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What the rich do differently: 61 habits that foster wealth and success

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:00:44 +0000

I’m fascinated by the differences between rich people and poor people. Are the differences mostly a matter of class and economic mobility? Are people born to wealth and poverty and destined to remain there? Or are there observable differences in attitude and action that tend to lead people to specific levels of affluence? From my […]

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Ask the readers: Can you use positive reinforcement to foster smart money habits?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00:09 +0000

Most of the time, I can sit down and write a blog post in an hour or two. Or three. I get an idea, then pick up my laptop, find a quiet spot, and hack out my thoughts. Some articles, however, take months (or years!) to create. This is one of them. You see, near […]

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What to do when you lose your job

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:57:49 +0000

This morning, Ben Fractenberg from Lifehacker published a great piece on how to handle sudden unemployment. What should you do when you lose your job? Fractenberg highlights the advice of psychologist Melanie Greenberg, author of The Stress-Proof Brain, who recommends focusing on two primary goals: Looking for a new job, and Taking care of yourself. […]

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Book Review: The Simple Path to Wealth

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:15:11 +0000

Yesterday, my pal Jim Collins dropped me a line. “The audio version of my book just came out,” he told me. “Audible is letting me give away some free copies. Do you think your readers would be interested?” I do think so! Plus, this is a perfect opportunity to migrate my review of The Simple […]

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Visualizing your net worth — and how it compares to others

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:02:32 +0000

As you all know, I’m fond of financial scorecards. While admitting their limitations, I like numbers and tools that allow you to compare your financial progress with other people. I like credit scores, for instance, because they put a number on how you handle money — a number you can compare to Americans at large. […]

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Winter is coming! How to prepare for the next recession BEFORE it arrives

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:31:00 +0000

Yesterday I wrote about why it’s important to prepare for an uncertain future. It’s tough to predict where we’ll be (and who we’ll be) in five or ten years. It’s even tougher to predict what’s going to happen in the world around us. In order to cope with this uncertainty, it’s important to be adaptable […]

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Avoiding the fate of the dodo: How to prepare for an uncertain future

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:25 +0000

Our financial decisions are based on our expectations for the future. We save for retirement because we expect we’ll live a long time in old age, a period where we expect to be relatively unproductive. We invest in stocks because we expect the market to provide outsized returns when compared to other asset classes. We […]

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How we watch TV without cable (and how much it costs)

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:45:14 +0000

One of the main reasons Kim and I decided to move from our condo to this quiet country cottage was to save money. We were spending far too much living in the city. Simply moving made a huge difference to our budget. But now that the dust has settled, it’s time for us to look […]

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How one man took on the scumbag “phantom debt” industry

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:28:50 +0000

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 […]

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Visualize your budget flows with a Sankey diagram

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:00:12 +0000

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. […]

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