2012 GRS Video Contest Winners

After a couple of hours spent watching the entries, and after consulting with my special assistant (i.e., the cat), I've had a chance to rank my favorite submissions in this year's Get Rich Slowly video contest. As always, there were some great tips and some great stories. This year, I was impressed with the production values on the entries; some of the videos you folks sent in looked like they could have been produced by professionals!

Early Bird Prize
First up, this year we offered a special prize that was available only to those who entered the contest in the first two weeks. The winner of the Early Bird Award is Cori Rubio for his polished video in which he urges viewers: don't gamble away your life savings:

 

Success Stories
This year's winner in the Success Story category goes to Dixie Prosser, who told us how her nine-year-old saved for an iPad. I shared this a few weeks ago and heard a lot of great feedback for the clip. It's a charming story of teaching kids how to do the right things with money.

 

The five runners-up used a variety of techniques to tell their stories. For instance, Pequatch used simple text to tell the tale of the girl and the magic pot of money. Meanwhile, Travis Settineri (aka S.E.T.) used a professionally-produced video to share the power of pursuing his dreams.

Megan got personal as she shared her story of getting to ground zero. Donna Butler's story is full of passion, and that may be because she hasn't reached the end of her journey yet. Her story is a work in progress Finally, Kim's financial success story contains tons of great tips that anyone can use.

Personal Finance Tips
This year, my favorite personal finance tip video came from Justin at Cube Sapien who shared how to put your emergency fund on ice. I'm not sure why, but the idea of freezing cash to have on hand really appeals to me. I know a lot of people keep stashes of cash around the house, and this just seems like a smart way to do it.

 

The five runners-up in this category are:

Note: There were other great submissions too, but not everyone can win a prize. You can view all of the entries at the contest site. The number of entries dropped sharply this year, but the overall quality was better.

 

Website Award
Every year, one entry wins the Website Award, which is a prize for a contest entrant who also has a website. This year's prize goes to Jaime Tardy from Eventual Millionaire.

Two years ago, in the first GRS video contest, Jaime shared her story of how she paid off over $70,000 in debt.

 

Since then, she's changed her mindset, and has been working hard to learn what makes wealthy people tick. As part of that, she's interviewed over 50 millionaires to learn the secrets of their success.

 

On the strength of these two videos, and because her site is intriguing, Jaime wins this year's Website Award.

Also Worth Viewing
Chip from Chip's Money Tips wasn't eligible to win anything (he won a Grand Prize last year), but he shared two great videos again this year including this one about making the most of credit cards.

 

As always, the Get Rich Slowly video contest is a fun way for me to see what you, the members of the community are up to. Plus, I think it's a great way for people to share their tips and success stories with other readers. Because that's the strength of this site, after all: We're all in this together, and we're all learning from each other as we attempt to get rich slowly.

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Chip @ ChipsMoneyTips.com
Chip @ ChipsMoneyTips.com

I really like this contest! I was sad to see the submissions were down this year, but thrilled to see so many innovative ideas and different points of view. Congrats to all!
-Chip

mike crosby
mike crosby

I especially enjoyed “Eventual Millionaire’s” video.

But what I most want to comment on is just to give JD a big thank you for this website.

You’ve been such a help to me over the years JD and I want you to know that I’m so grateful.

I didn’t enter this year’s contest, but I’ll have a money saving tip for next year. I know most will be waiting anxiously to find out what this profound tip will be. I recommend that you bookmark this page and put it in your calendar for next year.

Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire
Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire

Thanks Mike! Glad you liked it 🙂

Long
Long

Very inspiring. I have to get the guts (and time) together to submit an entry next year 🙂

Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire
Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire

My video two years ago was the first video I’ve ever done (it took a bazillion takes) But now two years later, I’m doing video all the time and loving it!
Just make sure to take that leap next year! 🙂

Justin Treptow
Justin Treptow

Long, I ended up filming my video over the course of 5 days, 20 min at a time before I went to work. I was able to make it work. The editing took a solid weekend though.

Chip @ ChipsMoneyTips.com
Chip @ ChipsMoneyTips.com

Editing is usually a nightmare. Even if you have gotten good at it over the years, it always takes longer than one estimates.

My opening sequence alone took three long days. I started from scratch, but I like how it turned out.

By the way, if you want editing tips, search YouTube. Some 12 year old will have the answer for you!

Moneywisdomtips
Moneywisdomtips

Wish i patispated

Tom
Tom

Very cool. My wife reuses junk mail, or anything only printed on one side for printer paper. Often we’ll print concert tickets or coupons on them. It’s always funny when someone notices the back of the printout is a slide from an old organic chemistry class 🙂

Mandy Rose
Mandy Rose

Wow, I feel SOOOO honored to have been chosen as a runner up! I really enjoyed all the entries to this video contest! I can’t wait to participate again next year! Thanks again!

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