Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 9/19, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win one of two $10 Amazon GCs! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Job Interviews! Learn about how to prepare for a job interview, questions you should be ready to answer, questions you... […]

Questions About Medical Bills, Motivation, Life Insurance, Soap, 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. Handling medical bills 2. Motivation for any self-improvement 3. Hanging onto whole life insurance 4. Tablet energy use and savings 5. How retirement funds are distributed 6. Getting Things Done workbook 7. […]

6 Signs You Should Refinance Your Student Loans With a Private Lender

Student loan debt has become an absolute disaster for many Americans who chose higher education with the goal of improving their lives. In fact, over 43 million adults owe on their student loans today, with a cumulative debt that is well over $1.5 trillion. Since it's nearly impossible to... […]

My “Five Books” for Financial and Life Improvement

In last week’s Dozen Pieces of Inspiration, I made a reference to the website Five Books, where people in various fields recommend five books related to that field. Since then, I’ve been tossing around that very idea in my head over and over again. […]

When Do You Need Life Insurance?

When I graduated from college, a thoughtful relative of mine gave me a letter she had typed out on her computer. […]

The Challenge of Seeing Progress

Monica writes in (with a bit of editing and a link added so you can jump straight to the article she’s mentioning): I’m in the “boring middle” that you wrote about the other day. Been trying to articulate what I’m struggling with and I think it’s that I don’t see any progress. It’s just a day in and day out grind toward my goal of retiring early. […]

How to Dispute Mistakes On Your Credit Report

There are several obvious reasons to give a hoot about your credit score, and very few reasons you should ignore it. After all, you'll need a good credit score and a solid credit history if you ever plan to purchase a home or take out an auto loan. A bad credit score can even come back to bite you... […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 9/12, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win one of two $10 Amazon GCs! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Job Hunting! Learn about the best websites to visit to find a job, using social media to search for a job, tapping into... […]

Does the world of personal finance need more politics?

Earlier this week at The Washington Post, Helaine Olen wrote that the world of personal finance needs more politics. Olen specifically calls out FinCon, the financial media conference I attended last week. I love FinCon. She doesn't. […]

Does the world of personal finance need more politics?

Note: I've added a short addendum to this piece in an attempt to clarify some things. This may or may not have helped. Earlier this week at The Washington Post, Helaine Olen wrote that the world of personal finance needs more politics. Olen specifically calls out FinCon, the financial media conference I attended last week. I love FinCon. She doesn't. […]

On “Living For Today” or “Living Each Day Like It’s Your Last”

For a long time, I found myself frustrated by the sentiment of “living for today” or “living each day like it was your last.” If today was my last day on earth, I’d eat my favorite meals and spend pure leisure time with the core people that I love the most. […]

How I dodged a $180 hotel fee

I missed the deadline to change my booking date by less than a day. Here's what I did — mostly by accident! — to leave a day earlier without the extra hotel fee … Mistakes happen. If the only consequence of making a mistake is that things cost a bit more than they should have, that's a pretty good outcome in the grand scheme. […]

How to Invest in Yourself without Significant Financial Risk

Let’s start off by clarifying exactly what I mean by “investing in yourself,” because it is a term that has somewhat nebulous meaning that can vary a little from place to place. For the purposes of this article, investing in yourself means applying resources you have to improving personal traits and skills and improving your resume. […]

How to Invest in Yourself without Significant Financial Risk

Let’s start off by clarifying exactly what I mean by “investing in yourself,” because it is a term that has somewhat nebulous meaning that can vary a little from place to place. For the purposes of this article, investing in yourself means applying resources you have to improving personal traits and skills and improving your resume. […]

Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Quick-Fix Dinner?

Everyone knows, there are certain days that are just really busy! And when you've been running around all day, you might not have a lot of time — or energy — to prepare dinner. Thankfully, there are many delicious meals that you can make quickly and easily. What is your favorite... […]

Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Quick-Fix Dinner?

Everyone knows, there are certain days that are just really busy! And when you've been running around all day, you might not have a lot of time — or energy — to prepare dinner. Thankfully, there are many delicious meals that you can make quickly and easily. What is your favorite... […]

FinCon 2019 and the future of Get Rich Slowly

After twenty-four days on the road, I'm back home in Portland. It feels good. In mid-August, Kim and I flew to Italy. For the first week, we visited Florence and Rome on our own. We rode trains, drank wine, toured museums, ate gelato, and explored ancient Roman ruins. We also got sunburned. […]

FinCon 2019 and the future of Get Rich Slowly

After twenty-four days on the road, I'm back home in Portland. It feels good. In mid-August, Kim and I flew to Italy. For the first week, we visited Florence and Rome on our own. We rode trains, drank wine, toured museums, ate gelato, and explored ancient Roman ruins. We also got sunburned. […]

Questions About Basil, Kiplinger’s Magazine, Castile Soap, Recessions, 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. State retirement plan question 2. Working all my life 3. End whole life policy? 4. Thoughts on Kiplinger’s? 5. Getting value from used books 6. Salary negotiation 7. Way too much basil! 8. Recession worries 9. […]

Questions About Basil, Kiplinger’s Magazine, Castile Soap, Recessions, 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. State retirement plan question 2. Working all my life 3. End whole life policy? 4. Thoughts on Kiplinger’s? 5. Getting value from used books 6. Salary negotiation 7. Way too much basil! 8. Recession worries 9. […]