personal finance lately, for instance. I wrote about this a bit during April, and have some similar post planned for May. Plus, I’m actually trying to learn more about investing, so I’ve been able to share my progress as I try…

  • Five Years of Get Rich Slowly (77 comments)

    Five years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal-finance blog on the internet. I was wrong, of course; there were plenty of similar blogs before mine. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. In the Beginning… In April 2006, I was still deep in debt. I’d begun…

  • GRS Video Contest Update (12 comments)

    Time is winding down on the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest. For a while, I was worried that nobody was going to play along. But digging through the archives, I see that last year we had a similar entry pattern: We only had five entries in the first few weeks, but the videos poured in during the last week. I suspect that’s what’s happening this year, too. Whatever the case, it’s fun to watch…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: March 2011 (3 comments)

    Whew! For the first time in three months, I’m not feeling stressed about work. I’m caught up on blog posts, my articles for other sites are written, and I don’t have any other pressing tasks. I love being able to take long vacations to other continents, but the preparation and clean-up for these trips is a bear! And I can’t rest too long. My next column for Entrepreneur magazine is due soon. Plus, I need…

  • Financial Literacy Month 2011 (14 comments)

    Though April is no longer officially recognized as National Financial Literacy Month in the U.S., many states and organizations still treat it as such. (Here in Oregon, for instance, it’s statewide financial literacy month.) Because I think financial literacy is important, Get Rich Slowly will spend most of the month reviewing the basics. Note: Not every post will tie into Financial Literacy Month, though. From past experience, this gets tedious. We’ll lean heavier on the…

  • Win $500 in the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest! (4 comments)

    Last spring, Get Rich Slowly hosted a video contest. Fifty-seven GRS readers submitted short videos sharing financial tips and success stories. From these, I picked a handful of contest winners. I had so much fun with the contest that we’re doing it again. Starting Tuesday the 15th, the GRS Video Contest is officially underway! 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest Entering the contest is easy. Simply create a video under two minutes in length. Your…

  • Teaser: The 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is Coming! (1 comment)

    Can you feel it in the air? It’s almost time for the second annual Get Rich Slowly video contest! Last year, to celebrate this site’s fourth anniversary, we invited readers to submit short videos sharing financial tips and success stories. We received 57 submissions, from which I picked a handful of contest winners. 2010 Video Contest Winners As a reminder, the winner in the Success Stories category was Jessica, who had No Regrets for delaying…

  • Checking In from Africa (37 comments)

    Greetings from Zimbabwe. Kris and I are ensconced at the Victoria Falls Hotel, a gorgeous and ridiculously colonial lodge located minutes from the edge of the largest waterfall in the world. (This place feels like something out of a James Bond movie.) A small section of Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world.It’s more than a mile wide and 300 feet tall! Also Victoria Falls, just a few hundred meters from the first shot….

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: January 2011 (18 comments)

    I’m swamped! Kris and I leave for our African safari in just over a week. We’re mostly packed, have housesitting arranged (it’s almost like we should just have a permanent room-mate with as much as we’re gone), and have been experiencing only minor side effects from our anti-malarial drug. We’re basically ready to go — except that I haven’t had time to get the blog prepped for my absence. Real Life keeps getting in the…

  • Blogging: A Demanding Task with Few Rewards? (77 comments)

    Note: I try not to blog about blogging at Get Rich Slowly. Though some of you are interested in the subject, most of you are not. Today’s article is a one-time deal. Last week, a reader named Matt sent me an article from Chicago Business about how bloggers are quitting what they call a demanding task with few rewards. It’s a fascinating story that explores some of the problems with blogging as a money-making enterprise….

  • GRS Housekeeping: Comments, Follow-Ups, and Tweetchats (22 comments)

    It’s a busy week for me. I’ve been writing and editing like mad, trying to prepare for my upcoming trip to South Africa. Things are going well, but there’s still lots more work to do. In the meantime, I realized there are a handful of housekeeping points I need to mention: I’ve changed how I’m responding to comments. I’ve begun to reply “in-line” (for lack of a better term), when I have time. That is,…

  • GRS Blogger Profile: Robert Brokamp (18 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. Two weeks ago, the staff writers shared brief bios to give readers a little background. Today, contributing writer Robert Brokamp does the same. Enjoy! Hello, GRS’ers. Want to know my life story, with an emphasis on my history with writing, finances, and procreation? Here it is, featuring actual…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly (2010 Edition) (19 comments)

    The sun has risen on the final day of 2010. As I always do at the end of the year, I spent some time yesterday poking through the statistics to see what people came to read over the past twelve months. GRS had 9.5 million visits during 2010 from over five million unique visitors. That’s a lot of readers. Most of those folks came to explore pages in the site’s archives (we’ll see which pages…

  • GRS Blogger Profile: Donna Freedman (24 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. This week, each of the authors will share a brief bio to give readers a little background. Enjoy! I was raised with relatively little information about finances. Here’s the attitude I saw modeled all around me: Work hard, live frugally, pay the bills and if there’s any left…

  • GRS Blogger Profile: Sierra Black (8 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. This week, each of the authors will share a brief bio to give readers a little background. Enjoy! My name is Sierra Black. I’ve been a staff writer here at Get Rich Slowly for just under a year, and was a regular guest previously. My first post for…

  • GRS Blogger Profile: April Dykman (14 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. This week, each of the authors will share a brief bio to give readers a little background. Enjoy! I’ve been writing for GRS for a little more than a year now, but I’ve been a writer since I was seven years old. In first grade, I won the…

  • GRS Blogger Profile: J.D. Roth (23 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. This week, each of the authors will share a brief bio to give readers a little background. Enjoy! My name is J.D. Roth. I’ve been blogging in one form or another for over thirteen years. I was blogging before “blog” was even a word. At first, I blogged…

  • Got a Question or a Story? Share it with GRS Readers! (5 comments)

    It took a while, but I’m running low on reader stories, reader questions, and guest posts. It’s time to ask for more. Reader-generated content keeps Get Rich Slowly interesting. We’ve been doing “Ask the Readers” for almost five years, and we’re just finishing the first year of “Reader Stories“. Both are key parts to this site. If you would like to share your story, or if you’d like to ask a question, take a look…

  • In Praise of Work-Life Balance (47 comments)

    I went running with my friend Dan the other day. As we ran, we chatted. “You know, J.D.,” he said. “It seems like you have the perfect life.” I laughed. I think that Dan seems to have the perfect life — funny how the grass is often greener on the other side of the fence. “My life is good,” I said, “but it’s not perfect. Besides, I’ve had to work hard to get things where…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: November 2010 (1 comment)

    It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I remembered to do a monthly round-up here at Get Rich Slowly. (Since January, in fact.) I’d like to get back in the habit. I think this is a nice way to recap the best discussions from the past few weeks. Before I start, though, I have to confess a minor stupidity. Earlier this week, I was trying to re-label everything in my gmail inbox to “TEMP”, which would…

  • “It Is Still a Beautiful World”: Happy Thanksgiving 2010 (17 comments)

    It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and that means a quiet respite from our discussions of money. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; I’m grateful that we set aside a day each year to be remember for the good things we have. As usual, I have much to be thankful for this year. I’m fortunate to have a good life, a fine wife, and four soft and furry cats. I have a job I love,…

  • GRS Comment Policy (85 comments)

    Last Sunday’s reader story caused quite a stir. While most readers were supportive of Mandy and her decision, some were not. Many folks raised valid concerns over her guest post, its relevancy at GRS, and my editing of it. I’ve taken those concerns to heart and will consider them in the future. However, a small handful of commenters went too far. A few people took it upon themselves to make assumptions about Mandy and her…

  • Back to Work (38 comments)

    Hello from Portland, Oregon! After nearly a month on the road, Kris and I are once again sleeping in the comfort of our own bed. Our wardrobes now consist of more than four shirts per person. (“It’s weird to have so many clothes to choose from,” Kris told me yesterday.) We have no jet-lag to speak of, but I’m fighting a lingering sinus infection, and Kris went to the doctor to learn that she has…

  • Greetings from Paris (35 comments)

    Bonjour, mes amis! I’m writing to you from the heart of Paris. I’d hoped to provide an update of my vacation last weekend, but couldn’t find a computer. (I left my wireless keyboard on the train from Rome to Paris, and wasn’t about to compose an entire blog entry using the built-in iPad keyboard.) Kris and I are continuing to have a great time exploring the history of the Old World. Since I last checked…

  • When in Rome… (15 comments)

    J.D. here with a quick update from my European vacation. Our housesitter reports that everything is fine (and she’s made friends with our cats), while Kris and I are enjoying the best of Italy. Last Sunday, we landed in Venice, the floating city: Mid-week we moved to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance — and home to Galileo’s fingers (or a few of them, anyhow): And now we’ve arrived in Rome. As those who follow my…

  • Opening Doors and Taking Chances: A Special Thanks to the GRS Readers! (14 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. If you’d like to continue following and reading Baker’s journey, you can catch him hanging out over at Man Vs. Debt. Thank you. This is my final article as a staff writer for Get Rich Slowly. Actually, it’s not going to be much of an article. It’s more of a chance for me to thank you, bid farewell, and recap some of the fun I’ve had over…

  • Stop Before You Start: An Update on the GRS Blog Project (23 comments)

    Ah, life. Sometimes it gets in the way of the other stuff I really want to do. When I announced the GRS blog project in July, I thought it sounded like a swell idea. I’d revive one of my many dormant blogs and document the process as I attempted to make it produce hobby-level income. Make no mistake: I still think this is a great idea — but it’s time for me to admit that…

  • Book Week at Get Rich Slowly (31 comments)

    I’m exhausted, and I’ve barely lifted a finger all weekend. I spent the long holiday reading. First, I consumed the nearly 1000 pages of Lonesome Dove (which is our book group selection this month). I did nothing on Saturday but read about the adventures of Gus and Call, the blue pigs, and the cowboys. In fact, I stayed up past midnight reading that book; it’s been a l-o-n-g time since I found a book that…

  • I’m Not THAT J.D. Roth! (26 comments)

    Normally, I wouldn’t post something like this at Get Rich Slowly — this is why I have a personal blog — but I’m getting a lot of tweets and e-mail from folks about a piece of ephemera that has surfaced on the internet. It seems that somebody’s stumbled upon a list of the folks who were in the running for the various parts on Star Trek: The Next Generation. And who was up for the…

  • Building a Money-Making Blog: Preparation (66 comments)

    Last month, I asked if you folks would be interested in a new GRS long-term project, one that tracks my progress as I try to build another blog that produces income. This would be like the garden project I did in 2008 and 2009 (and hope to do in 2011): It’d only take one Saturday post a month for updates. Many of you are interested in this project, but you have some concerns. Most notably,…

  • From Blog to Book: Why I Wrote Your Money: The Missing Manual (17 comments)

    Earlier today, Trent at The Simple Dollar explored the question, “Why would a blogger write a personal-finance book?” Trent does a good job of covering some of the reasons a blogger might write a book: to reach a different audience, to expand on topics, and so on. I agree with him. I especially agree that writing a book is no way to get rich — slowly or otherwise. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say…

  • Blogging as a Business: The Next GRS Project? (137 comments)

    Man, you guys are full of good ideas. When I put out the call for story requests on Thursday, you came through with over 150 suggestions. And some of them are stellar. I’ll get to work on some of these, farm some out to guest authors, and see if the staff writers want to take a stab at a few. Between us all, we may be able to hit some topics that GRS has never…

