Get Rich Slowly

  • We sold our house!
    Tuesday - 06/01/2021 - 03:52 PM

    June has arrived and it's glorious! The sunshine and warmer weather make living in Oregon wonderful this time of year. October is better, but June is a damn fine month here in Portland: wild roses, blackberry blossoms, and strawberries; birds, squirrels, and bicyclists; outdoor dining, evening strolls, and morning coffee on the porch.

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  • The power of low expectations
    Wednesday - 03/03/2021 - 11:21 AM

    At the end of January, I had an epiphany.
    Kim and I were sitting in the living room one evening, relaxed in our easy chairs, both reading books. All four of our beasts were nestled nearby.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • A retraction
    Thursday - 02/04/2021 - 10:00 AM

    Earlier this week, I published a guest article from Financial Samurai. I've decided to do something I've only twice before in fifteen years at Get Rich Slowly — I'm retracting that article.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The power of habit tracking
    Thursday - 01/28/2021 - 12:20 PM

    For decades, I've been a proponent of habit tracking. Habit tracking sounds and feels nerdy to a lot of folks, so many people avoid it. That's too bad. Habit tracking is a powerful tool that can help you make better decisions about your life.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • My 2020 in review: Steps in the right direction
    Wednesday - 01/06/2021 - 01:45 PM

    Are you all ready for this? It's one of my favorite days of the year! I just spent an hour entering data in Quicken, then another thirty minutes analyzing it.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The GRS Holiday Gift Guide
    Thursday - 12/03/2020 - 06:04 PM

    Every year at about this time, I start getting questions by email and social media — and even in Real Life: “Do you have any personal-finance or money-related gift ideas?”
    I know how tempting it can be to choose gifts that encourage smart financial choices.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Essentialism: The mindful pursuit of quality
    Saturday - 10/10/2020 - 01:14 PM

    It's been quiet around here for the past few months. Generally when things go dormant at Get Rich Slowly, that's not a good sign. It usually means that I've sunk into the depths of depression, the pit of despair.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative
    Thursday - 08/27/2020 - 11:18 AM

    When Kim and I go to bed each night, we spend time casually browsing Reddit on our iPads. It's fun. Mostly.

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  • Action creates motivation
    Tuesday - 08/04/2020 - 01:20 PM

    Human beings are interesting creatures. I'm fascinated by them. That's probably the reason I was a psychology major in college. It's certainly the reason that I believe (strongly) that everybody is talented, original, and has something important to say.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Great lessons from great men
    Sunday - 06/21/2020 - 08:00 AM

    Because I write a personal finance blog, I read a lot of books about money. I'll be honest: they're usually pretty boring. Sure, they can tell you how to invest in bonds or how to find the latest loophole in the tax code.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • An uncertain future
    Sunday - 04/04/2021 - 01:59 PM

    On February 17th — in the middle of nine days without power due to an ice storm — we had the foundation contractor out to re-inspect our house. We experienced some settling last fall, and I was worried that might indicate deeper problems.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Becoming a frugalvore: How to eat well for less
    Tuesday - 02/09/2021 - 02:30 PM

    Hey hey, y'all. Here's a guest post from former GRS staff writer (and perennial reader favorite) Donna Freedman. This piece about becoming a frugalvore contains material that originally appeared at Donna's site, Surviving and Thriving.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • When rules bring freedom
    Friday - 02/05/2021 - 12:04 PM

    While I've identified as a writer since I was eight years old, what I've written has changed significantly over time.
    When I was very young, I was only interested in writing stories.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • A year-long spending moratorium
    Friday - 01/15/2021 - 09:56 AM

    While walking the dog last weekend, Kim noted that I've been getting a lot of packages in the mail lately. “What's up with that?” she asked.
    I sighed.

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  • Start where you are
    Friday - 01/01/2021 - 12:15 PM

    Ah, a brand new year.
    Especially after the shitshow that was 2020, it's good to have the sense that we can begin anew, that we can shed some of those habits and behaviors that have been holding us down while adopting new patterns that lead us to become better humans.

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  • A list of personal-finance events, conferences, and retreats
    Sunday - 10/18/2020 - 05:54 PM

    Last week, my colleague Patrick from Cash Money Life pinged me on Facebook. “Hey, J.D. What are some of the other personal-finance conferences out there?” he asked. Patrick and I brainstormed a list of money events, and I realized that this might be useful for GRS readers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Finding a millionaire money mentor
    Thursday - 10/01/2020 - 05:51 PM

    You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
    You've probably heard that saying before. It's from motivational speaker Jim Rohn. He used it as a way to encourage people to learn and grow from others' experiences, habits, attitudes, and so forth.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Introducing “Morning Musings”
    Tuesday - 08/11/2020 - 03:12 PM

    For years now, I've wanted to start a Get Rich Slowly channel on YouTube.
    Well, I guess that's only partially correct. I have a GRS channel on YouTube; it's just not very active.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • I am the one thing in life I can control
    Wednesday - 07/29/2020 - 11:38 AM

    Three weeks ago, I drove from Portland to Colorado Springs to participate in Camp FI, a weekend retreat for people interested in financial independence and early retirement.
    Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't drive this distance.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • “Saving rate” vs. “savings rate” — What’s the difference?
    Monday - 06/08/2020 - 03:00 PM

    Those who know me well will tell you that I'm something of a pedant. I'm not proud of it.
    Left to my own devices, I'm one of those who'd go around correcting everybody's grammar.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share