Financial Blog


Are you a shopaholic? How to fight a shopping addiction

Yesterday, I mentioned that because I grew up poor, I inherited a faulty money blueprint from my parents. They didn’t know how to handle money effectively, so they couldn’t teach me how to handle it effectively. I entered adulthood with many of the same bad habits they’d had when I was a kid. I was […]

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What the marshmallow test can teach us about money

By now, you’ve probably heard of the famous Stanford marshmallow experiment. Most folks are familiar with this fifty-year-old study and its conclusions. In case this is the first you’ve learned of it, however, I’ll give a quick review. During the late 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel tested the willpower of young children (roughly four years old). […]

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How to refinance your student loans

This is a guest post from Travis Hornsby, founder of Student Loan Planner. I met Travis last year and realized he knows a lot about something that’s a blind spot for me. I asked him if he’d be willing to whip up an article for GRS readers about refinancing student loans. Here it is! How […]

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How to retire young

I am both a money nerd and a book nerd. Naturally, I get a little giddy when I find old books about money I’ve never heard of before. While browsing Oregon’s best used bookstore earlier this year, I stumbled on a 1989 book called How to Retire Young by Edward M. Tauber. Tauber retired at […]

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An experiment: Saturday morning money conversations on the GRS Facebook page

The world of blogging has changed since I started Get Rich Slowly in April 2006. For one thing, “blogging” now encompasses other media. Some folks prefer to get their info via podcasts or video. (Me? I’m a reader.) As an experiment — and to prove I’m not that old — I’m going to try a […]

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Which New Car Would You Buy?

Last week via email, reader David Hatch asked: If you were going to buy a new car, what would you get do you think? I wrote a short email reply…then decide this topic is worth a deeper dive (of only for my own personal edification). You see, Kim and I have been talking about cars […]

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What it means to be rich: The difference between income and wealth

I’m generally a pretty laid-back guy but, like anyone, I do have pet peeves. Because I write about money, I have lots of trivial personal-finance pet peeves. (It’s “saving rate“, not “savings rate”. Dave Ramsey did not invent the debt snowball, and his version is but one kind of debt snowball. It’s not the only […]

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The big fat truth: J.D. Roth interviews JD Roth

I’m not the only semi-celebrity J.D. Roth. For more than fifteen years, I’ve been receiving email and tweets and Facebook messages intended for the other JD Roth, the former executive producer of The Biggest Loser — and tons of other television shows. Apparently the other JD Roth has a lot of fans. Actually, I’m one […]

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Moving from emotional to analytical (with finance and fitness)

This morning, for the first time in more than eight years, I weighed in at 200 pounds. I am not proud of this fact but it’s the truth. I own it. I got to this point through my own actions, not because some cruel tormenter force-fed me cheeseburgers and beer. When I’m overweight, I tend […]

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The advantages of buying and owning a home

Over the past three months, I’ve written a lot about buying and owning a home. Much of what I’ve written could be construed as anti-homeownership. Hear are some of the articles I’ve published recently: A brief history of U.S. homeownership. The high cost of homeownership. Does the American Dream require a big American home? (Spoiler […]

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