  • Happy Independence Day! (7 comments)

    Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States, and that means time with family and friends. I don’t have any financial tips from the Founding Fathers today. Instead, I have a couple of old videos (you know how I love these). First up is a very short clip shown in movie theaters on July 4th, 1940. Seventy years ago, as war brewed raged in Europe, American audiences got this little patriotic reminder: And just for…

  • Your Money: The Missing Manual — Now Available for Kindle! (16 comments)

    Just a quick note from the book front. Many of you have asked for a Kindle edition of Your Money: The Missing Manual. While that wasn’t originally part of the publisher’s plans, they’ve decided that there was enough demand to take that step. To summarize, here are all of the different ways you can pick up a copy of Your Money: The Missing Manual: Print edition via Amazon for $14.95 (where there are used copies…

  • Submit Your Story! GRS Now Accepting New Reader Stories (6 comments)

    After nearly six months, the first stage of a grand experiment has come to a close. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been using Sundays as a place to run reader stories. These are articles written by your fellow GRS readers in which they share their favorite tips, or (more often) explain the good things and bad things they’ve done with money. I didn’t know what to expect from this feature at first, but…

  • Get Rich Slowly Submission Guidelines (28 comments)

    Rant time! I’ve spent the past couple of days slogging through my backlog of Guest Post and Reader Story submissions. Many of these are great. A few aren’t salvageable. The vast majority fall somewhere in between. It’s rare that I’m able to take a submitted article and publish it at Get Rich Slowly without some sort of tweaking. Everyone makes mistakes — even me. In fact, I can only name four people off the top…

  • Technical Difficulties: Spamfilter Woes (3 comments)

    As happens from time-to-time, something has gone off the rails here at GRS. This time, the site’s spamfilter seems to have become over eager, and for the past two days (since about 3am Pacific on the 9th), many legitimate comments have been flagged as spam and routed to the trash. I’ve gone through by hand and recovered as many of these comments as possible, but there are probably still a few that got buried. If…

  • Your Money: The Missing Manual, News and Reviews (37 comments)

    Your Money: The Missing Manual went to a second printing while I was in Alaska. Not bad for a book that’s only been out for a couple of months! The book has been doing especially well at Amazon, where it’s consistently been in the top 5,000 in sales, and has even creeped into the top 500. (I consider this very good for a personal-finance manual.) For a brief time, it was even outselling books like…

  • On Vacation with the Real Millionaire Next Door (36 comments)

    I believe that money is a tool that should be used to help build the life of your dreams. After you’ve repaid your debt, saved for emergencies, and funded your retirement, anything you have left over is yours to do with as you please. I never thought I’d reach the “do with as you please” phase personally. It seemed like a pipe dream. But over the past year or so, I actually have found the…

  • How I Survived the Computer Castrophe of 2010 (115 comments)

    Sometimes I feel like I’m cursed. Computers hate me. I don’t think I’m particularly rough on them — I don’t toss them around or poke at the screen or douse them in water (though, on occasion, I do forget to close my window here at the office, and my printer gets rained on) — but for whatever reason, my Macs all seem to die after a couple of years. Maybe this is because I use…

  • GRS Video Contest Winners (29 comments)

    Over the past two weeks, I’ve had a chance to filter through the 57 submissions to the Get Rich Slowly video contest. Contestants made two-minute videos sharing a financial success story or a favorite money tip. Nearly every submission was interesting or amusing or insightful. You guys did awesome! Although it was tough, I’ve managed to whittle things down to a handful of winners (you can view all video entries here). Here, then, are the…

  • Highlights from Four Years of Get Rich Slowly (33 comments)

    Four years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal-finance blog on the internet. I was wrong, of course; there were plenty of similar blogs before mine. But over the past four years, Get Rich Slowly has grown into a great place for average folks to gather and discuss their financial…

  • Final Reminder: The Get Rich Slowly Video Contest Ends April 15th! (5 comments)

    If you have a great money tip or financial success story, you have one more day to enter the Get Rich Slowly video contest! With only 33 entries so far, you have a good chance to win a prize. To enter, just submit a 2-minute video by midnight (Pacific time) tomorrow. It’s great to see all of the hard work you folks are putting into this. And everyone has a different approach. For example, here…

  • GRS Video Contest Update (and PR Week) (9 comments)

    Time is winding down on the Get Rich Slowly video contest. For a while, I was worried that nobody was going to enter. Last week at this time, we only had five entries. The pool is up to 23 videos now, though. And at Monday’s meet-up in Chicago, a couple of folks reminded me that most of the entries will come in at the last minute. I haven’t watched all of the entries yet, but…

  • In the City of Big Shoulders (21 comments)

    Here I am in Chicago, the Windy City. It hasn’t been very windy at all so far (though strong winds delayed my flight’s landing time); it was rainy last night, and it’s sunny today. I’m here with Chris Guillebeau to hang out, meet readers of our blogs, and to take a 46-hour train ride back to Portland. If you’d like to join us, we’ll be gathering at 7pm at Rockit Bar & Grill, which is…

  • Upcoming Events and an Update on the GRS Video Contest (15 comments)

    I don’t know how I’m doing it, but I’m managing to stay one step ahead of the game around here. I haven’t had to resort to a week of guest posts — yet. Instead, I’ve been working like mad to be sure I have interesting articles for you guys, while also doing my bit to promote Your Money: The Missing Manual. (And, of course, I’ve been living Real Life, too: starting to exercise, and continuing…

  • National Financial Literacy Month 2010 (10 comments)

    April is National Financial Literacy Month in the U.S. As I do every April, I’ll spend much of the next few weeks reviewing basic financial concepts. But unlike past years, I’m not going to devote every post in April to this subject. It’s important, yes, but spending an entire month on the basics gets tedious. If you have a topic you’d like me to write about during National Financial Literacy Month, please let me know….

  • Video Contest Reminder (20 comments)

    This is the first of several weekly reminders that Get Rich Slowly is currently running a video contest in which you could win $500 — or a signed copy of Your Money: The Missing Manual. All you have to do is make a 2-minute video featuring either a personal-finance tip or your own financial success story and submit it by April 15th. Winners in each category will win $500. Ten runners-up will each receive a…

  • Your Money: The Missing Manual — On Sale Now! (68 comments)

    Things may seem calm and quiet on the surface of the blog, but behind the scenes here at Get Rich Slowly, everything’s a whirlwind. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but blogging doesn’t scale. That is, one man (or woman) can handle a small blog with a few hundred readers, but the bigger a site grows, the more demands there are on your time. Even though I’m using more and more help lately,…

  • Win $500 in the 2010 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest (21 comments)

    For a long time, I’ve wanted to host another contest here at Get Rich Slowly. Not a “leave a comment to win” contest (those bring hordes of random people from across the internet, which means the winners aren’t usually actual GRS readers), but a contest that rewards folks for doing something cool. Well, now seems to be the time. To celebrate the upcoming fourth anniversary of Get Rich Slowly and the imminent release of my…

  • Back from Belize (23 comments)

    Greetings, friends. I am back from a relaxing week-long vacation in the jungles of Belize (with a one-day trip across the border to Guatemala to visit Mayan ruins — or the rebel base on Yavin IV, if you’re a Star Wars geek like me). I had a blast. I slept a lot, thought a lot about my future plans, and basically forgot about the world. As always, coming home was overwhelming. It’s a shock to…

  • A Little Bit of Blog Housekeeping (27 comments)

    At long last, I’m officially finished with Your Money: The Missing Manual. No more writing. No more editing. No more nothing. The book is in my publisher’s hands, and they’re sending it to press on the 26th. It’ll be in stores sometime in March, but you can pre-order it now. Now that I’ve completed this Herculean task, it’s time for a break. Though perhaps I should have saved my advance against royalties for something smart,…

  • Your Money: The Missing Manual — Table of Contents (53 comments)

    I’m super excited — and more than a little bit scared. My book project is beginning to seem very very real. My publisher just finished laying out the manuscript yesterday, and this morning I received a printout of Your Money: The Missing Manual in its current state. For some reason, seeing the book laid out makes the project more tangible than it has been before. There’s just something about holding this pile of words that’s…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: January 2010 (14 comments)

    Now that I’m done with the bulk of the work on Your Money: The Missing Manual, I can start doing many of the things I used to do. Like provide monthly summaries for Get Rich Slowly. In some ways, January was a strange month around here. For one thing, I think this was the month with the fewest posts since I started the site; there were only three days with more than one post. Yet…

  • A Sneak Peek at Your Money: The Missing Manual (114 comments)

    I did it! I finally finished the manuscript for Your Money: The Missing Manual; I e-mailed the last chapter to my editor at 9:10 this morning. This book was a lot of work. I started writing it on 23 September 2009 at 12:27 p.m. Over the next 115 days, I gained fifteen pounds. (I actually gained eighteen, but I’ve lost three since the start of the year.) The final manuscript contains 125,244 words and 269…

  • 9 Sneaky Expenses That Eat Away at Your Income (58 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker is a founding member of Untemplater.com, a new multi-author blog focusing on personal finance, entrepreneurship, and life design for people in their 20′s and 30′s. Few concepts have had as great an impact on my family’s financial decision-making as learning how to calculate our real hourly wage. The concept was introduced by (or at least popularized by) the amazing book, Your Money or Your Life. This book…

  • Get Rich Slowly’s Greatest Hits (2009 Edition) (13 comments)

    This past year was one of transition at Get Rich Slowly. In January, I was shocked by the sudden death of one of my best friends. This loss forced me to re-examine my life priorities. For years, I’d made money my focus, and now I realized there were more important things to worry about, including my relationships and my health. As a result, I spent six months working behind the scenes to make big changes…

  • Happy Christmas, Everyone! (12 comments)

    Here’s a holiday video from 1950 showing Christmas celebrations around the world: in the United States, England, Holland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Korea, Japan, Canada, Mexico. As the spirit of Christmas unites all humanity, men and women everywhere reaffirm their faith in the brotherhood of man. The News Magazine of the Screen presents, from around the world, the spirit of PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN. Happy Christmas, everybody. Have a great weekend.

