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  • Talking with Tess Vigeland about the psychology of money (14 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, where he recently wrote about how to be happy. As part of the Get Rich Slowly course, I interviewed 18 of my favorite financial experts. Combined, these interviews comprise over eight hours of audio and more than 200 pages of written transcripts, all of which are available as part of the…

  • A conversation with Mr. Money Mustache (30 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, where he recently wrote about how to be happy. As part of the Get Rich Slowly course, I interviewed 18 of my favorite financial experts. Combined, these interviews comprise over eight hours of audio and more than 200 pages of written transcripts, all of which are available as part of the…

  • Want to get rich quickly? Start looking for hidden treasure (28 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Holly Johnson. Ever since Forrest Fenn revealed that he had hidden a treasure chest worth an estimated $2 million in the mountains north of Sante Fe, much of America’s southwest has been in a frenzy. In fact, thousands of people have descended on the area, all of them hoping to strike it rich. If you watch the news, you may have heard about the eccentric millionaire who came up…

  • The high cost of saying ‘no’ (25 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Before I became a full-time freelancer, I worked in the communications department at a large non-profit. The organization hosted several events every year, from small local workshops to huge statewide conferences, and we always needed to fill some holes in the event schedule. This was never easy. Many times it was on my department to come up with extra presentations. That meant that my three bosses always…

  • Couples and money: Lessons from The Queen of Versailles (32 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I recently got sick for the first time in almost a decade, and was bed/couch-ridden for a good four days. Since I had some time on my hands, I was able to watch a few documentaries on my Netflix queue. One of those was The Queen of Versailles, a film that will make your jaw drop like an episode of Hoarders. It’s hard to believe people really live like…

  • Ask the Readers: Is traditional advice killing your job search? (25 comments)

    “Vince” was halfway through his MBA program and struggling to find an internship. So, he took his career counselor’s advice and blasted his resume and cover letter to 30 companies.”I just tried to shoot out as many resumes as possible,” says Vince. Nine companies called him back, but the interviews didn’t go well. He only got one offer, and it wasn’t for a particularly great internship. If Vince followed his career counselor’s advice, why was…

  • Side Gigs v. Day Jobs (132 comments)

    This post is from new staff writer Honey Smith. If you’re in debt — especially if you’re in significant debt — frugality will only get you so far. To really make a dent, you have to increase your income. The option recommended most frequently on personal finance blogs I have read is freelancing or consulting on the side. Another option is a second job (usually hourly work of some kind). However, side jobs aren’t always…

  • How to Make Separate Finances Work: An Interview with J.D. and Kris (199 comments)

    Every couple has its own way of managing money. Some folks share their finances completely. Some — like my wife and me — keep their finances completely separate. Most couples fall somewhere between these two extremes. Writing for the June issue of Redbook magazine, Virginia Sole-Smith highlighted what she calls the new money rules for couples. Experts don’t agree on how couples should manage their money, Sole-Smith says. That’s because there’s no “one size fits…

  • Estate Planning Done Right: How to Help Your Family from the Great Beyond (48 comments)

    This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a blog, Twittering thing. Robert contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Note: No cats were harmed in the writing of this post. Unless you’re Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re not going to be able to visit your relatives after you…

  • How to Sell Your Car on eBay Motors (15 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker recently released a guide to help people attack and sell their excess clutter entitled “Sell Your Crap“. Several weeks ago, I wrote about the early stages of my quest to sell a family car. While I had always used either the local newspaper, word of mouth, or Craigslist to help sell my automobiles, I’ve recently run across several stories from people who successfully sold their cars…

  • Dinner with the Diehards: A Chat About Investing (37 comments)

    It’s been a long time since I wrote about investing at Get Rich Slowly. I haven’t abandoned the subject, but my mind has been on other things. Besides, I’ve been practicing what I preach. I’ve invested my money in low-cost index funds (and some bonds), and I never make a trade. Because I know it pays to ignore financial news, I have. Earlier this week, I peeked at my portfolio for the first time since…

  • Art and Entrepreneurship (28 comments)

    My pal Chris Guillebeau has a great interview up over at his blog, The Art of Non-Conformity. He recently profiled artist Tsilli Pines (who also happens to be a loyal GRS reader and a customer of my family’s box factory). The interview discusses Tsilli’s development as an artist, her initial steps toward starting her own business, and her decision to make the leap to full-time entrepreneur. Here’s an excerpt from the conversation: Chris What is…

  • Personal Finance on Film: The Up Series (28 comments)

    “Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.” — attributed to Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order Though there are many fine books about money available for the general reader, I’ve always been disappointed that there are so few movies about money. Anything directly about finance tends to be sensationalist in one way or another. Despite this, I think that excellent films about money do exist —…

  • Extreme Personal Finance: Daniel Suelo, The Man Without Money (82 comments)

    Previously in my semi-regular Extreme Personal Finance series, I’ve highlighted: A couple who paid off their $220,000 mortgage in three years People who live on $12,000 a year Don Schrader, the man who lives on $10 a day Rina Kelley, the reporter who lived for one month as a freegan Yesterday, my friend Castle sent me the story of a man who makes these other folks look like spendthrifts. The man without money Writing for…

