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  • Spare Change: The sweet emotion edition (43 comments)

    This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Last month in an Ask the Readers post, I wrote about money worries: “Even though my expenses are manageable, even though I have money in savings, even though I’ve historically always made enough money to cover the bills and then some, I still worry.” And longtime reader Tyler Karaszewski…

  • Spare change: Spending studies, money hacks, and Tina Turner (23 comments)

    This article is by staff writer April Dykman. I tried to finish my Christmas shopping early, both to avoid crowds and to save money. For instance, my gift to my youngest niece was a baking kit. The girl watches Cake Boss religiously, and every time I see her, she immediately asks if we can bake…

  • Spare change: The “I wear your granddad’s clothes” edition (30 comments)

    This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Readers, you’re about to witness me use dated vocabulary, talk about gas prices, and reveal my love of the elbow patch. You might wonder if it’s actually me, a gal who wasn’t alive for the Carter administration, and not a curmudgeonly old man. I have no explanation…

  • Spare Change: willpower, shutdowns, and mugshots (23 comments)

    This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Here are the random money-related links that have piqued my interest lately. First up, we’ll look at why willpower is never enough. 1. What’s my motivation? Willpower is often cited as what we need to do things like lose weight, work harder, or save more money. But…

  • Spare Change: The no-theme edition (14 comments)

    This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Normally for these Spare Change posts, I like to collect a bunch of money-related links and group them by theme. But I’ve been too scatterbrained lately to collect or organize anything. Last week a friend of mine, Frank, passed away after a brief illness — one that…

  • Spare Change: Housing edition (33 comments)

    This post is by staff writer April Dykman. For the last seven months, my husband and I have been renovating our new home. But before that, we spent months searching for the right house. There were a few times when I wondered if the right house even existed. This is my own fault because my…

  • Spare change: Identity theft edition (32 comments)

    Several years ago, my husband and I went on our annual family camping trip in Terlingua, Texas, right outside of Big Bend National Park. As usual, on our way out, we stopped in Alpine to gas up. My dad paid with a credit card, and we got on the road and headed home. But a…

  • Spare change: Credit card edition (42 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. They got me during my freshman year of college. I was walking back to my dorm, just an unsuspecting university student, and a guy with a clipboard approached. One quick application and a t-shirt later, and I had a Visa credit card and a $1,000 credit line….

  • Spare Change: The free, cheap, and paying extra edition (18 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’m in the process of renovating a house. This includes a complete kitchen remodel, new fireplace, drywall to replace wood paneling, refinishing the ceilings, paint and wall repairs in every room, and more. Needless to say, this project has kept me…

  • Spare Change: Fun Money Edition (13 comments)

    Hello, friends. How are things? It’s been a long time since I wrote regularly at Get Rich Slowly, but you know what? I kind of have the itch to share more stories about personal finance. I’ve been writing about odds and ends at More Than Money, and even delve into money talk now and then….

  • Spare change: The financial literacy edition (20 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. If you read Get Rich Slowly regularly, you probably know that this is Financial Literacy Month. And my inbox has been filled with press releases about it, like best practices for financial literacy and 30-day programs to get your finances on track. But for me, tactics like those didn’t…

  • Spare change: Cheap and fast fitness edition (27 comments)

    This post is by staff writer April Dykman. As many longtime readers know, GRS founder J.D. Roth used to write “Spare Change” posts, which were a quick round-up of personal finance articles from around the web. He also used these posts as a chance to share bits and pieces about non-financial aspects of his life….

  • Make more money as a subject matter expert (33 comments)

    I spend a lot of time working. I have my day job, first of all. I also have a demanding side hustle in addition to writing here. I’ve spent most of my working life like this. I like working and learning something new, but the main reason I seek employment is because making more money…

  • Spare Change: Staff Writer Audition Edition (4 comments)

    As you’ve all noticed by now, we’re in the thick of another round of staff writer auditions here at Get Rich Slowly. I never made a formal call for staff writers; instead, I just quietly accepted submissions from the folks who had the initiative to contact me when they noticed April Dykman was retiring. I…

  • What Your Loose Change is Really Worth (83 comments)

    For the next week (or two), we’ll be sharing “audition” pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. Pay attention, give feedback, and after a couple of weeks we’ll ask which writers you prefer. This…

  • Spare Change: Busy Man Edition (14 comments)

    It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I posted a batch of links. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I’ve been so wrapped up in my personal life lately. Speaking of which: What am I actually doing nowadays, anyhow? I’ve been kind of quiet about that, haven’t I? Well, I’ve been focusing on the things…

  • Dollar Coins: Or, In Other Words, a New Tax (155 comments)

    This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. “You need 75 more cents!” the woman at our favorite burger joint, Little Big Burger, said brightly after I sent my 9-year-old to order another serving of truffle oil fries with all the change I could find in my bag. Thankfully, I knew I’d sent enough money:…

  • Spare Change: Video Contest Edition (23 comments)

    Today’s the day! As of now, readers like you can submit entries to the third annual Get Rich Slowly video contest. Share your secrets of financial success and have a chance to win $500. All it takes is two minutes of your time and a little creativity. This year’s contest is similar to past years….

  • Spare Change: Preparing for Patagonia Edition (68 comments)

    This morning, Kris and I signed our divorce papers. (They won’t be filed until I’ve been approved for health insurance, however.) Tomorrow, she and I fly to Buenos Aires to begin three weeks exploring South America together. We’re both looking forward to this as a chance to test whether our friendship can be strong even…

  • Spare Change: Submit Your Story Edition (32 comments)

    Like a hibernating bear, I feel like I’m waking from a long winter’s nap. For the past few months, I’ve been dormant, not just at Get Rich Slowly but at my other sites as well. I’ve had so much happening in my personal life that it’s been tough to find the mental energy to write…

  • Spare Change: Building a Tower Edition (19 comments)

    For me, the past few months have been transformative. There have been some monumental changes in my mindset, which have begun to be reflected in my everyday life. Some of these changes are public — I’m doing more interviews, I’m preparing to tackle my next book project — and some of the changes are private….

  • Spare Change: Reader Submissions Edition (16 comments)

    When I returned from Peru, my inbox had nearly 1000 messages to be processed. That actually wasn’t so bad — I was expecting more. Still, as you might imagine, it takes days to answer 1000 messages, and I’ll be working on e-mail until Thanksgiving, I’m sure. (I’ve finished the easy emails and have the inbox…

  • Spare Change: Missing Person Edition (9 comments)

    Most of the time, I use these weekly links round-ups as a chance to share bits and pieces about non-financial aspects of my life. Today’s a bit different. Today’s edition features a bit of a public service. Every summer, more than 2000 bicyclists participate in Cycle Oregon, a week-long tour of our beautiful state. I’ve…

  • Spare Change: Time to Travel Edition (12 comments)

    I was disappointed when I had to cancel my planned trip to England last month. I’d been looking forward to hiking across the country, and to visiting several GRS readers. It worked out for the best, though: I’ve managed to tackle some projects here at home, and have had time to help Mom get situated…

  • Spare Change: Game of Thrones Edition (48 comments)

    Years ago, a friend of mine tried to convince me to read A Game of Thrones, a fantasy novel by George R. R. Martin. I gave it a go, but it never really grabbed me. I’m no prude (far from it!), but there was just too much sex and violence. Besides, after 200 pages or…

  • Spare Change: WDS 2012 Edition (44 comments)

    Earlier this year, I helped put together the World Domination Summit, a conference of writers, travelers, entrepreneurs, and other folks who want to change the world, both for themselves and others. Though I hadn’t anticipated it, this one weekend in June changed my life. I heard amazing speakers, absorbed incredible ideas, and, most of all,…

  • Spare Change: Non-Political Edition (36 comments)

    As expected,

  • Spare Change: Gaming Geek Edition (22 comments)

    I’m exhausted. I spent the entire weekend (from Thursday through Sunday) embracing my inner nerd, surrounded by tens of thousands of other nerds doing nerdy things. At the invitation of Adam Baker (who writes at Man vs. Debt and used to be a staff writer here), I flew to Indianapolis to spend four days at…

  • Spare Change: Canadian Rockies Edition (14 comments)

    This week, Kris and I are spending time with her family in Banff, Alberta, which is nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The scenery is spectacular, and there’s lots of stuff to do. We’ve hiked, rafted, and soaked in the hot springs. This morning, we went horseback riding. For once, I had good…

  • Spare Change: Help a Reporter Edition (18 comments)

    As I do from time to time, I’ve agreed to help a reporter who is working on a couple of stories. To that end, I’m looking for a reader (or two — or more) who would be willing to chat with somebody about one of the following topics: Are you “liquidity constrained”? No savings and…

  • Spare Change: Mondo Beyondo Edition (29 comments)

    After a month of hemming and hawing, I’ve finally made a decision about where to travel next. After a brief stop to see Adam Baker in Indianapolis, I’ll spend most of August wandering around England. I have just a handful of goals: I want to return to Avebury for a longer visit. I saw this…

  • Spare Change: Reader Requests Edition (113 comments)

    Ah, summer. Warm weather, food on the grill, watermelon…and writer’s block. As happens every summer, the creative juices have taken a vacation — not just for me, but for other GRS writers as well. So, as also happens every summer, I’m solving the problem by coming directly to you, the readers. Get Rich Slowly is…

  • Spare Change: Contrary Farmer Edition (33 comments)

    Long, long ago — before Get Rich Slowly was even a gleam in my eye — I was a fan of Wendell Berry and folks like him, including Gene Logsdon, “the contrary farmer”. In fact, I have a copy of Logsdon’s The Contrary Farmer here on the shelf beside me. It survived my recent purge…

  • Spare Change: Travel Itch Edition (109 comments)

    Over the past couple of years, I’ve begun to travel. Kris and I have been traveling in groups, but that’s expensive and leaves me feeling isolated from the cultures we visit. I have the itch to travel more, and to spend more time off the beaten path. Meeting a swarm of travel bloggers at the…

  • Spare Change: Investment Research Edition (11 comments)

    Based on GRS reader prompting, I’m continuing to learn more about asset allocation and rebalancing. I’m trying to decide what my portfolio should look like. I recently had a free consultation with a financial planner. I may or may not hire him to guide me on a regular basis. On Monday morning, I met with…

  • Spare Change: RV Parking Edition (27 comments)

    As many of you know, former GRS staff writer Adam Baker — aka the Babe Ruth of blogging — has spent the last few months on a cross-country RV tour. Adam and Courtney and three-year-old Milli have been living in a 31-foot gas-guzzler sponsored by Adaptu, a new online money-management tool. Note: Have I mentioned…

  • A Penny Saved is a Penny Spurned? What to Do with Pockets Full of Change (174 comments)

    This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. I regularly empty the change from my wallet. Pennies, nickels and dimes go into a pink piggy bank. Quarters…

  • Spare Change: Strange Degrees Edition (31 comments)

    Whenever I write about the value of a college education, I get complaints from folks who argue that they have a degree in X, but now they’re working in completely unrelated field Y. “My degree is useless,” they tell me. While I feel for these folks, the anecdotal evidence doesn’t discount the statistics. (And the…

  • Spare Change: Fitness Fanatic Edition (43 comments)

    For me, last year was The Year of Fitness. I spent all of 2010 focused on losing weight, building muscle, and generally improving my overall health. I had great success. And since the end of the year, I’ve managed to maintain my fitness with very little effort. (Meaning: I eat what I want — within…

  • Spare Change: Colored Comments Edition (68 comments)

    Great news, everyone. By popular request, comment numbering is back! When we moved to threaded comments last month, we lost numbered comments. While I think everyone loves the threaded comments (so much easier to follow conversations), a lot of us liked comment numbering because it let us remember where we left off in the discussion….

  • Spare Change: Turtles vs. Rabbits Edition (42 comments)

    Blarg! The deadline for this year’s video contest was Sunday night, but we may have run into some technical difficulties. Some folks are reporting that their submissions were reported as “received”, but they’re not showing up in the pool of contest entries. This is Not Good. If you submitted an entry to the video contest,…

  • Spare Change: Contest Deadline Extended Edition (24 comments)

    You know, sometimes I’m an idiot. When I scheduled this year’s Get Rich Slowly video contest, I basically just copied all of the parameters from last year. That makes sense, right? No reason to re-invent the wheel if I don’t have to. There’s just one problem: While the April 15th contest deadline is cute and…

  • Spare Change: Twilight Edition (18 comments)

    I haven’t read (or seen) Twilight, but Forbes magazine thinks the fictional characters in that universe have read Get Rich Slowly! According to a recent Forbes slideshow listing the richest characters in fiction, Carlisle Cullen (who is apparently a billionaire vampire) is a huge fan of Get Rich Slowly. This may or may not be…

  • Spare Change: Contest Reminder Edition (7 comments)

    Here’s your weekly reminder that the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is under way. We have a few entries, but to be honest: If you’re willing to take the time to produce a two-minute video about money, your odds are pretty good right now that you’ll win something. With three $500 prizes and only…

  • Spare Change: Cockeyed Edition (23 comments)

    Last week, I wrote about the dismal odds you face when trying to play the lottery. That article included a lottery simulator built by the GRS technical elves, a widget inspired by the lottery simulator over at Cockeyed. I’ve mentioned Cockeyed several times over the years. It’s awesome. Cockeyed is the home of Rob Cockerham…

  • Spare Change: Marketplace Money Edition (17 comments)

    Just a reminder that the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is under way. As last year, entries have begun to trickle in. If 2010 is any indication, these will turn into a torrent by the time the contest ends on April 15th. But you’ll make my life easier — and yours! — if you…

  • Spare Change: Miscellaneous Flotch Edition (11 comments)

    When I was in high school, my friend Sparky and I invented a new word: “flotch”. To us, flotch was just miscellaneous baggage, whether or physical or mental. In GRS parlance, it was Stuff. Ever since I started blogging in 1997, I’ve used the term “miscellaneous flotch” to refer to the odd links I collect…

  • Spare Change: Blog Continuity Edition (43 comments)

    I’ve tried something new at Get Rich Slowly lately. Several years ago, my friend Sparky gave some feedback about the site. “There are lots of great discussions in the comments,” he said, “but you never really make that obvious on the blog itself. If there’s a good conversation, you should let everyone know.” I’ve never…

  • Spare Change: First 5k Edition (29 comments)

    It’s been a while since I posted a fitness update around here. I’ve been a little scared to — some of you hate them! More than that, though, I’ve had a nagging injury. I’ve still been able to do my Crossfit exercises, but a bad Achilles tendon has prevented me from running since early January….

