The Justin Bieber of Personal Finance? GetRichSlowly.org Announces the 2010 Personal Finance Video Contest Winners

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Top-rated personal finance site GetRichSlowly.org launched its 2010 Personal Finance Video Contest in March, and the entries came in from across the nation. GetRichSlowly.org editor J.D. Roth reviewed the entries and determined the winners. See who walked away with $1,500 in cash prizes.

2010 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest

The strength of (Get Rich Slowly) is that along with plenty of advice from financial experts, J.D. Roth opens the site up to input from readers so they can learn from each other.

For those struggling to get out of debt or who have no idea how to open a Roth IRA, take note of Mary's tale of creating $25,000 stock portfolios for each of her children. Her financial savvy won her an honorable mention in personal finance blog GetRichSlowly.org's 2010 Personal Finance Video Contest.

The Wall Street Journal has said, "The strength of (Get Rich Slowly) is that along with plenty of advice from financial experts, J.D. Roth opens the site up to input from readers so they can learn from each other." Roth is founder and editor of Get Rich Slowly.

To build on this community while taking advantage of an increasingly "YouTubed" world where everyday people become as famous as Justin Bieber, GetRichSlowly.org held a month-long contest for which readers submitted two-minute personal videos to share their tips and success stories with each other. Three grand prizes have been awarded, and an additional 20 entrants received honorable mentions.

Here are the three category grand prize winners, who each receive a $500 cash prize. Winners were selected by Roth and announced in his recent post, GRS Video Contest Winners.

1. Personal Finance Tips Winner: "Coupon Rap"

She may be tearing up the Billboard chart, but Ke$ha's got nothing on personal finance tips winner Rachel. Rachel raps, "Go shop! Coupons rock! Cashier ring my coupons up!" to the tune of "TiK ToK," and her take on the singer's hit song is an energetic and fun look at the world of couponing.

GetRichSlowly.org gives Rachel props for not only writing her own version of the popular song but for singing it too--and with shopping savings of 98 percent, Rachel has a lot to crow about. If you think coupons are boring, check out Rachel's award-winning video at GetRichSlowly.org. We don't know what Simon Cowell would think, but Rachel is our personal finance idol.

2. Success Story Winner: "In Love and Out of Debt--No Regrets"

Competition was fierce in the success story category, with many entrants showcasing paid-off debts and dreams fulfilled--as well as a few works in progress. But it was Jessica who walked away with the $500 cash prize.

Her inspiring story is a must-see for anyone who needs a little perspective when it comes to delayed gratification. Rather than start their marriage with a boatload of bills, Jessica and her husband vowed to wait on the honeymoon until they could pay for it with cash. Roth says, "This is what the Get Rich Slowly philosophy is all about: making short-term sacrifices for long-term happiness."

One son and a lot of living later, Jessica and her husband finally took their dream vacation. Was it worth it? "You bet!" says Jessica in her winning video. With the $500 cash she'll receive, Get Rich Slowly hopes Jessica and her husband won't have to wait quite so long for their next getaway.

3. Website Winner: "A $120,000 Mortgage" and "One-Cent Laundry Detergent"

The third grand prize winner not only receives $500 cash but also wins a spotlight for his website at Get Rich Slowly. This award goes to Jamison, who submitted both a success story about fully paying off his $120,000 mortgage in a very short period of time as well as a personal finance tip about how to make one-cent-a-load laundry detergent. J.D. Roth will feature Jamison's website, Tech Tips for Parents, in a post at Get Rich Slowly.

All entries can be viewed at http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/videocontest/2010/latestvideos.

GetRichSlowly.org is an online community devoted to sensible personal finance. Since 2006, GetRichSlowly.org has provided thousands of active readers with a forum to learn about and discuss saving money, eliminating debt, and finding the best high yield savings account while pursuing practical paths to accumulating wealth. The site is among "The Top 100 Personal Finance Web sites," according to Liz Weston of MSN, and has been named "The Most Inspiring Money Blog" by CNN's Money magazine.

J.D. Roth, founder and editor of GetRichSlowly.org, is available for interviews on the video contest as well as topics relating to personal saving and investing. To request an interview, please contact:

Jessica Austin
650-578-6880
pr (at) getrichslowly (dot) org

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