Financial Blog


Potential needs versus actual needs: Re-writing my financial blueprint

Last week, I was a guest on the new Fire Below Zero podcast. The interview was fun. (It'll probably be several weeks before the episode airs, though.) Toward the end of our conversation, the hosts asked a question that my mind keeps returning to: “What's something you spend money on that other people might question?” […]

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Spending rate versus saving rate

For years, I've argued that your saving rate is the most important number in personal finance. “Saving rate” in the world of personal finance is the same as profit in the world of business. We all understand that a company needs to earn a profit in order to grow and thrive, but what most people […]

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A visual history of U.S. bull and bear markets since 1926

Who am I kidding? I can't go an entire month without publishing anything here at Get Rich Slowly. I need to write. And judging from the feedback regarding my planned sabbatical, you folks want me to write! Tell you what, let's change the premise. Instead of taking all of September off from publishing, I'll instead […]

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Wake me up when September ends

For the next month, this blog will be on sabbatical. That's not to say that I won't be working on Get Rich Slowly — I'll be working just as much as always — but that I won't publish a new article here until Monday, October 1st. The sad truth is that this is the only […]

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An index to every money book I?ve reviewed during the past twelve years

I read a lot of money books. As a result, a large section of my large library is devoted to books about personal finance. (And if I hadn't purged hundreds of money books when I sold this site in 2009, I'd have even more books — and no place to put them.) Last week, a […]

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What early retirement was like in 1957 (according to Life magazine)

Sometimes I hit the jackpot in my quest to find old material about retirement and early retirement. Last week, for instance, I was reading Early Retirement Dude's history of the financial independence movement when he mentioned a Life magazine photo essay about early retirement from February 1957. Say what? Within minutes, I was reading the […]

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How to get rich and stay rich

In my ongoing quest to build a library of pre-1990 money books, I recently heeded a reader recommendation to buy and read How to Get Rich and Stay Rich by Fred J. Young. Spoiler alert: I liked it! But I almost didn't read it. You see, everything about this book exudes scamminess. The title is […]

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Money story: One man?s trash is another man?s treasure

This guest post from Brian Winch is part of the “money stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all stages of financial maturity. Today, Brian shares how he got rich slowly by […]

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The thin green line: Why you should be skeptical of financial blogs

I've been blogging since before “blog” was even a word. (I wrote my first blog post twenty-one years ago last Thursday!) I've had a financial blog for a dozen years now. In that time, things have changed in a variety of ways. For instance: Blogging has become more business-like and less personal. A decade ago, […]

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Case study: Starting with less than zero

I am not a trained financial expert. I'm not an accountant, I'm not a financial planner, and I'm not a stock broker. What's more, I've made many many money mistakes on my own financial journey. As a result, I've always been reluctant to sit down with people and go over their budgets. That seems to […]

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