Published: 22nd November 2016 / 1st August 2017 (updated Version)
Format: Soft cover, non-fiction (2016 version)
If you’re like most of us, you spend your whole damn life working for everyone else: the bank, your spouse, or your kids – it’s rare that you carve out some time to stop and focus on the vitally important questions. You know, the one’s that are critical, but not urgent, like: “Why am I still in this job? Wasn’t this supposed to be a stepping-stone? Why do some people seem to be doing better financially than me? Will I end up eating home-brand bangers and watching Family Feud in retirement?Am I on the right path?”Together we’re going to answer these questions. I’ll give you a step-by-step plan that will clear away the cobwebs of doubt and give you clarity and confidence. But to get the most out of it, you need to do your part: sit uninterrupted in an easy chair, with a biro, a cuppa and a Tim Tam or two.To be truly happy you must be in control of your financial life – or lack of money will control you forever. So in this book, I’m going to step out my plan — a plan that’s allowed me to tread my own path, and will allow you to do so too.Over the years I’ve successfully taught this plan to thousands of people, from elite athletes to single mums on Centrelink. I’m confident it will work the same for you as it did for for them.I understand how busy life is. The average visitor to my website stays for around 2.38 minutes (or so my web geek tells me)… and I’m asking you to spend an afternoon with me?!So at the start of this journey together, I want to honour your commitment, and that’s why I’ll make this promise to you: You will be able to buy everything you need, while achieving your number one goal: whether that be dumping your debts, radically paying off your dream home, or retiring with dignity. You’ll achieve it without using a strict budget, or living like your poor old Aunty Mavis. Above all, I’ll give you the freedom to tread your own path.Sounds like bulldust, right?All I ask is that you keep an open mind. Read this book in your comfy chair, enjoy the bikkies, and follow all the instructions.Trust me on this: as you begin to see the plan working, your confidence will soar.
As a bookseller, this is a book I both love and loathe. I love it because it’s so easy to read and understand, offers some great advice and is so easy to hand sell. I loathe it, because, in recent months, Scott Page and his finance book The Barefoot Investor has become one of the MUST have finance books, not only here in Australia, but all around the world. Thus, I spend a good proportion of my day fielding questions about this particular title and explaining to people that we are once again sold out. All of which is to say, The Barefoot Investor is a fantastic finance book for anyone looking for a book to get their money back on track.
The older I get, the more I start to take aspects of my life a hell of a lot more seriously, especially when it comes to money. Back in high school, we learnt about depreciation and percentages and taxes etc, but I feel like perhaps there should have been an entire class dedicated to life skills and money management for the everyday person. In the current world/climate, it is so easy for people to fall into money traps and make bad decisions that can haunt you for the rest of your life. Sometimes those money mistakes turn into bigger financial woes that can see everything you know and love come crashing down. While I’m not in any of these dire situations, I knew it was time for me to start getting ahead and learning as much as I could about financial stability, superannuation, shares, credit ratings etc.
I read this book a few weeks ago, and while there are giant chunks of this book that aren’t applicable to my situation, I found it really useful and a great starting point to get my financial stability not only back on track, but ahead!
Scott Page is a financial guru that has spent years helping people out of their money debts. The Barefoot Investor is a straight shooting, hold no bares book about money and how to handle it better for the everyday person. In easy to understand language, he breaks down credit, debt, daily budgeting that isn’t strict or limiting, shares, superannuation and what you should be doing to get ahead in life financially.
His strategy is easy to follow, with weekly-turned monthly ‘dates’ set aside for you to look at your money situation and make sure you are on track. He gives out practical advice and even uses everyday situations and examples to show how to implement his ideas into your lives no matter your living situation.
Having read The Barefoot Investor from cover to cover in the space of a couple of hours, I can see why this book has taken off. It’s easy to understand and offers practical advice to people from all walks of life and financial situations.
All in all, I do recommend this book to anyone who looking for help or simply to better understand some of the more confusing aspects of finance in a clear and decisive manner. The Barefoot Investor is a great starting block to get your confidence back on side and get your money situation back on track so that you too can live a more stress-free and happier lifestyle.
For anyone looking at learning more about their finances, I strongly encourage you to take the Open2Study free Financial Literacy course. This course covers the basics of financial literacy in broken down easy to understand snapshots to help you understand some much bigger and broader terms, concepts and financial problems. To learn more about this course, visit Open2Study.
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