  • Your Turn! How to Share Your Financial Stories with GRS Readers (55 comments)

    The always-opinionated Tyler K. wrote this morning expressing something I’ve actually been thinking about myself. He said: I wish more people would write about things they’re actually doing. I’m absolutely bored to tears lately with personal finance articles about which on line bank has the lowest interest rates, or which credit card has the most rewards points, or “here’s a list of N things that might be useful in some situation but is really just…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 29: The Christmas Show (9 comments)

    Ho ho ho. Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat. On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I’ll join Jim from Bargaineering to discuss the highs and lows of the holiday season. What are your favorite Christmas traditions? To whom do you give gifts? How do you set a shopping budget? Do you buy year-round — or have you not even begun to shop? And which is your favorite reindeer? (I’ve always…

  • Happy Thanksgiving 2009 (8 comments)

    It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States — my favorite holiday. I like that we set aside a day each year to be grateful for the things we have. I have much to be thankful for this year — I’ve been very fortunate. A lot of this is because of this site, and because of my interaction with you, the readers. Thank you for making the community at Get Rich Slowly a top-notch place for…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 28: Thanks. Giving. (6 comments)

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s the least-commercialized major holiday, and the one whose message I most appreciate. On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I’ll join Jim from Bargaineering to discuss two aspects of this holiday season: the things we’re thankful for, and the importance of giving. This show will air live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern). It’s much more entertaining for everyone when you call in to participate. We’d love to hear…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 27: Banking for Fun and Profit (1 comment)

    On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I’ll join Jim from Bargaineering to discuss the wonderful of banking. We’ll talk about online banks, offline banks, high interest savings accounts, current CD rates, and more. (We’ll also talk about how to optimize your accounts.) This show will air live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern). It’s much more entertaining for everyone when you call in to participate. We’d love to hear how you use your bank…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 26: Financial Rules of Thumb (9 comments)

    On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I’ll join Jim from Bargaineering to discuss financial rules of thumb. Rules of thumb are no substitute for proper analysis, but they can be an excellent way to make general plans. Today we’ll talk about things like: When should you repair an appliance and when should you buy new? When should you refinance your house? How much of your investments should be in stocks? This show will…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: October 2009 (4 comments)

    It’s been a strange October for me. At the first of the month, I began the transition to working full time on my book, Your Money: The Missing Manual. It’s a much different challenge than blogging, and it’s taking all my time. In theory, the book writing will be done in a few months, and then I’ll be able to devote more attention to GRS again! Thank you for your patience while I pursue this…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 25: Why Does Everyone Hate Budgeting? (18 comments)

    On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I’ll join Jim from Bargaineering to discuss personal budgets. What works and what doesn’t? And why are so many people scared of them? (Personal finance writers especially seem afraid to talk about budgets.) This show will air live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern). It’s much more entertaining for everyone when you call in to participate. If you have some thoughts on budgets — are they good or…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 24: Saving for Retirement (6 comments)

    It’s National Save for Retirement Week! All week, Get Rich Slowly will feature articles about retirement planning. This morning, I wrote about how important it is to pay yourself first. April and Adam will share their thoughts on the subject in the days ahead. On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I joined my co-host Jim from Bargaineering to discuss saving for retirement. We spoke with Jeremy from Gen X Finance. Jeremy is a…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 23: Money and Happiness (5 comments)

    On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, I joined Jim from Bargaineering to discuss the relationship between money and happiness. Will more money make you happier? Are we happy when we get the things we want? Does happiness have a genetic set-point? And just what can we do to make ourselves more fulfilled? Our discussion — which included calls from Neal and Baker — covered some of the material from my review of Happier…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: September 2009 (0 comment)

    September saw the arrival of the new status quo at Get Rich Slowly. To give me time to pursue other projects, I’ve been joined by two staff writers: April and Baker. Their unique voices provide some variety around here, while also taking the load off my shoulders so I can work on my book. I’ve been pleased with the results so far. Here are some of the best Get Rich Slowly articles from the month…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 21: Job-Hunting Skills (3 comments)

    On this week’s installment of The Personal Finance Hour, Jim and I spent the hour talking with Michael Hampton, the director of Career Development at Western Oregon University. (We also had a lively parallel chatroom discussion this week.) Network, network, network Our discussion stressed the importance of networking. Hampton notes that your résumé isn’t your primary tool in landing a job; it’s a supporting document. You want to sell yourself by other methods and use…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 20: Spending Smart with Greg Karp (7 comments)

    On this week’s installment of The Personal Finance Hour, Jim and I spent the hour talking with nationally-syndicated financial columnist Greg Karp. Greg is the author of The 1-2-3 Money Plan, which I reviewed last week. We had a wide-ranging conversation about spending smart. Spending Smart One of Karp’s mottos is, “You can’t outearn dumb spending.” Some people believe they can always just earn more money to sustain their lifetyle — but their lifestyle often…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 18: A Twenty-Something Entrepreneur (7 comments)

    In the recent GRS reader survey, one common request was to delay the weekly podcast announcement until after the show so that I could provide a brief written summary for those who don’t have the time or the inclination to listen. That means I can’t provide a reminder for people to call in during the show, but it may generate more discussion here on the blog. A millionaire by 26 This week, Jim and I…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: August 2009 (19 comments)

    Although I thought July was a great month at GRS, I liked August even better. First, we had some terrific articles from the Staff Writer candidates. While they were sharing their thoughts, I was able to spend time digging deep into some subjects myself. There weren’t a lot of “how-to” posts this month, but we had some excellent discussions. Speaking of Staff Writers: Please welcome April and Baker aboard as official contributors at Get Rich…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 17: What I Did On My Summer Vacation (2 comments)

    We’re back! After a six-week hiatus, The Personal Finance Hour returns Monday afternoon with an easy-going episode in which Jim and I discuss what we’ve been doing since you last heard from us. (Short answer: Jim’s been trekking across Europe; I’ve been walking and biking all over Portland.) We would love to have you call with questions and share your own experiences! What have you been doing lately to improve your financial position? Have you…

  • Wrapping Up the GRS Staff Writer Auditions (129 comments)

    It’s been a long two weeks, but I think it’s been worthwhile. Thanks for your patience and feedback as the seven Staff Writer candidates shared their articles with you. I still think all seven are great, and wish I could bring all of them on board. It’s going to be difficult to decide whom to add as a Staff Writer. Before I return to full-time at GRS tomorrow morning, I’d be grateful for one last…

  • Introducing the Candidates for the GRS Staff Writer Position (36 comments)

    After a month of preparation, I’m finally ready to announce the seven candidates for the Staff Writer position at Get Rich Slowly. This is exciting for me. As I’ve mentioned several times during the past few weeks, adding another writer (or two) should make this a stronger blog, and a more robust source for personal-finance information. As I prepare to write my first book (I’ve reached a verbal agreement and am now waiting for the…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: July 2009 (2 comments)

    I had a blast around here in July, and I’m very proud of the articles I produced. After several months of writing what I thought you wanted me to write, I loosened up and just wrote about the things that interested me. I felt like I was taking a risk — what if you’re not interested in the same financial stuff I am? — but after having done this for several weeks, I’m glad I…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 16: Moving to Australia (13 comments)

    In the recent GRS reader survey, one common request was to delay the weekly podcast announcement until after the show so that I could provide a brief written summary for those who don’t have the time or the inclination to listen. That means I can’t provide a reminder for people to call in during the show, but it may generate more discussion here on the blog. “I think I’ll move to Australia.” This week, Jim…

  • Results from the 2009 Get Rich Slowly Reader Survey (32 comments)

    Last month, I asked for GRS readers to help me by taking a quick survey about their goals, interests, and preferences. As my financial skills mature, I’m wanting to write different types of articles here; I wanted to be sure you were on board with this. Fortunately, what you want and what I want seem to be fairly well aligned. I don’t have the space or the inclination to share the complete survey results, but…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 15: The Simple Dollar (6 comments)

    Join Jim and me at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) this afternoon for the 15th episode of The Personal Finance Hour. Today we’ll be interviewing Trent Hamm, author of The Simple Dollar. Trent’s primary focus is frugality, and that will be our primary topic of discussion. But the three of us are all full-time bloggers, and many folks on Twitter have asked that we discuss our experiences, so we’ll explore that too. We would love to…

  • The Land of the Free (28 comments)

    It’s Independence Day in the United States, and that means time with family and friends. I don’t have any financial tips from the Founding Fathers today. Instead, I have three fine performances of the U.S. national anthem. First up, a traditional rendition from Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians. (This group is virtually forgotten today, though popular enough in their day. Have I mentioned I have vast collection of music from before 1950? Yet another hobby.)…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: June 2009 (3 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly keeps humming along! Thanks to your participation, it was another great month around here, with a lot of interesting discussions. I’ve managed to collate most of the results from the recent reader survey, by the way, and will share them with you in a few days. Meanwhile, here are some of the best posts from the past month: June 1st: Where we’re starting from June 2nd: The lazy way to investment success…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 14: Home Improvement (5 comments)

    Summer’s here, and for many homeowners that means it’s time for projects around the house. Since we bought our current home, Kris and I have spent a lot of money to make improvements. (At this very moment, contractors are painting the house!) Join Jim and me this afternoon for the 14th episode of The Personal Finance Hour. We’ll be discussing home improvement: what projects are worth the money, how can you keep costs down, and…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 13: Credit Scores with Liz Weston (13 comments)

    Join us this afternoon for the 13th episode of The Personal Finance Hour. Today, Jim and I will be joined by a special guest, money writer Liz Pulliam Weston. Weston, “the most-read personal finance columnist on the Internet”, writes regularly for MSN Money, and is the author of Your Credit Score: Your Money and What’s at Stake. We would love to have you call with questions and share your own experiences! There are four ways…

  • Daily Links: Housekeeping Edition (27 comments)

    A few quick housekeeping things this afternoon. Please let me know if you have feedback on any of these items. Scheduling First, I’m thinking of breaking out of the somewhat-rigid schedule I adhere to with 5am posts every weekday. Originally, I published articles when they were ready. Sometimes that was late in the day, sometimes that was early. I think returning to this would give me some additional flexibility. Earning extra money Second, I don’t…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 12: Earning Extra Money (4 comments)

    We’d all like to earn a little extra money, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to begin. Today on The Personal Finance Hour, Jim and I will discuss our own experiences trying to supplement our regular incomes. We’ll talk about blogging for dollars, it’s true, but we’ll also talk about finding side jobs and selling the things we already own. We would love to have you share your own experiences! There are four ways…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 11: Frugal Weekend Fun (0 comment)

    Today’s a momentous day. For the first time in the history of The Personal Finance Hour, both Jim and I should be on Skype with headsets that work. That is, of course, unless I do something stupid again. (Last week I had the microphone on “mute”. Ugh. So dumb!) This could be the first episode free of technical glitches! And what will we be discussing? On today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, we’re putting…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 10: Finding Financial Advisors (2 comments)

    How do you find financial advisors? How do you know whom to trust with your money? That’s the topic on today’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. You can catch it live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) every Monday. During today’s discussion, Jim and I will be discussing how to find financial advice you can trust. We’ll talk about lawyers, accountants, and financial planners. We’ll share what we’ve…

  • A Brave New World: Welcome to the Get Rich Slowly Re-Design (95 comments)

    It’s been a tough day for me — a weekday without a new money-related article. Not posting something new sends me into withdrawal! It couldn’t be helped, though, as my elves have been helping me roll out the long-awaited redesign around here. I know it’s not flashy or web 2.0, but that’s okay. Get Rich Slowly isn’t, either. I’m sure there are some things that aren’t working the way we intended or that are simply…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 8: Pets (20 comments)

    How much do you spend on your pets? Are pets worth the money? How can you keep costs down? Those fuzzy little critters are the topic later today on the 8th episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. You can catch it live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) every Monday. During today’s episode, Jim and I will be discussing companion animals — and how to cope with their costs….

