Saving more and working longer: Two powerful ways to increase your retirement resources

The July 2018 issue of the AAII Journal — the monthly publication of the American Association of Individual Investors — includes an intersting article about how to “increase your retirement resources”. […]

Questions About Auto Insurance, Prime Day, Social Security, Watches, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Teen’s first steps for investing 2. Part time auto insurance 3. Thoughts on vacation cruises? 4. Starting my financial journey 5. Helping sick friend 6. Dealing with a “funk” 7. Prime Day strategies? 8. […]

Get More Work Done: Eight Ways to Avoid the ‘Halfway Zone’

More often than I’d like to admit, I find myself working on a task, but not really working on the task. For instance, I’ll start a writing project on my computer, but I’ll have my Twitter feed open in a separate tab. […]

Millions of Americans Will Never Retire

Here's a piece that says millions of Americans think they will never retire. The details: A majority of Americans don’t know how much money they need to save for retirement, while 19 million Americans don’t think they will retire at all. Ok, so this is two different issues: One group doesn't know how much they need to save for retirement. That's an easy fix. […]

How to Get Your Car Ready for Hurricane Season

When you're prepping for hurricane season, it's easy to get caught up in protecting your house and making sure you're stocked with basic supplies. You may totally forget about your car. This is a mistake — in a natural disaster, your car might be your saving grace. If you get caught in... […]

Our House Came With Two Goats — and They’re Heartbreaking Helpers

Goats aren’t yoga props or party decorations: They’re inexpensive, reliable creatures who can be a tremendous help around the yard if you let them. They’re also the most rewarding, heartbreaking portion of my farm experience. When my wife and I were first looking at a roughly two-acre historic farm amid 80 field acres in unincorporated Washington County, Ore., we were introduced to the farm’s two […]

The Advice of “Don’t Go to Starbucks Every Day” and What It Really Means

It’s almost a running joke that personal finance writers like to bring up the idea of cutting out that ol’ daily trip to Starbucks as a way to save money. […]

The More List and the Less List

A long time reader named Janice recently suggested an exercise to me that I tried out at the beginning of the month and have found to be really insightful and useful. I’m not sure where Janice came across this tactic originally, but here it is, in her words. Sit down with two sheets of paper. Write “do more” at the top of one sheet and “do less” at the top of another sheet. […]

8 Types of People Who Will Never Win at Money

There are many factors that determine whether or not you'll be successful at managing money throughout your life. But of those many factors, your personal habits and character traits are perhaps the biggest. If you look through this list and see yourself on here, it's time to make some changes;... […]

15 Real Legitimate Side Jobs for the Stay-at-Home Parent

Link for teaser title: In the Internet era, it is possible to find real jobs (with no startup... […]

The Wisdom of Frugality: Why the Philosophy of Frugality Is a Hard Sell

This is the fourth entry in an eight part weekly series that provides a detailed look at the book The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys Westacott. […]

Free Resources and Financial Help for Cancer Patients

I will forever remember the phone call. The stranger on the other end of the telephone line saying, “I have some bad news.” The news was that I had invasive ductile cancer. Whatever that meant, I thought to myself, as I sat listening, numb and in a daze. Two tumors. One quite large. […]

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Culture, Even If You Aren't the Boss

When you work for a company, you soon get to know its culture. Sometimes it's fantastic; everyone gets along great, and you pinch yourself to see if you're dreaming. Most of the time, however, company culture is in need of some improvement, if not a complete overhaul. This is where you can help.... […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 7/12, 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Chance to Win $300 in Prizes!

Join our Tweetchat Thursday 7/12 at 12pm PST/ 3pm EST for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards! Use #WBChat and #SmartyChat to participate. This week's topic: Saving on Summer Travel! Learn about tracking progress towards your travel savings goals,... […]

The forever fallacy

Last week, Ben Carlson from A Wealth of Common Sense published an interesting article about how staying rich is harder than getting rich. He writes: Research shows over 50% of Americans will find themselves in the top 10% of earners for at least one year of their lives. More than 11% will find themselves in the top 1% of income-earners at some point. […]

How to Make Ordinary Experiences Amazing Again

I recently came across a fascinating article by Ed O’Brien, a professor at the University of Chicago, and Robert Smith, a professor at The Ohio State University, entitled Unconventional Consumption Methods and Enjoying Things Consumed: Recapturing the “First-Time” Experience, which appeared in a very recent issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. […]

Five Products I’m Happy to Splurge On, Guilt-Free

I am proud to call myself a wary consumer. I do my best to combat manipulative marketing, I recognize the value of repairing and maintaining my things, and I focus on long-term goals rather than short-term gratification. That being said, there are certain products I buy without guilt, even when I know an alternative can be had for less. That’s because I have honed in on what matters to me. […]

Someone Took Out a Loan in Your Name. Now What?

Identity theft wears many different faces. From credit cards to student loans, thieves can open different forms of credit in your name and just like that, destroy your credit history and financial standing. If this happens to you, getting the situation fixed can be difficult and time-consuming.... […]

10+ tips to save money buying and preparing food

Here's a quickie list how to save money when you buy and prepare food for your family … After mortgage/rent payments, utilities, and transportation, one of the most important categories in just about any budget is FOOD. It also can be one of the places in your budget that you can reduce the most. […]

Watch as crooks install a card skimmer at a convenience store

Over the next few weeks at Get Rich Slowly, I plan to ramp up the production level once again. I’m not going to return to the pace of one article per day that I was maintaining at the start of the year, but I’m not going to rest at two articles per week like I did in June, either. […]