Financial Blog


How to supplement retirement income with a part-time job

Could you pay your mortgage, groceries, rent, insurance, medical expenses, and other bills on $2000/month? If you could, what kind of lifestyle might you lead? Millions of retirees across America live it every day. The Social Security Administration reports that 50% of elderly married beneficiaries and 70% of singles rely on Social Security for more […]

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Should I stay or should I go? Wrestling with the decision to quit a career

J.D.'s note: In the olden days at Get Rich Slowly, I shared reader stories every Sunday. I haven't done that since I re-purchased the site because nobody sends them to me anymore. But earlier this year, Mike did. I love it. I hope you will too. Earlier this year, I sent my wife a text […]

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Early Retirement Extreme: The ten-year update

Today, I'm pleased to present a guest article from one of my favorite money bloggers of all time: Jacob Lund Fisker. Fisker founded Early Retirement Extreme in 2007. It quickly became an influential voice for the nascent FIRE movement. In fact, I think it's fair to say that FIRE wouldn't be what it is today […]

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Experimenting with ultra-light packing: How I packed light for 20 days on the road

Hello from Portugal! Last Thursday, I returned to Europe for the fourth time in the past ten months. This time, I'm here for work. I'm speaking at yet-another chautauqua about financial independence and early retirement. As always, it's fascinating — and the people attending the event are amazing. For this trip, I decided to experiment […]

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How adopting two girls changed my money mindset

I?ll never forget the moment I got the text message from my wife: “Do you want to adopt two girls?” I was at work. We'd been exploring adoption for the previous year but had hit some roadblocks. Adoption wasn?t really on my radar anymore, and we had never discussed adopting more than one child. And […]

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How Americans spend money: A look at the latest Consumer Expenditure Survey

When I discuss American spending habits, I try to cite specific numbers. Sometimes people write to ask where I get my info. Simple. Whenever I cite figures about American earning, saving, and spending, I get them from the U.S. government. In particular, I use the Consumer Expenditure Survey (or CEX) from the U.S. Bureau of […]

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How I?m fighting chronic depression and anxiety

Hello, friends! I have four money articles in progress, plus I'm editing several guest posts for future publication. But today I want to give a brief update on my mental health. My depression and anxiety have been tough this year but it feels like I've turned a corner, and I want to share what's helped. […]

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Does the world of personal finance need more politics?

Note: I've added a short addendum to this piece in an attempt to clarify some things. This may or may not have helped. Earlier this week at The Washington Post, Helaine Olen wrote that the world of personal finance needs more politics. Olen specifically calls out FinCon, the financial media conference I attended last week. […]

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FinCon 2019 and the future of Get Rich Slowly

After twenty-four days on the road, I'm back home in Portland. It feels good. In mid-August, Kim and I flew to Italy. For the first week, we visited Florence and Rome on our own. We rode trains, drank wine, toured museums, ate gelato, and explored ancient Roman ruins. We also got sunburned. And we sweated […]

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The flywheel of wealth (and the importance of patience)

His name is Dave. A retired Naval officer, he?s written two novels and about to publish his third. His books (thrillers in the style of Dan Brown and John Grisham) have been well received and even won awards, yet he?s still a relative unknown in the competitive world of fiction. Her name is Michal. She?s […]

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