When GOBankingRates launched the second annual #MoneyMinute Video Challenge, we wanted it to be bigger and better than 2014. Thanks to the amazing personal finance and vlogging communities, this year’s participation was well beyond any of our expectations.
More than 100 bloggers, journalists, authors and media personalities entered this year’s competition, all vying for the $1,000 grand prize. I want to thank every single person who entered on behalf of the GOBankingRates team. You rock!
And speaking of the grand prize, here is our list of winners:
After a month of voting, the top five highest-voted videos in each of the categories below moved on to the final round. They were evaluated by our panel of judges, who selected a winner in each category along with one grand prize winner. Winning entries best met the following criteria: most creative video, most creative tip and most impactful advice.
Saving Money and Frugal Living
Credit and Financing
Retirement and Investing
Kim Kiyosaki, RichDad.com — Don’t Make Assumptions on Investments and Investors
Grand Prize Winner: Patrick Long / Payoff.com
#MoneyMinute Honorable Mentions
In addition to our winners, we would like to highlight additional submissions that caught our eye and stood out in a special way. Congratulations and a big thank you for your truly creative, thoughtful submissions!
Most humorous: Lou Carlozo, GOBankingRates contributor — 10 Steps to a Healthy Retirement Fund
Easiest tip to follow: Ellie Hirsch, MommyMasters.com — How to Make Loose Change Part of Your Savings Plan
Best host: Jose Pizarro — How to Build Your Rainy Day Fund
Best location: Sophia Bera, GenYPlanning.com — Watch Out for This Sneaky Credit Card Fee When Traveling
Favorite pet video: Amy Chang, SlickDeals.net — Find Online Coupons to Save on Pet Items
Best team collaboration: The NEFE.org team — Does Skipping the Daily Latte Really Save Money?
Best financial planning tip: Jeff Rose, Good Financial Cents — The One Question You Should Ask Before Hiring a Financial Planner
Best variety of actionable tips: David Auten and John Schneider, Debt Free Guys — How to Start a Conversation About Money / How to Budget Better With Money Chunking / What Are You Doing to Achieve Financial Independence?
Congratulations to Our #MoneyMinute Finalists
You worked hard for the votes — and it paid off. #MoneyMinute finalists represent the best of the best in this year’s competition. Thanks again for your participation. We hope to see you back next year!
|Saving Money and Frugal Living||Amy Chang — Find Online Coupons to Save on Pet Items|
|Louise Biron — Why You Should Follow the 10/30 Budget Rule|
|Cary Carbonaro, MBA, CFP — How Your Phone Can Save You More Money|
|Donna Freedman — Think Ahead With Your Money|
|Credit and Financing||Cary Carbonaro, MBA, CFP — How to Calculate Exactly How Much House You Can Afford|
|Steven Mutton — How to Save With Retail Credit Cards Without Carrying a Balance|
|David Slade — How to Make the Most of Travel Rewards Credit Cards|
|Sophia Bera — Watch Out for This Sneaky Credit Card Fee When Traveling|
|Retirement and Investing|
|Inga Chira Ph.D., CFP — How to Build a Custom Target Date Fund|
|Cary Carbonaro, MBA, CFP — This is the Perfect Time for Millennials to Start Investing|
|Derek Markolf — The Importance of Living Below Your Means|
|Kelley C. Long, CPA/PFS, CFP — How to Choose the Right Retirement Investments|
|Professional||David Auten, John Schneider — How to Start a Conversation About Money|
|David Auten, John Schneider — What Are You Doing to Achieve Financial Independence?|
|David Auten, John Schneider — How to Budget Better With Money Chunking|
|Nick Loper — The Only Two Ways to Get Rich|
#MoneyMinute Challenge: Winners and Finalists
Last But Not Least, Thanks to Our Guest Judges
We were honored to have two of the biggest names in personal finance join our panel of judges to select this year’s winners. Thank you judges!
Philip “PT” Taylor
Philip Taylor is a CPA, long-time personal finance blogger and owner of PTMoney.com, entrepreneur and founder of FinCon.
Farnoosh Torabi is an award-winning author, TV host, acclaimed financial strategist and voice of the “So Money” podcast.