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Get Rich Slowly - Personal Finance That Makes Sense.



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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:15:28 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:15:28 GMT

 



Get Rich Slowly turns 10! Celebrating our first decade

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:55:04 GMT

This article is by J.D. Roth.
My name is J.D. Roth. Ten years ago today, I started a little blog about money. This blog, in fact. When I started Get Rich Slowly, I had no idea what it would become. Just a year earlier, I had summarized all the best advice from the personal-finance books I’d been reading into a single article for my personal site. It’s when I first began to recognize that...(image)


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Where to save your emergency fund

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:00:41 GMT

This article is by GRS contributor William Cowie.
Life is full of little bumps … like how our furnace went out at the onset of last season’s most severe cold snap. It’s bad enough that an emergency like that seems to happen at the most inopportune time, but what’s worse is the $6,000 bill that accompanies it. Where do you get $6,000 quickly when you need it? If you’ve set money aside for a...(image)


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Plan a better vacation with a credit card offer

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 23:15:22 GMT

This article is by editor Linda Vergon.
The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express has a new offer available now that could help you plan a bigger, better summer vacation if you act quickly. This card was recently given a 2016 CardRating’s Editor’s Choice award as one of the best travel credit cards available. (CardRatings.com is one of our partner sites.) Turn regular purchases into vacation perks New cardholders that make $3,000...(image)


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Is an annuity a good investment?

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:00:20 GMT

If you have ever met with a financial adviser about investments, chances are he or she may have proposed annuities as a good way for you to go. However, when you scan the blogosphere for posts about investing, you hardly ever read about annuities. You read about index funds, mutual funds, stocks and real estate and now and then about bonds … but hardly ever anything about annuities. Should you consider annuities? What is an...(image)


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In search of low-risk investments – 11 things to know about bonds

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 07:01:16 GMT

This article is by GRS contributor William Cowie.
Chances are you have never purchased a bond … and probably never will. Same with me. I simply don’t have the capital to commit over $100,000 to purchase the typical bond. But I do believe there are reasons to learn about bonds nonetheless, even if it’s an investment you don’t think you’ll ever make. Never say “never,” right? Well, the fact is… You may already be...(image)


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The benefits of using credit cards wisely

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:00:38 GMT

This article is by GRS contributor William Cowie.
Fire can be one of the most destructive forces on earth, and yet some say civilization began when we figured out how to harness its power. Credit cards are the same. Ask any long-time reader of Get Rich Slowly if credit cards are good for anything, and you might get a response like: “They’re to be ripped up and burned in an atmosphere-polluting bonfire of relief!”...(image)


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What to do if your employer stops performance reviews

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:00:55 GMT

This article is by GRS contributor Richard Barrington.
More and more, companies are dispensing with traditional annual employee reviews. They say this is out of sensitivity to a new generation of employees who find reviews stressful. The real reason may be that dispensing with employee reviews saves companies money — albeit at the expense of their employees. Microsoft and Dell are among the high-profile companies that have made news recently by dumping annual employee...(image)


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How to use a balance transfer card for holiday debt

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:00:04 GMT

Have you received your credit card bill for December yet? If so, you’re not the only one. As this Federal Reserve Board chart shows, Americans accumulate about $30 billion in credit card debt in the last quarter every year – and then attempt to pay it off in the first quarter of the New Year. The problem is they rarely succeed at paying off the entire balance. By the end of the first quarter every...(image)


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29 ways to build your emergency fund out of thin air

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:00:19 GMT

This is a guest post from GRS contributor Donna Freedman.
Get Rich Slowly contributor Lisa Aberle recently suggested putting 10 percent of income in a savings account. She provided guidelines in “How to save money each month” – tried-and-true techniques like having a yard sale, cutting the cable, dropping the landline, raising insurance deductibles, eating at home and lowering the thermostat. Suppose you’ve done all that stuff already, you’re living pretty close to the bone...(image)


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Financial goals when the going gets tough

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:00:33 GMT

This article is by editor Linda Vergon.
Last month, the December 2015 Consumer Confidence Index ®, showed improvement over the previous month: “Consumer confidence improved in December, following a moderate decrease in November,” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board. “As 2015 draws to a close, consumers’ assessment of the current state of the economy remains positive, particularly their assessment of the job market. Looking ahead to 2016, consumers are...(image)