  • Lower Your Expectations, Increase Your Happiness (87 comments)

    “Did you listen to Rick Steves this afternoon?” Kris asked me on Sunday. I shook my head. “That’s too bad,” she said. “It was about the relationship between money and happiness. I think you would have liked it — and so would your readers.” “But I just wrote about happiness!” I said. “J.D.,” she said. “You can never write too much about happiness.” And so I tracked down last weekend’s episode of Travel with Rick…

  • The Secrets of Financial Freedom: An Interview with the Millionaire Next Door (141 comments)

    Today is the last day of Financial Literacy Month. To tie everything together, I thought it would be fun to share an interview my real millionaire next door, a man we’ll call John. He used the basic tenets of money management to build wealth and to retire early. Here’s how I described John when I first wrote about him last year: John is a 71-year-old retired shop teacher who lives in a modest ranch house…

  • Tune in Tonight: Nightly Business Report Interviews Warren Buffett (20 comments)

    As part of its 30th anniversary, Public Broadcasting’s Nightly Business Report is airing an interview with Warren Buffett tonight (Thursday, January 22nd). Susie Gharib spoke with “the oracle of Omaha”, asking him about the economy, about President Obama, and about investing. Here are some excerpts from the transcript, posted with permission. Update: Video of the interview is now online. Susie Gharib:  One thing that Americans aren’t buying these days is stocks. Should they be buying?…

  • Interview: The Motley Fool’s David Gardner Talks About Stock-Market Investing (19 comments)

    Earlier today, I reviewed the new book from The Motley Fool, Million Dollar Portfolio. I had the pleasure to interview author David Gardner at the end of December. This post contains excerpts from that interview. The complete interview will be included as part of the hypothetical future Get Rich Slowly podcast. J.D. Earlier this year, you met with Stephen Popick, a government economist who writes for Get Rich Slowly. During the first part of your…

  • Warren Buffett’s Ten Secrets to Wealth and Life (46 comments)

    Warren Buffett is the richest man in the world, yet his reputation for frugality, folksy wisdom, and straight talk make him seem like just a regular guy, like he might be the billionaire next door. He’s one of my heroes. Several Buffett biographies have seen print over the years — The Making of an America Capitalist, The Good Guy of Wall Street, etc. — but at the end of September, author Alice Schroeder will publish…

  • Leverage, Luck, and Living Well: A Conversation with Financial Columnist Scott Burns (16 comments)

    During the first week of July, I had the privilege to chat with financial author Scott Burns. What was intended to be a brief interview about his new book, Spend ’til the End [my review] lasted for nearly two hours. Burns was fascinating. It has taken weeks to edit this conversation into something digestible for the web. It’s still quite long, but I hope it’s as interesting to you as it is to me. You…

  • All I Really Need to Know About Stocks I Learned in the Sixth Grade (An Interview with David Gardner) (28 comments)

    This is a guest post from Jericho Hill (a.k.a. Stephen), Get Rich Slowly forum administrator and resident economist. I recently attended a focus group at The Motley Fool, a website about financial education. After the focus group, I had a few moments to talk with David Gardner, one of the site’s founders. I asked David if he’d be willing to sit down for a few minutes for Get Rich Slowly. He was happy to chat,…

  • Tim Ferriss on the Power of Personal Entrepreneurship (16 comments)

    I write a lot about saving money. Like many of you, I’ve found frugality an excellent way to widen the gap between what I earn and what I spend. Frugality helped me get out of debt, increase my monthly cash flow, and ultimately begin to build savings. Thrift is a key component to personal finance. But to be successful, to build wealth, you must also increase your income. You might do this by changing careers,…

  • How to Take a Mini-Retirement: Tips and Tricks from Timothy Ferriss (56 comments)

    In his book, The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss proposes that we shift our focus from end-of-life “macro” retirements to more frequent mini-retirements, which might be spaced throughout a working career. Though similar to a vacation or a sabbatical, mini-retirements differ in some key ways: A sabbatical is a one-time event. Mini-retirements are meant to recur throughout a lifetime. A vacation is short, and often involves a tourist lifestyle with little immersion in a new way…

  • Using Mini-Retirements to Get More Out of Life: An Interview with Timothy Ferriss (45 comments)

    On a cool Thursday morning last July, I woke early to walk into the hills outside Wells in Somerset County, England. After three-quarters of an hour, I reached a point with a broad vista of the surrounding countryside. I leaned against a fence post and took in the view — I could have sworn I was looking at Hobbiton. After a few minutes of silent contemplation, I walked back to town. I took a brief…

  • An Interview with Rich Rogers, Cheesemonger (16 comments)

    I’m in Trader Joe’s with Rich Rogers. I’m looking for bread. He’s looking at cheese. Rich is in the process of opening an artisan cheese shop in Dallas, Texas, and he never misses a chance to check for cheese in other stores. The past year has been a crash course in retail marketing for him. It’s a harrowing process, but he loves it. On our way to the cash registers, I stop to grab a…