  • Spare Change: Paranormal Romance Edition (7 comments)

    Last week, Novelr profiled Amanda Hocking, whom they dubbed the very rich indie writer. Hocking is a 26-year-old woman who writes “paranormal romance” novels and publishes them herself through Amazon’s Kindle store. She’s been very successful, and has made a lot of money. Her success has led to all sorts of speculation — as success…

  • Spare Change: Tweetchat Today! Edition (2 comments)

    Wow. No matter how much I try to prepare, coming back from a long vacation is always a lot of work. It’s very difficult, for instance, to sort through hundreds of e-mail messages to find the ones that are most important. Meanwhile, there’s a blog that needs to be written! Not to mention all of…

  • Spare Change: Countdown to Africa Edition (28 comments)

    Ohmyword. I always forget how much work goes into getting ready for a vacation. Although I’ve been quiet on the blog this week, I’m working like a madman behind the scenes to be sure there’s plenty of great stuff for you to read while I’m petting the lions and wildebeests in Africa. Meanwhile, I still…

  • Spare Change: The King is Dead Edition (20 comments)

    O, happy day! The FedEx man brought me a package this morning containing The King is Dead, the new record album from The Decemberists. The Decemberists are a Portland band, and have been my favorite group for several years. I love that they put their new music out on vinyl, so that I can listen…

  • Spare Change: Help a Reporter Edition (27 comments)

    From time to time, reporters contact me for help on their stories. But often, I’m not the person they want to talk to. The person they want to talk to is you. This week, I’ve connected with two reporters writing stories with which they hope GRS readers can help. The first is looking for somebody…

  • Spare Change: Stock-Market Genius Edition (17 comments)

    I’m a stock-market genius! On December 1st, I wrote about an idiotic USA Today article, which tried to convince readers that investing on the first day of the month was a sound strategy. “Stock investors looking for a trading pattern that all but guarantees a profit need look no further than the first trading day…

  • Spare Change: World Domination Edition (14 comments)

    As the days turn dark and cold, 2010 is winding its way to a close and 2011 is fast approaching. It’s been a great year for me, but I’m looking forward to more progress in the months ahead. One exciting project on the horizon is Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit, which is just 177 days…

  • Spare Change: So Many Stories, So Little Time (38 comments)

    Some weeks, there’s just too much to write about. This is one of those weeks. [Notice that I've fixed the grievous typo; no need to tell me about it again!] Not only is my brain percolating with my own ideas for articles, but the internet is abuzz with interesting stories about personal finance. Pity the…

  • Spare Change: Faster Stronger Farther Edition (25 comments)

    This afternoon I did a very non-J.D. thing. I drove to Duniway Park here in Portland, and I timed myself to see how fast I can run a mile. After nearly six months of Crossfit and nearly 40 pounds lost, I decided it was time to see where things stood. As an adult, I’ve been…

  • Spare Change: Multi-Author Blog Edition (23 comments)

    On April’s post this morning, Shannon left a comment: “Does JD even write on this blog anymore?” Of course I still write here! I was on vacation for most of October, but since returning on October 25th, I’ve written thirteen of the twenty posts that have appeared at GRS, and have done tons of behind-the-scenes…

  • Personal Finance Links: Domain Speculation Edition (46 comments)

    A few people have asked, so I thought I’d confirm that I still hope to re-launch my “making money from a blog” project in January. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, here’s a brief look at some of the drama behind the scenes. This week, I found a fantastic idea for an awesome blog, one that I’d love…

  • Ozzie and Harriet’s Halloween Party (5 comments)

    Every few months, I browse over at the Internet Archives to see if any new public-domain money movies have been posted. I love those old videos, and try to share whatever I find. I checked for new money movies earlier this week, and though I didn’t find anything appropriate for Get Rich Slowly, I did…

  • Daily Links: Facebook Fan Page Edition (10 comments)

    Sometimes I’m slow on the uptake. It took me a long time to start using Facebook to stay in touch with my friends, and it took even longer to set up a Facebook page for Get Rich Slowly. And it’s taken me even longer to mention the page exists here on the blog! Sheesh. How…

  • Daily Links: Packing Puzzles Edition (59 comments)

    Kris and I are in the final stages of preparing for our trip to France and Italy. We’ve packed, the housesitter is arranged, and one of us (hint: not me) has learned a bit of French. All that’s left is for me to finish prepping the guest posts that will run in my absence. I’m…

  • Daily Links: Holiday Weekend Edition (14 comments)

    Labor Day weekend begins tomorrow afternoon in the U.S. It’s the traditional end-of-summer holiday, and most folks will get Monday off as a paid holiday. My own vacation is going to be a bit different: I’m going to take tomorrow off instead. This will be the last post until Sunday evening. But as always when…

  • Daily Links: Family Crisis Edition (18 comments)

    I’ve been a little quiet around here the last couple of days, and I apologize. I usually aim for the Monday post at GRS to be a J.D. post; and if the Monday post isn’t from me, then I certainly want for the Tuesday post to be mine! But as you can tell, that didn’t…

  • Daily Links: Size 32 Edition (37 comments)

    I did a semi-unfrugal thing today. I drove to Costco to buy a new pair of pants. While I was there, I bought a new shirt. I’ve lost a lot of weight this year, you see; but more than that, I’ve lost a lot of girth. My Crossfit workouts and improved diet are starting to…

  • Daily Links and a Call for Blog Requests (177 comments)

    As you’ll read tomorrow (or Monday), I’ve entered a new phase in my life. After years of hard work and long hours building this blog (time that I’ve enjoyed), I’ve been shifting things around so that I have more free time. As a result, I’m going to have more time to devote to creating quality…

  • Daily Links: Ain’t No Sunshine Edition (28 comments)

    I know I’ve whined about the weather several times in the past, but I’m going to do it again. This is the coolest, wettest spring I can ever remember. We’ve had a handful of sunny days, but that’s it. The rest of the time, it’s been just like today: grey and misty. Now, as an…

  • Daily Links: Daily Routine Edition (29 comments)

    For the first time in more than a year, I feel as if my life is under control. I’m getting things done that need to get done. I have balance. After being overwhelmed for so long, the book stuff is winding down, and I’ve made some changes behind the scenes here at GRS (about which…

  • Daily Links: Outsourcing, Intentional Default, and The Simple Dollar (13 comments)

    It’s been a long time since I share links to other sites. That’s a shame, because there’s a lot of great stuff out there. Lately, I’ve been impressed with some articles from some of your fellow GRS readers. For example, Tim at the Seattle Bubble blog just posted an article on misguided ethics and walking…

  • 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…

  • Daily Links: Empire Builder Edition (6 comments)

    Howdy, everyone. I’m writing to you from my sleeper compartment aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder train, which runs from Chicago to Portland. Chris Guillebeau and I have been traveling westward for 24 hours now, and have passed through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. We’re now entering Montana (our train is behind schedule), and have another day…

  • Daily Links: Answers and Myths Edition (22 comments)

    As many of you have noticed, my book is making its way into stores. Your Money: The Missing Manual is now shipping from Amazon, and should find its way into brick-and-mortar bookstores over the coming month. I’m excited (and scared) to have this let loose upon the world. I’ve done my best to create a…

  • Daily Links: Inbox Zero Edition (16 comments)

    I did it! After months of struggling and hours upon hours of typing, I’ve finally reached that mythical state of Inbox Zero. My inbox is empty — or nearly so. (I still have a handful of messages about stuff I’m actually working on at this moment, such as publicity for the book.) I do have…

  • Carnival of Personal Finance #243: Valentine’s Day Edition (54 comments)

    Welcome to the 243rd Carnival of Personal Finance! What in the world does that mean? Well, a blog carnival is a weekly round-up of articles on a particular subject (in this case, money). The carnival moves from blog to blog, and gives readers a chance to find new writers they may enjoy. It’s been over…

  • Daily Links: Extreme Editing Edition (28 comments)

    Haha. Here I thought that once I finished my manuscript I’d magically have more time to write at Get Rich Slowly. That’ll happen soon, but I’m not there yet. Turns out editing is just as much work as writing — it’s just a different kind of work. I have to edit all 14 chapters of…

  • Links Roundup: No Credit Needed Edition (36 comments)

    Work on Your Money: The Missing Manual continues apace. I’ve finished the first seven chapters (happiness, goals, budgets, debt, frugality, income, and banking) and have just begun on chapter eight, which is about credit. As part of this chapter, I’d love to profile a GRS reader who gets by on minimal credit. Specifically, I’m looking…

  • Daily Links: Frequent Flyer Master Edition (20 comments)

    As many of you know, my pal Chris Guillebeau is crazy. He’s been to 119 countries, and he just keeps on flying. He wants to see them all before he turns 35 (in April 2013). As you can imagine, Chris has accumulated a hell of a lot of frequent flyer miles over the past few…

  • Daily Links: 11,643 Words Edition (10 comments)

    Whew! It took a long time — nine days instead of the scheduled seven — but I finally finished the frugality chapter for my book. Do you know how difficult it is to compress that topic into a single chapter? It’s worth an entire book by itself! The version I just submitted to my editor…

  • Daily Links: A Fool and His Money Edition (15 comments)

    On April Fools’ Day 2007, I posted a tongue-in-cheek article describing the lifestyles of the rich and stupid. This list of the dumb things people do with money in one of the most popular posts I’ve ever shared. I’ve softened a little since then. Yes, I think that people do some stupid things with money,…

  • Daily Links: Record Day Edition (12 comments)

    It looks as if today will be a record day for traffic at Get Rich Slowly! The current record is 48,244 visitors on 31 July 2007 (while we were on our trip to London and New York). 08 January 2008 is a close second with 47,749 visitors. At only 1:30 this afternoon, we’ve already had…

  • Daily Links: Sisters of the Road Edition (13 comments)

    Many GRS readers have urged me to take a more active role in charity and giving back to my local community. So when my friend and colleague Chris Guillebeau asked me if I’d be willing to help with a local cause, I decided now was a great time to make the leap. On Friday, October…

  • Daily Links: Hermit Mode Edition (10 comments)

    I’m in full-on hermit mode for the next few days. Kris is out of town — on a road-trip with friends — and I’m devoting every waking hour to my book. (Well, I’ll walk the marathon on Sunday, but aside from that…) It’s actually kind of fun to dedicate myself to a single project for…

  • Daily Links: Paperback Writer Edition (13 comments)

    At long last, work has begun on my first book. The outline is complete, the contract approved, and writing has commenced. It’s a little overwhelming. Writing for GRS everyday has taught me to create short personal pieces on a deadline. But 300 pages? Wow. That’s like Mt. Everest! As clichéd as it sounds, I’m trying…

  • Weekend Links: Rants and Raves Edition (15 comments)

    Kris and I are in the middle of a long weekend of food and friends. Every autumn is like this, and we love it. We’re starting earlier than normal this year, and I hope that’s a harbinger of things to come. (This has been one of my favorite summers, and I’d love to continue this…

  • Daily Links: Bringing the Bling Edition (52 comments)

    An Australian credit card site has compiled a list of the top 25 most badass personal finance bloggers. What does it take to be a badass personal finance blogger? I have no idea. “Badass” is not a term I would ever use to describe myself, but I’m there — and so is new GRS staff…

  • A Tightwad’s Lament (and Daily Links) (36 comments)

    Ah, the tribulations of a tightwad — they are many. On Monday, I walked a mile-and-a-half to the hardware store to buy some 1/2-inch washers, nuts, and bolts. (Remember: I’m trying to walk 5-6 miles per day now, so I usually walk for all of my errands.) Every month this hardware store mails us the…

  • Daily Links: Walking on Sunshine Edition (25 comments)

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my new-found love of alternate transportation, particularly walking. I wish I could convey exactly how much choosing to walk everywhere has changed my life for the better. Because I’m walking 5-8 miles in every day, I’m getting exercise, have time to read (most of my walking is…

  • Daily Links: Fear of the Future Edition (13 comments)

    I feel like I’ve had a huge burst of creativity and productivity over the past ten days. It’s been awesome. I hope you’ve been getting a lot out of the articles, too. My pace will slow soon, however, as I begin work on my book project. Though Get Rich Slowly will remain my top priority,…

  • Return of the Daily Links (30 comments)

    It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I posted a group of daily links. I’m not sure why I got out of the habit. Maybe I thought you didn’t like them? In any event, daily links — which might be more aptly named “once or twice a week links” — are a great way for me…

  • Daily Links: Money and Power Edition (18 comments)

    It’s been a long time since I pimped my fitness blog, Get Fit Slowly. To be honest, I haven’t been writing there very much. I’ve been busy with this site. But I’m sort of proud and amused by the righteous indignation I mustered in my latest post: “Walk off 15 lbs by July 4!”. It’s…

  • Daily Links: Worry, Planning, and Sufficiency (25 comments)

    I’ve written before that I’m not a natural handyman. I’m thinking that maybe it’s time to develop those skills. We’ve been working with contractors all spring to do repairs around the house, and the constant drain on the pocketbook is beginning to hurt. I’d rather do some of this work myself. (Of course the reason…

  • Daily Links: GRS Site Survey Edition (19 comments)

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been making changes to Get Rich Slowly to make it more accessible to you, the reader. Now it’s time to take a look at the content side of things. If you have a spare moment, I’d appreciate it if you could complete this survey. The survey is a few…

  • The Wall Street Journal: Get Rich Slowly Readers Are Awesome! (29 comments)

    For years, I’ve said that Get Rich Slowly has the best readers and commenters on the web. I often think that I get more from your contributions than you get from mine. I’m not the only one who has noticed this. I was just speaking with long-time reader Dylan today, and he told me why…

  • Daily Links: Gentle June Edition (14 comments)

    My April was manic. I was very busy, both with the blog and in Real Life. I swore to improve things in May, but it never happened. But this time I mean it! I’m going to do less in June. I want to focus on three things: yardwork around the house, marathon training, and writing…

  • Daily Links: Health, Investing, and Disasters (9 comments)

    I had a colonoscopy today. Though 40 is young to elect to have this procedure, my family has a history of cancer (including some colon cancer). The older I get, the more I come to understand how important my health is. I used to say that your career is your most important asset. It’s not….

  • Daily Links: Off to Orlando Edition (27 comments)

    I’ll be making a quick trip to Orlando, Florida this week. T. Rowe Price and Disney are unveiling a financial literacy project, The Great Piggy Bank Adventure, and I’ve been invited to take a first-hand look. I’ve been assured that I’m under no obligation to write about it. But if it’s something that I think…

  • Daily Links: Site Maintenance Edition (5 comments)

    A quick word of warning: Get Rich Slowly will be undergoing site maintenance on Friday Monday, and may be sporadically unavailable. Please be patient. We’ll try to have everything back to normal as soon as possible. Meanwhile, here are some other sites around the web that you might want to explore: First up, Adam at…

  • Daily Links: Yard Work Edition (7 comments)

    It’s that time of year: Kris and I spent most of the weekend working in the yard. We planted out the vegetable garden, but most of our time was spent pruning seemingly endless shrubbery. I’m not complaining — the end result is a lovely yard during the summer — but it’s daunting to realize that…

  • Daily Links: Taxes and Gold Edition (12 comments)

    Part of the fun of Get Rich Slowly is writing about a variety of topics, basic and advanced. Though I’m an advocate of financial literacy, I’m not certain that I want to devote the entire month of April to it in the future. Instead, I’ll focus on financial literacy week perhaps, as well as sharing…

  • Daily Links: Making Money Edition (47 comments)

    Building wealth involves two broad skill-sets: cutting costs and increasing income. Most personal finance blogs — including this one — tend to focus on the former. Frugality tips have broad appeal because they can be applied by nearly everyone. But in reality, it can often be more effective to boost your income. You can only…

  • Daily Links: Working Vacation Edition (22 comments)

    As you may have noticed, I’m running a heavy dose of guest posts for the next couple of weeks. I’m very busy at the moment (including a business trip to San Francisco and a weekend vacation to central Oregon), which makes my own writing time scarce. Meanwhile I have a ton of great guest submissions…

  • Daily Links: Predatory Shopping Edition (15 comments)

    I have a stack of half-written stories for Get Rich Slowly. Last January, for example, I started a post about “predatory shopping”, which is a term my friend Rhonda used to describe her behavior recently. She’s in great financial shape, so she sees all of the bargains and going-out-of-business sales as an opportunity for her…

  • Daily Links: Working for the Weekend Edition (12 comments)

    I’m looking forward to a fun weekend. Rumor has it the sun will make an appearance in Portland, which means Kris and I can do some more gardening. I’ll also be able to mow the lawn for the first time this year. Tomorrow morning, I’ll make my first marathon training run. (I’m doing it for…

  • Daily Links: Real World Edition (13 comments)

    A reporter from The Washington Post contacted me earlier today, writing: “I’m looking for folks whose salaries or wages have not been growing much in recent years, and how they have adjusted over the years. Have they had to make lifestyle adjustments? If so, what have they cut back on? Has it affected long term…

  • Daily Links: Free Money Edition (10 comments)

    Too many open browser tabs! I’ve found a lot of good stuff lately, and I can’t devote full blog posts to all of it. All the same, I have to close some of these tabs. Here then are a few of the most interesting articles I’ve been collecting on my computer: Over at Yahoo! Green,…

  • Daily Links: Turn on Your Radio Edition (6 comments)

    Last month, I was a guest on Frugal Coast2Coast [listen here], a BlogTalkRadio program. I enjoyed chatting with Jenn and Lynnae, so when Jim from Bargaineering suggested that he and I team up to try a show of our own, I said, “Sure!” We’ll record the first episode of The Personal Finance Hour this coming…

  • Daily Links: Great Lessons Edition (10 comments)

    My guest-post marathon continues! During my recent prolific streak, I churned out a bunch of articles for other sites. These stories have been appearing over the past two weeks, and another one went up today. The Art of Manliness has posted my list of great lessons from great men. Though this article isn’t about personal…

  • Daily Links: Calm Before the Storm Edition (14 comments)

    It amuses me that the quietest weeks on the surface of Get Rich Slowly are the most tumultuous underneath. The blog entries this week have been mild, but there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes. Of course, the weeks where there are lots of big posts and raging discussions are generally the ones…

  • Daily Links: Hard Times Edition (21 comments)

    I’ve been on a productive tear lately. I’ve banked a lot of future Get Rich Slowly posts, but still have more in me. As a result, I’m starting to share guest posts with other sites, something I haven’t done for a while. First up: 10 essential money skills for a bad economy over at Zen…

  • Daily Links: Kindle Edition (48 comments)

    I was looking at my personal library last night, and marveling at how many books we have. Despite my reduced spending on them, and despite the fact that we’ve sold many back to bookstores, we still have a lot. It made me wonder: would it actually make sense to purchase an Amazon Kindle? Or would…

  • Daily Links: Frugal Coast2Coast Edition (6 comments)

    Here’s another reason to track every penny you spend: When the world gets crazy and you find that your weekly financial session slips by, and then so does a second week, you still don’t fall behind. In my case, it’s been three weeks since I’ve had the time to reconcile my accounts. But because I…

  • Daily Links: Ready for Spring Edition (16 comments)

