Dollars and Sense

How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter

by Dan Ariely, Jeff Kreisler

On Sale: 11/06/2018

Dollars and Sense

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Dollars and Sense

How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter

by Dan Ariely, Jeff Kreisler

On Sale: 11/06/2018

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About the Book

New York Times bestselling author, Dan Ariely, teams up with financial comedian and writer Jeff Kreisler, to delve into the truly irrational world of personal finance, blending humor and behavioral economics to help people understand the psychology behind their financial decisions and show them how they can make better ones. He entertains critical questions such as these:

  • Why is paying for things painful?
  • Why are we comfortable overpaying for something in the present just because we’ve overpaid for it in the past?
  • Why is it easy to pay $4 for a soda on vacation, when we wouldn’t spend more than $1 on that same soda at our local grocery store?

We think of money as numbers, values, and amounts, but when it comes down to it, when we actually use our money, we engage our hearts more than our heads. Emotions play a powerful role in shaping our financial behavior, often making us our own worst enemies as we try to save, access value, and spend responsibly. In Dollars and Sense, bestselling author and behavioral economist Dan Ariely teams up with financial comedian and writer Jeff Kreisler to challenge many of our most basic assumptions about the precarious relationship between our brains and our money. In doing so, they undermine many of personal finance’s most sacred beliefs and explain how we can override some of our own instincts to make better financial choices.

Exploring a wide range of everyday topics—from the lure of pain-free spending with credit cards to the pitfalls of household budgeting to the seduction of holiday sales—Ariely and Kreisler demonstrate how our misplaced confidence in our spending habits frequently leads us astray, costing us more than we realize, whether it’s the real value of the time we spend driving forty-five minutes to save $10 or our inability to properly assess what the things we buy are actually worth.

The result not only reveals the rationale behind our most head-scratching financial choices but also offers clear guidance for navigating the treacherous financial landscape of the brain. Fascinating, engaging, funny, and essential, Dollars and Sense provides the practical tools we need to understand and improve our financial choices, save and spend smarter, and ultimately live better.

Critical Praise

“[A] valuable guide... Engaging and funny, rife with anecdotes and advice, the book defangs a difficult topic while teaching a lot.” — Publishers Weekly

“A lively look at how even the wisest among us are too often fools eager to part with our money...A user-friendly and often entertaining treatise on how to be a more discerning, vastly more aware handler of money.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[An] engaging guide to decision-making about money...Highly recommended.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“If you want to get better at making good financial decisions, read Dollars and Sense.…What the two authors do brilliantly is take behavioral economics and make it accessible.” — Washington Post

“[A] surprisingly breezy exploration of the most common mental blocks to building wealth...It’s the rare kind of book that makes you feel a lot smarter, while simultaneously giving you actionable tips for improving your daily life.”
Business Insider’s Best Business Books of 2017

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062651211
  • ISBN 10: 0062651218
  • Imprint: Harper Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 11/06/2018
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Finance / Wealth Management
  • BISAC2 : PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
  • BISAC3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving

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