The Suze Orman Saga — part 1

Ramit Sethi · March 16th, 2009

As you know, my new book launches in 7 days.

Over the next few days, I’m going to share tons of tips from the book and show you how others have saved tens of thousands of dollars using my tips. I want you to know that this isn’t yet another boring personal-finance book.

But I’m also going to show you the darker side of The back story behind how this site came to be — and the cruel, secret obsession behind it.

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Today, I’m unveiling part 1 of The Suze Orman saga.

Next: See Part 2 of the saga.

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  1. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! That woman is the devil. I can’t believe I was blind to your love for her. It’s so clear now.

    *unsubscribes* 🙁

  2. Hilarious. This saga is GOLD.

  3. Stephanie PTY



  5. pure gold. nice work R + C.

  6. Ramit, that’s awesome!

    I was prepared to unsubscribe from your site and return your book to Amazon were you to say anything bad about her.

    So far, you’re safe.


    Get a hold of yourself brother!

  8. Candice

    Ooooh, what happens next!

  9. Do You Dave Ramsey?

    Very funny, I look forward to following along!


  10. Sebastian

    Cant wait for the next video. Good acting there.

  11. JT Flynn

    no longer available? someone from the Orman camp complain?

    • Ramit Sethi

      Haha, hang on a sec — we’re having some technical issues. Uploading to a new video site now. Should work in a few.

  12. Charlie

    @JT – We’ve been having some problems with this video on Youtube today. For some reason, it works very inconsistently. Try it again. We’re uploading it to a few more video sites right now to fix the problem.

  13. Don’t leaving me hanging! 😛

  14. Thomas Ngo

    Hahaha, priceless. Looking forward to the next installment.

  15. Eric Bahn

    This. Rocks.

  16. Kevin Franklin

    AWESOME! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  17. shantanu

    umm… what the heck?

  18. peterxyz

    hey – just wanted to say thanks for choosing a video service that works outside the US

  19. Superb video, Ramit, but don’t wait for Suze. She bats for the other team.

  20. Alex Franzen

    You better watch yo’self, Ramit. Suze…is…MINE!!!!!!!!

  21. Erin Happycamper


  22. CJ McLaughlin

    Oh Ramit! You must get up off your kitchen floor! Destiny is waiting…can’t wait for part 2.

  23. Michellein Maine

    I LOVE this video! TOO FUNNY! I can’t wait to see the next part.!

  24. Elise Miller

    Persistence pays off. I know what happens next you help Suze and KT with their estate tax planning, right?

  25. marge201

    Ramit (glad to know how to pronounce your name): you are ADORABLE!!! I smiled the whole way through!!!

  26. Quick, sell the rights to this story to some movie moguls! It is the best thing I’ve seen regarding finance in some time (and likely to see for some time in the future!)

  27. Now, if it’s a different Suze Orman calling than that Suze Orman – that will be funny!

  28. photogreg

    So funny. Looking forward to the next episode!

  29. John OConnell

    I’m going to ignore your advice and hire your kids to manage my investment accounts.

  30. Acting = Ramit’s next major source of income

    Hahaha, nice job.

  31. sheehan Alam

    that is so hilarious

  32. Hilarious video. I love Suze too!!

  33. Too bad Suze already has a significant other and she doesn’t like men.

  34. This is freakin hilarious. Also, I was thinking the same thing as Denise while watching.

  35. JK Egly

    Dude she is gay!

  36. I love her too! In fact I am going to hear her speak on Friday!

  37. The link kindly posted above by another commentator led me to her own quote (from a couple of years ago) that she is a “55-year-old virgin.”

    The same person who yelled at me for asking Ramit to speak with an accent next time may now yell at me for that.

  38. Ramit,
    I do videos and I’d have to say..your acting and editing debut was pretty great.

    Curious of how this will roll out.

    PS- I have an audience of teens to mid 30’s. I bet they’ve love to learn the basics of finance. Let me know if you’re interested in doing a video collab.

  39. Nicky Papers

    Excellent viral strategy! I’ve been reading your blog since 2006. Great stuff Ramit! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book.

    Honestly, your site has helped me think more clearly about my spending. I more conscious of every dollar I spend. Can’t wait for the book.

    If you are making rounds to NY, I’d love to get that book signed to add to my collection of author signed books.

    All the best,

    Nicky Papers

  40. hahahahahah~~ crazy~ can’t wait for p.t 2 😛

  41. This is awesome! Suze’s books are how I started learning about personal finance. Great skit!

  42. Ramit,

    Funny that you like Suze! I think she’s GREAT and I think YOU are great too! I hope you two get together!! I wonder if she’ll say “APPROVED” or “DENIED”.