    The older I get, the more I crave the sun. I’m a life-long Oregonian, and I love the place, but I’m beginning to understand why people move to Phoenix. Or Miami. Or San Bernardino. This morning’s four-mile run in the spitting rain was enough to break the spirit of even the strongest man! I console…

  • Daily Links: Out on a Limb Edition (20 comments)

    It’s a sad day here at Rosings Park (as Kris and I call our half-acre). We have a big old English walnut tree that acts as the centerpiece of our yard. Unfortunately, it’s become diseased over the past few years, and is now mainly a playground for woodpeckers. Because one limb was in danger of…

  • Daily Links: Best Job in the World Edition (26 comments)

    What an amazingly productive week I’ve had — and it’s only Tuesday! After two weeks off to care for personal matters, it feels great to be back in the swing of things. I’ve written a lot, and read even more. It seems to me there’s always more to learn and share about personal finance. I…

  • Daily Links: Hard at Work Edition (15 comments)

    Normally when I share link roundups, I write something interesting or pithy in the opening. I have nothing interesting or pithy to say today. I’m still in the midst of my flood of work, and won’t be able to come up for breath until Friday. My brain is numb. So, let’s just jump straight to…

  • Daily Links: 20th Anniversary Edition (19 comments)

    It’s been a rough week for me. The death of my friend Sparky has dominated my thoughts and actions. It’s been good to spend time with his friends and family, though, and to see how much he affected those around him. There’s another memorial service for Sparky next week, so much of my time will…

  • Daily Links: Inauguration Day Edition (31 comments)

    Thanks for your support over the past few days. It means a lot to me. The first memorial service for my friend Sparky is tomorrow afternoon, and there will be another one next week. Actual blog posts at GRS will resume tomorrow. I have guest posts scheduled from Wednesday to Sunday, and I expect a…

  • Daily Links: Twitter Time Edition (17 comments)

    I think that maybe I finally have this Twitter thing figured out. Though I’ve had an account for a while, I’ve never really known what to do with it. Over the past few days, it’s beginning to make sense. I’ll use it as a sort of “behind the scenes at GRS” thing where I offer:…

  • Daily Links: Down But Not Out Edition (18 comments)

    Our book group read Main Street by Sinclair Lewis this month. The discussion yesterday was excellent, exploring ideas of poverty, class mobility, and the nature of success. Coincidentally, I’ve stumbled on a number of articles with similar themes lately: First up, Akemi at Yes to Me has some advice for those who have lost jobs…

  • Daily Links: Student Economics Edition (18 comments)

    My three-week vacation is officially over. I had a relaxing time, though I didn’t even start on my primary goal (writing my book proposal). Instead, I rested and recharged my batteries, which was probably the best choice. I’m back full of energy and ideas. First up, however, a look at a few articles that have…

  • Daily Links: Moxie Edition (9 comments)

    After nearly two weeks of vacation, I’m itching to get back to work. Still, my actual return date isn’t until next Monday. I’ve read a half dozen personal finance books (and written notes on several for future reviews), have plotted a few big posts, and am generally eager to interact with the GRS community again!…

  • Daily Links: End-of-the-Year Edition (11 comments)

    Ah, the last week of the year. It’s time to review past triumphs (and failures), and to plan for future goals. It’s also time to think about taxes. Though yesterday was Christmas, I took some time to work on my finances. Get Rich Slowly (the business) earned more money than I expected in 2008, so…

  • Daily Links: Holiday Tipping Edition (11 comments)

    Though “on vacation”, I’m actually hard at work. I’ve read three sample book proposals (including the proposal Leo from Zen Habits used for his new book, The Power of Less), finished two books on how to write them, and am beginning to jot down some ideas. My goal is to produce a book that is…

  • Daily Links: Christmas Vacation Edition (12 comments)

    Thanks to your fellow Get Rich Slowly readers, I’ve amassed enough guest posts to take a short break. For the next two weeks, I will be posting articles from other writers. I’ll still be around, working behind the scenes (and posting occasionally), but most of my attention will be focused on crafting a book proposal….

  • Daily Links: Buy and Hold Edition (25 comments)

    I apologize for being scarce around here lately. I came down with a bug on Monday, and have been in bed with a high fever ever since. Not only has this prevented me from writing, but I haven’t answered any but the most urgent e-mail messages. I have, however, had plenty of time to appreciate…

  • Daily Links: Trial by Fire Edition (16 comments)

    Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, has a new television show debuting on The History Channel tonight. “Trial by Fire” can be seen at 11pm Eastern, 10pm Central, 9pm Mountain, and 11pm Pacific. Tim writes: The concept is simple: I have one week to attempt to learn what is usually learned over 5-20 years….

  • Daily Links: Allergic-to-Bees Edition (32 comments)

    While pressure-washing the sidewalk on Friday, I disturbed a nest of bees (or hornets or wasps — they’re all the same to me). Two of them stung my right hand. Within 24 hours, it had swollen like a balloon. Even after the doctor prescribed medication, the swelling spread to my forearm. It was like I…

  • Daily Links: Stuffed Turkey Edition (18 comments)

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a series of guest posts, as well as some updated favorites from the past. I’ll be back on Monday with lots of new articles about smart personal finance (and , I hope, a guest appearance from one of my favorite…

  • Daily Links: Homemade Cars and Urban Farming (14 comments)

    Last week I appeared on a local television news magazine to discuss approaches to a frugal Christmas. I was able to make use of several reader suggestions — thank you! All of these recent public appearances have been challenging, but I’m getting better at them as time goes on. What does not kill me makes…

  • Daily Links: Circus Animals Edition (29 comments)

    I was shocked to read about another recent victim of the economic crisis. Mother’s Cookies filed for bankruptcy last month, closing its doors and turning off the ovens. Why is this sad news? Mother’s manufactured those iconic cookies: Circus Animals. All is not lost, however. The Naked Loon did some emergency grocery shopping and located…

  • 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…

  • Daily Links: Public Speaking Edition (12 comments)

    Thanks to everyone who came to my presentation at the library yesterday. Speaking to an audience isn’t one of my natural strengths, but I had a lot of fun, and I’m eager to improve for the future. Next time: less personal history and more Big Picture! (And far more preparation.) I also enjoyed the opportunity…

  • Daily Links: Money and Relationships (16 comments)

    Kimberly Palmer, U.S. News and World Report‘s Alpha Consumer, dropped me a line over the weekend. For an upcoming article, she’d like to interview someone who has struggled over whether to lend money to parents. If you’re willing to share your experience (and to identify yourself by name), please e-mail her [alphaconsumer *at* usnews.com] by…

  • Daily Links: Facebook (and Twitter) Edition (25 comments)

    For a tech geek, I can certainly be slow on the uptake sometimes. How long has Facebook been around? One year? Two? I’ve had a profile page for a while, but never done anything with it until recently. I was wondering how all these old high school friends were finding me. Now I know. And…

  • Daily Links: Get Out the Vote Edition (21 comments)

    You might have noticed that Get Rich Slowly has been conspicuously silent about tomorrow’s Presidential election. There are reasons for that. I try to keep politics and religion out of this blog, except for in the Big Picture sense. Personal finance transcends that stuff. Everyone needs help with their money, Republican or Democrat, Mac or…

  • Daily Links: 5k5k Edition (40 comments)

    From time-to-time, I like to highlight GRS-reader projects. Chett wrote to share an idea he’s trying to get off the ground. 5k5k is a fitness and financial challenge. He’s looking for people to commit to completing a 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) run and saving $5,000 (or paying off $5,000 in debt). As you know, I think personal…

  • Daily Links: Fall Color Edition (23 comments)

    By mid-October, the rains have usually come to Oregon. Not this year. It’s been bright and clear and sunny. The days are amazing. As a result, we’re getting unusually beautiful fall color in the trees, and for once I understand what it must be like to live someplace where this is a regular occurrence. It…

  • Daily Links: Speaking Engagement Edition (15 comments)

    Hey, Portlanders! On Saturday, November 15th, I’ll be speaking at Multnomah County’s central library, discussing personal finance and blogging as part of the “Writers Talking” series. I’d love to see you there. As I prepare my presentation, let me know if there are specific topics you’d like me to cover. In the meantime, here are…

  • Daily Links: One Show Edition (113 comments)

    Since drastically curtailing our cable television, Kris and I have been catching shows via Netflix and the iTunes Music Store. We currently watch Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, and The Office. What one show should we add to the mix? I’d prefer a comedy, but Kris would prefer a drama. Meanwhile, here are a few stories about…

  • Daily Links: Free Quicken Edition (23 comments)

    There have been two big announcements about personal finance tools this week, but I’ve been too busy to write full posts about them. First up, Quicken Online is now free. I previewed this personal finance tool in January. Back then it cost about $3/month, but in a market with great free tools like Wesabe [my…

  • Daily Links: 200 Comments Edition (15 comments)

    Wow. What the heck got into you guys? Nearly 200 comments on the cash stash question? Amazing! I wish I could bottle that energy for future posts on topics like 401(k)s or certificates of deposit. Perhaps your response is just a reminder that the most interesting part of personal finance is the personal aspect. Speaking…

  • Daily Links: Personal Bailout Edition (24 comments)

    While a friend babysits our four cats, Kris and I are enjoying a short vacation in northwest Washington. All around this small town, people are buzzing about the economy. Nobody’s panicking. Instead, they’re talking about all the things they plan to do this winter to cut back and save money. I’ve found a lot of…

  • Daily Links: City Slickers Edition (13 comments)

    Some GRS readers have noted that some of my tips are geared toward country folk, or at least those with a little bit of land. They’d like more information for urban dwellers. I’ll try to offer more such content in the future. For today, here are a couple of recent articles from around the web…

  • Daily Links: Better Things to Do With My Money Edition (13 comments)

    Thanks for all the comments in the $22 movie thread. At first I felt picked on (though I deserved it — I’m the bonehead who spent $14.75 on snacks), but enough repetition has finally beat a point into my head: I don’t need to buy snacks at the movies. Who cares if I’ve done it…

  • Daily Links: Way Too Cheap Edition (38 comments)

    While at the grocery store the other day, Kris and I witnessed an act that crossed the line from frugal to cheap. We were in the toiletries aisle, shopping for toothbrushes, when a man wandered up to the deodorant. He picked a can of aerosol then sprayed under each armpit. When he had finished, he…

  • Daily Links: Greed at the Gym Edition (35 comments)

    While I was on the treadmill at the gym this morning, I eavesdropped on the two old men behind me. They were talking about the current market meltdown. “It’s all because of greed,” one of the guys said. “Oh yeah,” the other nodded in agreement. “Those damn fools weren’t satisfied with what they had. They…

  • Daily Links: Work Ethic Edition (10 comments)

    This week has been amazing. Since removing World of Warcraft from my computer (and making a couple of other similar changes in my life), I’ve been tackling my responsibilities with a fervor. It’s almost like I’m a grown-up! I’ve been exercising, eating right (mostly), and, best of all, I’ve been writing all day, every day….

  • Daily Links: Little Big Edition (22 comments)

    A few readers expressed concern that the recent two-part series about credit cards signals some sort of sea change at Get Rich Slowly. That’s not my intent. I get a lot of questions about credit cards (especially “which credit card is best?”), and rather than field these individually, I decided to create something that might…

  • Daily Links: Eleven Dollars of Fun Edition (14 comments)

    I had a great time last night, and it only cost me eleven bucks. A friend asked if I wanted to join him to watch the Portland Timbers, our local minor-league soccer team. “Sure,” I said, though I wasn’t expecting much. We sat with the rowdy die-hards behind one goal, and I had a great…

  • Daily Links: Question and Answer Edition (10 comments)

    Want to know a little more about me and my financial philosophy? Check out an interview I did recently with Carrie and Danielle. Carrie and Danielle are all about “style statements”, defining who you are in order to give your life clearer direction. In this interview, I discuss goals, wealth, and inspiration. I also got…

  • Daily Links: Nice Work If You Can Get It (8 comments)

    I met with my accountant today to review the Get Rich Slowly business finances. Things are going well, but there are lots of little details that I need to work on. I’m a writer, not a bookkeeper, so some of this stuff is like Greek to me. I’m fortunate to have an accountant I trust….

  • Daily Links: Kids, Debt, and Renting to Own (11 comments)

    Strange weather here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. We had a nice mid-August hot spell, which is to be expected, but ever since, it’s looked very much like autumn: rain, wind, and clouds. Coupled with our late spring, this is wreaking havoc on our tomatoes, as Saturday’s garden update will reveal. But we’re still harvesting blackberries!…

  • Daily Links: Frugal Tips Edition (3 comments)

    Most of my on-line financial reading lately has been about frugality and saving money. I think I’m subconsciously avoiding investment articles because I know I have to make some big decisions regarding my 2008 retirement savings by the middle of next month. Of course, that means a few weeks from now, all the links I…

  • Daily Links: GRS Forums Edition (12 comments)

    The Get Rich Slowly discussion forums generate a lot of great conversations in which readers do their best to help each other. Alas, I don’t get a chance to stop by as much as I’d like. Fortunately, forum administrator Jericho Hill has agreed to highlight interesting discussions now-and-then. This week, he recommends: Amyrobynne has both…

  • Daily Links: Emergency Funds, Job Offers, and a One-Dollar House (15 comments)

    Though I’ve been preaching the mantra “nobody cares more about your money than you do” lately, my favorite personal finance saying remains “do what works for you”. There are a lot of people out there offering money advice, and much of what you hear is contradictory. It’s important to find strategies that work for your…

  • Daily Links: Grocery Shopping, Stuff, and the Value of a College Education (23 comments)

    Now that I’m back to writing full-time after a couple weeks off, I’m overwhelmed by the things I have to share. I don’t know where to begin. And while I was busy with other priorities, you folks kept sending me great story ideas. I’m not going to be able to highlight all of them, of…

  • Daily Links: Back to Work Edition (17 comments)

    Thanks, everyone, for your patience over the past week. I’m pleased to report that my mother is doing well. She’ll remain in the hospital for another week at least, but she’ll be home soon enough. We’re no longer tense and worried — just a little anxious. Part of our new-found optimism is because mom’s insurance…

  • Daily Links: First Book Edition (4 comments)

    I am an avid reader. I love books. I believe that literacy is one of the most important gifts we can give our youth. First Book is a charity that provides children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. First Book is now inviting readers from around the world…

  • Daily Links: Safe Banks, Pets, and Financial Literacy (24 comments)

    “Are we a nation of financial illiterates?” asks Stephen J. Dubner over at the Freakonomics blog. Yes, he answers. And no. High school students are getting more economics education than ever before, yet their basic personal finance competency is dropping. Dubner interviewed Annamaria Lusardi, a professor of economics at Dartmouth, about financial literacy. It’s an…

  • Daily Links: Chocolate Chip Cookies Edition (13 comments)

    My wife isn’t a big blog reader. She reads my sites and the sites of our friends, but that’s about it. Recently, though, she’s become hooked on two new blogs: This Garden is Illegal (which I’ve mentioned before) and Orangette. (These blogs are new to us, not new to the world.) Orangette is an amazing…

  • Daily Links: Too Many Good Articles Edition (14 comments)

    I keep finding articles for these link roundups that are worthy of entire posts. The trouble is: they’re not the sort of thing I usually write about. For example, I recently discovered an essay from 1945 about the economics of a POW camp. It’s great stuff. But it doesn’t have anything to do with balancing…

  • Daily Links: Wii Death Edition (10 comments)

    At a couple of my other sites, I’ve mentioned that our Nintendo Wii died recently. “What happened?” people have been asking. “How did it die?” I don’t actually know what caused the problem, but it stopped reading discs. (I suspect it died from overuse or from cat fur — or perhaps from a combination of…

  • Daily Links: Secluded Spot Edition (22 comments)

    When we were in England last year, I came to love the quiet secluded spaces I found in certain parks and gardens. It occurred to me that if I were creative, I might be able to create such a spot on our property. A few days ago, I took the time to pick up debris…

  • Daily Links: Food and Inflation Edition (6 comments)

    Even writers need a break. I spent the long holiday weekend doing all sorts of things — but I didn’t write a word. I did a lot of other stuff instead: Kris and I spent many hours in the yard, trimming hedges and pulling weeds. We also picked our first blueberries and raspberries. I ran…

  • Daily Links: Scott Burns and Quality Edition (6 comments)

    On Thursday I’ll be interviewing personal finance columnist Scott Burns. Burns may be best-known for his “Couch Potato” investment portfolio. He’s also the brains behind Asset Builder and the co-author of the new book Spend ‘Til the End, which explores the notion of “consumption smoothing”, or how to maintain a stable standard of living throughout…

  • Daily Links: Mileage Reimbursement Edition (14 comments)

    Charlie from PearBudget dropped a line to point out that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is increasing the mileage reimbursement mid-year. The rate is 50.5 cents per mile right now, but will see a 16% jump next week. Here’s the official IRS notice: The rate will increase to 58.5 cents a mile for all business…