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 7: Home Gardening (5 comments)

    Kris and I are avid gardeners. A home garden is a great way to grow tasty food while saving a bit of cash, and that’s the subject we plan to address in this week’s seventh episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. You can catch it live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) every Monday. During today’s episode, Jim and I will be discussing our gardening experiences. What plants are…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: April 2009 (5 comments)

    April showers bring May flowers — or at least that’s what I’m trying to tell myself. This was a crazy month for me, filled with lots of behind-the-scenes work but little actual writing for the blog. It’s my hope that this “rain”, however, will yield “flowers” in the weeks ahead as I get back into the groove of blogging. I have some great posts in the works. If you have any topics you’d like to…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 6: Vacation and Travel (5 comments)

    Summer’s approaching, and that means family vacations. What are your best tips for travel and lodging? That’s the topic this week on the sixth episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. You can catch it live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) every Monday. During this episode, Jim and I will be discussing our travel experiences. I just returned from an annual weekend vacation with friends. I’ll also talk about…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 5: Buying a Car (3 comments)

    I recently bought a used Mini Cooper from a local car dealer. I did some things right, and I did some things wrong. All this aside, the entire car-buying experience makes for a great discussion topic, so that’s what Jim and I plan to tackle Monday afternoon on the fifth episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. You can catch it live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern). During this…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 4: Couples and Finances (5 comments)

    I know this is late going up, but I’ve been running errands all morning (many of which were money-related). In just a few minutes, you can join us for the fourth episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. I’ll be co-hosting the show with Jim from Bargaineering at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern). During this fourth episode, Jim and I will be discussing couples and finances. Do you keep separate…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 3: Finding Balance (15 comments)

    Join us this afternoon for the third episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. I’ll be co-hosting the show with Jim from Bargaineering at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern). During this third episode, Jim and I will be exploring balance. What is it? How do you find it? And how do you maintain it? Balance is different for different people. When you’re in debt, your financial balance is very different…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: March 2009 (10 comments)

    March was an introspective month at Get Rich Slowly. I spent time examining my relationship with money, most notably in my series of posts about the “stages” of personal finance: Fumbling in the dark, which described my bad money habits A candle in the dark, which described my quest to pay off debt The light at the end of the tunnel, which described how I began to save and invest Lighting the way, which described…

  • The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 2 (8 comments)

    Last Monday I teamed up with Jim from Bargaineering to bring you the first episode of The Personal Finance Hour, our weekly BlogTalkRadio program all about money management. We had fun with this live podcast, and it was great to interact with listeners via chat and on the phone. Tune in Monday, March 30th, at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) for another rousing edition of The Personal Finance Hour. Our topic this week is emergency funds:…

  • What Do You Want to Learn During Financial Literacy Month? (134 comments)

    I’m commandeering the “ask the readers” slot this week to recruit your help. It’s time to plan which topics to cover during Financial Literacy Month! How much do you know about money? Have you learned about the power of compounding? Do you know how the stock market works? What is a bond? Can you tell the difference between an Income Statement, a Balance Sheet, and a Cash Flow Statement? Do you even know why you…

  • Listen to The Personal Finance Hour on Mondays at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) (9 comments)

    Join us this afternoon for the premier episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. I’ll be co-hosting the show with Jim from Bargaineering at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern). During the first episode, Jim and I will provide a brief introduction to our personal histories and our financial evolution. We also hope to discuss the “stages” of personal finance. We encourage you to call with your comments or questions. Otherwise…

  • Bad Money Advice (37 comments)

    Last Tuesday, I published a guest post from CJ at Wise Money Matters. The story contained an embarrassing error about taxes, one that CJ should not have made, and one that I should have caught. As penance, I wrote an explanation of how marginal tax rates work for Wednesday. Meanwhile, Frank the “curmudgeon” at Bad Money Advice picked up on the error and justifiably posted it as an object lesson. I’m mortified that Get Rich…

  • In the Beginning… The Genesis of Get Rich Slowly (36 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly isn’t quite three years old yet — or is it? Its official “birthday” is 15 April 2006. But recently, while digging through some old notebooks, I found a gem of a page. In an abandoned moleskine, I discovered the genesis of this site: I registered the getrichslowly.org domain on 03 March 2006, but that was on a whim. I was really focused on making my (now-defunct) comic book blog a financial success….

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: February 2009 (5 comments)

    February was a great month for my personal and professional development. After the lows of January, it was great to have a month where I felt like I was stretching-and-growing instead of crashing-and-burning. All of this growth took time away from the blog, though. I didn’t get as much written as I’d hoped. Still, I think there were some great discussions, which I’ve shared below. And I have a ton of excellent ideas for March….

  • Get Rich Slowly on Frugal Coast2Coast Tonight! (5 comments)

    Just a quick reminder! Tonight (Monday night, for those who get the morning e-mail) I’ll be a guest on Frugal Coast2Coast, the BlogTalkRadio program: It’s all well and good to talk about simple ways to save money and live within your budget-but what about when that isn’t enough. What about when you are deep in debt and can’t see the way out? Jenn of Frugal Upstate and Lynnae of Being Frugal.net talk with J.D. of…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: January 2009 (3 comments)

    Wow. Am I glad that month is over. January started off with a bang and flew along full-tilt until the fifteenth. In the two weeks since my friend Sparky died, my life has been a confused mess. I delegated to guest authors while I dealt with my personal life; fortunately, they provided some great articles. Now, however, I’m looking forward to finding some semblance of normalcy again. Here are some of the best posts from…

  • Almost One Million! A Case of Shameless Self-Promotion (183 comments)

    While I’ve been coping with the recent drama in my personal life, Get Rich Slowly has quietly posted its best month ever. Roughly 850,000 visitors have dropped by to learn about personal finance. A quick calculation shows that I’ll finish the month with nearly 950,000 visitors. So close to one million! And yet so far… This leads me to a rare instance of shameless self-promotion. Many of you have asked what you can do to…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly (2008 Edition) (16 comments)

    The past ten months have been amazing: I quit my job at the family box factory at the beginning of March to become a full-time writer. Since then, I’ve worked harder than I ever have in my life. I’ve had a lot of fun, but I’ve also learned a lot about myself, and about running a business. Today I’d like to share some of the best articles from the past twelve months. I looked at…

  • The Personal-Finance Gift Guide 2008 (41 comments)

    Last year, in answer to reader questions, I suggested some personal-finance books that make good gifts. Though the list was good, I wished that there were more to it than just books. To that end, I’ve kept my eyes open in 2008 for other options for financially-themed presents. The following list is rough. It will grow more robust and refined in time as I incorporate reader comments and suggestions. For now, it highlights some books,…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: November 2008 (6 comments)

    November was a great month for me. I took huge strides in my life as a “professional” blogger. I made several local television appearances, gave a presentation at the public library, and signed with a literary agent. I also took steps to make the blog sustainable in the long term. Instead of striving for two posts a day and then feeling like a failure when I missed, I changed my aim for one solid post…

  • The Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2008 “Best List” (23 comments)

    Fast on the draw, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance published their “2008 Best List” earlier this month. While this is a quick and easy read in magazine form, the Kiplinger web site makes it almost impossible to peruse on the web. I’ve mucked through the lousy popup slideshows to find direct links to the individual parts of this report: Best financial services. I was surprised to see the Kiplinger’s pick for “best online savings account”. Though FNBO…

  • Daily Links: Housekeeping Edition (33 comments)

    No personal finance links tonight! I need to take care of some housekeeping before we move on to talk more about money management. Television appearances For those of you in the Portland area, I’ll be making a couple of television appearances this week. First up is a series of segments on KPTV (channel 12) from Shauna Parsons. Here’s her preview: The first piece will air tonight on the 5pm on Fox 12, (and then I’m…

  • Hear Me Speak This Saturday at 1pm in Portland (24 comments)

    Just a quick reminder that I’ll be speaking this Saturday at Portland’s Multnomah County Library as part of the Writers Talking lecture series. I’ll be at the Central Library from one o’clock until you all run out of questions. Walk up the steps, go through the main doors, and take an immediate right (before you enter the main library). I’ll be in the U.S. Bank room, across from Friends of the Library bookstore [map]. This…

  • Working from Home: What I’ve Learned in 8 Months as a Professional Blogger (41 comments)

    The internet is the new El Dorado, a mythical land of gold and plenty. Some savvy marketers have convinced their followers that it’s easy to make money online. It’s not. Just like anything else, it takes work. To be successful, it takes a lot of work. I’ve been working from home as a full-time blogger for eight months now. I love what I do. I love to write. It’s tremendously fulfilling to be make a…

  • A Brief Note on Political Ads (33 comments)

    I’m beginning to get e-mail complaining about various political ads on this site. These ads are being served automatically by Google and do not necessarily reflect my beliefs or the beliefs of this blog. In fact, I have no control over them. I could block individual ads, but that requires about 24 hours to take effect. I could remove all ads for the next day, but that seems silly. Instead, I ask that you just…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: October 2008 (2 comments)

    October has ended, and you know what that means: the holiday advertising and media saturation are about to begin. I’ve shared a couple of Christmas questions already, and plan to feature a few more stories in the next few weeks. If you have questions or suggestions, please let me know. Meanwhile, here are some of the best posts at GRS from the past month: October 2nd: Drama in Real Life: Foreclosure! October 6th: How do…

  • What’s in the Ideal Personal Finance Book? (98 comments)

    After months on the back-burner, I’ve begun to think about a potential Get Rich Slowly book again. The main problem is that there are already hundreds of personal finance books already on the shelves. How would mine be any different? Why would you (or your Aunt Josephine) pick up Get Rich Slowly: The Book and what would she get out of it? I know what I like in a personal finance book, and I know…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: September 2008 (5 comments)

    September was a sort of unofficial “credit card education month” around here. I tried to share information about how to use credit responsibly. (Now maybe it’s time to move on to debt reduction themes!) Most of all, there were some great conversations at GRS in September. Here are a few of my favorites: September 4th: Five essential skills for mastering plastic September 5th: Ask the readers: How to cope with spending addiction? September 9th: How…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: August 2008 (2 comments)

    It’s a holiday weekend in the United States. Many people are enjoying the last taste of summer before the school year begins. Things will be quiet around here until Tuesday as I take some time off to work around the house and relax with my family. Meanwhile, here are some of the best stories from Get Rich Slowly in August: August 4th: Dangerous norms: When a treat becomes a routine matter (a guest post from…

  • Ads Are NOT the New Online Tip Jar (37 comments)

    Seth Godin wrote today that ads are the new online tip jar. “If you like what you’re reading, click an ad to say thanks,” he says. On the surface, this seems like a nice gesture. Underneath, however, it’s a bad idea. When people ask me how they can support Get Rich Slowly, I intentionally steer them clear of clicking on ads. Sure, I get a nickel or a dime or a quarter every time somebody…

  • A Short Break (16 comments)

    This is a reminder that I will be scarce this week. I will be working to manage my mother’s affairs while she’s in the hospital. There’s an overwhelming amount that needs to be done, both for her immediate needs, and for her needs when she’s finally discharged. (And we still don’t know when that will be.) In the meantime, I’ll be sharing guest posts from other personal finance bloggers and from Get Rich Slowly readers….

