How one man took on the “phantom debt” industry ~ Get Rich Slowly

I’m an optimistic guy. I believe that most people are basically good. So far, life has proved me correct. That said, I’m not naive. I know there are still plenty of scumbags out there — and that many of these scumbags prey on the unsuspecting in order to line their pockets with profit. The Trouble…


Visualize your budget with a Sankey diagram ~ Get Rich Slowly

There’s a new fad in the financial independence subreddit, one that might be fun for Get Rich Slowly readers to play around with. People have discovered Sankey diagrams, a type of chart that makes it easy to visualize data flows. That sounds sort of geeky, I know, so it’s probably best to show an example.…


Your money blueprint — and how it shapes your world ~ Get Rich Slowly

A few years ago, I had a memorable dinner with two friends from high school. Tom, Paul, and I shared good wine, good food and, especially, good conversation. We spent a lot of time talking about how we perceived money when we were younger, and about how these “money blueprints” shaped us as adults. Tom’s…


Lessons from the kid who sold the most Girl Scout cookies in Brooklyn

The Cut has an awesome short interview with 8-year-old Amira Williams, who recently sold 1514 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, making her the top cookie-seller in Brooklyn, New York. Among Amira’s tips: keep your pitch simple, follow the foot traffic, practice effective merchandising, and stay focused on your goals. Here’s what she had to say…


Why Copyblogger Makes over $1 Million per Month

Nobody can agree on why Copyblogger makes so much money. If you read all the blogs on Brian Clark’s success, everyone tries to simplify his “formula,” but everyone’s answer is different. The truth is, he built Coppyblogger with very little capital and a lot of hard work. So, I’m not going to sit here and…


A library of interviews with people from different careers ~ Get Rich Slowly

Have you ever wished you could take a peek at what it’s like to have a different career? Have you ever wondered how other people found their jobs? How much they earn? What they plan to do with their lives? Here’s a great way to satisfy that curiosity. The Khan Academy careers and personal finance…


State of the blog (November 2017)

I sat down this morning to write a review of Dear Debt by Melanie Lockert. Today marks ten years since I said good-bye to debt, and I thought the review would be a fun celebration. But I ran into problems right away. Over the past 8-1/2 years, the previous owners made a lot of changes…


How do you know when your car is dead? ~ Get Rich Slowly

Earlier this month, I shared a link to a comprehensive guide to certified pre-owned vehicle programs. In doing so, I mentioned that Kim and I both believe that you should drive a car until it dies. This prompted a great question from Tired Scientist in the comments. She wrote: Exactly what is the definition of…