  • Uncommon Lifestyles and the Truth About the 4-Hour Workweek: An Interview with Tim Ferriss (41 comments)

    One of the fundamental premises of the Get Rich Slowly philosophy is that by making sacrifices and smart moves now, you can create a better life in the future. It’s a philosophy of deferred gratification. But what if you don’t want to wait to enjoy life’s rewards? What if you want to take advantage of opportunities while you’re still young? Is there a way to do this while still maintaining a smart approach to money?…

  • Scratch Beginnings: An Interview with Adam Shepard (152 comments)

    I just finished reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America for the third time. In this book, the author chronicles three one-month stints working as one of the American poor. Her goal is to demonstrate that it’s difficult to succeed as a waitress, or a maid, or a Wal-Mart employee. This is a book that I wanted to like — I sympathize with the author’s motives — but what could…

  • Does the Financial Industry Subtract Value from the Economy? (23 comments)

    Vintek pointed me to a Bill Moyers interview with John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group and patron saint of index funds. (He’s also one of my financial heroes.) Mostly, the conversation revolves around the problems with the modern U.S. economy: BILL MOYERS: What is the job of capitalism? JOHN BOGLE: Well, ultimately, the job of capitalism is to serve the consumer. Serve the citizenry. You’re allowed to make a profit for that. But, you’ve…

  • Personal Finance Chat Today at 1pm Pacific (0 comment)

    This just in! The Los Angeles Times web site has a blurb on many of its pages this morning announcing that personal finance columnist Kathy Kristof will be answering questions in an online chat today (Thursday, May 17th) at 1:00 pm. Pacific. (Which is 4:00pm Eastern.) You can find her in the LA Times personal finance chat area. If you have a burning personal finance question, drop by and ask an expert. (If you get…

  • Casey Serin: $2 Million in Debt in Two Years (60 comments)

    Casey Serin of I Am Facing Foreclosure recently held a two-hour conference call to take questions from readers and to explain his situation. I didn’t hear the call, but I did read the entire transcript (part one, part two).     For those of you unfamiliar with him, Casey Serin is the Napoleon Dynamite of real estate investing. He took real estate seminars from Russ Whitney and read books by Carleton Sheets. He bought into…

  • 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 Interviews: Imagination Movers, part four (2 comments)

    This is the last installment of an interview with Scott Durbin. Durbin has made an entrepreneurial leap of faith, leaving behind a safe job to pursue a dream, starting a rock band for kids. In the first part, we learned how the band moved from idea to start-up. In the second part, Durbin discussed his family’s pre-band financial situation. And in the third part we learned how starting the band affected his personal finances, and…

  • A Brief Conversation About Money (12 comments)

    10:58 AM Sparky: are you truly making boxes? J.D.: No, we’re bitching about stuff. 11:00 AM Sparky: gotta get back to rewiring 11:10 AM Sparky: i made my own mutual fund last night and backed tested it from January 6, 2006 Sparky: it came back with a 30% increase to-date. J.D.: Nice. J.D.: GM? MSFT? Sparky: no, that’s the JD mutual fund Sparky: 12.3% Consumer Discreationary Sparky: 8.5% Consumer Staples Sparky: 11:15 AM Sparky: 23%…

  • The Billionaire Next Door: The Wisdom of Warren Buffett (33 comments)

    Warren Buffett is one of my heroes. He’s the second-richest man in the world, yet he lives more frugally than I do. CNBC recently broadcast an interview with Buffett. Naturally, it’s been posted to YouTube. Here’s the show in its entirety (with notes and excerpts I made while watching). [Update 16 April 2007: The show is no longer available via YouTube. Instead, you can view excerpts at CNBC.] As a kid, Buffett would go door-to-door…

  • Money Interviews: Imagination Movers, part three (1 comment)

    This is the third part of an interview with Scott Durbin, one member of Imagination Movers, a rock band for kids. Durbin is taking an entrepreneurial leap, leaving behind a safe job to pursue a dream. You may also want to read part one and part two. How did starting the Imagination Movers affect your personal finances? For a while, everything we did was out of personal pocket. As the organic nature of our project…

  • Money Interviews: Imagination Movers, part two (1 comment)

    A couple of weeks ago, I shared the first part of an interview with Scott Durbin. Durbin is taking an entrepreneurial leap, leaving behind a safe job to pursue a dream, starting a rock band for kids. This is the second part of the interview. What was your family’s financial situation at the time you started the Imagination Movers? At the time the Movers started, I was entering my sixth year of teaching. Picture if…

  • Money Interviews: Imagination Movers, part one (2 comments)

    This is the first of a planned series in which I interview friends and family about their attitudes toward money. Most of these will be anonymized (and much shorter). Some will not. This first interview is with Scott Durbin, a member of Imagination Movers, a rock band for kids. This band is an entrepreneurial venture that required a huge leap of faith. Scott, what made you and the other Movers decide to form a band?…