  • Daily Links: Money Saving Tips Edition (12 comments)

    Remember my fender-bender with a rental car back in March? All of the paperwork finally went through and my insurance — both from the credit card and my normal automobile policy — will cover everything without me having to pay a dime. My insurance premium didn’t even increase (though it still may this autumn). However,…

  • Daily Links: 100 Pushups Edition (18 comments)

    Here’s a quick plug for my fitness blog, Get Fit Slowly. A bunch of us started the one hundred pushup challenge today. Our goal is to be able to do one hundred pushups by the end of July. This seems nearly impossible to me right now — I can’t even do ten pushups. I’ll be…

  • Daily Links: Interviews and Investing Edition (15 comments)

    It’s been a crazy week. The electrical contractor has been here every day. I’ve had appointments every day. And so I’ve been behind every day, struggling to provide new posts. Things should return to normal next week. One of my appointments was with a television crew. I was interviewed yesterday for a segment on the…

  • Daily Links: Knob and Tube Edition (45 comments)

    For the first time since getting my finances in order, I’m facing a real test of nerves. It’s not that I’m spending frivolously or doing anything dumb. We’re having some electrical work done, and I’m finding the spending almost physically painful. When we bought this hundred-year-old house in 2004, it had no insulation. We spent…

  • Daily Links: Crying Librarians Edition (51 comments)

    A Get Rich Slowly reader pointed me toward a hilarious post at FAIL Blog, one that will make librarians everywhere weep. The forum post they’re mocking says: book rental service? was just thinking. my sister does -alot- of reading, and spends like $1000 a year on just books alone. most of them she reads once…

  • Daily Links: E-Book Edition (8 comments)

    Sometimes when it’s quiet around here, it’s only because I’m working on other projects behind the scenes. Recording and transcribing my interview with Timothy Ferriss, for example, took a lot of work. I’m also experimenting with short video segments. I’m pleased to announce that one of my largest projects from the past few months is…

  • Daily Links: Fundamentals Edition (10 comments)

    Things are slowly returning to normal after a long holiday weekend. I only plan to post once per day at Get Rich Slowly this week, but I’ll resume my normal schedule next Monday. In the meantime, here are some other personal finance stories from around the web. Several people sent me a recent New York…

  • Daily Links: Blind Money, Check Fraud, and Economic Stimulus (26 comments)

    Amber dropped a line yesterday to share a story that might seem minor to some people, but which is important to her and many others. A U.S. Federal appeals court has ruled that paper money is unfair to the blind, which may force the Treasury Department to redesign our currency. “This has been a big…

  • Daily Links: Close Shave Edition (24 comments)

    Over at Free Money Finance, a guest poster recently wrote about how to save money with straight razor shaving. Because I’ve been at war with my facial hair for twenty years, I read this piece with interest. The author writes: Straight razor shaving is like fly fishing: if your aim is to catch a fish…

  • Daily Links: Money Stories Edition (18 comments)

    Earlier this week I wrote about Mary Hunt’s notion of a Freedom Account, a second checking account for handling irregular expenses. This isn’t really an emergency fund, but a separate account to keep things like insurance bills from thwarting your finances. VH at Funny About Money posted a response describing how she uses targeted accounts…

  • Daily Links: Multi-Level Marketing Edition (10 comments)

    Sometimes the articles I post generate a flood of comments. Sometimes they only generate a trickle. And sometimes it just takes a while for the conversation to get started. The latter seems to be the case with yesterday’s guest post about scams and pyramid schemes. Things started slowly, but today the comments have been interesting….

  • Daily Links: Technical Difficulties Edition (23 comments)

    Some of you will wake tomorrow to find the same post at GRS you saw briefly on Tuesday morning (the bike metaphor). You’ll be confused. “Is this a re-run?” you’ll wonder. It’s not. It’s a technical glitch, for which I apologize. This site runs on WordPress, a popular blogging platform. There are many good things…

  • Daily Links: Fulfillment and Inflation Edition (13 comments)

    I often ponder which direction I should take Get Rich Slowly. Build the site? Write a book? Convince that other J.D. Roth to develop a television show around the premise? My latest harebrained idea (which I’m only sharing because I’ve dismissed it) is to start a chain of Get Rich Slowly stores. I’d stock them…

  • Daily Links: Twitterpated Edition (17 comments)

    I’m simultaneously an early adopter and the last one to the party. I signed up for a Twitter account long ago, but never did anything with it. I didn’t see the point. Now, though, it seems to have hit some sort of critical mass. Even my non-geeky friends are using it to keep in touch….

  • Daily Links: Deal or No Deal Edition (47 comments)

    I’ve received several questions about credit cards recently, and have been struggling with how to handle them. When I started Get Rich Slowly two years ago, I was firmly in the anti-credit card camp. I still believe credit cards are dangerous, but now recognize that they can be cool tools if used responsibly. (“Credit cards…

  • Daily Links: Reader Art Edition (8 comments)

    Ever since discovering Action Girl’s Guide to Living, I’ve used it as a sort of inspiration for my own life. I especially like point #2: Support others’ actions. Support what other people do; spend your time and money on things done for something other than profit. This doesn’t mean you can’t buy the new U2…

  • Daily Links: Great Comments Edition (20 comments)

    I’ve added a new feature to the comments at Get Rich Slowly. Whenever I spot a reader contribution that I particularly like, I’ll highlight it so that others are more likely to notice it. My choice of great comments is entirely subjective, and dependent on time. (I’m highlighting comments manually.) Some days, I may highlight…

  • Daily Links: Spring Cleaning Edition (12 comments)

    I’ve written before about my haphazard blogging method. On this computer, for example, I currently have open eight different browser windows, each with 8-10 tabs. Each of these tabs contains some page I think is worth sharing with Get Rich Slowly readers — someday. The trouble is I never find the time to write about…

  • Daily Links: Most Inspiring Edition (20 comments)

    Congrats to my colleagues JLP and Jonathan. The latest issue of Money magazine named JLP’s All Financial Matters as the most sensible money blog, writing, “In a scary market, his sober posts on index investing, asset allocation and sticking to your guns are strangely comforting.” Jonathan’s My Money Blog was dubbed the most voyeuristic money…

  • Daily Links: My Favorite Stories from the Past Two Years (9 comments)

    To celebrate the second anniversary of Get Rich Slowly, I thought I’d do something a little different with my links round-up. Rather than share new finds from around the web, I’m going to point to some of my favorite stories from the archives. And that’s what these are: stories. You won’t find hints on how…

  • Daily Links: Allergy Attack Edition (32 comments)

    Yikes! Allergies! I came home from marathon training today to work in the yard. But the moment I began to mow the lawn, I was floored by a terrible sneezing attack and a drippy nose. I took some Claritin, but it didn’t really help. Instead, I spent a warm afternoon in utter misery, doing my…

  • Daily Links: Podcast Interview Edition (12 comments)

    Soon after I started Get Rich Slowly, a reporter from The Wall Street Journal called for an interview. I was a terrible subject. I was wary of him. I thought he was out to trip me up, to find some secret flaw. Looking back, all I did was make the poor guy’s job difficult. I’m…

  • Daily Links: Marathon Training Edition (18 comments)

    Yesterday I began training for the Portland Marathon — I joined a local group for a slow four-mile run. Not a bad start. Now I have just six more months of training before I’m ready! (My friend Leo at Zen Habits recently completed his second marathon. Go Leo!) You guys have been sending me a…

  • Daily Links: Question Kiyosaki Edition (35 comments)

    Robert Kiyosaki is perhaps the best-selling personal finance author of the last decade. His Rich Dad, Poor Dad was one of the books that spurred me to take control of my own personal financs. However, Kiyosaki has many vocal critics, some of whom have valid complaints. His ideas are unconventional and controversial. Kiyosaki has agreed…

  • 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…

  • Daily Links: Non-Conforming Happiness (11 comments)

    Two long-time Get Rich Slowly readers recently let me know that they’ve launched new blogs. Chris Guillebeau has opened The Art of Non-Conformity, a site dedicated to unconventional strategies for life, work, and travel. “My site features unconventional ideas for remarkable people,” Chris writes. “Along the way, I visit every country in the world and…

  • Daily Links: Ask the Bacon Salt Guys about Entrepreneurship (16 comments)

    Remember my fascination with Bacon Salt? Well, I’ve been e-mailing the Bacon Salt guys, and they’ve agreed to answer questions from GRS readers. Many of you have expressed an interest in entrepreneurship — now is your chance to interview two guys who are staking their future on a dream: At one point, I walked into…

  • Daily Links: PearBudget Edition (9 comments)

    My buddy Charlie at PearBudget dropped me a line to ask Get Rich Slowly readers to go try the latest version. PearBudget is a new web-based application based around the envelope system of budgeting. Charlie writes: We’re getting ready to come out of beta (maybe a week away?). If your readers want to try PearBudget…

  • Daily Links: Golden Nest Egg Edition (7 comments)

    My pal David Hobby at Strobist, a great photography blog, occasionally gives assignments to his readers. For one recent project, David created a conceptual photo for me to use at Get Rich Slowly: a golden nest egg. I think this is awesome, and I’m grateful to David for having done this. I look forward to…

  • Daily Links: Alltop Edition (6 comments)

    It’s been a busy week for me, though most of the work has been behind the scenes. I’m gradually finding my way into life of a full-time writer. Mostly, I’m catching up on old e-mail and preparing my workspace for maximum productivity. And, of course, I’ve been editing guest entries. Here are some recent articles…

  • Daily Links: Catching Up on Guest Posts (8 comments)

    Full-time blogging has already paid off! I finally found time to begin editing the stack of guest posts I’ve received over the past few months. There’s some great stuff here, but there’s too much of it. (I still have articles that were submitted in October!) In an effort to get caught up, I’m devoting this…

  • Daily Links: Home Office Edition (42 comments)

    I’ve spent a lot of money over the past few days. Most of it has been for business (I’m finally turning my home office into an actual office), but still…it’s not as fun as it used to be. There was a time that spending would give me a rush, even if I were buying on…

  • Daily Links: Food, Money, and Resumes (23 comments)

    Here are some personal finance articles that recently caught my attention: Think all resumes are boring? Think again. JobMob has put together a collection of 36 beautiful resume ideas that work. I don’t like all of these (why would you scribble on your resume with crayon?), but some of them look outstanding. Do people really…

  • Daily Links: Daily Bread Edition (11 comments)

    As an aside in a recent guest post, my wife mentioned that I had purchased eight loaves of bread for an article I never wrote. Well, I’ve written it now. Over at Get Fit Slowly, I’ve posted my examination of which whole wheat bread is best. I looked at cost, nutrition, and taste in an…

  • Daily Links: Bacon Salt Edition (41 comments)

    Here’s a sad (but true) case of advertising at work. For reasons I have not yet discerned, ads for a product called Bacon Salt have been appearing on Get Rich Slowly. Yes, Bacon Salt — salt that tastes like bacon. (The company’s slogan? “Everything should taste like bacon.”) Being a man who loves both salt…

  • Daily Links: Inspiration Edition (6 comments)

    My friends Tim and Mark at Soul Shelter posted a great article last week about how what we think creates our reality. Though I think wishful-thinking books like The Secret are hogwash, I do believe that our thoughts and attitudes play a huge role in defining our life. In his post, Tim shares several quotes:…

  • Daily Links: True Geek Edition (18 comments)

    What’s better than Star Trek? How about free Star Trek? I’ve spent the past few months working my way through the original classics featuring Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. Some of the episodes are worse than I remember — some are better. But they’re all fun. I spent about $50 per season to purchase these shows…

  • Daily Links: Ask Tim Ferriss about His 4-Hour Work Week (27 comments)

    Monday’s interview with Adam Shepard was the first installment of an irregular series here at Get Rich Slowly. Since starting the site, I’ve wanted to interview people about money. Not just money gurus, but average people, people like you and me. As I move closer to blogging full-time, this dream can become a reality. If…

  • Daily Links: Wealth and Thrift Edition (16 comments)

    I want to clarify something after yesterday’s discussion: I am neither liberal nor conservative. My political ideals are all over the map (though they make perfect sense to me). I am not a registered member of any political party. I don’t have a liberal agenda, but I don’t have a conservative one, either. Consequently, I’m…

  • Daily Links: Protestant Work Ethic Edition (27 comments)

    Take heed! The Consumerist warns that your account is never really closed at Bank of America. This sort of thing makes my blood boil. (Thanks, Sasha!) Earlier today, JLP at All Financial Matters posted about Brian Tracy’s 40 plus formula to advance your career. This is classic Tracy: If you work only 40 hours per…

  • Daily Links: Free Downloadable Suze Orman e-Book! (22 comments)

    Want a free book from financial guru Suze Orman? Until 8pm Eastern on the evening of February 14th, the Oprah Winfrey site is giving away a free PDF version of Orman’s latest book, Women & Money. To find the download, scroll to the bottom of this page. The book is available in both English and…

  • Daily Links: The Great Depression and Poverty (8 comments)

    I’ve been swamped lately. I know it’s a temporary thing, and that soon I’ll have all the time I need to maintain this site, but in the short-term it’s frustrating. I have grand plans, but am unable to do anything about them for a month or two. Meanwhile, here are some great articles from elsewhere:…

  • Daily Links: Macs, Interviews, and Big-Ticket Items (12 comments)

    Despite training a new box salesman all day and maintaining Get Rich Slowly all night, I recently found time to participate in a couple of e-mail interviews. First, I took part in Alex Shalman’s Happiness Project, in which selected bloggers answered questions about the nature of happiness. Other participants include: Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing…

  • Daily Links: Ask Metafilter Edition (7 comments)

    It’s been a while since I mentioned Ask Metafilter, one of my favorite web sites. Metafilter members (it costs $5 to join) can ask questions of the group, and then other users do their best to provide helpful answers. Recent examples include: Can someone please explain the The Second Law of Thermodynamics to me, with…

  • Daily Links: Time and Money (20 comments)

    Despite several recent posts on broad issues like the economy, Get Rich Slowly is a blog about personal finance. I have little interest or expertise regarding politics and economics. I’ve received e-mail about the Presidential campaign and about various tax schemes, but I don’t intend to post much (if anything) about these subjects because, frankly,…

  • Daily Links: Tax Deductions, Savings Accounts, and GTD (10 comments)

    I’m another step closer to quitting the day job: today I began to train my replacement. I’ve never actually trained somebody in sales before, so this is a strange experience. It’s almost like the blind leading the blind! I’m hoping to find a quality sales seminar in the Portland area so that he can learn…

  • Daily Links: Money Problems and Buying a Home (11 comments)

    Are you drowning in debt? If so, Lauren Kesner from CNBC wants to hear from you. She writes: CNBC Business Television is looking for someone who is, or was, in debt (about $30,000 or more) and  is interested in being interviewed for a documentary that will address consumer spending and debt.  We specifically need someone who can speak about their…

  • Daily Links: Green Gifts and First-Time Investors (10 comments)

    It’s strange to have written so much about the national economy lately. I feel like a fish out of water. As a result, I’ve spent much of today getting back to basics, preparing stories about frugality, meeting goals, and making money. I also took the time to visit some other personal finance sites, where I…

  • Daily Links: Out Too Late Edition (9 comments)

    I’m going to switch things up a little this morning. I generally share links from other sites at the end of the day, but we were out late last night at The Decemberists concert, and the entry I’d planned for this morning isn’t finished. (As some of you probably noticed during the 38 minutes the…

  • Daily Links: One Equals Two Edition (3 comments)

    Ah, the cold has arrived. There’s a two-week window at the end of January and the beginning of February during which the Portland/Salem area usually gets the coldest weather of the year. It’s not tremendously cold so far, but temperatures are expected to drop to about -5 celsius tonight. That’s cold enough! Here are a…

  • Daily Links: Leftover Loot, Ready Cash, and the Vacuum Cleaner Museum (14 comments)

    On Thursday, I shared a web site that helps users find unclaimed property. I hoped some readers might find it useful, but I didn’t expect it to be nearly this successful. Commenters report finding $50, $100, or even more missing money. J.L. wrote: Since your blog yesterday, I have been personally responsible for finding for…

  • Daily Links: Positive Cash-Flow Edition (19 comments)

    This is my first month without debt obligation. (I eliminated my last non-mortgage debt at the beginning of December.) I didn’t realize how much money I’d been throwing at debt recently — a combination of frugality and hard work created a significant positive cash flow. Now I’m reaping the rewards of that, getting to see…

  • Daily Links: Money Tricks and Career Advice (36 comments)

    Kris and her sister went “thrifting” this afternoon. I tagged along. While they shopped for cheap clothes and kitchenware, I hunted for personal finance books. Thrift shops and used book stores are outstanding places to find self-help books of all sorts. If you arm yourself with a list of the titles you want, you can…

  • Daily Links: Car Talk Edition (9 comments)

    Thanks to everyone who offered advice on my car troubles. It’s too bad most of the repairs were already completed when the article went live — you guys could have saved me some big bucks. But I’ve learned for next time. Soon, I’ll look for a reliable independent mechanic in my neighborhood. I already have…

  • Daily Links: NPR Edition (16 comments)

    My wife is a big fan of NPR, National Public Radio. I used to listen to it, too, but lately I’ve come to think of it as “noise pollution radio”. I’m often lost deep in thought — but when NPR is on, I can’t hear myself think. All I can hear is the maniacal laughter…

  • Weekend Update: Get Out the Vote Edition (6 comments)

    Another J.D. wrote to alert me that Get Rich Slowly has been nominated in three categories at the Performancing Awards 2007 Reader’s Choice Poll: Best business/money blog Most improved blog Best blog name I’m honored to be included, but would find it difficult to vote for myself in the best business/money blog category — all…

  • Daily Links: Taxes, Batteries, and Frivolous Purchases (13 comments)

    Today was the day: my first official day at home, beginning my transition from box salesman to full-time writer. For the present, I’m spending every Tuesday at home working on this site. (Yes, I know today is Wednesday.) My first task was to get some back-up entries written for when I’m too busy to generate…

  • Daily Links: Good-Bye, 2007 Edition (5 comments)

    Kris and I are preparing to ring in the New Year. Before we close out 2007, here are a few links that I’ve been collecting in my mailbox. First, Flexo at Consumerism Commentary has some suggestions for getting your finances on track in 2008. Among his tips: take advantage of higher IRA limits, focus on…

  • Daily Links: Hack Yourself! (8 comments)

    I hope you all had wonderful Christmases. My extended break has been great: filled with friends, family, and time for myself — I’m taking time to recharge my batteries. I still plan to be scarce around here until after the first, but meanwhile here are a couple of stories from elsewhere: “You can be happy….

