Where to find affordable furniture

“Where is all the good affordable furniture?” lamented Andrew Zaleski last week in an article for Curbed: For many independent and smaller manufacturers, it’s difficult to create quality furniture at middle-of-the-road prices, something in between the Ikea items beloved by 20-somethings and the furniture on display in a store like Crate and Barrel. And consumers,…


Why Introverts Thrive in Online Business

Most people don’t understand introverts except, of course, introverts. But sometimes introverts don’t even understand themselves. If you’re an introvert and feel like you could never be an entrepreneur, you don’t understand either yourself or entrepreneurial online business. In fact, you’ve probably never realized that some of the most incredibly entrepreneurial people in the world…


Make a smartphone expense-tracking app (even if you’re NOT a nerd)

A lot of Get Rich Slowly readers like to get their hands dirty. Instead of paying for an app, they’d rather build their own expense trackers and net worth calculators and other money tools. If you’re one of these nerdy industrious folks, check out how the anonymous bloggers at Waffles on Wednesday made their own…


Why You’re Not Getting Kickstarter Backers

There are plenty of people out there with disposable income. About 30% of Americans have a discretionary income of at least $21,000 per year. The higher the income bracket, the more people have to spend on things outside their needs. Now, some of this money does have to go into savings. But much of it…


There are pros and cons to everywhere

Kim and I moved to our new home in West Linn on July 1st. Although we’re only 8.5 miles (and about twenty minutes) from the condo we owned in Portland, I haven’t been back to our former neighborhood since we moved. Yesterday, I decided to spend a few hours hanging out at some of my…


How to Automate Your Passive Income

What if you could make money without even lifting a finger? We call passive income “passive” but we all know it’s not truly and absolutely passive. There will always be some work involved, right? But what if there were a way to make your passive income actually passive? Would you do it? Today we’re going…


Earning millions of air miles by renting a new car every day

I’m relatively new to the world of travel hacking, the practice of accumulating credit-card miles and points to get free flights, hotels, car rentals, and more. That said, I know many folks who consider travel hacking a hobby, and use their skills to earn big rewards. It’s fun to listen to stories of the crazy…


Dave Ramsey’s top 10 calls of 2017

Dave Ramsey sometimes takes a lot of heat. His assumptions on investing are, well, questionable. Plus, there are people who take issue with his version of the debt snowball, which focuses on repaying low balances first instead of high interest rates. Quibbles aside, there can be no doubt that Dave Ramsey does a lot of…


A comprehensive guide to certified pre-owned vehicle programs

Kim and I have been talking a lot about cars during the past few months. She drives a 1996 Honda Accord with 226,000 miles on it. The car runs fine and has served her well, but she’s begun to think about the possibility of upgrading. I still drive my beloved 2004 Mini Cooper, but the…


How warehouse stores make money

Last week, I listened to an old episode of NPR’s Planet Money podcast. In this 15-minute installment about “anti-stores”, the hosts look at businesses like Price Club and Costco. What makes them different? How have they succeeded by re-writing the rules of retail? “It used to be if you ran a store, you wanted to…