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: July 2008 (9 comments)

    Wow. July was a doozy for me in the real-life department. Usually I live a quiet existence with very little drama. This month was filled with drama. This made it challenging to write daily, but I did my best. Here are some of the top stories from Get Rich Slowly last month: July 2nd: How to open multiple accounts at ING Direct (advice that may be applicable at other online banks, too) July 10th: The…

  • Site Housekeeping: Story Suggestions, Reader Requests, and Moving the Feed (71 comments)

    It’s been months since I did any public housekeeping. I have several items that could use some feedback, however. Now’s a good time to discuss them. Feed transition First of all, my RSS feed is in the process of being moved from the old Feedburner site to the new Google-based Feedburner site. There may be some glitches during this process. The subscriber number may swing wildly. (I’ve seen 51,000 and 62,000 today, and right now…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: June 2008 (7 comments)

    June was a difficult month for me. I was busy in Real Life, distracted by home remodeling and by physical fitness. Things are settling, which will allow me to spend more time on the site. On top of that, I now have actual help around here! My wife, Kris, is processing the backlog of e-mail. My friend, Winston, who is one of the inspirations behind GRS, is doing research and handling publicity. Another friend, Lisa,…

  • Small Changes Are the Building Blocks of Financial Success (37 comments)

    Though Kris and I are fairly adept in the yard and garden, we sometimes struggle with home maintenance tasks. When I prune the camellia hedge too hard (as I did in April), it may look ugly for a few months, but I know that nature will erase my mistake in time. A house is less forgiving. Still, with each passing year, I try to become a little more adept at do-it-yourself home maintenance. If a…

  • Patching the WordPress AnyResults.Net Hack (26 comments)

    This post has nothing to do with personal finance, yet it’s be important to many readers. Please ignore it if it doesn’t apply to you. It’s 2:30 a.m. I just spent the last eight hours tracking down an insidious hack that had affected all of my WordPress blogs except for Get Rich Slowly. This hack redirected search traffic from Google (and other sources) away from my blogs to AnyResults.Net and similar sites. Direct links were…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: May 2008 (3 comments)

    You guys have been awesome, sending all sorts of story suggestions and questions about personal finance. Unfortunately, I cannot possibly reply to every e-mail I receive. Get Rich Slowly is a one-man show, and I’m swamped. I hope to get some sort of autoresponder set up for common questions, but until then, please be assured that I read your e-mail, even if I don’t reply. If you have a question that must have an answer,…

  • A Short Holiday (4 comments)

    It’s Memorial Day in the United States, a national holiday to commemorate those who died in military service to our country. Many Americans also view Memorial Day as a sort of unofficial “beginning of summer”. It’s a time to enjoy the company of family and friends. I’m taking off today — as I did the entire weekend, actually — as a rare holiday from blogging. In a couple hours, I’ll be running my first-ever 10k…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: April 2008 (5 comments)

    Ah, April. It was a fine month. Get Rich Slowly was named most inspirational personal finance blog by Money magazine, I conducted a couple of interviews, and I made my first public presentation about money. I also focused my writing on financial literacy topics. Here are some of the posts I especially liked this month: April 1st: How to turn $500 into $7 the hard way April 2nd: The extraordinary power of compound interest April…

  • Daily Links and a Few Words About Ads (12 comments)

    Aside from Bacon Salt, I don’t usually call attention to the advertising at Get Rich Slowly. However, for the next two weeks there will be a couple of ads in the sidebar that deserve an explanation. The first is labelled “8 secrets your credit card company doesn’t want you to know”. I think it looks a little scammy, but I assure you it’s not. When this ad first appeared in February, I checked out the…

  • April is Financial Literacy Month (7 comments)

    Though April 2008 isn’t officially National Financial Literacy Month in the United States, many organizations are still treating it as such. (Here in Oregon, for example, it is again statewide financial literacy month.) Because I think basic financial literacy is imperative, I will devote the next few weeks to covering the fundamentals of personal finance. If you have a topic you’d like me to write about, please let me know. To begin, however, here’s an…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: March 2008 (2 comments)

    March was a monumental month in my life — it marked my move to full-time blogger. (Look at all that alliteration!) I spent the first few weeks of this new existence catching up on long-neglected blog chores, but have now begun to focus on my writing. I’m excited about the weeks and months to come! Here are some of the posts I especially liked this month: March 4th: Uncommon lifestyles and the truth about The…

  • Reader Requests: Shape the Future of Get Rich Slowly (115 comments)

    That’s it. I’m done. My work at the family box factory is officially over. For better or worse, I am now a full-time writer. (More on this later in the weekend.) It’s going to take me a couple weeks to catch up with all the things I’ve been neglecting around here, but by the beginning of April, I should have developed some sort of routine. One of my objectives is to devote more attention to…

  • The Official GRS Referral Swapping Thread (379 comments)

    For the past year, I’ve maintained a list of the best online high-yield savings accounts. (I just updated that article with several new banks and with current rates, by the way.) Active participants in that thread — which now has over 550 reviews of various banks — have been asking for a place where they can exchange referral links. I’m not opposed to this, but I don’t want it to clutter up actual discussions. Based…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: February 2008 (3 comments)

    February was interesting at Get Rich Slowly. I had less time to write this month than at any other time since starting the site. I did my best to maintain quality, but I’m looking forward to finally doing this as a full-time gig starting sometime in the next few weeks. Because of concerns with the U.S. economy, my subject matter strayed to large-scale topics more often than I’d like last month. I don’t know much…

  • State of the Blog: Starting the Transition to Full-Time Writer (24 comments)

    “Have you quit the day job yet?” everyone wants to know. “Are you blogging full-time?” Not yet. In fact, right now I have less time to write for Get Rich Slowly than at any point since I started the site nearly two years ago. Fortunately, this is a temporary situation. We’ve hired my replacement at the box factory, our family business. David is a smart, capable young man, and a friend of the family. (Our…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: January 2008 (4 comments)

    January was a great month at Get Rich Slowly. We had great discussions on a variety of topics. February may be a little slow, however; I’m training my replacement at the box factory. To pick up the slack, I’m willing to consider a new round of guest submissions. If you have something to say about personal finance, drop me a line to share your idea. Meanwhile, here are some of the best GRS articles from…

  • Thank You for Five Million Visits (24 comments)

    It took 325 days (from 15 April 2006 to 05 March 2007) for Get Rich Slowly to receive its first million visitors. It took 326 days (from 06 March 2007 until today) for the next four million to arrive. The five-millionth visitor just passed through the doors. These numbers amaze me. I’d like to think that the growth of this site is due solely to my own effort, but I know that’s not the case….

  • Subscribe to Comments Problems (1 comment)

    For the past year or so, I’ve allowed users to subscribe to comments on threads they find interesting. Based on the number of people subscribed to individual posts, GRS readers seem to find this valuable. However, sometime over the past few months a bug has appeared in the “subscribe to comments” database. Some users report they’ve been receiving comments for random threads (or worse, all threads), not just the ones they’ve subscribed to. One temporary…

  • The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Contest Winners (12 comments)

    When Jeff Yeager and I devised the Ultimate Cheapskate’s Book Contest, we hoped that Get Rich Slowly readers would have fun with it. But your responses exceeded our wildest dreams. The contributions have been fantastic. There are currently 220 stories, with more coming all the time. Some offer clever ways to save money; others are hilarious testaments to the thin green line between frugal and cheap. With so many excellent choices, it was difficult to…

  • Get Rich Slowly’s Greatest Hits (2007 Edition) (21 comments)

    Kris and I went out for a nice dinner last night to celebrate a wonderful 2007. While we ate she told me, “I was just thinking this morning how happy I am. I have a great life. I love my job, my friends, my marriage, my home.” That, my friends, is true wealth — happiness, and the absence of a need for more. I’m pretty happy, too. This past year has been amazing. I’m out…

  • Christmas 1950 (6 comments)

    Here’s a holiday video from 1950 depicting Christmas celebrations around the world: in the United States, England, Holland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Korea, Japan, Canada, Mexico. (Note the conspicuous absence of Germany and Russia.) It’s a homey little clip, perfect for today. As the spirit of Christmas unites all humanity, men and women everywhere reaffirm their faith in the brotherhood of man. The News Magazine of the Screen presents, from around the world, the spirit of…

  • Too Much Success (33 comments)

    I apologize for the down-time over the past few hours. Things seem to be back to normal. Let’s cross our fingers. The great part about writing this site is that I’m able to help others work toward their financial goals. I love to share what I learn, and to read what you are doing to achieve your dreams. There’s a good community here, and I’m proud of that. One down-side is that it takes a…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: November 2007 (3 comments)

    I had a great time at Get Rich Slowly during November. I had fun writing articles, had fun sharing guest posts, and had fun reading the comments you folks shared. There were some great discussions, both on the blog and in the forums. There’s more interesting stuff scheduled for December, but I’m really looking forward to January, when I’ll have entire days dedicated to writing for this site. This should give me a chance to…

  • Taking a Break (16 comments)

    I’m off for the Thanksgiving holiday — my favorite time of year. I’ll be hanging out with family and friends, and hope that you do the same. There’ll be some fine guest posts from readers like you during my absence. In the meantime: If you haven’t already, now is the time to set ground rules for your family’s holiday gift exchange. Will you be drawing names? Setting price limits? Giving gifts only to children? Be…

  • New! Editable Comments at GRS (17 comments)

    One of the top requests from Get Rich Slowly readers is more robust comments. “It’d be nice if I could edit the comment I just left,” is a common refrain. Your wish is my command. I’ve installed a plugin that will allow readers to make changes for up to 15 minutes after posting. (I can increase that time limit, if needed.) In order to install this, I had to remove the “star ratings” plugin. I’ve…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: October 2007 (3 comments)

    Trick or treat! Thanks, everyone, for a great October. As usual, there were some excellent discussions. I was also pleased to be able to give away over $600 in prizes to celebrate Get Rich Slowly’s 18-month anniversary. My Real Life took precedence this month, though I did my best to maintain quality around here. This was possible thanks in part to guest posts from readers like you. Here are some of the best GRS articles…

  • Get Rich Slowly Contest Winners (18 comments)

    Thanks to everyone who participated during last week’s 18-month anniversary celebration. I was surprised at the number and quality of comments you shared over the past few days. I’m particularly pleased with the site feedback, and so have added an extra iPod as a prize. Speaking of prizes, I suppose you’re all wondering who the winners are. With the help of the handy internet random number generator, the following people have been selected: Nature photograph…

  • Leave Site Feedback for Your Chance to Win an iPod (280 comments)

    It’s day four of reader appreciation week! Today I’m giving away a 1GB silver iPod Shuffle. To enter the drawing, leave a comment on this post with some sort of constructive feedback about Get Rich Slowly. What’s your favorite article? What did you like about it? Or maybe tell me which articles you don’t like and would like to see less of. Are there other topics you’d like to see covered? Should I write more…

  • The Get Rich Slowly Writing Project: Share Your Story for a Chance to Win a Wii (74 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly turns eighteen this week! Eighteen months, that is. While this blog is toddling around and learning to speak, I thought it might be fun to celebrate by giving something back to the readers. To that end, I’m holding a week of contests. I have over $600 in prizes to give away, including a Nintendo Wii. On Monday (Blog Action Day), I’ll be giving away a nature print from photographer (and GRS reader)…

  • Daily Roundup: Credit Card Flips and Free College Lectures (14 comments)

    I had lunch with a good friend today. Over Chinese food, we talked about personal finance. (Surprisingly, this isn’t a hot topic in my social circle.) We discussed the lure of new cars, and the virtues of buying used. We talked about the drawbacks of trading up from a small home to a large home. And we pondered what sorts of investments we ought to make in the coming years. I write about personal finance…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: September 2007 (2 comments)

    It’s been a great month for Get Rich Slowly: the site saw its 3,000,000th visitor, 5,000,000th pageview, 32,000th RSS subscriber, 3,000th e-mail subscriber, etc. These are big numbers. Better yet, I finally found my writing groove again. That’s important. It helps me produce quality articles on a regular basis. It also helps that so many GRS readers are eager to share their own takes on personal finance. I now have about 25 guest posts waiting…

