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

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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 to politicians to your own parents, and it’s no wonder so many twenty-somethings are struggling.

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Overview

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 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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In his Debt-Free U, personal finance expert Zac Bissionnette explained how he paid for a first-rate college education with loans, scholarships, or mooching off his parents. In his new book, he guides recent graduates through the next complicated stages of their lives. (P.S. Yes, this Zac Bissonnette is the same Zac Bissonnette whose new Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2013.)

Alisa Schnaars

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591845447
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 407,238
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Money, Power, and Really Broke Housewives 1

Chapter 1 Money Can't Buy Happiness If You Spend It 9

Chapter 2 The Financial Services Industry and You (Brought to You by the National Center for Domestic Abuse Prevention) 26

Chapter 3 The Debtonator 62

Chapter 4 Fahrenheit 401(k) 75

Chapter 5 Spend Less, Live More, Be Happier, but Don't Get Asked to Appear on Hoarders Too Often 103

Chapter 6 Here in My (Paid For) Car, I Feel Safest of All 154

Chapter 7 A Place for Your Stuff 166

Chapter 8 Joint Venture Partners: Money and Sex 189

Chapter 9 Careers in Art History (and Other One-Liners) 197

Conclusion Ya Done! 222

Notes 225

Index 233

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    This book is an easy read but provides useful information that c

    This book is an easy read but provides useful information that could probably help everyone. The book is written in short chapters, and Bissonnette's tone is witty and sarcastic. A myriad of people are referred to, from Lenny Dykstra to Teresa Giudice to show examples of what worked and what went wrong financially. Although the book is interesting, at times it can be repetitive and some of the tips are obvious. In conclusion, i would recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    This book was awesome. I have an extremely busy schedule, but I

    This book was awesome. I have an extremely busy schedule, but I managed to read it in three days. I was a business major in college and this book touched on a lot of that, but more concise. It includes helpful tips on how to save money. It's definitely worth buying this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

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    I had to read this book for my Economic class. As a high school

    I had to read this book for my Economic class. As a high school student, I found it a little borring, but educational. It gives you real helpful tips on how to save your money. More high school kids should read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    I don't have much time to read however for my Economics class I

    I don't have much time to read however for my Economics class I was assigned to read a book of my choice, and who doesn't want to be richer, smarter AND better looking then their parents. I wasn't too excited to read a book for class other than English, however I found this book to be easy and very useful for me because I soon will be introduced to difficulties such as buying a car, renting an apartment and especially student loans! His book was extremely helpful and settle my nerves about finances for the time being, I highly recommend it to highschool seniors, college students, anyone could use this helpful read

    -nr

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    This book seems to be very useful, although at times it can be a

    This book seems to be very useful, although at times it can be a bit repetitive. Bissonnette gives good tips on how to manage your finances as well as talking about how to get out of college debt free. I would definitely recommend this to anyone because it provides useful information and gives good examples of  what can go wrong if you don't invest your money wisely as well as how to invest properly and also provides you with the tools to live a financially stress-free life. Again, I would recommend this book to anyone because it is very helpful and informative.

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    Posted December 12, 2013

    Any body still on

    The nook :(

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