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Blending humor and behavioral economics, the New York Times best-selling author of Predictably Irrational delves into the truly illogical world of personal finance to help people better understand why they make bad financial decisions and gives them the knowledge they need to make better ones.



Why does paying for things often feel like it causes physical pain?
Why does it cost you money to act as your own real estate agent?
Why are we comfortable overpaying for something now just because we've overpaid for it before?

In Dollars and Sense, world-renowned economist Dan Ariely answers these intriguing questions and many more as he explains how our irrational behavior often interferes with our best intentions when it comes to managing our finances. Partnering with financial comedian and writer Jeff Kreisler, Ariely takes us deep inside our minds to expose the hidden motivations that are secretly driving our choices about money.
Exploring a wide range of everyday topics - from credit card debt and household budgeting to holiday sales - Ariely and Kreisler demonstrate how our ideas about dollars and cents are often wrong and cost us more than we know. Mixing case studies and anecdotes with tangible advice and lessons, they cut through the unconscious fears and desires driving our worst financial instincts and teach us how to improve our money habits.
Fascinating, engaging, funny, and essential, Dollars and Sense is a sound investment, providing us with the practical tools we need to understand and improve our financial choices, save and spend smarter, and ultimately live better.
©2017 Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Susan K Donley on 11-09-17

This financial literacy book is different--and funny!

When I first saw this book in Audible's New Nonfiction section, I started scroll past it as I do all personal finance books. Been there, done that to try to stretch my income and live within my means. Now that I'm retired it's too scary-late to read about "investing in my future". My future is here!

But I've enjoyed Dan Ariely's previous books on behavioral economy (I can't believe I just wrote that sentence), so I figured I'd take a chance. He has a gift not only for researching why we act so irrationally, but also for explaining the results in a way that helps us understand ourselves better. And he's funny and a great storyteller! Pairing up with financial comedian (!) Jeff Kreisler was perfect for this book that explores our irrational relationship with money.

The first chapters were fascinating, each focusing on a tactic we use to deceive ourselves when it comes to buying, selling, or saving. But they don't leave us there feeling stupid about our irrational bad financial decisions. The last chapters give practical strategies for being more rational about our money and suggestions for ways society could support people trying to resist the siren call of spend- spend- spend.

All this and wonderful delivery, too. Simon Jones and delivered the funny bits lines

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By Michal Strahilevitz, Ph.D. on 11-07-17

Another great book by Dan Ariely!

Another great book from Dan Ariely. The book is full of useful insights that are backed by very interesting research.

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