J.D. Roth

J.D. Roth

Accidental personal-finance expert.

Portland, Oregon

Areas of Expertise:

  • money
  • finance
  • blogging
J.D. Roth is an accidental personal-finance expert--a regular guy who found himself deep in debt. After deciding to turn his life around, he read everything he could about money and finance. In 2006, he started the award-winning website Get Rich Slowly, which Money Magazine named the Web's most inspiring personal-finance blog. Over the past four years, Get Rich Slowly has grown into an active community where thousands of readers a month share ideas on how to improve their financial lives. J.D. lives with his wife and four cats in a hundred-year-old house in Portland, Oregon.

Your Money: The Missing Manual Your Money: The Missing Manual
by J.D. Roth
March 2010
Print: $32.99
Ebook: $28.99

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April 01, 2010
In this live event, Mac Slocum, online editor for O'Reilly Media, will conduct a video interview with J.D. Roth, financial expert and author of Your Money: The Missing Manual. Roth will discuss practical tips for saving money and helpful techniques that...

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