  • …Into Wonderland (23 comments)

    If you’ve reached this entry, then you’re at the new home of Get Rich Slowly. This site now has its own server. This should be more than enough room for the foreseeable future. Imagine a childless couple living in a 10,000 square foot house. Sometimes this couple throws large parties, but most of the time the place is rather empty. That’s what the new server is like. (The old server was as if the couple…

  • Get Rich Slowly Network News (4 comments)

    For the past eighteen months, I’ve declined invitations for Get Rich Slowly to participate in blog memes or join blogging networks. They just don’t seemed appropriate for the site. As with everything, however, there are exceptions. I’m proud to announce that this site has joined two excellent blog networks: LifeRemix and the Money Blog Network. What does this mean to you, the reader? Not much directly. Behind the scenes, these networks will help GRS to…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: August 2007 Edition (6 comments)

    It’s a holiday weekend in the U.S., and I plan to make the most of it. Get Rich Slowly will be quiet until Tuesday. Kris and I will spend time with friends, work in the yard, and begin our de-cluttering project in earnest. (Actually, as I write this, it’s nearly midnight and we’re still up purging all sorts of stuff!) Two items of note: I’m looking for guest authors. At the moment, I’m limiting guest…

  • Announcing Blog Action Day 2007 (12 comments)

    Leo, the genius behind Zen Habits (one of my favorite productivity sites), has helped to launch Blog Action Day, an annual event designed to focus attention on a single important issue. From the official press release: An international initiative of bloggers known as “Blog Action Day” launched today, with the aim of uniting thousands of blogging voices, talking about one issue for one day. This year on Blog Action Day, which is slated for Oct….

  • A Successful Vacation Budget (16 comments)

    I’m back from vacation. It’s awesome to be home and to not be spending money anymore! Ireland was good. London was great. But New York — wow! New York was amazing. It far exceeded my expectations. I’m a small-town boy, no question, but I can still appreciate the big city. New York is expensive, though. It’s at least as expensive as London or Dublin even without an unfavorable exchange rate. Yet I was able to…

  • Update from the Emerald Isle (21 comments)

    Greetings from Ireland! Earlier this week we flew from London to Dublin, and for the past few days we’ve been exploring the Emerald Isle. My wife’s parents, who have generously funded the bulk of this trip, booked us on a series of rail-and-bus tours of Cork, Cobh (Queenstown), Killarney, Waterford, Kilkenny, and the ring of Kerry. As a result, I’m getting a crash course in rail travel, which is something new to me. (I’m also…

  • London Calling, and a Disclaimer (22 comments)

    I’ve finally managed to find an internet café near our hotel in London (we’re near Victoria Station), so am checking in for the first time in a week. I love this city, and because of the generosity of my in-laws, my expenses are much lower than they might have been. I’ve spent $628.93. That’s less than my $700 weekly budget, but more than my $350 weekly target. Most of this money was spent in three…

  • Budgeting for Vacation, and While I’m Away (17 comments)

    When my mother-in-law called last Christmas Eve, she asked me to put Kris on the other line. “I have something I want to tell both of you,” she said. I was worried. Was something wrong? “What’s the matter?” Kris asked. “Hold onto your seats,” her mother said. “Your dad and I have a surprise for you. We’re going to take the family on a vacation to Europe this summer. That is, if you want to…

  • The Best of GRS: June 2007 Edition (1 comment)

    June was a good month: I was finally able to complete my Roth IRA series (look for the final part soon — I’m still researching answers to your questions); I was able to devote time to writing a couple of personal entries about the psychology of personal finance, which is one of my favorite subjects; and, best of all, we had some excellent discussions. You guys are awesome. July is going to be crazy. I…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: May 2007 Edition (2 comments)

    May was a bit of a slow month around here. I had a lot going on in real life, so most of my GRS plans were put on hold. (In reality, they’re likely to remain on hold until August.) Meanwhile I’m falling further behind on my e-mail! Also, I couldn’t devote as much time in May as I would have liked to crafting longer entries. Still, I was particularly pleased with the following posts: May…

  • Call for Submissions: Festival of Frugality (1 comment)

    Get Rich Slowly will be hosting this week’s Festival of Frugality, an ongoing compendium of cheap living. If you’ve written about frugality at your blog recently, feel free to submit a link. But please: don’t submit anything spammy, and only submit your best work. Festival visitors prefer quality over quantity! You have ’til Monday afternoon to get your entries in.

  • links for 2007-05-18 (4 comments)

    Lots of good personal development links today! >> 60+ improvements to make in your life << Dumb Little Man gives a list of some siple things you can do to make life better. “Life is a never-ending improvement process. No matter what you do or how perfect your life seems, there is always something to improve.” This is a great little list. (Jay, your sidebar is broken in Safari!) >> The difference between experts and…

  • Which is More Important: Money or Job Satisfaction? (66 comments)

    I’m planning to give a talk to a group of graduating college seniors later this month. One point I’d like to make is that it’s important to love your work. Nobody should work at a job they hate. This is common advice, of course, but I also hear people say that it’s okay to work at a crummy job if it’s a stepping stone toward a larger goal. For example, yesterday Penelope at the Brazen…

  • Name that Tune: The GRS Request Lines are Open (39 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly is taking a long weekend to work on yardwork. While I’m engaged in manual labor, I won’t have time to meditate on personal finance. This is a perfect chance to ask what you’d like to see covered in the coming weeks. What burning personal finance questions do you have? What books would you like to see reviewed? Are there aspects of money that mystify you? Any types of material you’d like to…

  • The Best of Get Rich Slowly: April 2007 Edition (3 comments)

    I learned a valuable lesson during April: a month-long series cramps my style. As much as I liked Michael’s videos about saving and investing, I look forward to freeing the “money hacks” slot in order to, well, share some money hacks! This month was notable for some great discussions in the comments of entries such as these: Apr. 1st: Lifestyles of the rich and stupid Apr. 4th: Ask the readers: When does this all pay…

  • Introducing: Fiscal Fitness Journals (1 comment)

    Several years ago I discovered John Stone Fitness, a site that documented the life of a man whose body looked like this: as he undertook a journey to make his body look like something else entirely: Stone had a problem, and knew it. He educated himself, discovered a solution, and applied himself to achieving his physical fitness goals. We can learn some valuable lessons from Stone, and not just about health and wellness. Stone’s example…

  • Join the Get Rich Slowly Forums, Win a Prize (1 comment)

    Just a quick reminder that the Get Rich Slowly discussion forums have reopened for business. Since I brought them back, 191 registered users have made 949 posts about personal finance. I invite you to tap into the expertise of other Get Rich Slowly readers, to ask questions and to chat about money. As an added incentive to join the discussion, I’m offering some prizes. Each person who registers and contributes at least five substantive posts…

  • The Return of the Forums, and One-Year Blogiversary (14 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly is one year old today. In celebration, I’ve brought back the Get Rich Slowly discussion forums. I invite you to use them to tap into the expertise of other Get Rich Slowly readers, to ask questions about personal finance, and to chat about money. To register, you’ll need to use the VIP code you see in the sidebar to the right of this entry. It’s hard to miss: the four-digit number sitting…

  • April is Financial Literacy Month (35 comments)

    How much do you know about money? Have you learned about the power of compounding? Do you know how the stock market works? What is a bond? Can you tell the difference between an Income Statement, a Balance Sheet, and a Cash Flow Statement? Do you even know why you would want to? Do you know how to keep a budget? Do you understand how your taxes are used and why we pay them? Do…

  • The Best Posts of March (1 comment)

    It’s been a long month. I spent a lot of time writing about personal finance in March, but I think the results have been worth it. I feel like I’ve helped a lot of people. The hard work paid off in record traffic and record subscribers, too. When the dust settles, more than 285,000 people will have dropped by, and the site will have gained roughly 4,000 new subscribers (including 300 new e-mail subscribers!). Best…

  • Get Rich Slowly Advertising Policy (8 comments)

    More and more people are contacting me about advertising on Get Rich Slowly. So far I’ve kept things simple by using only third-party ad networks, such as Google Adwords/Adsense, Text Link Ads, and the FeedBurner Advertising Network. But I’ve received enough requests for direct advertising that I’ve taken some time to draft an advertising policy. The most important thing for potential advertisers (and existing readers) to know is that my objective with this site is…

  • Budget Spreadsheet Corrections (14 comments)

    Astute readers have spotted a couple of errors in the simple budget spreadsheet I shared yesterday. I’ve made corrections and re-posted the file: Stephen’s simple budget spreadsheet Please let me know if you spot other mistakes! 23 May 07 Update: Greetings visitors from Zen Habits. This version of the spreadsheet is good, but Stephen created an updated version which you can find here. This is an ongoing project which will see continued refinements and improvements…

  • Golden Goals Interviews at Zen Habits (5 comments)

    Leo at Zen Habits is conducting a series of blogger interviews this week, learning “how they achieve their goals, their most important habits, their productivity systems and more.” I’m honored to have been included today. I felt my responses went well. A sample: What are the essential habits that you’ve formed to help you achieve your goals? Hard work! [...] I write nearly every day, often for several hours. I read constantly. I’m always absorbing…

  • Money Hacks Now at Get Rich Slowly (7 comments)

    I believe I’ve switched the Money Hacks RSS feed so that it’s drawing from the new money hacks category at this site. If you’re reading this via the Money Hacks feed, then everything worked. If the money hacks end up being a poor fit at here, they will return to their own site. This is an experiment. I think it’ll work, but who can tell? So far these entries are much lower rated than the…

  • Get Rich Slowly at MyBlogLog (15 comments)

    I don’t really know much about the service, but I thought I should mention that there is a Get Rich Slowly community at MyBlogLog. Please feel free to join, if that appeals to you. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of adding the MyBlogLog widget to the sidebar? I’m not keen on adding more clutter there, but if it’s something you folks would like, I’ll consider it. Here’s an example of what it…

  • Best Comments on My Personal Finance Library (9 comments)

    The list of 25 great personal finance books that I have on my own bookshelves made it to the front page of Digg on Thursday. Because two other articles were picked up by major sites on the same day, Get Rich Slowly experienced record traffic. (Nearly 25,000 visitors, though it’s hard to be sure because Sitemeter decided to take a vacation that morning and hasn’t returned since.) What’s notable, though, is that the Digg thread…

  • A Quick Comment About Comments (3 comments)

    As I get buried deeper and deeper by my stack of e-mail, I think it’s important to let you know: so far, I read and consider every piece of e-mail I receive, including site comments. I don’t reply to everything because I don’t have the time. But trust me: if you’ve sent me an idea, I’ve filed it away. For example, just now I am working on an entry suggested by a reader’s comment on…

  • One-Millionth Hit! Contest Winners Announced! (2 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly has received its one-millionth visitor. At around 10pm Pacific last night, 325 days after launching, the site passed the 1,000,000 mark. Thanks to all of you have contributed guest entries, story ideas, and comments. It’s your contributions that make Get Rich Slowly such a valuable resource. JP came closest to guessing the date and time of the millionth visitor. His prediction of 11:59 pm was less than two hours off the mark….

