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Pick your hobbies strategically and save

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. For the most part, we think of hobbies as activities that we naturally gravitate toward. The idea of being strategic in our selection of hobbies may seem contradictory to their very nature! However, I think that being strategic in the selection and pursuit of hobbies isn’t mutually exclusive with enjoying yourself. […]

Help with your retirement plan — free!

Our friends over at Kiplinger have enlisted the help of the National Association of Financial Advisors (NAPFA) to help consumers with their retirement planning. They asked me if the Get Rich Slowly readers would like to participate in their live Q&A and I said, “Yes!” Called “Jump-Start Your Retirement Plan,” the one-day program — this Thursday, Feb. […]

Ask the Readers: How will you woo your Valentine?

Have you ever just gone all out for Valentine’s Day? I mean, have you ever hired a skywriter to tell your sweetheart that you’re hopelessly in love? There are so many ways to say “I love you” that it’s mind-boggling – and most of them don’t cost much, as you know. In fact, some of the best ways to woo your Valentine are also the least expensive.The trick is to make it unique and meaningful. […]

Do we have a duty to live up to our potential?

This article is by staff writer Sam, the Financial Samurai. It takes a while to discover who we are. During my sophomore year in high school, Coach Stucker hounded me in gym every week to try out for the football team. “You’d make a great cornerback,” he’d say after seeing me run a 4.5, 40. At 5’10″ and 155 pounds, I felt undersized, but at least I could move and bench 225 pounds. […]

Phishing, vishing, and SMShing

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. A few days before Christmas, I was having lunch out when I opened an email that appeared to come from American Express: “Please click this link to authorize a recent charge on your account.” “Well, that’s weird,” I thought. I hadn’t used my American Express card in several months. I was stunned as I read the rest of the email. […]

Before and after: A $6 ceiling fan makeover

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Being a homeowner is expensive. Correction: Being a homeowner who wants to tear out and replace everything in the house is expensive. But my home is also my hobby. It’s one of those expenses that falls into the “needs list” (shelter) and the “wants list” (my complete kitchen remodel). […]

On a time crunch? Squeeze more out of your day

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. When I (or others) want to improve our financial situations, most excuses involve time. I am too busy to take on another job. I don’t have time to start that business I’ve wanted to start for the last three years. I wish I could really get my financial ducks in a row, but I feel like I’m already using every spare minute of my days. […]

Ask the Readers: What do you do when someone constantly hits you up for money?

A few years ago, I wrote about how to lend money to friends without letting it ruin the friendship. To quickly recap, a friend needed help paying the rent. She had never asked me for money in all the years we’d been friends, so I knew she had to be in a pretty desperate situation. […]

The Sheep and the Wolves: Smart investing made simple

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money, where he recently wrote about winning the jackpot. Imagine that you’re a farmer. You live in a rural county where everybody raises sheep. The county’s farmers, on the whole, prosper. Their flocks tend to grow by 10 percent every year. […]

How I kept saving even during a job loss

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. A few months ago, I wrote about a job loss. It was a first for me. To recap, a high-paying client let go of the majority of their freelancers, which included me. I felt rejected, but I quickly came to terms with it: It’s business. […]