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The “Ivory Tower”: Reconsidering the college investment

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. (This is part I in a series about challenging traditional measures of financial success. Part II is Challenging traditional measures of financial success: Homeownership.) Not going to college was never really an option for me. “Don’t even joke about that,” my mom once said when I brought up the idea as a teenager. […]

Can you trust those government numbers?

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. Ever hear someone say, “You can’t trust those government statistics”? When they say inflation is 1.6 percent, do you feel they might be fudging the numbers to bamboozle the masses? Many people, even the highly educated, feel there is a government conspiracy to doctor the numbers and make them look better or maybe just make us feel better. […]

Honey progress report: More milestones edition

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. Last year’s August update was full of good news, and it seems to be a yearly tradition! I will go over each update and its impact on my life, but the bottom line is: My student loan balance now starts with an eight! Jake paid off his credit card debt! I got a raise! […]

Reader Story: Could crowd funding help this guy pay off his mortgage?

We get dozens of requests at every day. They are usually queries such as “Can I guest post to promote my business?” (No.) “Will you share our infographic with your readers?” (No.) Last week we received one that intrigued me. The writer had started a crowd-funding effort to pay off his mortgage and he wanted me to share it with the Get Rich Slowly community. […]

Ask the Readers: How do you know if a vet procedure is really necessary?

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. On Monday at 8:30 a.m., I found myself at the veterinarian’s office — where, unknowingly, I would spend the next three hours. The night before, my cat Mia threw up at least five times. In the morning, I found her wedged into a corner of the bathroom. I could tell how she felt just by looking at her. […]

What older children need to know about money

Former GRS staff writer Donna Freedman has been researching the importance of teaching children about money, and she asked if she could share some things she’s learned. This is the second of two articles on the subject. You can read the first one, about teaching younger children about money, right here. Donna writes for Money Talks News and blogs about money and midlife at […]

No, the American dream doesn’t cost 130K

This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. A few weeks ago, I was browsing the Internet with my morning coffee when a link to a write-up at USA Today caught my eye. […]

Money extremes: From spendthrift to tightwad to somewhere in the middle

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Many years ago, when I was paying off a car loan and some credit card debt, I became really frugal. Almost obsessively frugal. I looked for every possible way to save money, and I dreaded ever having to spend money. Then one morning my husband accidently broke our coffee carafe. […]

Using “Decisive” for your decisions

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. The older I get, the more complicated my life gets — and the harder it is for me to make decisions. Do we have anything in common there? By far, the most complicating factor has been having children. Not that that’s a bad thing. It’s not bad, just … complicated. […]

Ask the Readers: When was the last time you went to the bank?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. It used to be part of everyone’s existence, like going to the grocery store once a week. You’d stand in a teller’s line and hope everyone in front of you had uncomplicated transactions. Then you’d hand over your cash and the teller would stamp your passbook to record your deposit. […]