How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents

How to Be Richer Smarter and Better Looking Than Your Parents Striking out on your own for the first time is exhilarating But in a culture full of bad advice predatory banks and splurge now pay later temptations it can also be extremely dangerous leading you

  • Title: How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents
  • Author: Zac Bissonnette
  • ISBN: 9781591845447
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • Striking out on your own for the first time is exhilarating But in a culture full of bad advice, predatory banks, and splurge now pay later temptations, it can also be extremely dangerous leading you to make financial decisions that could hurt you for years to come Combine this with a slumped economy, mounds of student loans, and dubious examples from reality TV stars toStriking out on your own for the first time is exhilarating But in a culture full of bad advice, predatory banks, and splurge now pay later temptations, it can also be extremely dangerous leading you to make financial decisions that could hurt you for years to come Combine this with a slumped economy, mounds of student loans, and dubious examples from reality TV stars to politicians to your own parents, and it s no wonder so many twenty somethings are struggling.Twenty three year old Zac Bissonnette the author of Debt Free U knows exactly what you re going through He demystifies the many traps young people fall victim to in their post college years He offers fresh insights on everything from job hunting to buying a car to saving for retirement that will give you a foundation for a secure, stable, and happy life In the process, he reveals why FICO scores are overrated, online job applications are a waste of time, car loans are for suckers, and credit card rewards are a scam.With detours to discuss wine connoisseurs, Really Broke Housewives, and Lenny Dykstra, Zac shows you how to make better choices today so you can be richer, smarter and better looking for years to come.

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  • 3.5 starsI really wish that this book was available when I graduated from college. I think I suffered a lot of financial mishaps from the time I graduated until now, that could of been avoided completely, had I been more knowledgable. The best thing I ever did for myself financially, was listen to my economics teacher in high school, and opened up a Roth IRA when I was 16 with my very first paycheck. Ever since then I've been putting a bit of my savings in this account every year. This and contr [...]

  • No offense, Mommy. Actually I don't think I can live up to the title as I have wonderful parents on all accounts. This was a fun read for a personal finance book as the author's voice is zany and direct. He will call you out on human foibles. This book is definitely geared to a beginning investor as all the advice is in broad strokes. This would be a good book for a recent graduate. I laughed out loud when I noticed an error of information had a footnote on it. Being a nerdy librarian that check [...]

  • This book is full of good advice, some of it quite old, delivered in an irreverent style that's enjoyable to read. The most crucial part is that it is 'of our times.' That is, he knows about and acknowledges the seriously jacked up economic reality we're living in in 2012. And he shows that the old truths still apply. For example, 401ks and IRAs invested in mutual funds are a better idea than investing, say, gold.Give this book to every college senior you know.

  • this is a decent book if you're young, very new to the world of personal finance, and of a religious persuasion that has no objection to the concept of interesti meet about one and a half of those conditions and picked it up because i am easily amused and the title caught my eyeif you would like the cliff notes version of this book here it is:1. don't go into debt2. no seriously, don't go into debt. you can pick up a mortgage when you purchase a house but even then don't go around trying to purc [...]

  • Zac Bissonnette is a gifted author and it really shows in this book. He explains potentially daunting personal finance concepts in a fun and exciting way suitable for all levels of experience. His "make sure you know this before it's too late" way of conveying information is refreshing and quickly gains the trust of readers. From index funds to cheap, quality cars, he makes a compelling, data-backed argument for all of his assertions that doesn't leave the reader in doubt. Regardless of what maj [...]

  • A great book for this stage in my life, written with a humor that kept me going. And, I specifically picked it up because it lacks all the disgusting charts, graphs, and hollergraphics (as I call them) that frustrate a reading experience.

  • I'd give this 3.5 stars. I laughed at some parts but it was a bit dated since it came out in 2012. Still,the book is geared towards younger people and it explains a lot of financial concepts for beginners.

  • So, first of all, in reading this book, I mean no offense to my parents; they are smart, financially-able, good-looking people with a wealth of other positive characteristics that are even more important than these three categories (they're kind, loving, fun, and all-around great human beings). But even they repeatedly told me to take opportunities to learn more and improve upon their methods of making, spending, and saving money. As a rebellious son, I duly put off this good advice and lived mu [...]

  • This book has me torn. I grabbed it to read mostly because a) financial advice is never a bad thing (as long as you can recognize the good from the bad) and b) because someone who looks as smarmy on the cover than has the audacity to title his book as such has to at least be good for a laugh. And it was - but mostly because Zac writes how I talk (with a large amount of sarcasm, disdain and assumption that others are stupid). But there lies the problem - this book was written for stupid people, b [...]

  • How to be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking than Your Parents is aimed at young adults in their late teens through early twenties, ideally those graduating from college and starting their independence. The beauty of this book is that it makes stodgy common sense advice seem hip and slightly subversive. It is penned by the young author of Debt-free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents. In this book, Bisonette continues his ca [...]

  • It seems to me that nearly all financial advice books are about the same. I'm not even sure why I continue to read them. Zac Bisonnette's book looked like a fresh take on the same old ideas at first, but it wasn't really. It was the same take on the same old ideas. With one exception (the advice on investing), it was information that I had heard before. In fact, instead of presenting much new information, the author cites a variety of works from other books. So, if you want to have several books [...]

  • Actually, my parents are pretty great, so it wasn't the title of this book that sucked me in. I read this because often times I lack common sense, but in reading this I'm glad I was proven right with regards to finance.Bissonette isn't dispensing any earth-shattering tips here, but it's all very sound and logical and definitely worth hearing more than once. My dad has been telling me essentially the same things for years.Debt is bad, which everyone should know already but some people clearly don [...]

