JD Roth

Author, blogger and financial expert running Get Rich Slowly

J.D. Roth founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006, published Your Money: The Missing Manual in 2010, created the year-long “Get Rich Slowly” course in 2014, and for four years contributed the monthly “Your Money” column to Entrepreneur magazine.

He started Get Rich Slowly in 2006 to document his personal journey as he dug out of debt. Then he shared while he learned to save and invest. Twelve years later, he managed to reach early retirement! He shares stories about debt elimination, saving money, and practical investing. He scours the web for the latest personal finance tools and articles. He also posts news on related topics like simplicity, frugality, and personal development.

In 2009, for reasons both personal and financial, he sold Get Rich Slowly — but stuck around as manager, editor, and primary writer until 2012. Then he “retired”. (Sort of.) In October 2017, he bought Get Rich Slowly back! You can reach JD on Twitter @jdroth.

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Reading material

We have assembled the foundational information to get your start on the right foot down the FIRE path to financial independence.

The Role of Frugality in FIRE

Dive into the transformative world of financial independence with a refreshing take on frugality versus being cheap. Embrace the art of living well without living beyond your means, and find out how being frugal, not cheap, can unlock the door to your financial liberation.

Understanding the 4% Rule

Retirement withdrawal strategies are anything but one-size-fits-all. For many FIRE fans, determining how much to withdraw each year requires a balance between ensuring your savings last and meeting your current financial needs.

The Importance of Savings Rate in FIRE

Explore the essential role of savings rate in the FIRE movement for achieving financial independence and early retirement. Learn how to balance frugality, investment strategies, and lifestyle to accelerate your journey towards financial freedom.