Financial Blog


How to be happy and lead a meaningful life

Overcoming fear is one part of living life without regret. You do that by being open to new people and new experiences, and by acting even when you’re afraid. Another aspect of a rewarding life is learning to find happiness in your daily existence ? and building upon that happiness to construct a meaningful life. […]

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How to build confidence and destroy fear

My mission at Get Rich Slowly is to help readers achieve personal and financial freedom. I want to help you master your money and your life. Generally speaking, we focus almost exclusively on the financial side of the things. This week, I’m going to shift gears and share some of the things I’ve learned about […]

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How to find your purpose in life: 12 powerful exercises to help you discover purpose and passion

Happy blogiversary! Twelve years ago today, I launched a humble little blog about personal finance — this blog, Get Rich Slowly. It was meant as a way for me to share the things I was learning as I dug out of debt. It turned into so much more. For the next couple of weeks, I’m […]

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The stages of financial freedom: The road to financial independence

Today we’re going to explore the six stages of financial freedom. First, though, I want to introduce you to my friends Mac and Pam. Pam is a pathologist and an elite ultra-runner. Mac is a former high-school science teacher and current stay-at-home dad. Together, they form a formidable financial team. They’re also a couple of […]

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Mastering the abundance mindset (and changing your money blueprint)

Old habits die hard. When you get to be a middle-aged man like me, you have forty-nine years of learned behavior to guide your actions and decisions ? even when you know your choices aren’t necessarily for the best. Our mental blueprints (including our money blueprints) are deeply ingrained and tough to change. Don’t worry. […]

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The crossover point: How to know when you?ve achieved financial independence

Today I want to introduce you to the Crossover Point, that magical place where you have enough saved that you can live off your investment returns. To start, let’s talk about one of my money heroes, billionaire Warren Buffett. Buffett wasn’t always a billionaire. He started from scratch, just like you and me. Here he […]

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Reader question: Does repaying a loan hurt your credit score?

Last week, on my review of Kristin Wong’s new book Get Money!, a reader named Luke left an interesting comment. Luke wondered: One thing that I’ve taken to heart is debt reduction. In my case, student loans. I refinanced a while back to get a lower rate and have been paying almost triple the monthly […]

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Quick money wins to help you feel more in control of your finances

This is a guest post from former GRS staff writer Kristin Wong. Kristin just released her first book, Get Money!, which J.D. thinks is pretty darned good. I cringe when I remember learning to drive. At fifteen-years-old, I was impatient, full of nervous energy, and so short that I could barely reach the steering wheel. […]

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Loss hurts: Loss aversion and how to beat it

This guest post from Matt of Method to Your Money is closely related to our recent discussion on using barriers and pre-commitment to automatically do the right thing. I’ve done some pretty dumb things with money. Maybe you have too. What I’ve come to realize is that those dumb actions were controlled by my money […]

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Developing financial resilience

My friend Craig is an architect. A couple of years ago, he took me on a tour of his company’s offices. “The cool thing about this building,” he told me, “is that it’s especially resilient.” I could tell from the way he said it that the word resilient meant something a little different to him […]

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