  • Daily Roundup: Christmas Eve Edition (13 comments)

    As you may have noticed, I’m taking a little time off for the holidays. I do have some posts planned for the next few days, including a review of The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches, but things will be sparse around here until after the first of the year. Here are a few…

  • Daily Roundup: Final Frontier Edition (12 comments)

    Every day after work for the past few weeks, I’ve been watching a single episode of Star Trek on DVD. It’s great fun to relive these old shows (which were a huge part of my childhood). But they never talk about money! Fortunately, I have a tendency to browse the web, where everyone talks about…

  • Carnival of Personal Finance: Naughty or Nice Edition (66 comments)

    Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! Have you all been good boys and girls? No naughty, all nice? Well, Santa’s here with some presents to share. In fact, you might call this a carnival — a carnival of personal finance. Collected here today are presents from personal finance blogs all around the world. Here are 89…

  • Weekend Update: Kids, Risk, and Gift Cards (11 comments)

    This weekend is a flurry of activity: book group, office party, family Christmas. Somehow I need to find time to write about personal finance! The last couple weeks have been crazy, but I’m focusing on January. I know that in a few weeks, things will have calmed down and I’ll be able to devote my…

  • Daily Roundup: PriceProtectr Redux (4 comments)

    Last week I wrote about PriceProtectr, a free site that alerts you when prices fall on items you’ve recently purchased. This allows you to take advantage of “price protection” guarantees. I still haven’t used the site myself, but I’ve received several comments and e-mails from readers who rave about the service. For example, Jennifer wrote:…

  • Daily Roundup: Cold Santa Edition (6 comments)

    As expected, I’m running behind schedule. I’m playing Santa Claus at the box factory — delivering goodies to our best customers — and have social engagements in the evening. I may need to use an extra guest post or two, or perhaps share some of the best posts from my now-defunct Money Hacks site. Meanwhile,…

  • Weekend Update: Get Fit Slowly Edition (12 comments)

    While I recently managed to pull myself out of debt, I’ve reached a nadir with my health. I’m in bad shape. I had to buy fat man pants the other day. I’m not putting it off any longer — it’s time to set my Get Fit Slowly project in motion. Meanwhile, here are some recent…

  • Weekend Update: Dark and Stormy Night Edition (4 comments)

    It’s dark and stormy here in the Pacific Northwest. Some wet and windy storms have begun to move across the region, and we’re getting even more rain than normal. I worry that another one of our trees might fall over. (We lost one a couple years ago, and it was a pain.) Meanwhile, here’s a…

  • Daily Roundup: Glasses, Grinches, and Great Vacations (2 comments)

    I’ve received a lot of e-mail lately about very specific financial situations. Remember: I’m not qualified to give financial advice. I can share my experiences with you, and I can summarize the things I learn, but I’m not a trained financial adviser. And I don’t have time to reply to every e-mail. If you want…

  • Daily Roundup: Doomsday and Piggy Banks Edition (9 comments)

    I finally have the guest-post situation under control — I’ve created a spreadsheet to track submissions. That means I’m ready to accept new articles from you folks. For example, if you have an interesting money-related Christmas story, or tips to save on the holiday season, please drop me a line. But be aware that for…

  • Weekend Update: Thanksgiving Edition (3 comments)

    It’s early on a cold Sunday morning. One of the squirrels has found his way on top of the house, and he’s skittering across the roof, pausing occasionally to thump thump thump at something. Silly squirrel. The holiday week meant it was a little quiet in the Money Blog Network (and beyond). Still, there were…

  • Daily Roundup: Dedication, Education, Innovation (3 comments)

    As always, there’s plenty of good stuff out there about personal finance and personal success. Here are some of my favorite recent articles: Three Bean Salad shares “How I increased my net worth by $12,000 when I make only $21,000.” The secret? Saving, saving, saving. I love that the author’s #1 change is “looking for…

  • Weekend Update: English Majors Rule! Edition (18 comments)

    Later today, I hope to share a lost classic from the 1970s: The Incredible Secret Money Machine. For now, however, here are highlights from the past week around the Money Blog Network. “Major in English if you want,” writes the Mighty Bargain Hunter. Don’t follow the money — follow your dreams. If you’ve been reading…

  • Daily Roundup: Materialism, Hobbies, and Financial Autopilot (6 comments)

    I’ll be taking a mini-vacation next week, visiting family in Central Oregon. Have no fear! This is a great chance for me to finally share some of the guest posts I’ve been accumulating. (If only I had a book review to mix in with the stories I have lined up…) In the meantime, I’ve collected…

  • Weekend Update: Christmas is Coming Edition (5 comments)

    Here are some recent stories I liked from the Money Blog Network (and other personal finance bloggers): I’ve written about my quest for paperless personal finance. At 43 Folders, Ryan Norbauer has a guide to a (mostly) paperless life. I’m still enamored with the paperless concept, but actually changing how I do things has proved…

  • Daily Roundup: Radio Interview Edition (4 comments)

    Bruce Barber of The Real Life Survival Guide chatted with me about budgets and spending plans last week. This 7-1/2 minute interview will air Sunday on WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio, but you can listen to it now. While you’re there, take a look around. Bruce has some other great interviews, including this conversation about “bargains”…

  • Weekend Update: Go Ducks! Edition (7 comments)

    The Oregon rain is taking a break, which means Kris and I spent several hours today in the yard today chipping yard debris. I remember when we first saw this house. “I love all the mature trees and shrubs,” I said. HA! If only I knew how much work they entailed. Here are some of…

  • Daily Roundup: Unspotted Leopard Edition (11 comments)

    I succumbed to upgrade fever today, and purchased a copy of the latest Macintosh operating system, code-named Leopard. No problem, right? Wrong. Barely ten minutes into the install on my laptop, the machine hung. I’m now sitting in the local Apple Store, installing the upgrade under supervision from the Genius Bar. That gives me plenty…

  • Daily Roundup: Bringing Home the Bacon Edition (17 comments)

    I’ve finally begun reading your feedback on how to improve Get Rich Slowly. To my surprise, most of you actually like the daily roundups. I’d been steering away from them because I thought they were unpopular. Posting links several times a week would also give me a chance to highlight some lesser-known sites. I’ll work…

  • Weekly Roundup: Mind vs. Money Edition (25 comments)

    Here’s a roundup of recent articles from around the Money Blog Network (and beyond). Ramit at I Will Teach You to Be Rich has the post of the week, writing about an annoying e-mail he got. One of his readers wrote: This is nothing personal against you, because every personal finance author I’ve read says…

  • Daily Roundup: Extreme Debt Edition (17 comments)

    Rob M. recently forwarded an MSNBC article which proclaims life is harder now, some experts say. By “some experts”, the author means Elizabeth Warren, whose ideas I both love and hate. “Warren’s theories fly in the face of conventional wisdom and those crowded malls,” the article says. Her theories also fly in the face of…

  • Daily Roundup: Mars and Venus Edition (4 comments)

    Too many open browser tabs! Must share links! First up: Smart Money magazine is having a contest in which they’re “retiring the word ‘retirement’”: Today’s retirees are more active than ever, moving forward with their lives and pursuing a wide variety of interests and passions. Suggesting retreat and withdrawal, the word “retirement” no longer does…

  • Weekend Update: PF101 Edition (7 comments)

    Kris and I had dinner last night with Mandy from Personal Finance 101. Mandy is a personal finance coach and the most active member of the Get Rich Slowly discussion forums. (She posts there more than I do!) Mandy’s money classes sound awesome. I hope to sit in on one in the future. Here’s the…

  • Daily Roundup: Contest Edition (10 comments)

    First up: While everyone else was writing about the environment on Blog Action Day, Nickel was putting his money where his mouth is. He’s raising cash for the Conservation Fund. From now until Friday, Nickel will match up to $1000 in donations to this charity. For more information, visit his site. Wow! I hadn’t expected…

  • Weekend Update: Sunbreak Edition (5 comments)

    The Oregon rain set in a little early this year. It’s been wet for the past couple weeks. Today, though, the sun came out. Kris and I spent several hours in the yard trying to reduce the huge mass of limbs and leaves we’ve accumulated in the three years since we bought this house. Tomorrow…

  • Daily Roundup: Oprah, Gumball Machines, and Underearning (9 comments)

    I’ve read several fascinating articles lately, but don’t have the time to cover them in greater detail. Each of these is highly recommended. >> Genius Types: The Best Deal I’ve Made Yet Last weekend I was researching entrepreneurship and passive income when I stumbled upon this story about gumball machines, eBay, and an unexpected fortune….

  • Weekend Update: Lazy Sunday Edition (1 comment)

    Wow. Kris and I slept in until 9:43 this morning! That hasn’t happened in years. I almost didn’t get my fantasy football lineup altered in time. I’ve spent the last hour-and-a-half lounging in bed, catching up on other personal finance sites. Here are some of the articles I found: At The Simple Dollar, Trent asks,…

  • Daily Roundup: Money Myths, Going Organic, and DIY Halloween Calendar (10 comments)

    Here are some articles I’ve had open in browser tabs for the past couple of days: London Telegraph: 50 Myths About Money “Most myths are harmless, but some are potentially dangerous: believe them and you could end up out of pocket.” Some of the myths explored: I’m too young for a pension. Blue chip stocks…

  • Weekend Update: Sinus Infection Edition (7 comments)

    I’ve been sick all weekend, so I haven’t felt much like writing. I have, however, found time to browse other personal finance web sites. Here are some of the best recent articles from around the Money Blog Network: Many GRS readers have asked me what I think of Mint. To be honest, I haven’t had…

  • Daily Roundup: Car Insurance, Cheap Desks, and More (5 comments)

    Finally, after three months, I felt like things at Get Rich Slowly were back to normal today. That means I was actually able to spend some time replying to reader e-mail, as well as checking out other personal finance sites. (I spent almost three hours reading about money merge accounts, only to learn that nobody…

  • Weekend Roundup: Found Money, Luck, and Really Old Beer (5 comments)

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

  • Daily Roundup: Retirement Planning, Free Credit Reports, and Structured Procrastination (25 comments)

    Folks, I don’t like this new layout. It’s ugly. There are too many ads. It doesn’t feel like home. Unless there’s some surprise outburst of popular support, I’m going to revert to the old Get Rich Slowly layout over the weekend (which may mean you’ll have to reload, reload, reload to get it to display…

  • Weekend Roundup: Hamburgers, Investing, and Windfalls (1 comment)

    Thanks to everyone who has offered help with my server woes. I think I’ve got things under control: I’ve selected a place, we’ve moved all the files, and now I just need to test to be sure nothing’s broken. When I’m certain everything is as it should be, we’ll flip the switch to complete the…

  • Daily Roundup: The Cult of Credit, Free Software, and DIY Home Improvement (18 comments)

    Here are some personal finance stories submitted by readers like you: W.C. Varones pointed me to Dr. Housing Bubble’s article about the invisible mortgage hand, an analysis of a society that forces you into debt. The author looks at the cult of credit scores; the cost of cars, education, and housing; and at the median…

  • Daily Roundup: Tips and Tricks from GRS Readers (9 comments)

    While organizing my text files this afternoon, I stumbled upon a batch of tips and tricks that got lost in the shuffle. Here are some clever ideas submitted by your fellow Get Rich Slowly readers: Russell Heimlich wrote to share his method for organizing bank statements. He uses a three-ring binder, a stapler, and a…

  • Daily Roundup: Paperless PF, Adult Allowances, and Home-Made Toys (9 comments)

    I may have taken Labor Day weekend off from writing about personal finance, but that doesn’t mean my colleagues did. Here are some recent articles I found interesting: At Blueprint for Financial Prosperity, Jim followed our recent discussion of paperless personal finance with an article of his own. He says there are two primary reasons…

  • Daily Roundup: Groceries, Quicken Hacks, and a Decluttering Trick (7 comments)

    We’ve finally got some August-like weather here in Portland; maybe Kris’ tomatoes will ripen after all. While we work in the yard and declutter the house, here are some quick-and-easy money articles from around the web: The DIY Maven at Curbly has 20 tips for shopping at the grocery store. You’ve heard many of these…

  • Daily Roundup: Resumes, Charity, and Living Rich (24 comments)

    So many links, so little time. There have been a lot of great personal finance articles on the web lately. Here are a few: How to write a resume This is a fairly comprehensive guide to writing resumes, covering different goals and methods. I like that the post includes a huge bibliography of other web…

  • Daily Links: Intelligence, Dreams, and Big Hammers (6 comments)

    Time for me to eat a little crow. Last week I wrote a tepid review of personal finance magazines, concluding that they’re worth the subscription cost, but that they’re hit-or-miss with their content. The September issue of Money arrived in my mailbox yesterday. It’s all hit. This issue includes several pieces on money management for…

  • Daily Links: Your Money or Your Life, and Benjamin Graham (3 comments)

    It’s been a rough week behind the scenes at Get Rich Slowly. My hosting company experienced unexpected trouble, which meant that this site was only intermittently accessible for the past three days. Meanwhile, I’ve been busy and had little time to write. Here are a couple of interesting articles that came across my desk recently:…

  • Daily Links: Debt Reduction, Stupidity, and Mutual Funds (2 comments)

    No Credit Needed is hosting the 100th edition of the Carnival of Debt Reduction. Go drop in to find great advice on eliminating debt. Among my favorite contributions are: Golb Guru explains how to get rid of debt without worrying about the latte factor. Plonkee argues that

  • Daily Links: Compound Interest, Web Income, and Happiness (18 comments)

    Here’s another collection of personal finance links submitted from readers like you. The power of compounding is subtle and filled with nuances. In a comment on yesterday’s daily links, Wayne wrote: One final thing to think about… say you were to borrow at 100K at 6.5% rate, and get an average annualized return of 9%…

  • Daily Links: Pets, Films, and Mortgage Savings (6 comments)

    I’ve spent the last couple hours replying to your e-mail messages, sorting through the links you sent me while I was on vacation. I kept wishing that I had a way to share more of these with GRS readers; then I remembered my early-morning “daily links” section! Here, then, are some stories passed along by…

  • Mining YouTube for Personal Finance Gold (14 comments)

    I waste a lot of time on YouTube, watching videos like old Whose Line Is It Anyway? skits (warning: time sink!) and Gnarls Barkley played on the theremin. But YouTube isn’t just a place to goof around. There’s a lot of useful stuff there, too, including videos on personal finance and self-improvement. I’ve already shared…

  • Daily Roundup: Fireworks Spectacular (8 comments)

    It’s time for bed, but there’s no sense sleeping. Our neighborhood is crazy about fireworks, and this year the guy next door has purchased an arsenal of illegal — and very loud — explosive devices. The bombs will continue bursting in air for several more hours. Kris is staying up to read Harry Potter; I’m…

  • Daily Roundup: Cars, Cars, Cars (45 comments)

    Alfonso Piñate has cars on the brain. He didn’t just forward one car-related article — he sent me three! And they’re all good. From Jalopnik, here’s an “Ask the Readers”-type question: “Your car recommendations for broke, flakazoid car-ignorant friends?” Author Murilee Martin says: “I always recommend the same three cars.” Those are, in order: 1987-1990…