  • The Best of February — Facelift Edition (5 comments)

    The past week has seen some subtle changes around Get Rich Slowly. I’ve given the site a minor facelift. I keep telling people, “The site is still ugly, but now it’s less ugly.” I have more tweaks planned for the coming weeks. If you have any suggestions, or if you spot any errors, please let me know. Some quick thoughts: I was unsure how I’d like the “star ratings”, but have to admit they’re actually…

  • Are You Ready for Some Money Hacks? (45 comments)

    For the past six weeks, I’ve been running a second personal finance site. Money Hacks offers one short tip most weekdays. I started the site in response to a post at 43 Folders. Merlin wrote: Funny thing — in the last week or so, I’ve gotten email from three different people asking me which site I’d consider to be the ‘43 Folders’ of money management. By this, I think they mean they’re looking for some…

  • Site Updates: My Wish is Your Command (4 comments)

    I’ve made a few minor changes to the site. I also have an update on the contests! Contest For those of you who entered the one-millionth hit contest, here are the current counts: Get Rich Slowly has had 946,860 visitors since opening. Roughly 76,000 visitors have come since the contest started on February 9th. At this pace, the millionth visitor should arrive on March 6th or 7th. Akismet has caught 96,085 pieces of comment spam…

  • Upgrade in Progress (8 comments)

    I am upgrading various components of this site. Things may break over the next hour or two. You may see some funky layouts as I experiment with themes. Be patient. Things will return to normal. (In theory.) Edit: Er, just to clarify, this is mainly a behind-the-scenes upgrade. Any cosmetic changes you see here tonight will be only temporary. I’m not planning any permanent changes. Yet. I do want to redesign the site, but I’ve…

  • Contest Deadline Approaching! (0 comment)

    Just a reminder: the one-millionth hit contest deadline is in six hours. Get your guesses in by midnight Pacific tonight for your chance to win an iPod shuffle or, better yet, a jar or pickled eggs!

  • Voluntary Frugality vs. Frugality of Need (10 comments)

    Sloganeering posted a response to my recent story about allowing yourself to splurge. The author makes an excellent observation: There are two ways to wind up living a frugal life-style: because you want to (middle-class slumming and self-esteem boosting), or you need to (you’re just fucking poor). If you are the former, then yes, it’s okay to splurge now and then. Splurge away! But if you are the latter, then even the most occasional and…

  • One-Millionth Hit Contest (196 comments)

    And now for something completely different… I’ve been trying to brainstorm contest ideas in order to spread the wealth this site generates. Kris tells me she doesn’t like contests: “They look a little desperate.” Let me assure you I’m not planning to host contests out of desperation. I want to hold contests because: They’re fun, and It’s a way for me to give something back to the readers. Until I come up with a good…

  • Update: The Business of Blogging (3 comments)

    Last month I asked for opinions regarding a series of articles on the business of blogging. Though most of the responses were positive, I received some constructive feedback on how to make the topic better fit the theme of this site. Instead, I’m starting a series of articles about earning money from hobbies. I’ll try to make the advice general, but the actual examples will often be based on blogging. Meanwhile I’ll contribute blogging-specific articles…

  • The Best of January (1 comment)

    It was another great month at Get Rich Slowly: January saw record traffic and record subscribership. Most of all, it saw several terrific discussions. You readers make this site great. I’m continually amazed at the breadth and depth of your knowledge, and at the fantastic conversations to be found here. Thank you. Here are some of the best posts from January: Jan. 2nd: 7 ways to take charge of your finances in 2007 Jan. 5th:…

  • Reminder: Free Financial Checkup Today (1 comment)

    This is just a reminder that Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is offering a free financial checkup today. You can obtain professional money advice by dialing 888-919-2345 before 6 p.m. Eastern. More details here.

  • Backlog of Reader Submissions (0 comment)

    I’ve been trying to keep an empty inbox using Gina Trapani’s inbox zero rule. (Or is that Merlin Mann’s rule? I can never remember.) I have insomnia, so I’m sitting here at 1:19am replying to the messages that have accumulated over the past week. I don’t seem to be making much progress, though. I’m skipping messages that contain reader questions, guest posts, and story ideas. Suddenly it occurs to me that I literally have dozens…

  • An Introduction to Get Rich Slowly (0 comment)

    Welcome, new readers! This site has seen an influx of visitors over the past two days, particularly from BoingBoing and StumbleUpon. What can you find here? Get Rich Slowly is devoted to helping you make the most of your money. I write about budgeting, investing, credit cards, debt, and all that boring stuff. But I try to make it fun. Everyone dreams of getting rich quickly — but few people notice the slow, sure path…

  • New Topic: The Business of Blogging? (43 comments)

    I get a lot of e-mail from readers who want advice on how to start a weblog. Here are some actual questions from recent e-mails: I was wondering if you had some time to let me pick your brain on starting a web site. As a very new personal finance blogger, I could really use some advice on increasing my traffic.  Have you written a post on this somewhere? I wanted to see if you…

  • Carnival of Personal Finance – Call for Submissions (3 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly will host the next Carnival of Personal Finance. If you’d like to contribute an article, please submit it by this Sunday afternoon. Please share only your best work, and only articles about personal finance. Writers often submit stuff to web carnivals simply to get a link from the host. This is unfair to everyone involved: the host, other participants, and — most of all — the readers. Submit quality material or submit…

  • Welcome to 2007 (1 comment)

    Thanks to all who contributed guest entries during my recent break. I had hoped to do a lot of behind-the-scenes work while you supplied the site content, but frankly I just relaxed. Organizing and editing the guest-posts took more time than I had anticipated, and I managed to jot notes on a couple dozen (!!!) ideas for future articles. But mostly I enjoyed the company of family and friends. There are still a few guest-entries…

  • Best of Get Rich Slowly – 2006 Edition (10 comments)

    It’s been a fantastic 2006 at Get Rich Slowly. In April of this year, I started the site hoping that I could help a few hundred people on their path to financial success. Get Rich Slowly now has an audience of a few thousand. At the end of the year, it seems fitting to look back on the most popular posts as determined by you, the readers. For each month I’ve listed the posts with…

  • Reader Participation Week (1 comment)

    It’s reader participation week at Get Rich Slowly! I’m taking some time off to work on behind-the-scenes projects. While I’m tinkering in my workshop, I’m giving you the chance to write this site. The response has been overwhelming. I’ve received about twenty submissions, and expect several more in the next few days. I’ll do my best to get these all posted in the next week, but that means there’ll be more entries than usual at…

  • Site Improvements, and Five Things About Me (16 comments)

    I’m taking a break between now and New Years. My absence will be filled by contributions from you, the readers of Get Rich Slowly. Next week could see a heavy posting schedule or a light one, depending on the number of submissions. Meanwhile, I’ll be working behind-the-scenes on various site improvements. If you have any suggestions or requests, please let me know so that I can add them to my agenda. Did you now that…

  • Behind the Blog: How I Write an Entry (25 comments)

    I’ve fielded a lot of questions recently about how much time I devote to this site, and about how I write my posts. The answers are: a lot, and it depends. More precisely, I spend about forty hours each week managing Get Rich Slowly. Some weeks I only spend twenty hours. Some weeks I spend sixty hours. This site has been my primary hobby for the past six months. Where does all this time go?…

  • Call for Guest Articles, and Wind Storm (10 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly is seeking guest entries for the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I’ll be around, but working on top-secret behind-the-scenes stuff. You folks submitted a number of great articles while I was on vacation in August. I’m certain there are dozens of more great money-saving ideas out there. I’m open to any topic related to frugality, personal finance, or self-development. Anyone want to write about living frugally as a vegetarian? About…

  • Reminder: Enter the Get-Rich-Slowly Holiday Tips Contest (6 comments)

    What are your favorite ways to save money during the holidays? Check out the amazing frugal Christmas savings spectacular for your chance to win one of two subscriptions to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Sunday night I will select my two favorite tips from the comments to that entry. (Kris has informed me that she will be helping me choose the winners.) The winners will each receive a one-year subscription to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. (You’ll need…

  • Best of November, and How to Subscribe to GRS (2 comments)

    The cold, dark days of winter are upon us, but there’s plenty more personal finance information to share in the weeks ahead. To begin, here are the highlights of the past month at Get Rich Slowly. Nov. 6th: Getting things done: How to take control of your life Nov. 8th: How do you teach kids the value of money? Nov. 13th: Keep track of food with a leftovers list — Kris and I have been…

  • A Thanksgiving Poem (3 comments)

    There’s no question — Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Here’s a poem for the day. I’ll be back on Monday. Desiderata (Max Ehrmann, 1927) Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they…

  • My Fight Against Inappropriate Ads (39 comments)

    I’ve used advertising at this site since its inception. The income keeps me motivated to provide quality content. I experiment with different ad formats from time-to-time, but I try to keep them as innocuous as possible. My greater concern is screening inappropriate advertisers. Because the words “get rich” are in the name of the site, Google Adsense frequently sticks “get rich quick” ads in my articles. I hate this. Here’s an amusing juxtaposition sent in…

  • Congratulations, Ramit! (4 comments)

    Ramit Sethi has signed a deal to publish a book based on his site. This is fantastic news. Ramit has a direct, engaging style, and offers commonsense personal finance advice for young people. (And for old people, too, actually.) It’s also just the push I need to get off my ass and turn my own dreams of writing a book into reality. Time to read up on book proposals again.

  • Get Rich Slowly Archives Page (4 comments)

    After my request for suggestions to improve Get Rich Slowly, several commenters noted that this site’s archives are a mess. I agree. Any long-term solution will be tied to a site redesign. For now, however, I’ve created a temporary archives page that lists all posts in reverse chronological order. (The number of comments on each entry is displayed in parentheses.) This is not an ideal page, but it’s certainly an improvement on the current system….

  • How Can I Improve Get Rich Slowly? (19 comments)

    I am taking a week off from Real Life to focus on home improvement projects, friends, and web sites. Much of my time will be spent behind the scenes here at Get Rich Slowly, planning for future improvements. If you have any requests or suggestions, please let me know. I’m open to all comments, good or bad, in an attempt to improve this site. I’ll be posting as normal during this break. Look forward to…

  • Best of October, and How to Subscribe to GRS (4 comments)

    October was a great month for Get Rich Slowly — 100,000 people passed through the gates. You folks left some fantastic comments and pointed me to some interesting personal finance news. Keep it up. Your support makes this site better. It was difficult to pick favorites this month — there were many good articles — but eventually I selected to Oct. 1st: An introduction to mutual funds (a guest entry) Oct. 4th: Money and values:…

  • Whatever Happened to Seattle Simplicity? (12 comments)

    MissPinkKate has lost a favorite site. Does anyone know what happened to it? She writes: Wondering if you know what happened to the site Seattle Simplicity? It was a great personal finance blog that now appears to have been eaten by spammers. Do you know what happened? I thought the site was good, too — full of useful info on frugality and simple living. I also enjoyed her podcast interview. But I don’t know what…

  • State of the Blog: Six Months of Get Rich Slowly (28 comments)

    I last asked for reader feedback in July. I’m asking for it again. Get Rich Slowly has been in operation for six months. In those six months, it has produced some impressive numbers: Posts: 505 (2.8/day) Comments: 2,349 (13.0/day) Spam: 8,615 (47.9/day) Visitors: 377,000 (2,094/day) Page Views: 664,000 (3,688/day) Subscribers: 4,100 (190 by email) This weblog is a success because of you and your support. Your comments, suggestions, and contributions make Get Rich Slowly a…

