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Podcast 24: Unconventional Path to Becoming a Millionaire

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Our guest on today’s podcast is Jen Smith, the “Millionaire Mommy Next Door.” By age 40, Jen had become a self-made millionaire and she and her husband are now financially independent, stay-at-home parents. In our interview, Jen describes her path from minimum-wage jobs to financial freedom.

Jen has appeared on The Montel Show and shares with Consumerism Commentary and is scheduled to appear in an upcoming film, Secrets of Money: The Documentary Movie. She writes regularly on her blog, Millionaire Mommy Next Door.

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[00:00] Introduction from Tom Dziubek
[00:44] Interview with Jen Smith, Millionaire Mommy Next Door
[01:02] Why and how Jen set out to be a millionaire
[04:22] How Jen has lived differently since achieving millionaire status
[07:55] Jen’s unconventional path to becoming a millionaire
[10:34] Apprenticeship as an alternative
[17:38] Why Jen started the Millionaire Mommy Next Door website
[19:28] Jen’s donations to micro-lending website Kiva.org
[21:06] End

We always welcome feedback from listeners. If you have any comments for this episode or for any other, or if you have suggestions for future episodes, please leave us comments here or email us at podcast at this domain name.

Updated May 7, 2014 and originally published October 4, 2009. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar ctreit

I liked this podcast. Jen has such a great no-nonsense approach to personal finance that could really be copied by anybody.

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avatar Erica Lucci

Great interview. I love that Jen Smith talks about doing what she and her husband values for their lives and ignore what people tell them to value (ex. owning a house).

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