  • This was an incredible book and I definitely recommend this book to every one! This is perfect for anyone just starting out in college, just graduated college, or even a 50 year old! There are a ton of lessons to be learned, and even if it might be too late for you there is valuable information to be passed down to your children or those you know. I have to admit that some of the information in the book my parents have been trying to instill in me, but it is different when the author, at the tim [...]

  • I went back and forth on this one. There's definitely good advice and it was nice to hear financial advice with a basis in psychology and based on research instead of just the most logical thing to do (since we often don't do the logical thing). The author was very much in favor of purchasing in cash and avoiding debt, which isn't necessarily your standard financial advice. But the heavy sarcasm and repeatedly saying everyone who valued material possessions should see a psychiatrist got a little [...]

  • This isn't a bad book on personal finance. I found it a bit flip and disjointed in its presentation. But the author's target audience is younger and less experienced in the ways of personal finance and so this may be the author's way of keeping them engaged. The best part of the book is the section on investing for your retirement. Where it lags is in its lack of coherent focus as you work your way through it. Still, much of the advice is sound and if this is the introduction for young people to [...]

  • It's always great when you read a financial book and realize you're doing at least some things right. This was a nice easy read with solid and understandable advice, and this is coming from a former English major, who at times when there's too much money/math, I'll just automatically tune out. At times I thought he quoted too many other sources and should've just stuck to his advice rather than seeking validation or disagreeing with other financial gurus, but I get what he was doing. Overall, I [...]

  • While written in a funny and often sarcastic manner, the book lacks substance. There are some very good resources in this book. The premise of being "better than your parents" was not directly supported and it's more of a what a young person should do. It is important to note that the section on investment are heavily targeted toward U.S policies(401k, tax structure, etc.) which decreases its appeal to those outside U.S. Overall, nothing that is extraordinary in its genre and only worth a borrow [...]

  • I've been recently looking for some personal finance books or books with general tips on how to maneuver through the terrifically dense world of finance specifically as a young adult. This book was fantastic in that regard, it has excellent tips and resources for people who are just starting adult life and are faced with managing their money responsibly without having ever been formally educated on what that exactly entails. To top it all off Bissonnette has excellent humor, I found myself reach [...]

  • I don't feel like I learned very much from this book at all. Maybe I'm just not in the right mindset or the right stage in my life right now, but a lot of the information in this book did not seem to apply to me. This is strange, considering I am in the young age group that he's addressing. I liked his writing style somewhat, which is snappy and fun. However, I think he needed to expand upon his points more, rather than filling in the book with fluffy statistics that barely backed up his points. [...]

  • This was the best personal finance book that I have read so far! His advice on credit cards, shopping and much more helped me to understand the world of finance better and be aware of the tricks that many use to get you to do something. It was such a great read that in my English class, I wrote about it in a personal literacy narrative because of the information I got from the book can help anyone achieve their financial dreams by following the author's advice. Recommended for anyone who wants t [...]

  • This has a good amount of basic financial information, especially for those whose are young and just starting out in the world. There's also a fair bit of snarkiness in it. The author actually tells the reader to "shut up" two times in one of the chapters. I didn't know readers and authors had discussions in a printed media format, but alright. Although I disagree with a couple of points the author makes, this book is decent for a foundational knowledge of personal finance.

  • Clever title, but nothing new or original here. You'll be better-looking than your parents if, first of all, you inherit your dad's long eyelashes and your mom's slim physique, instead of your mom's stubby lashes and your dad's bald head. Then, if you take care of yourself and watch what you eat, you might be better-looking. This book just demonstrates that with the right contacts, anyone can get a book published. Bleh.

  • Thoroughly enjoyed it! If you're looking to clean up your finances this year, I recommend this book for straightforward, no-nonsense advice that's actually enjoyable to read (the guy inserts humor throughout). It is targeted at urban, childless, professional, college-educated 20-somethings - if that describes you, you'll get a lot of out of it. I was doing a lot of his suggestions already, but I appreciated the reinforcement and the helpful little tips and tricks throughout.

  • I actually thought this was a very well done book. Probably the first nonfiction book about changing your life and finances that I was able to finish in one sitting, and even enjoyed. The author has an excellent voice, and I even chuckled a time or two. Definitely worth looking into if you're in your 20s and want to get your finances on track. Putting this on my wish-list so I can own it and refer back to it whenever necessary.

  • I listened to the audio book. Many of these philosophies I learned some time back from Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. The author really expands on adopting a philosophy of minimalism and thrift as a lifestyle choice to gain happiness. The real difference in this book is the humor in which the author illustrates his points. A great read (or listen)!

  • very laid back relaxed easy read but nevertheless full of insightful things into the whole of personal finance. great book to kickstart your journey into your penal finance. Since on this topic a was I little more advance most of the things mentioned to me was mostly review. highly recommend. light reading.

  • The book was pretty informative about life in general, how one look at things when you're trying to save up money. Not necessary being rich, but just thinking about the overall view of how one can live their life if one chose one over the other.I did skip a few chapters, just because it was kind of not my cup of tea.Also, I got the idea that he's batting on my team.

  • Lots of ideas and tips on how to get out of debt, save, invest, network, and how to be better in general. I think it addresses a lot of issues that a younger generation is going though. And throughout the book Zac points out time and time again that it is probably not worth it to try to have more stuff than your friends if it puts you in debt.

  • I understand that this may not be groundbreaking material, but I think Zac did a nice job of laying it all out in simple steps that young people should follow to start a happy financial life. I wish I would have read this about 3 years ago and taken back a few of my little mistakes. Also, he is quite funny which makes reading about financial advice was more bearable.

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