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J.D. Roth

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Get Rich Slowly
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curation, financial independence, general finance, debt reduction
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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 […] The post There are pros and cons to everywhere appeared first on Get Rich Slowly. ...
Posted: Nov 17 2017 @ 10:56 AM
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 […] The post Earning millions of air miles by renting a new car every day appeared ...
Posted: Nov 16 2017 @ 11:11 AM
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 […] The post Dave Ramsey’s top 10 calls of 2017 appeared first on Get Rich Slowly. ...
Posted: Nov 15 2017 @ 8:44 AM
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 […] The post A comprehensive guide to certified pre-owned vehicle programs appeared first on Get Rich ...
Posted: Nov 14 2017 @ 5:21 PM
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 […] The post How warehouse stores make money appeared first on Get Rich Slowly. ...
Posted: Nov 14 2017 @ 10:50 AM
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. […] The post Another way to visualize your finances: Color-coded expenses appeared first on Get Rich ...
Posted: Nov 13 2017 @ 3:30 PM
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 […] The post Visualizing your financial progress appeared first on Get Rich Slowly. ...
Posted: Nov 13 2017 @ 10:46 AM
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 […] The post The difference between investing and speculation (or: The problem with Bitcoin) appeared first ...
Posted: Nov 10 2017 @ 2:28 PM
While poking around on the Society of Actuaries website — come on, I’m a nerd! — I found their Longevity Illustrator, a tool for estimating your expected lifespan. The Longevity Illustrator asks for only a bare minimum of information: your age, your gender, your health, and whether you smoke. Given that info, it generates the […] The post Four life expectancy calculators appeared first on Get Rich Slowly. ...
Posted: Nov 10 2017 @ 8:00 AM
It’s not often that I find stories about money bloggers in my local newspaper. But that’s just what happened when I opened the “Neighbors” section of the Lake Oswego Review last week! Jacob (26) and Marissa (23) Lyda graduated from college with a combined $87,000 in student debt. With degrees in business management and business […] The post How one young couple repaid $87,000 of student loan debt in 27 months ...
Posted: Nov 09 2017 @ 4:21 PM


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