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J.D. Roth

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Money Boss
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Early Retirement, Success (or Personal Development)
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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Sometime soon, I’ll be moving most of the Money Boss archives to a new home at Get Rich Slowly. This site will transform into something else — most likely, a static page containing the core content of the Money Boss philosophy. Until the dust settles at GRS, however, I can’t publish there. And I have something to say! The Four-Percent Rule One of the fundamental ideas behind financial independence and early retirement is ...
Posted: Oct 31 2017 @ 10:41 AM
As I’m sure you’ve all noticed, it’s been a long, slow summer here at Money Boss. I haven’t written much about money — and when I have done so, it’s mainly been about my new house. While it’s true that the house itself has been the biggest barrier between me and writing — it’s been almost a full-time job for me since July 1st! — that’s not the only thing that’s ...
Posted: Oct 15 2017 @ 2:00 PM
I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Kim and I are, at long last, finished with major remodeling on our new home. That means I’ll have plenty of time to write about money again. Yay! (As bonus good news, I’ll probably be writing less about the house. But not today. Today, I’m writing about the house.) The bad news is that our remodeling projects took ...
Posted: Sep 19 2017 @ 4:28 PM
I’m not the only semi-celebrity J.D. Roth. For more than fifteen years, I’ve been receiving email and tweets and Facebook messages intended for the other JD Roth, the former executive producer of The Biggest Loser — and tons of other television shows. Apparently the other JD Roth has a lot of fans. Actually, I’m one of them. I’ve been watching his shows since 2009, when season seven of The Biggest Loser ...
Posted: Aug 31 2017 @ 10:00 AM
I have a splinter in my foot. It’s been there for the past ten days, and boy let me tell you: It hurts! While the contractors were working to replace the siding on our new home, they discovered a termite infestation outside the bathroom. Further investigation revealed that the floor under the tub was not only wet and damp, but had actually completely rotted. So, we hired somebody to repair the ...
Posted: Aug 24 2017 @ 4:14 PM
For the past month, my entire life seems to have revolved around repairs and maintenance on the new house. Some days, I’m the one doing the work: shoveling level ground for a planned writing shed, crawling under the house to check for leaks, pruning the overgrown hedges. Most days, however, I’m meeting with other folks: roofing contractors, siding contractors, HVAC contractors, plumbing contractors, pest control contractors. For the past thirty days, ...
Posted: Aug 10 2017 @ 4:11 PM
It’s not often that I retract an article. In the eleven-plus years that I’ve been blogging about money, I think maybe it’s happened twice before. Today marks a third instance. Yesterday, I published a piece about the difference between a half-ass homeowner and a Money Boss owner. While I stand by the points I made, I acknowledge that my delivery was overly emotional — even petty. I apologize for that. I ...
Posted: Jul 12 2017 @ 5:25 PM
Earlier this week, I published an article comparing a half-ass homeowner to a Money Boss homeowner. While the piece made some important points about maintaining your home, those points were clouded by overly emotional (even petty) comments on my part. This article is a revision of the previous piece with the negativity removed. When Kim and I bought our new house — which was built in 1948 — we knew we’d ...
Posted: Jul 11 2017 @ 1:13 PM
Kim and I have been in our new house for ten days now. We love it. We love the charming quirkiness of it all — the low ceilings, the funky layout, the small space and lack of storage. We love the yard. We love the neighborhood. That said, there are definitely some things we don’t love. Chief among those is how poorly the previous owners took care of everything. Their motto ...
Posted: Jul 11 2017 @ 1:13 PM
I know it’s been quiet around Money Boss recently, but that’s because it’s been a busy three weeks in Real Life. Kim and I spent the latter half of June packing the condo and prepping to move. Last Friday evening, we picked up the keys to our new place. We brought the animals over and spent the night. Then, on Saturday morning, we started a four-day marathon of shifting our household ...
Posted: Jul 05 2017 @ 1:14 PM


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