  • Best of September (0 comment)

    Last month, I shared my favorite Get Rich Slowly articles from August. A monthly “best-of” seems like an excellent way to force myself to review recent progress. It’s also a good introduction to the site for new readers. Here are my favorite articles from Septemeber: Sept. 1st: Nine tips for young people starting careers Sept. 7th: Cheap hobbies: Getting started with naked-eye astronomy Sept. 8th: How and why to start an emergency fund Sept. 12th:…

  • How to Subscribe to Get Rich Slowly (3 comments)

    Here’s a friendly end-of-the-month reminder that you can subscribe to Get Rich Slowly via any of the following methods: To receive Get Rich Slowly via e-mail, please enter your email address:   You may also subscribe to the Get Rich Slowly feed: Finally, you can add this blog to your Technorati favorites. This weblog is a success because of you and your support. As always, I welcome reader contributions, either as ideas for stories, or…

  • Comments of the Week: Values and Spending Plans (0 comment)

    Your comments add tremendous value to this site. In a very real way, this is a group project — we’re teaching each other what we need to know to escape debt, manage our money, and build wealth. For the next few Saturdays, I’ll highlight some of the best comments from the previous week. On Tuesday I posted a survey regarding money and marriage. How can a frugal spouse cope with a spendthrift spouse? Stephen wrote:…

  • Interviewed by the Money Blogger Podcast (2 comments)

    I’m pleased to be this week’s guest on the Money Blogger Podcast. (What is a podcast?) In the interview, host Scott Ahlberg and I discuss personal finance, including the history of debt in the United States, and what can be done to educate kids so that they’re better prepared to meet the Real World. Take a listen: This is Ahlberg’s 35th podcast episode, and I’ve listened to all of them. Each interview is interesting in…

  • Laboring on Labor Day Weekend (4 comments)

    It’s Labor Day weekend. My wife and I are spending it, well, laboring. While working on the house and in the yard, I won’t have time to write about frugality and investing. If you’re looking for good stuff to read, try some of my favorite articles from the past month: Aug. 1st: Some thoughts on discouraging materialism in children Aug. 3rd: Which financial records to keep (and how long to keep them) Aug. 8th: Use…

  • Site Tinkering in Progress (2 comments)

    I’m testing three new plugins for this site. If you have feedback regarding their functionality, please let me know. You can see them in action at the bottom of the sidebar. The first simply tabulates recent posts. The second lists popular posts. The third selects random posts. When I’m sure they’re working correctly, and when I’ve figured out the CSS, these three will be grouped together to form the new page header throughout the site….

  • Taking Care of Business (1 comment)

    I’ve returned from my San Francisco vacation and am ready to resume regular posting. Thanks to the Get Rich Slowly readers who provided content in my absence: Stephen A. Smith for Make Some Noise to Save Some Money and How to Give Yourself a Raise Aaron Muderick for Ten Secrets of Success Mrs. Darling for Raising a Family on One Income (Part One) and (Part Two) Adam Gurno for his Programmable Thermostats: A Three-Month Review…

  • Survey: Best Location for Links? (8 comments)

    I’ve figured out how to route the del.icio.us links to the sidebar, which will remove them from the main body of this weblog (and from the RSS feed). Which do you, as a reader, prefer? And how strongly do you hold this opinion? (In other words: do you find the del.icio.us links in the main blog tacky? Or do you prefer them here so that they show up in the RSS feed?) I compile a…

  • Behind the Scenes (2 comments)

    Most of my work this week will be behind the scenes here at Get Rich Slowly. I’m making some changes based on your suggestions. In a few minutes, a new feed of del.icio.us links should automatically post. Assuming this works, it will become a regular feature, and will replace the “asides” sidebar at the right. It will also replace some of the shorter summary-only entries I’ve been making. This will free me to spend more…

  • Thanks to Blogathon Sponsors (2 comments)

    We almost hit $1000! I finally discovered how to see this site’s Blogathon sponsors, and in the process found some pledges that had gone unconfirmed until now. The final tally was 37 pledges for $964. Huge thanks to everyone who was able to sponsor: Nathaniel Burbank Sabino Arredondo (the best accountant in Canby, Oregon) Vince at Investorial.com Anthony Lewis Dusty D. PearBudget Mom Luneray (who is fond of dogs that have issues) Maartje Tel Amy…

  • Thank You for Supporting Blogathon! (8 comments)

    I’m going to bed now. Blogathon is over. I’m proud of the money that you pledged in support of First Book. Your 32 pledges raised $658 to buy books for needy children. (It’s not too late to contribute, by the way.) I’m glad I tried this. I didn’t know if I could do it. And it was a slog. I’m amazed that I lasted all 24 hours, that I was able to make every single…

  • My Blogathon Command Post (1 comment)

    Here’s where I’ve spent the last 24 hours: This is the dining room table. You can see my Powerbook open and ready for use. To its left are a couple of books that I referred today. There’s also an empty bag of chips. (The salsa bowl is to the right of the computer.) Both mugs contained tea — one contained hot Thai tea, the other smoky Lapsang Souchong. Both are high in caffeine. I had…

  • Bonus Entry: Status Report (0 comment)

    Greetings, and welcome to Blogathon! I’m finally caught up. (I got up at 5:44, which put me behind from the start.) I’m sitting at the dining room table with a mug of Lapsang Souchong tea, a stack of personal finance books, and an elaborate chart listing ideas and URLs in a neat schedule grid. Of course, I’ve already left the schedule grid, but there you go. (Outside, five or six juvenile blue jays are fighting…

  • Blogathon Theme: Funny Money (4 comments)

    Stop the presses! I had a spark of inspiration on the drive to work this morning. There’s a change of plans for Blogathon. It seems a shame for all of your great suggestions to get buried beneath a swamp of fifty entries where they won’t receive the attention they deserve. Instead, I’m going to hold off on most of them, highlighting each in turn. Instead, I want to make to make the Blogathon fun for…

  • Tomorrow I Will Blog for 24 Hours Straight (3 comments)

    Twenty-four hours from now, I’ll be dragging myself from bed and and stumbling downstairs, ready to take up a command position at the kitchen table for Blogathon. I’ve made a list of ideas, have gathered URLs, and am ready to go. Some of the day will be spent highlighting cool sites about frugality and investing, but I do plan to devote much of my time to reader requests and suggestions. For the past month, I’ve…

  • Full Disclosure Regarding Site Advertising (19 comments)

    Recently, several people have asked how much money Get Rich Slowly earns from advertising. This subject makes some people uncomfortable. If you’re one of those people, please skip this post.

  • Three Months of Getting Rich Slowly (20 comments)

    Darren Rowse at ProBlogger wonders what would you do differently if you had to start your blog again? If I were to start over, I’d have a plan. In its first three months, Get Rich Slowly has exceeded my expectations. I’ve had a blast sharing the information I find. But more than that, I’ve learned a lot from you. There’s plenty of room for improvement, though. When I began, my thought process went something like…

  • Blogathon Status: 21 Pledges for $466 (1 comment)

    Blogathon is five days away. To date, Get Rich Slowly readers have made 21 pledges for a total of $466. That’s outstanding, folks — I appreciate it. All of the money raised through your sponsorships will go to support First Book, an organization that fosters reading among low-income children. I’ll be blogging for 24-hours straight on the 29th. Won’t you contribute a buck or two (or five or ten) to the cause? If you e-mail…

  • What is AskMetafilter? (1 comment)

    I mention Ask Metafilter a lot, but have never explained what it is. Ask Metafilter, an extension of the popular Metafilter collaborative blog, is an attempt to tap the power of crowds. Registered users are permitted to post one question per week on any topic they wish. Other registered users then post responses. Most questions generate several excellent answers, and some can spawn sprawling discussions. Unsurprisingly, many of the questions are about money. For example,…

  • Sponsor Get Rich Slowly for Blogathon 2006 (1 comment)

    I need your help! Get Rich Slowly will participate in the annual Blogathon on July 29th. Starting at 6am Pacific, I will post one entry every half hour for twenty-four hours. Please consider pledging even a couple of bucks to support this effort. Money raised from your sponsorships will be donated to First Book, an organization that fosters reading among low-income children. First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give…

  • Independence Day Break (0 comment)

    Get Rich Slowly is in the midst of an extended Independence Day break. Normal updates will resume on Wednesday, July 5th. If you’re new here, take a look at some past entries such as: How to opt out of credit card offers FOREVER Cheap and effective ways to make life easier Reader question: Cheap world travel? 17 ways to save big at the supermarket Saving electricity: How to reduce your energy costs My review of…

  • Get Rich Slowly in the Wall Street Journal (11 comments)

    Jason Leow has written an article for the Wall Street Journal about how to find worthwhile personal finance books (registration required — the article is on page B1 of the 24 June 2006 issue). This weblog is featured in the story. Leow writes: The universe of personal-finance books is exploding. Many of them offer dated advice in plodding prose, so now a mini-industry has evolved to help sort through which are worth reading, which merit…

  • Survey: How Much Do You Spend on Food? (256 comments)

    What does the average four-person family spend on food in a month? In a year? How much does a two-person household spend on food? How much does your family spend? How much of this is for groceries? How much for dining out? Do you make an effort to control food spending, or do you simply buy what you feel like? Do you use coupons? Do you grow your own food? I’m not so much looking…

  • Ask For What You Want (0 comment)

    Ramit at I Will Teach You to Be Rich writes about a friend who saved on ATM fees just by asking: I was just talking to my friend, who recently moved to New York [...]: She’ll be there for a few months and didn’t want to open a bank account, but instead of just shrugging and saying “Damn that” she actually called her bank. She just asked them if they would waive the ATM fees…

  • Better Archives Coming (1 comment)

    One priority for Get Rich Slowly this weekend is to make the archives usable. They’re currently a shambles. I’m a recent WordPress convert (coming over from Movable Type), and when selecting a theme for this blog, I didn’t check how it handled archives. I regret that. If anybody knows how to create a useful archive structure with the Connections theme, please drop me a line. (And please let me know of any other site-related issues…

  • Monthly Status Report (June 2006) (5 comments)

    Get Rich Slowly has been live and public for one month. I hope you’ve found it as informative as I have. There’s more personal finance information to write about than I can ever hope to cover. If you have topics you’d like to see discussed, please let me know. I promise that there will be more book reviews soon, and that I’ll provide both capsule summaries of each book’s advice, as well as extended thoughts…

  • Discussion Forum Highlights (0 comment)

    In the Get Rich Slowly discussion forums: My recent entry on how many credit cards people carry has me wondering: how many credit cards do you carry? Frykitty wonders where to start with coupons. In the investing forum, VinTek offers and excellent introduction to mutual funds. He also recommends a good book on investing. Your participation will help make the discussions forums a more vibrant, useful place.

  • Carnival of Personal Finance (0 comment)

    This week’s Carnival of Personal Finance is up at 2million.  The host’s picks focus on 401(k)s, though there are many posts on a variety of subjects, including a great overview of David Bach’s DOLP method for eliminating credit card debt.

  • Financial Forum (1 comment)

    The Get Rich Slowly discussion forum is now open. Anyone may register to ask questions, or to post hints and tips regarding investing, saving money, using credit wisely, and learning to live a simple, frugal life. As with this weblog, the discussion forum is currently in an early testing form. If you have questions or recommendations, please post them. Enjoy!