  • Daily Roundup: Credit Cards and Credit Triggers (17 comments)

    Yesterday at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity, Jim described how credit cards get you in, keep you in, and keep you spending. This is particularly relevant due to our recent conversations about credit. Jim writes: Credit card companies have three objectives in mind: Sign you up, don’t let you quit, and keep you spending. They make…

  • Daily Roundup: Interviews, Charities, and Bike Mortgages (14 comments)

    I’ve been swamped by stories from GRS readers lately. I’ll do my best to get most of these posted before I leave for Europe. Earlier this month we debated whether it’s better to invest or to prepay a mortgage. On a related note, Lynn at The New Homemaker has a nice introduction to the bi-weekly…

  • Daily Roundup: Financial Literacy Videos, Library Hacks, and Moving Sales (4 comments)

    During the month of April, Get Rich Slowly featured a series of videos about financial literacy. These short clips were created by Michael Fischer, a finance professional and author of the book Saving and Investing. Michael dropped a line yesterday to ask for requests. I just wanted to touch base as I am planning to…

  • links for 2007-06-19 (3 comments)

    If you’re still having trouble getting the new layout to load, try clearing your browser’s cache. As I mentioned, the sidebar will widen further as soon as I find the time to monkey with it some more. >> How victim snared ID thief: She chased down woman who had given her 6 months of hell…

  • links for 2007-06-15 (2 comments)

    >> My struggle: Spending on food is really about motivation << Flexo at Consumerism Commentary writes about his mental block against “brown-bagging” lunch. “I don’t like spending time preparing my food. The supposed motivation of saving about $5 a day, or $100 a month, is apparently not enough to [for] me.” >> How to become…

  • links for 2007-06-14 (0 comment)

    >> What aspects of personal finance bring you happiness? << Trent at The Simple Dollar asks a fantastic question. I preach about the psychological aspects of personal finance because I’ve experienced them myself. I know the joy of paying off a debt. I know the need to allow some wiggle room in the budget. Trent…

  • links for 2007-06-12 (1 comment)

    >> Curbly: This story could save you thousands of dollars in real estate commissions << For those of you buying a house, the DIY Maven explains how to save thousands of dollars by making a purchase without a real estate agent. >> What is a sound financial lifestyle? << Over at the Mint blog, Cap…

  • links for 2007-06-10 (2 comments)

    One of my favorite personal finance blogs, Money and Values, has returned from a hiatus. Penny writes about the way our personal values affect our relationship with money. Good stuff. >> The Digerati Life: 5 different ways to build an emergency fund << The Silicon Valley Blogger takes a look at five ways to start…

  • Forum Highlights for 08 June 2007 (0 comment)

    The Get Rich Slowly discussion forums have really come alive over the past two weeks. Active participants are engaged in lively debates. Many people are taking the time to help each other find answers for puzzling personal finance questions. Recent highlights include: Morydd wondered, “How do you budget for fun?” What’s the best way to…

  • links for 2007-06-08 (1 comment)

    >> The massive personal finance resource list << Brett has pulled together a ton of useful stuff here, including online money management tools, offline software, investing tools, spreadsheets, books, and more. Well worth bookmarking. >> Getting Finances Done: Why you shouldn’t trust home mortgage lenders and mortgage calculators << “Banks will tell you that you…

  • links for 2007-06-06 (2 comments)

    >> AskMetafilter: Is consumerism bad? << “Should I feel guilty about wanting the things that I do?” See also: How do you stop feeling guilty for what you have? and Please help me with my struggle between materialism and minimalism. I have similar inner dilemmas. >> Liz Pulliam Weston: Money trouble? It’s your own fault…

  • links for 2007-05-31 (0 comment)

    In our discussion about socio-economic class on Tuesday, Angie mentioned a series of articles from Liz Pulliam Weston (my favorite personal finance guru). Each of these describes what the average financial situation is like for a particular age group. Your 20s: See how your wealth measures up — “You’re poorer than you’ll ever be again,…

  • links for 2007-05-30 (0 comment)

    >> Curbly: Salvage and season cast-iron cookware << “Cast iron is incredible. It’s like nature’s non-stick surface. I have a 12” skillet, a round griddle for tortillas, and a large, rectangular griddle/grill pan, all of which I absolutely baby, adding flavor layer by layer, and avoiding soap, and many times water, at all cost. So,…

  • links for 2007-05-29 (4 comments)

    >> Prosper personal lending update << Many of you enjoyed Frykitty’s post on investing with Prosper, the person-to-person microloan service. Here’s an article at PF Blog that describes the author’s experience underwriting 163 loans for a total of $14,880 over the past year. Based on the average interest rate (17.6%), I’m guessing that most of…

  • links for 2007-05-25 (1 comment)

    >> Commitments Unlimited << Commitments Unlimited is a new wedding blog from GRS reader Sally. (Sally contributed the guest post on how to eat vegetarian on the cheap.) Her site is devoted to “having the wedding you want at a price you can afford”. She’s been publishing a great budgeting basics series describing how to…

  • links for 2007-05-23 (2 comments)

    >> Advice for purchasing a home? << Regular GRS reader (and active commenter) Kevin has decided he’s ready to buy a house, but he doesn’t know where to start. “What are the best resources you have found on the web to guide us through buying a house? What are some of the best blog posts…

  • links for 2007-05-22 (8 comments)

    >> How to beat the stock market: Buy companies with high customer satisfaction scores << The Consumerist links to a report that indicates “companies at the top 20% of the the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) greatly outperformed the stock market, generating a 40% return. From 1996-2003, the portfolio outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average…

  • links for 2007-05-17 (2 comments)

    >> Compact fluorescent lightbulbs are your friends << Paul at Green Capitalism describes his quest to “go green” while saving money. “Using less energy is good. Switching to CFL Bulbs that use less electricity is one way to accomplish that goal.” But not everything as easy as changing a light bulb. “Hot water is reported…

  • links for 2007-05-16 (2 comments)

    >> The Motley Fool: 10 Things I Hate About Finances << “When it comes to finances, there’s no shortage of tasks to dread… But ignoring the niggling details is even worse than the drudgery of getting them done… Wipe that sour look right off your face and read on for the 10 things we all…

  • links for 2007-05-15 (2 comments)

    >> Five things your financial advisor knows (but will never tell you) << Justin looks at some of the dirty secrets of financial advisors. My favorite tip is “if you don’t know anything about personal finance, then don’t hire a financial advisor”. Clients often say to me, “I don’t know anything about money.” My first…

  • links for 2007-05-14 (0 comment)

    >> The $140 Homemade Scarf << Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics fame, write about the joys of menial labor, about how some of us make a hobby out of what used to be considered work. “What makes a certain activity work for one person and leisure for another?” Why is it…

  • links for 2007-05-11 (3 comments)

    >> The Simple Living Newsletter for May-June 2007 << The Simple Living Network is an excellent source for information on voluntary simplicity. Bill Mize wrote to tell me that SLN publishes a bi-monthly newsletter. The latest issue is out. It contains articles on how to survive a layoff, gardening, Hugh Chou’s free financial calculators. (Last…

  • links for 2007-05-10 (5 comments)

    One benefit of creating this daily links section is that I can also toss in miscellaneous administrative content now-and-then. For example, I forgot to announce the winners of the “join the discussion forum” contest. Andrea, Gnashcick, Pszalapski, Emlombardo, and Siobhan were each randomly selected to win one personal finance book. Long-time reader RJ was the…

  • links for 2007-05-08 (6 comments)

    After several months of using automated posts from del.icio.us, I’m going to experiment with making the daily links more robust. You folks seem to have a love/hate relationship with these — I’m hoping to make them more palatable to the “hate” crowd. >> Carnival of Personal Finance #99 << This week’s carnival is hosted by…

  • links for 2007-05-05 (5 comments)

    Free Comic Book Day May 5th 2007 Yes, it’s true: all around the world, comic book stores are giving away free comics. These are all mags printed for this giveaway. And, of course, it’s a ploy to get you in the stores. But still: FREE COMICS! (tags: funnymoney)

  • links for 2007-05-04 (10 comments)

    Stay-at-home mom’s work worth $138,095 – Personal Finance – MSNBC.com (tags: parenting work career) The Simple Dollar » The Day After: My Immediate Actions When I Reached Financial Armageddon What happens when you hit rock bottom? Trent shares how he dealt with financial failure, the immediate things he did to stop the bleeding and begin…

  • links for 2007-05-03 (4 comments)

    Venerable finance game abandons cash for credit – Los Angeles Times Visa is sponsoring The Game of Life, which upsets people for a variety of reasons: the emphasis on credit instead of cash, the presence of advertising in a children’s game, etc. [via Macdaddy] (tags: advertising consumerism children kids marketing creditcards) Tim Ferris – The…

  • links for 2007-05-02 (3 comments)

    » Two Years of FiveCentNickel and a Big, Huge Giveaway @ fivecentnickel.com Nickel is giving away some big prizes (including two iPods) in celebration of his site’s second anniversary. It’s easy to enter! While you’re there, check out his site. (tags: pfblogs contests) sew green A blog about simplicity, sustainability, and reducing consumption. This is a collaborative…

  • links for 2007-05-01 (0 comment)

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  • links for 2007-04-27 (2 comments)

    Scott H Young » Get a Reality Check “Whether you have clearly defined goals with deadlines or just a strong feeling about where you want to be, you need to do reality checks frequently to stay on track.” This is advice I need to heed. (tags: motivation self-development GTD) Digmann.com » Blog Archive » Study…

  • links for 2007-04-26 (7 comments)

    » I Buy Generic Brands and Store Brands Sometimes on Consumerism Commentary: A Personal Finance Blog Flexo lists the things he’s willing to buy generic. I’ll buy many things generic, especially if they’re not “favorites”. For favorites, I want the highest quality possible. (tags: food shopping frugal frugality) Identity Theft Grows; Tips to Protect Yourself…

  • links for 2007-04-25 (0 comment)

    The Simple Dollar » The Simple Dollar Giveaway #4: Five Free Books! Trent is holding a book giveaway, too: Find a post at his site that really evokes a response in you and makes you think, whether you agree with it or not, and write a fifty word response. (tags: free books pfblogs) I Will…

  • links for 2007-04-23 (1 comment)

    How to Build a Perfect Credit Score Quickly There’s some great advice here, especially for young adults. But be careful. The article advocates using credit cards to build your score. If you do so, make sure to use the responsibly! (tags: creditcards creditreport credit youngadults) Trimming the attention sails at Like It Matters “You are…

  • links for 2007-04-19 (1 comment)

    Why is economic growth necessary? | Ask MetaFilter This is a question I’ve often pondered, too. (tags: economics)

  • links for 2007-04-18 (0 comment)

    Investors go on automatic pilot – USATODAY.com “Target funds, which gear your investments toward your retirement date, have been the hottest new breed of mutual fund in years. But before you put your portfolio on autopilot, check the fund’s flight plan.” [via Flexo] (tags: mutualfunds investing investments planning retirement) » Ten Fundamental Concepts in Personal…

  • links for 2007-04-17 (2 comments)

    plonkee money: tourist in london town “London is an absolutely fantastic city, but it sure ain’t cheap. Here are my best ideas for getting more for your money.” We’re visiting London later this year. I asked Plonkee for tips and this is her reply. (tags: UK travel tips) SNL Skit: Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t…

  • links for 2007-04-16 (1 comment)

    StopBuyingCrap.com » HOWTO: Protect What’s Left of Your Consumer Privacy (tags: privacy) Become a Google Finance Power User: 13 Tips and Hacks I often find online stock tools overwhelming. This little article provides some good info to make Google Finance more usable… (tags: web finance tools)

  • links for 2007-04-13 (2 comments)

    How to get your credit score up, and how not to care | zen habits (tags: creditreport credit finance finances money tips)

  • links for 2007-04-12 (1 comment)

    No Credit Needed » Blog Archive » Preparing For Life Without A Credit Card NCN talks about the steps he took to letting go. Me? I just went cold turkey. You don’t *need* a credit card. (tags: creditcards) Money game reveals our inner Robin Hood – being-human – 11 April 2007 – New Scientist “Overall…

  • links for 2007-04-10 (0 comment)

    miles’ allowance on Flickr – Photo Sharing! One approach to allowances for children. [via Amy Jo] (tags: kids allowances education) Ten Commandments for a Simpler Way of Life at Ririan Project “I’ve sifted through this huge onslaught of information and picked out the ten best tips I could find to help you simplify your life.”…

  • links for 2007-04-09 (2 comments)

    44+ million uninsured people in America… | Ask MetaFilter “Will a $6,000 bill from the ER completely cripple my credit score for the next ten (plus?) years if I don’t pay it?” (tags: creditreport debt health bills)

  • links for 2007-04-08 (0 comment)

    AllFinancialMatters » Blog Archive » MORE S&P 500 Index Stats JLP provides some tables that demonstrate the long-term value of stocks. They also show that stocks don’t *always* provide stellar returns. (tags: investing investments)

  • links for 2007-04-06 (1 comment)

    Teaching My Kids the Value of Work and Money » What’s Gotta Stay (tags: kids values money)

  • links for 2007-04-05 (0 comment)

    How to invest when you’re broke – MSN Money A lot of you have told me: “Fine, fine, I get it — I need to invest. But how?” I’m working on an article to cover this subject. I’ll post it by the end of the month. Meanwhile, here’s an overview. (tags: investing money finance howto)…

  • links for 2007-04-04 (3 comments)

    I Will Teach You To Be Rich » Nicole’s Bridal and Formalwear at Tanforan has poor customer service Ramit has a poor customer service experience. Stuff like this boggles my mind. In business, and in your personal life, BEING NICE pays dividends. Sure it costs more now, but it pays in the long run. (tags:…

  • links for 2007-04-03 (5 comments)

    10 Things Your Boss Hates About You | Work | Guardian Unlimited Money As an employer, I especially loathe attendance problems and lying. (tags: work job career business) Does more money bring more happiness? – April 1, 2007 (tags: philosophy happiness)

  • links for 2007-03-31 (1 comment)

    Kids conjure up riches in ‘Fairy Godmother Tycoon’ – USATODAY.com “A hilarious new business simulation.” Actually, anything that gets kids thinking about money and entrepreneurship gets the thumbs up in my book… (tags: games kids entrepreneurship money)

  • links for 2007-03-29 (8 comments)

    Cheap but great dates | zen habits I wrote an entry about this subject for Valentine’s Day, but never posted it. Maybe next year. (tags: frugal dating romance frugality cheap) The Simple Dollar » The Simple Dollar Guide To Shaving Trent advocates an old-fashiones safety razor, badger brush, and shaving soap. I have shaving issues,…

  • links for 2007-03-28 (2 comments)

    Your Broker Is Just As Confused As You Are – Consumerist (tags: investing investments) Ask Lifehacker: How do I get started using Quicken? – Lifehacker (tags: quicken software tools howto lifehacks)

  • links for 2007-03-27 (0 comment)

    Being a millionaire just isn’t the same these days – CNN.com “These days, a millionaire is … likely to be the guy or gal next door who saved carefully…” [via several readers -- thanks!] (tags: saving money wealth) With mutual funds, you get what you don’t pay for – MarketWatch “If there’s such a thing…

  • links for 2007-03-26 (0 comment)

    » Teaching Kids the Value of a Dollar @ raising4boys.com “I’ve been thinking about ways to teach our kids more about the value of money. We’ve found that it’s far better to give them a bit of real world experience than it is to just talk to them.” (tags: kids money reallife choices values) Online Checking Accounts…

  • links for 2007-03-25 (0 comment)

    Can you afford to follow your dreams? Can you afford NOT to? | Wise Bread “This weekend, we decided to give up pursuing the ‘sure thing’ career for him so that he can use his time to develop the speaking/seminars/consulting business he’s always wanted.” (tags: goals priorities choices stories inspiration motivation)

  • links for 2007-03-23 (10 comments)

    Attention: You Cut Your Electric Bill By Almost Half! – Consumerist “Reader Melissa writes in to tell us that using tips from Consumerist and other sites, she cut her (admittedly outrageous) electric bill down to size.” (tags: bills energy conservation housing tips) » Geico Cavemen: The Sitcom on Consumerism Commentary: A Personal Finance Blog “The…

  • links for 2007-03-21 (2 comments)

    Telemarketers – Kill the Calls How to sue telemarketers in small claims court. The author claims that it’s a profitable way to get the calls to stop. (He’s earned ~$6,000 for ~3 hours of work.) (tags: funnymoney revenge consumerism telemarketers) 10 day survival pack for your vehicle for just $25 by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM…

  • links for 2007-03-19 (1 comment)

    Free Money Finance: How a Bicycle Saved My Life “I’ve probably spent $3,000 on cycling in the past three years. Has it been a good investment? I think so.” (tags: fitness health) How To Build A Treasury Bill Ladder: A Visual Guide » My Money Blog I’ve written about CD ladders before. This is a…

