Today’s the day! As of now, readers like you can submit entries to the third annual Get Rich Slowly video contest. Share your secrets of financial success and have a chance to win $500. All it takes is two minutes of your time and a little creativity.

This year’s contest is similar to past years. Here’s a video rundown of the rules:

For those who prefer their info via text, here’s a summary:

  • Entries are accepted between today and April 15th.
  • You can enter one two-minute video in each of two categories: Success Stories and Personal Finance Tips.
  • The winner of each category will receive $500. Runners-up will receive books.
  • As always, if you have a website and tell us about it, you’re eligible for the $500 Website Award.
  • This year there’s an Early Bird Award. Enter by April 1st to be eligible to win $250.

The contest is easy to enter: Simply create a video of less than two minutes, upload it to YouTube, and then let us know about it. I’m the sole judge, and I’ll pick my favorite videos and announce winners by May 1st. (And I know the rules say English-language only, but if there are any good Spanish-language videos, I’ll…well, I don’t know what I’ll do. Pero voy a hacer algo.)

Note: Want to see what readers have done in the past? Here are the 2011 GRS Video Contest Winners and 2010 GRS Video Contest Winners.

You can share a video from your own YouTube account or upload the video through the Get Rich Slowly contest page, but in both cases you’ll need a YouTube account. For complete info, check out the 2012 Get Rich Slowly video contest homepage. Good luck, everyone, and have fun.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of my favorite recent PF stories from around the web.

Speaking of video, I recently sat for an interview with Maneesh Sethi, little brother of Ramit Sethi (from I Will Teach You to Be Rich). (And boy, I’m sure he loves when people identify him that way!) A lot of the conversation is about what it takes to be a full-time blogger, but we also chat about personal finance, travel, and more. Also pretty cool: Leo Babauta of from Zen Habits gave Maneesh permission to share an interview just for GRS readers. You can grab it here.

Next, my friend Katy Wolk-Stanley at The Non-Consumer Advocate recently posted about how to supplement your income. This isn’t a list of hypotheticals; these are real-world things she’s done to generate money for travel and home improvement. (And she does this while holding a part-time nursing job and raising two children.)

NPR’s Planet Money recently featured the story of Willow Tufano, the 14-year-old girl who just bought a house in Florida. I love this for so many reasons. First, the kid made money by taking furniture and appliances from foreclosed homes — things that nobody wanted and were going to be discarded — and selling the stuff on Craigslist. Then she pooled money with her mother to buy a house at auction for $12,000. New she’s renting the property for $700 a month, and she plans to buy out her mother’s share before she turns eighteen.

I’ve saved the best for last. At the beginning of the year photographer Kim Miller wrote about how she quit her day job to work for herself full time. So many of the stories I share about self-employment come from bloggers or other web entrepreneurs. It’s refreshing to find one from somebody pursuing another passion. This is a great article for anyone hoping to quit their work to pursue a passion.


Much to my frustration, Get Rich Slowly was down for most of the day yesterday, flagged by Google as an attack site. I hope it’s obvious that GRS is not an attack site. Nothing shady is going on. The problems actually had little to do with GRS and everything to do with my personal site.

My webhost (Dreamhost) has lax security, and I know it, and every now and then one of my sites gets hacked. It happened again over the past couple of weeks. GRS commenter El Nerdo alerted me to the problem days ago, but it was low on my list of things to fix since I don’t update my personal site much. Well, turns out that because I use a lot of stuff here at Get Rich Slowly (photos and so on), Google got cranky that this site was so intertwined with my personal site. It flagged GRS as an attack site even though all the diagnostics clearly indicated that this blog has never caused a problem. Frustrating.

Anyhow, the technical elves at QuinStreet helped to get everything straightened out, and we’re doing our best to separate this site from my personal site so things like this don’t happen in the future. Thanks for your patience!

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