Financial Blog


How to change careers in 12 months (or less)

After spending a decade as a pastor, I realized in May of 2018 that I was ready to make a drastic career change…into personal finance education. I?ve always loved to write, so I wanted to first see if I could actually make money writing about personal finance. But I made a commitment to myself. In […]

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Wishing for a walkable neighborhood

“You sure slept in late,” I said to Kim this morning. “I know,” she said. “I was up for two hours in the middle of the night. I was thinking about you. I was thinking about everything we talked about at our family meeting.” “For two hours?” I asked. “Yeah,” Kim said. “My wheels were […]

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Our first annual family meeting

Yesterday, to celebrate Thanksgiving, Kim and I instituted what we hope will become an annual tradition. Yesterday, we held our first annual family meeting. Kim approached me with the idea last week. “I think it'd be nice to sit down and talk about our goals,” she said. “I agree,” I said. I was thinking of […]

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?Playing with FIRE?, the documentary about financial independence and early retirement

In early October 2016, I flew to New York City to attend Ramit Sethi?s Forefront event, a weekend conference about entrepreneurship and excellence. As I always do when travling, I agreed to meet with a few readers and colleagues while I was in town. One sunny morning in Madison Square Park, for instance, I sat […]

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How to manage money for financial success in the U.S. military

Howdy! I'm Spencer, an active-duty Air Force officer investing for financial independence by age 40. Since 2016, my wife and I have saved half of my active-duty paycheck into our financial independence accounts. I started writing in 2012 about achieving FI in the military on my website Military Money Manual. Because J.D. has no experience […]

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Five short anecdotes about money

What a long, strange couple of months it's been for me. On the blog, things have been quiet. Behind the scenes, I've been as busy as I've ever been. The good news is that this busy-ness will (eventually) lead to a number of interesting articles. I've been reading Cal Newport's Deep Work, for instance, and […]

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How the toss of a coin determined my fate

Hello! I have returned from my final big trip of the year, and I've resumed working behind the scenes here at Get Rich Slowly. Soon, new articles will begin to appear on this site. Oh, wait. Here's a new article now! On my most recent trip, I happened to tell the same story twice to […]

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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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