  • links for 2007-03-18 (0 comment)

    Food For Thought – Education Is A Great Economic Leveler at Money, Matter, and More Musings (tags: education income)

  • links for 2007-03-17 (2 comments)

    Nine Steps to Acing a Job Interview (tags: job career work)

  • links for 2007-03-16 (5 comments)

    Ten Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life – lifehack.org (tags: productivity lifestyle happiness health) The American Spectator – The Nation’s Pulse: Terribly Exciting Ben Stein writes: “Here is what’s new and hot and exciting (or terrible) in the world of money today.” It’s not what you think. (tags: economics business philosophy culture poverty benstein)

  • links for 2007-03-15 (2 comments)

    Why Paying down Your Mortgage Is a Bad Idea at Real Estate Mega Book This in response to the GRS question yesterday about whether to save for a down payment or to pay down a HELOC… (tags: realestate house homebuying mortgage choices) Amy Dacyczyn – They Call Me The Frugal Zealot The editor of “The…

  • links for 2007-03-14 (0 comment)

    The Myths of Starting a Business >> Dumb Little Man (tags: entrepreneurship)

  • links for 2007-03-13 (0 comment)

    Daily Record – Warren Boroson – Cramer a trader, Buffett investor Interesting comparison of Jim Cramer and Warren Buffett, and the way they approach the stock market. (With a stab at Kim Kiyosaki’s new book near the end.) [thanks, Vintek] (tags: investing investments)

  • links for 2007-03-11 (5 comments)

    Baby Cheapskate: Five Rules that can Save You Hundreds on Premium Diapers I know this article probably isn’t useful to many GRS readers, but it could really help those with infants save a lot of money. [via Parent Hacks] (tags: children shopping coupons saving)

  • links for 2007-03-10 (1 comment)

    zen habits: 10 Habits to Develop for Financial Stability and Success Good advice from GRS-reader Leo. (tags: money tips) The Simple Dollar » Why Johnny Can Read: Simpson’s Paradox and the Greatly Exaggerated Death of American Public Education Trent explains why private schools are no better than public schools. Don’t drop $50,000 on a private…

  • links for 2007-03-08 (2 comments)

    Frugal For Life: 30+ Ways to Save a Dollar a Day (tags: frugal frugality lifehacks) Senators grill bank execs on ‘unfair’ credit card fees – USATODAY.com This is directy related to the MAXED OUT review I posted earlier this week. That film takes aim at high credit card fees. I think they’re merely a symptom,…

  • links for 2007-03-07 (0 comment)

    Does it pay to be a jerk? | Wise Bread An interesting piece on why it can be profitable to be abrasive. I’m not encouraging anyone to be a jerk. I’m just fascinated by this article. (tags: psychology motivation) I Will Teach You To Be Rich » Chicken Little and Kooks Who Don’t Know What…

  • links for 2007-03-06 (4 comments)

    To find a path for your career embrace instability » Brazen Careerist “The people who are most adept at dealing with transition are the people who will do best in their career and in their life.” (tags: work career job philosophy) How to Haggle Like a Pro via Lifehacker (tags: shopping money tips) YouTube –…

  • links for 2007-03-05 (1 comment)

    Christine Kane – Blog- You Teach People How to Treat You This is not directly related to personal finance-related, but it’s very important. “The biggest risk involved in teaching people how to treat you is the risk that some of them might go away.” (tags: self-improvement self-development success psychology) The Editorialiste: Journalism Internships Are A…

  • links for 2007-03-02 (1 comment)

    Feministe » Help Us Help Ourselves: March 2007 Edition “Help Us Help Ourselves is a project where bloggers contribute their suggestions, advice and tips on how to do anything and everything. There’s an emphasis on saving money, but HUHO can offer help on just about anything” (tags: blog carnivals frugality saving hints tips lifehacks) Mapgirl’s…

  • links for 2007-02-28 (0 comment)

    Money Smart Life » Payback Time for Payday Loans – Share Your Story and win $50 Ben is taking $50 from a Payday loan advertiser and giving it to a commenter who has lost money to high interest borrowing in the past. Sneaky. DEADLINE IS TODAY. (tags: pfblogs contests) AllFinancialMatters » Blog Archive » Just…

  • links for 2007-02-27 (1 comment)

    Warranties Official FTC site, via Lifehacker. (tags: consumer shopping warranty reference) What Does it Mean to Be Rich? | Money for the Rest of Us “If one of your goals is to ‘get rich,’ I would suggest trying to define what exactly you mean by this.” (tags: wealth values philosophy) How does a busy student…

  • links for 2007-02-26 (0 comment)

    I don’t want to be Tom Hanks in the Money Pit | Ask MetaFilter “How to hire and work with a contractor on a remodeling project?” (tags: home remodeling) “What do you mean poor people aren’t lazy?” | Ask MetaFilter “Point me toward some interesting statistics, graphics, videos, or other materials about the causes and…

  • links for 2007-02-23 (0 comment)

    Getting Finances Done » The Easiest Way to Organize Your Budget (tags: budgets GTD organization money) » Tips for Purchasing a Musical Instrument for the Non-Professional on Consumerism Commentary: A Personal Finance Blog It is one of my life’s regrets that I never pursued music in school. I love music, but can’t sing well, and…

  • links for 2007-02-22 (1 comment)

    NPR : Strategies Available to Fight Credit-Card Fees “Credit-card fees have been rising in recent years. But what many people don’t know is that you don’t always have to pay those fees.” [via Vintek] (tags: creditcards fees tips hints) CrazyAuntPurl: Stop Buying Crap: My One Week Progress Report “At the first of the year I…

  • links for 2007-02-21 (1 comment)

    Queercents » Money Mondays: Should You Hire a Tax Pro? Sometimes it’s easy to know if you should seek tax help. Sometimes it’s not. This guide can help you determine what’s right for you. (First of an ongoing series.) (tags: taxes) The Finance Buff: What Happens When a Bank Goes Out of Business (tags: banks)…

  • links for 2007-02-20 (2 comments)

    Declutter Your Desk $33.42 (Canadian) to de-clutter a desk? Sounds like a bargain! (tags: DIY GTD productivity lifehacks home howto) The Budget Wino “Wine reviews and tips for the $10 and under crowd.” This site is perfect for me –I find it difficult to spend more than $10 for a bottle of wine. (tags: food…

  • links for 2007-02-19 (0 comment)

    Top Five Socially Responsible Investing News Stories of 2006 I get a requests for info on socially-responsible investing. This collection of stories may interest some of you… (tags: investing investments choices SRI) Costco: The ‘anti-Wal-Mart’ – MSN Money “The warehouse-club retailer ‘has figured out the big, simple things’: Hold down expenses and prices, treat employees…

  • links for 2007-02-18 (0 comment)

    2blowhards.com: Risk, Reward and the New Class “Society might see a lot more entrepreneurship if it adjusted income taxes for the downside risk associated with a given level of earnings.” More economics than pf, but intereseting. (tags: work employment entrepreneurship taxes philosophy)

  • links for 2007-02-15 (0 comment)

    Credit Cards: can’t live with ‘em A story from a GRS reader who got behind on her credit cards, but then tried to catch up by paying early, but without the intended effect. Funny, but in a sad sort of way. (tags: creditcards debt funnymoney) Cutting through the clutter to get things done – CNN.com…

  • links for 2007-02-14 (2 comments)

    Selling Your Digital Photos – Page1 – MSN Tech & Gadgets – How To One approach at turning a hobby into something that produces income. (tags: photography entrepreneurship howto) Living ‘poor’ and loving it – MSN Money “Your most important money-management tool is your brain. Use it to follow three simple rules that can change…

  • links for 2007-02-12 (0 comment)

    They got older too | Money Magazine Money Magazine “asked the pop icons you grew up with what they’ve learned about money.” [via Consumerism Commentary] (tags: advice funnymoney) Walking Sticks – A Money Making Hobby Here’s an example of the sort of thing a person can do to make a little extra money. (tags: entrepreneurship…

  • links for 2007-02-11 (3 comments)

    22 Tips for High Self-Esteem at Ririan Project No, it’s not personal finance. But I believe many poor money choices are actually reflections of poor self-esteem. Regardless, this is an excellent collection of ideas. (tags: happiness health motivation productivity self-improvement lifehacks)

  • links for 2007-02-09 (1 comment)

    Quiet, frugal janitor hid his generous heart | Chicago Tribune READ THIS. I don’t advocate this sort of extreme frugality. But I think this is a wonderful story, and frugality is a part of it. I especially like the part about grape soda and chips — nice. (tags: frugality frugal stories values)

  • links for 2007-02-08 (1 comment)

    Tips for an Inexpensive Valentine’s Day (tags: frugality choices money) LED lightbulbs: not ready for primetime | A Whole Lotta Nothing “Maybe in five years or so the technology will mature, but at the moment, save your money and stick with CFL bulbs instead.” (tags: energy choices home) The Sinful Dollar >> Monstrocipe: Ramenloaf The…

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    Getting Rid Of Your Debt Without Worrying About The Latte Factor » Money, Matter, and More Musings This advice is similar to that of Elizabeth Warren: you can make a bigger difference in your finances by cutting back on the big stuff (housing, cars, etc.) than by pinching pennies on small stuff. (tags: philosophy choices…

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    Don’t rush to pay off that mortgage – MSN Money “A recent study suggests these households blow more than $1.5 billion a year, or $400 per household, by accelerating their mortgage payments.” I don’t know…. (tags: choices housing homebuying mortgage) FrugalVillage.net » Creating a Garden Journal “Planning ahead with a garden journal can save you…

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    Greek nuns on the run, chased by bad debts – New Zealand’s source for oddstuff “A group of Greek nuns abandoned their convent and went into hiding after running up debts of more than 600,000 euros (396,000 pounds) from a knitting business that went bust.” (tags: debt funnymoney) Consumers Have Allies on the Web –…

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    zen habits: How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck First stop the bleeding, then bind the wounds. Nice piece. (tags: debt money saving minimumwage)

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    Money Blogger Podcast: Rachel Kesel of The Compact interviewed Awesome — Scott finally returns with another personal finance interview. His past podcasts have been excellent, filled with insight into how others work with money. (tags: interviews pfblogs money books) 3-D Model of World Economic Activity This is an interesting look at the distribution of economic…

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    Should my wife and I (with drastically different incomes ) file taxes together or seperate? | Ask MetaFilter It’s AskMetafilter Day in the daily links… (tags: taxes tips) RESP…still don’t know what it means for me | Ask MetaFilter “College savings: Does the government care how you spend a college savings plan in Canada?” (tags:…

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    Stylehive – Blog: Top 5:  Piggy Banks, Stylish Savings Me? I use a Mason jar. (tags: funnymoney change) Senate targets credit card practices – Jan. 26, 2007 “Restoring small annual fees on cards used by ‘non-revolvers’ would bolster revenues for card issuers, who then in turn might not make life so expensive for those with…

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    Reader Poll: What kind of affluent would you rather be? – Lifehacker Would you rather be rich with time or rich with money? I think an argument can be made that they’re the same thing (“time is money”), but if I had to choose, I’d choose “rich with time”. (tags: philosophy values money) Polls indicate…

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    Don To Earth A blog written by a 93-year-old-man. There’s more to wealth than money. Health, long life, and happiness are more important, in my book. This is awesome. (tags: history inspiration personal web culture) Mapgirl’s Fiscal Challenge / Unsacrificed Travel “I had the opportunity to travel to Greece in high school. And this is…

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    Why Americans love to shoplift meat. – By Brendan I. Koerner – Slate Magazine “Why is meat the most shoplifted item in America?” (tags: funnymoney psychology food) MattHutter.com » Blog Archive » My Experiment With Paying Cash “The banks plow millions of dollars each year each year into television, radio and print advertising in an…

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    Money management: It’s never too late to start – Monday Money – MSNBC.com “You’re over 40 and you haven’t started seriously saving for retirement. Despite what you might think, it isn’t too late to get on track.” (tags: retirement saving motivation money) Five Millionaires Tell How They Did It : Yahoo! Finance “Keep your eye…

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    Gaming the Credit System: Managing Your Finances Part II Partly in response to my recent declaration that I do not use credit cards, GtCS created a guide to using credit cards and using them RESPONSIBLY. This site is worth exploring. (tags: creditcards credit tips) Small Business Free Training and Podcast Library >> Dumb Little Man…

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    10 ways to come up with a down payment (Page 1 of 2) “You’ve found the perfect house. Interest rates are are still low. There’s just one thing standing between you and your dream home: a down payment.” (tags: house homebuying planning saving) Going to the Mattresses  – By Seth Stevenson – Slate Magazine “How…

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    Carnival of Investing on Martin Luther King Day – The Sun’s Financial Diary I haven’t linked to many carnivals lately because I haven’t been contributing. I’m writing some investment articles, though, so this one caught my eye. (tags: investing investments pfblogs carnivals) Morningstar.com – Your 2007 Personal Finance Calendar This is a nice idea: setting…

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    The Dividend Guy Blog – Good Books for New Investors A list of five books DG recommends for new investors. I haven’t read any of them, though I have “Learn to Earn” out from the library. (tags: finances investing investments money books dividends) Young and Broke: Cutting TV costs (tags: frugality tips entertainment) Working poor…

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    How Disorganization costs Money – by Dumb Little Man (tags: planning advice money) Online Education Free Whoa — nice. Very nice, indeed. [via Frykitty] (tags: free online education learning reference) Top Gear: James and the impractical classic “If there’s anything wrong with your car – anything – stop what you’re doing and go and sort…

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    Network Security Journal: The Fight Against Phishing: 44 Ways to Protect Yourself via lifehacker (tags: scams security) The top 10 advantages of low-rent living “One of the biggest threats to happiness at work is having too many fixed expenses at home.” (tags: renting housing home simplicity choices)

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    PC World – This Blog for Hire “Some bloggers pitch products for pay, often without telling their readers.” My promise to you: Get Rich Slowly will NEVER do this. NEVER. (tags: scams)

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    PC World – Just Cancel the @#%$* Account! “It’s hard to find a Web service that doesn’t offer a free trial. But just try canceling. We did, and the results weren’t always pretty.” (tags: consumerism scams tips internet) Living On A Dime – Free Recipes, Money Saving Tips, Debt Free Living (tags: frugal frugality hints…

  • links for 2007-01-11 (1 comment)

    Top 25 Personal Finance Myths (tags: philosophy personalfinance finance) FORTUNE: Warren Buffett: Beware brokers who want your money – Mar. 6, 2006 “In his 2006 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett explains how costly it can be to let advisors come between you and your money.” (tags: buffett investing advice) Apple went to great…

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    Publications Catalog – Federal Reserve System Via my wife. I’ve linked to these before, but they’re still fun: free pamphlets about Federal monetary policy. Fun for everyone! (tags: free economics money politics) More Price Tag Codes Decrypted – Consumerist via a zillion of you folks (tags: shopping lifehacks)

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    50 of the best personal development blogs Similar to my own list of excellent personal development sites. Some good stuff here, though I get the impression the author was cramming to fill the list instead of filtering for quality. (tags: personal self-development productivity lifehacks) If You Don’t ask, You Won’t Receive – by Dumb Little…

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    You’ve been approved! | Ask MetaFilter “During the course of the conversation he mentioned he has a credit limit of about eighty grand spread over several cards… Why would I need $80,000 in credit?” (tags: creditcards credit debt) Ways to Make Money – Lessons Learned From Jobs I’ve Done | Art Of Money (tags: job…

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    Play 3rd World Farmer Game Online – Arcade Town .com This game evokes personal finance while reminding one to be grateful for having been born in the land of opportunity. Plus it’s a fun game. (tags: culture finance game politics poverty)

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    Real Estate: Is going eco-friendly worth the cost? – January 1, 2007 (tags: choices philosophy environmentalism energy) Late utility bill could jolt credit – 01/03/07 – The Detroit News Online “The late utility payment knocked his all-important credit score down by 100 points — and pushed the interest rate on his new mortgage up.” (tags:…

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    Is it fair to break up with someone over the ‘business side’ of a relationship? (tags: relationships money finances choices psychology)

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    2006 LifeHack Review: Best 50 hacks for your Life – lifehack.org There’s a treasure-trove of personal develoment gems here! (tags: self-development productivity lifehacks gtd tips howto)

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    Frugal For Life: Frugality isn’t Voluntary Poverty (tags: frugality philosophy) Getting Finances Done » Sunday Shopping Circulars Online (tags: advertising shopping saving)

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    mileage vs. age in used cars | Ask MetaFilter “All other things being equal, do I pick the older car with lower mileage or the later model with high mileage?” (tags: cars shopping choices)

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    How do you stop feeling guilty for having what you have? | Ask MetaFilter “How do you justify how much to spend on yourself when there are so many out there without? And, how much should you give to charity?” (tags: charity philosophy choices money) The Home Energy Saver A web-based do-it-yourself energy audit tool….