  43. Genki Tulip

    thumb up! I could see a potential good actor here. Cannot wait to see the next episode.

  44. Chris Bautista

    I’m eagerly waiting for the next chapter 🙂 This series is a jewel! hehehe

  45. Stop Getting Cheated

    You are out of control, Ramit. Great job. We need more of this. You’re going to be the poster boy for the Desperation Hotline.

  46. Ramit, you could have saved yourself a lot of heart ache if you had watched Ellen. Suze came out a year ago – don’t take it personally . . . she has never been with a guy!

  47. chris mccann

    HAHA Hillarious! Whats going to happen next??

  48. The beginning of this looks like an Apple commercial. So I’m just sittin here watchin some videos on my mac when I pull out my iPhone….

    This vid definitely got a chuckle out of me.

  49. TStrump

    That was hilarious!
    I love Suze!

  50. I love it!!! I love Suze Orman and I had no idea you were such a doll!!! You make me want to save money – that’s a big deal 🙂

  51. Awesome, haha. I can’t wait for your book. I read a bit of it on Amazon already. You’re becoming quite the internet celebrity!

  52. Hahaha, instant classic!

  53. this made me laugh SO HARD LOL!!!!

  54. Melissa

    Well done – you’re a natural. Do more please.

  55. Pritesh

    Excellent..simply hillarious…Can’t wait for second part..

    Don’t forget to visit Ramit’s new article on Get Rich Slowly:

    Thanks, Ramit..

  56. I hope you’re prepared to make lots more videos because this is great fun!

  57. Masked Financier

    I’m not sure where Ramit’s piece is going – will it be damning towards Suze, or just plain comical and then explain how we got from Suze to Ramit?

    However, despite her widespread acclaim the following article casts some negative light on Suze’s background.

    In particular, I’m a firm believer in the rule of “paying attention to what someone does, not just what they say” when it comes to taking their advice. And this article on Suze means she doesn’t show up great i.e. advising dollar cost averaging into the stock market while most of her money is in T-Bills.

    Anyway, I’ll leave readers to make up their own minds, and look forward to the rest of Ramit’s sitcom.

  58. Ramit, you are hilarious! More videos!

  59. You’re silly.

  60. ROFLMBO….This was too cute and funny. Looking forward to part 2.

  61. Prakriti

    I dont understand why guys like you dont host a show on CNBC, ofcourse along with ur Suze maybe!

  62. You can have Suze. Just stay away from Jean Chatzky. She’s mine. 🙂

  63. Suze is HOT

  64. You’re freakin’ awesome.

  65. LOL!!! I can’t wait to see the following videos.

  66. This is hilarious. Please hurry and post the next video. 🙂

  67. to shay what a waste

  68. Haha, thats hilarious.. Post the next one soon..please!!

  69. She “married” to a woman and besides even if she were straight she is too old for you.

  70. Suze Orman wannabe

    Hi Ramit, It’s Suze… You read so much about me, do you think you’re so manly that you can make me straight?


  71. lisette

    This is very funny , can relate , have all the suzy orman book , can quote her religiously .. I very admire her and your advice as well .

    Any advice for someone out of work ..

  72. Oh god. The beach scene was the best.. absolutely priceless.

  73. I loved it!! My favorite part was when you kissed the phone!!!

  74. Dollar Dream$

    Dude you are hilarious! LMAO !!

    Great work, can’t wait for the next video.

    In this recession / depression, when I read all PF blogs, all serious stuff, this came as a plesant surprise.

  75. This is great, can’t wait for the next one!

  76. Well, I think we all know how the love saga ends (see article on Ms. Orman in Time)! I would have had a better shot w/her (IF I WERE GAY), but I have fallen out of love due to her not giving ANYONE any great advice ‘back in the day’ (I was one of the ones who listened to her and bought my large house w/an ARM –THANKS A LOT, SUZE and ALAN GREENSPAN!!!) She’s laughing all the way to the bank! She doesn’t have any money in the stock market! Ramit, don’t be a fool!

  77. Yes! Love it, Ramit! Can’t wait for the book to come out and add some value to my commute.

  78. akanksha


    waiting for the secound video to come

  79. This was soooo funny. Suze Orman is my personal finance heroine. I can’t wait for the next “episode”!!!

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  81. Cheap shot at popularity. I’m sure your psychology background is aware of the popularity by association practice, which is useful on the internet for viral video. And yes it works, because I’m waiting to see if Suze actually became your colleague.

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  83. Ha! Ha! Ha! Just the kind of laugh therapy I need. I rarely watch TV but will follow this series religiously…… thanks for the humor!

  84. Diana

    I never realized how sexy Suze’s voice is, until now. I would have fainted too.

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