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Conquer impostor syndrome and reach your financial goals

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:00:15 GMT

This article is by GRS contributor Honey Smith.
“Impostor syndrome” is a term coined by two American psychologists, Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, in 1978. Simply put, it is the belief that what other people perceive of as accomplishments due to your skill, intellect, or other internal factors are in fact evidence that you are a fraud. When those who have impostor syndrome receive compliments, rather than feeling pride at the praise, sufferers probably...(image)


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Taking control of your mortgage debt

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:00:10 GMT

This article is by GRS contributor Richard Barrington.
I remember my first mortgage. Getting it seemed like a bureaucratic hurdle on the way toward buying a home, and I couldn’t wait to get the paperwork done and out of the way. By the time we bought our second house, I was 10 years older and wiser. I played a much more active role in choosing a mortgage and negotiating terms that time, and saved us...(image)


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How to open a SEP-IRA in 30 minutes or less

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:00:53 GMT

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle.
Is your to-do list filled with important things that are buried by urgent tasks? Or easier and/or quicker tasks? Ostensibly, this article is about how a work-at-home parent opens a SEP-IRA (or any other type of self-employed retirement account). But also, once again, I realized that most tasks just aren’t as difficult as I imagine them to be. When I wanted to open a self-employed retirement...(image)


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How to save money on your bike commute

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:00:13 GMT

This article is by editor Linda Vergon.
This year, my husband decided to commute to work again – on his bicycle. He’s not alone. The number of people commuting by bike has increased every year since 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Back then, it was just over 687,000 Americans that biked to work. By 2014, the figure had climbed to more than 832,000. What’s surprising is that the number of active commuters...(image)


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5 reasons hiring a financial adviser might be a mistake

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:00:57 GMT

This article is by GRS contributor William Cowie.
Millions rely on financial advisers to do their investing. On the surface, their reasoning seems valid: People feel intimidated by the whole investing thing. It seems like a jungle out there and, to boot, most people know someone who lost it all with bad investments. Others believe they just don’t have enough time to learn about investing or to maintain their investments on an ongoing basis....(image)


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How to save money each month

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 11:00:30 GMT

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle.
Is this the year to focus on saving more? If you’ve been disappointed when you’ve checked out your savings account balance, let’s change that this year! How much should I be saving? Actually, advice on the topic of how much you should be saving differs based on who’s giving the advice. At a minimum, most people recommend saving 10 percent of your income. Dave Ramsey recommends saving...(image)


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Planning the year ahead – 2016

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 11:00:06 GMT

This article is by editor Linda Vergon.
Once again, we ring in the New Year and experience the phenomenon of being connected to everyone else. We’re tied together by the calendar. Even though we lead separate lives and have distinctly different journeys from every other person, we can’t escape the fact that January 1 starts a new year for us all. Our reaction to the New Year is not necessarily shared, though. For as...(image)


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Springboard to a prosperous 2016

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:00:49 GMT

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith.
Ah, New Year’s Eve — a time to wax nostalgic about the past year and think ahead to what you’d like to accomplish in the new year. Here at Get Rich Slowly, we’re proud of the content we brought you in 2015 — and we’re excited to go on exploring the topics of personal finance beyond savings accounts and certificates of deposit in 2016. We’d love to...(image)


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How to handle financial disappointments

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:00:20 GMT

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle.
Are you glad to see the sun set on 2015? In the final days of the year, my kids are home on break. It’s fun to spend extra time with them, but many minutes of the day are filled with our older two children fighting with each other. And squished into the half-time show of their fighting games is some whining from a teething 17-month-old. With...(image)


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7 ways financial goals are like dieting

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:00:20 GMT

This article is by staff writer Richard Barrington.
Dieting is not a popular topic around the holiday season; but perhaps with caloric temptations everywhere you turn, this is the best time to be thinking about it. Similarly, the holidays are a time of year when people tend to let themselves go financially, so a reminder about financial discipline might also be timely. After all, working toward financial goals is like dieting. I recently wrote...(image)


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