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Where to find affordable furniture

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:40:42 +0000

“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, […]

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Build your own smartphone expense-tracking app — even if you’re NOT a nerd

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:42:40 +0000

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 […]

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There are pros and cons to everywhere

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:56:20 +0000

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 […]

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

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:11:34 +0000

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 […]

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Dave Ramsey’s top 10 calls of 2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:44:25 +0000

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 […]

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A comprehensive guide to certified pre-owned vehicle programs

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:21:21 +0000

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 […]

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How warehouse stores make money

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:50:20 +0000

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 […]

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Another way to visualize your finances: Color-coded expenses

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:30:34 +0000

This morning, I talked briefly about visualizing your financial progress when digging out of debt and when building wealth. Zach from Four Pillar Freedom has an interesting way of doing this. He divides his expenses into three categories, which he has assigned arbitrary colors: Purple things are free (or cheap) and they bring him joy. […]

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Visualizing your financial progress

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:46:55 +0000

Getting out of debt is tough for a lot of people. It’s both a financial and psychological challenge. Think of it this way: Getting out of debt when you haven’t learned how to manage money is like running a marathon without preparing physically. Both tasks are possible, but they’re much more difficult than they would […]

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The difference between investing and speculation (or: The problem with Bitcoin)

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:28:51 +0000

Hold onto your hats, folks. It’s rant time! Based on what I’m hearing on Facebook, Twitter, and in real life, it’s time for a refresher course on the difference between investing and speculation. Although these two concepts share some commonalities, they’re very different things. Let me start by telling a story, one I’ve told many […]

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