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    Bank Of America To Charge For “Free” Checking – Consumerist This kind of stuff makes me very, very angry. (tags: banks baitandswitch fees) Q: How can she afford health insurance? – USATODAY.com (tags: youngadults money insurance)

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    Chicago Tribune news: Lifestyles of the rich don’t necessarily make them famous This article does a better job at summarizing the findings in The Millionaire Next Door than my review did. (I failed to convey the main point.) [Thanks, Vintek!] (tags: millionaires wealth lifestyles reallife) Anti-Shopping Evangelist Hits East Village, Finds Willing Converts (if Briefly)…

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    Paycheck to paycheck: Make your dollars stretch further – Dec. 14, 2006 “The Schuetts have an enviable income. So why are they having a hard time making ends meet?” [Thanks, Tim!] (tags: money debt choices lifestyles) altvoices.org – Maxed Out Youth “The Taiwanese government, media, retailers and banks all encourage young people to spend beyond…

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    Businesspundit: How To Network: For Introverts Networking gets a bad rap. In reality, it’s a key tool for building lasting reciprocal relationships. Seriously. If you practice networking, you’re building a lifetime support network. (tags: career networking business productivity self-development) Serious Eats: Are Expensive Pans Necessarily Better? “Given the price differential ($9.99 for Crestware, $39.95 for…

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    Should I pay off my mortgage early? | Ask MetaFilter (tags: homebuying housing mortgage windfall) Making a Financial Turnaround (tags: money goals motivation) Craigslist Meets the Capitalists – New York Times (tags: craigslist capitalism business philosophy)

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    digg – Mac “Quicken-Killer” Receives Impressive GUI Update The dugg “quicken-killer” is apparently no good, but the comments at digg itself provide lots of info on Mac personal finance software. Strange, but true. Read the comments. Don’t follow the link. [via Russell] (tags: software tools)

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    Young and In Debt: USATODAY.com Chat Transcript via Kristina: Chat transcript with Abby Wilners, author of Quarterlife Crisis. She offers advice to young people just out of school, or just starting out in life. (tags: studentloans interviews twentysomethings)

  • links for 2006-12-11 (4 comments)

    VerizonMath Amberlynn wrote to share this gem, which has been making the rounds of the internet. What happens when a big corporation can’t tell dollars from cents? This reminds me of fast food places that post prices of .99 cents for their burgers. Think they’ll really sell you a sandwich for a penny? (tags: funnymoney…

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    Michelle Singletary – It Pays to Do the Math In the Budget Game – washingtonpost.com (tags: budgets money planning)

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    Building a home power-monitoring system GRS-reader Christopher writes: “if you like the Kill-A-Watt idea you will love this. Granted a bit overkill be pretty cool none the less.” I’ll say! (tags: DIY energy howto power electrical hacks) What’s the least manipulative stable credit card company? | Ask MetaFilter I *still* don’t like credit cards, but…

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    Top 25 Web 2.0 Apps for Money, Finance, and Investment I’ve been meaning to put together an entry similar to this. Now I can wait til next year! (tags: web software personalfinance) Ask the Readers: Get your dream job? – Lifehacker (tags: work career planning)

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    Save money with reciprocal museum memberships: Parent Hacks Simple tip to save money while on vacation. (tags: vacation saving) AllFinancialMatters » How The Dow Jones Industrial Average is Calculated Something I’ve always wondered. (tags: stocks investments)

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    Interview: Ramit Sethi Won’t *Just* Teach You To Be Rich… Ramit’s advice is great. His “you can do it, but start now” message is inspiration and on-the-money. (tags: interviews pfblogs entrepreneurship) ‘Needy’ Children Some more excellent advice about teaching kids the value of money. (tags: kids clothes allowances money)

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    How to prepare for job loss? | Ask MetaFilter (tags: career work planning)

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    Site Profile Interview with J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly – Recommended Web Tools More than you ever wanted to know about this site and how I run it. A summary: I write a *lot*, try to offer a variety of good financial information, and am responsive to readers. (tags: pfblogs interviews me) 101 Ways…

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    MAKE: Blog: The Open source gift guide – Open source hardware, software and more for the holidays (tags: christmas DIY) New York Times: In class warfare, guess which class is winning A fascinating editorial in which rich conservative Republican Ben Stein argues, with support from Warren Buffett, that the rich should be taxed more than…

  • links for 2006-11-28 (5 comments)

    Guy Kawasaki Interviews Steve Wozniak « zBiz.TV Video of two of my entrepreneurial heroes at once. (tags: entrepreneurship interviews) Automatically save your change – Lifehacker Bank America has a “save your change” program with their debit cards. The comments to this post contain useful info. [via GRS reader Matthew] (tags: saving finances money) Chiropractor works…

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    Rick Steves’ Europe: Ten Tips for Sleeping Cheap in Europe (tags: travel vacation tips frugal)

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    Tom’s Inflation Calculator (tags: money tools calculator economics)

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    Man runs up 8k tab in iTunes Store, fiancée dumps him “My husband-to-be had more than 700 music CDs and more than 300 movie DVDs and hundreds of record albums — he had $43,000 in credit-card debt!” [via Ben Clark] (tags: debt consumerism creditcards stupidity)

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    How much should I give to charity? | Ask MetaFilter (tags: charity money choices)

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    HOWTO: Keep Track of Coupons – Consumerist (tags: coupons groceries saving)

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    Paid off credit cards. Now what? | Ask MetaFilter What to do with $1200 more a month? (tags: planning saving money) Frugal For Life: The Mindset of Frugal Living (tags: frugality frugal psychology philosophy) 15 secrets debt counselors wish you knew (tags: debt credit money)

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    Cut Monthly Bills In Half – Consumerist I’ve written about this before, but it never hurts to mention it again: you can save money by comparison shopping, then asking you current service providers to match the best price. (tags: bills tips lifehack) » Photocopy The Cards In Your Wallet on Blueprint for Financial Prosperity Great tip: be…

  • links for 2006-11-14 (3 comments)

    Cars most affordable since 1980 – Nov. 13, 2006 “Cheapest since 1980 — Comerica Bank’s ‘Auto Affordability Index’ shows average American works 23.6 weeks to buy a car.” (tags: cars economics) 5 ways to dump student debt — early – Aug. 8, 2002 (tags: college debt studentloans planning)

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    CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS – homemade snack recipes and ideas “I am not sure about you but spending $2 for a ‘fitness bar’ or ‘energy bar’ is crazy.” [via Dumb Little Man] (tags: food fitness DIY health nutrition frugal frugality) Search and Destroy Hidden Phone Charges – Consumerist (tags: consumerism bills tips)

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    Hundredaires in the Making » Adventure Money Hiliarious parody of CNN’s ‘Millionaires in the Making’ series. (tags: funnymoney badhabits)

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    Thrifty Mommy Ostensibly a weblog for frugal women, but filled with great tips for anyone who is trying to save money. (tags: pfblogs frugal frugality) Young and Broke: To Buy or Not To Buy – The Endless Question Amanda’s thoughts: “For many people in their early to mid twenties – and beyond – buying a…

  • links for 2006-11-07 (2 comments)

    4 Reasons To Invest In Index Funds (tags: mutualfunds investing) It’s Just Money: Dave Ramsey Investing Advice Dave Ramsey has excellent advice for debt elimination. But how’s his investment advice? Apparently not so hot. (tags: investing advice)

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    The Dilbert Blog: In Over My Head Scott Adams’ blog is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. It’s not personal finance oriented, but it does contain occasional money and success tips. THIS ENTRY IS GREAT. (tags: inspiration motivation entrepreneurship success goals)

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    How do I get the best possible airfare? | Ask MetaFilter (tags: travel transportation) The Shaving Cream Racket by Jeffrey A. Tucker Are you spending too much to shave? Some people think so! (tags: health tips cheap) Money 101: My Basic Financial Plan » Silicon Valley Blog About Money One person’s attempt to define financial…

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    Festival of Frugality #46 | Carnival (tags: pfblogs carnivals frugality)

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    Wisdom From Wenchypoo: Scam-Proof Yourself to Eliminate Risk Smart people can still be the victims of scams. In fact, often smart people are most easily scammed because they have too much confidence in their ability to not be scammed. (tags: scams phishing identitytheft) Study: Saving for retirement loses ground to debt, living expenses – USATODAY.com…

  • links for 2006-10-30 (2 comments)

    Fame and Fortune: Steve Wozniak: Apple founder is still gadget mad – Sunday Times – Times Online You know I love The Woz. (I wrote about him earlier in the month.) Here’s an interview with him about money. Atypical, but interesting. [via GRS-reader Russell] (tags: wealth interviews apple woz) Are credit cards evil by nature?…

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    What Use Is Personal Finance Advice If You’re Making Minimum Wage? Great entry that links to other discussions on the subject. This is a tough question to answer. (tags: minimumwage goals career work) The New Yorker: Millions for Millions “This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner and some high-tech entrepreneurs are competing to provide credit to…

  • links for 2006-10-27 (2 comments)

    Women Leaders: 10 Power Tips – Leadership and Innovation – MSNBC.com “What are the real secrets of success? Here’s what some proven winners say.” (tags: business success advice career leadership) Top 10 foreclosure markets | Business 2.0 (tags: housing debt) Seth’s Blog: Where did it all go? “More than two-thirds of recent immigrants to the…

  • links for 2006-10-24 (3 comments)

    $50 Dollar Paint Job GRS reader Adam forwards a page demonstrating people “painting their cars with rollers and saving a bomb on professional paintjobs”. (tags: car DIY) Free Money? | Ask MetaFilter What happens when a bank makes errors in your favor? What if they do it more than once? What if the errors aren’t…

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    The Consumer Ethicist: Stop The Telemarketers! – Consumerist (tags: consumerism telemarketers tips) Millionaires in the Making: The Johnsons – Oct. 11, 2006 “The couple has also managed to stash away $200,000 and built up over $120,000 in home equity – and they’re both just 30 years old.” (tags: saving frugality investments planning getrichslowly) Start investing…

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    How do tax credits work? | Ask MetaFilter (tags: taxes askme)

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    jengod – How to Get Started Cooking at Home for Frugality and Health “In my late twenties, after I got a kitchen and garden of my own. Here are some of the tips I’ve picked up along the way.” (tags: food cooking frugality health) Frugal Japan “We are, simply, a resource to help you live…

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    My Money Blog » Blog Archive » How To Get Out Of A Cellphone Contract Early (tags: cellphones phones contracts) Investing home loan proceeds in stocks can be risky business – Oct. 16, 2006 (tags: housing loans debt credit investing)

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    The Carnival of Debt Reduction #57 » My New Choice (tags: pfblogs carnivals frugality) Make Love, Not Debt – Carnival of Personal Finance Seventy (tags: pfblogs carnivals) My Money Forest – Bogleheads chapter three: Diversification “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” (tags: pfblogs books reviews investing) StopBuyingCrap.com » HOWTO: Spot Phishing Email Like…

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    Wheaties for Your Wallet » Do you know what rebate “breakage” is? Rebates can be good deals for consumers, but you MUST comply with all the rules. Otherwise you’ll find your rebate is worthless. Good stuff here. (tags: rebates shopping)

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    5 super-obvious ways to immediately improve your life | 43 Folders How to get organized and stay that way (tags: GTD lifehack productivity self-development)

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    » Bogleheads Guide to Investing Review: Chapter 7 – Keep It Simple on Blueprint for Financial Prosperity (tags: pfblogs books reviews investments mutualfunds) My Open Wallet: Festival of Frugality #43: Vague, iffy… roll it, fast! Madame X uses anagrams to share the latest festival of frugality. Get Rich Slowly is ‘The Sly Cowgirl’. I love it! I…

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    Binary Dollar: Compound Interest: Rick and Harper The power of compound returns, told in a comic strip. (tags: funnymoney interest investing) The Frugal Duchess: Carnival of Debt Reduction: Latest Round! (tags: pfblogs carnivals) Caustic Musings » Blog Archive » Bogleheads’ Project Chapter Six: How Much Do You Need To Save? Maggie does a great job…

  • links for 2006-10-09 (5 comments)

    Skip the Coffee? What’s Money for, Anyway? – New York Times An argument against the obsession with the “Latte Factor”. Sent in by a GRS reader. (tags: psychology lifestyles choices money) Kirberts Finance Blogg » A basic guide to mortgages This guide is UK based, but the concepts apply to the US, too. Sent in…

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    Mighty Bargain Hunter » Bogleheads Project Chapter 5 (tags: pfblogs books inflation)

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    Penny Foolish: The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing, Day 4: Know What You’re Buying Part 2 (tags: pfblogs books reviews investing) Boy in the bands » Blog Archive » Lydia Maria Child, “sustainable” Unitarian Remember my post earlier in the week about the American Frugal Housewife? Here’s a follow-up with more information about the author. (tags:…

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    Young and Broke: The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing: Review of Chapter Three “Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years” (tags: pfblogs books reviews) Homeowners warned to save – 27 Sep 2006 – National News The U.S. isn’t the only country with housing concerns —…

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    Debt Consolidation Lowdown: Carnival of Debt Reduction is Up! (tags: pfblogs carnivals debt) Tired but happy: Festival of Frugality No. 42 (tags: pfblogs carnivals frugal frugality) The Bogleheads’ Book Project, Chapter Two @ fivecentnickel.com Chapter 2: Start Early and Invest Regularly – “The two most important things any investor can do are to start saving early and…

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    The Carnival of Personal Finance ‘68 Hits the Oregon Trail | Punny Money Nick did a fine job with this week’s carnival. (tags: carnivals pfblogs) AllFinancialMatters » Blog Archive » Bogleheads’ October Project – Chapter 1 JLP’s latest group project is a traveling book review. First up is ‘Chapter 1 – Choose a Sound Financial…

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    » Do Not Upgrade to Quicken 2007, It’s Horrible on Consumerism Commentary (tags: quicken software) The Cost of Convenience – lifehack.org “How much are we willing to pay for convenience, and how much do we value our time?” (tags: philosophy choices)

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    Wheaties for Your Wallet » Blog Archive » Freakonomics, Information Asymmetry, and the Internet A long, thoughtful meditation on how the internet might become more useful for consumers. Wheaties for Your Wallet has been a great read this past month. (tags: shopping economics wesabe) re:PDX – Portland Oregon Real Estate » Watch Your Wallet (and…

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    Too much Junk Mail? | How Do I Stop It | Stop Junk Mail Now with greendimes A for-pay service that will stop junk mail and, strangely enough, plant a tree for you every month. (tags: junkmail) Mutual Improvement: Interview: Jason Fried of 37signals on Money and Happiness This is a great interview. Fried is…

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    My Money Forest – Festival of Frugality #41 (tags: pfblogs carnivals frugality frugal) Calculate CPI from 1665-2012 “Have you wondered how much the value of your ancestor’s property or money mentioned in an old will, deed or tax record is in today’s dollars? Use this handy calculator to get an estimate of how much a…

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    The Super-Rich Get Richer: Forbes 400 Are All Billionaires – washingtonpost.com I’m sure that some people find this list depressing. I like to think of it as inspirational. (tags: superrich success goals wealth) » My MBA at the University of Phoenix Online, Part 1: The Decision on Consumerism Commentary Flexo begins a series on getting…

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    Blogging Away Debt » Presenting…the Carnival of Debt Reduction #54 (tags: carnivals debt) Modest Needs “Modest Needs is a non-profit organization reaching out to hard-working individuals and families who suddenly find themselves faced with small, emergency expenses that they have no way to afford on their own.” (tags: charity nonprofit poverty)

  • links for 2006-09-22 (2 comments)

    Eating cheaply in NYC (kottke.org) It would be fun to compile a GRS guide to eating cheaply in all sorts of major cities. Anyone want to help? I can cover Portland. (tags: frugal frugality food nyc cheap)

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    CNN.com – Florida man takes 50-foot dive for $20 – Sep 20, 2006 “I got my money back, hell yeah,” Giorgio told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “Twenty bucks is a lot of money when you’re broke.” (tags: funnymoney poverty) when it rains… | Ask MetaFilter “How much money should I loan a very good friend of mine in…

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    BurnLounge? Pyramid Scheme? | Ask MetaFilter “What is BurnLounge? A pyramid scheme? Anyone have any experience with?” (tags: scams pyramidschemes warnings) OmniNerd – Articles: Gas Prices in Perspective “If I spend about $25 a month at a convenience store, I stand to save more money by switching to someplace like Walmart or Target than I…

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    MONEY Magazine: Men, women…and money – Mar. 14, 2006 “When it comes to getting through to each other about money, spouses have some work to do.” (tags: marriage money) Marketplace: Why do we make bad money decisions? “A new breed of economist is studying brain scans to figure that out. Think of it as an…

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