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

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

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by Zac Bissonnette
     
 

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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591845447
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
231,589
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Are you there, Zac? It’s me, Chelsea. I loved your book. Plus, I’m only half-Jew so your financial wisdom really balanced out my Mormon side.”
—Chelsea Handler

"Though only a third of 2012 has passed, Zac Bissonnette is already a strong contender for the cheekiest author of the year award."
—The New York Times

“Our four daughters learned ‘Waste not, want not’ before they knew their ABCs, but Zac Bissonnette says it better and more credibly than a mere father could. His enjoyable romp through the basics of debt-free personal finance will be in their next Christmas stockings.”
—Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana

“Zac Bissonnette puts the ‘smart’ in smart-aleck with his irreverent, hilarious, and eminently sensible financial advice. This may be the one personal finance book that actually delivers on its title. Parents, give it to your kids. Kids, leave a copy on the kitchen table—maybe your parents will pick it up and learn something."
—Daniel Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

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How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better looking Than Your Parents 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
NikkiBellNB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for those who wish to learn more about how to manage their expenses and how to get out of, or prevent having much debt. While this book isn't really one for just a random read for fun, It is full of fantastic advice on how to stay fiscally afloat, and how to manage your life effectively.
-A_ More than 1 year ago
Bissonnette’s advice is like no other's, and the stories he relates makes you laugh along while actually learning beneficial tactics about how to get rich. In my opinion, the biggest, and probably most important take away was that all the advice Bissonnette is giving must be applied immediately, as one must start on the right track (financially speaking), in order to stay on the right track.
jasminewynn97 More than 1 year ago
This book pointed out some very good tips on how to avoid financial crises throughout life, and I definitely recommend both teens and adults of all ages to read it. It's both informal and entertaining to read by Bissonnette's style of writing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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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
jehauck More than 1 year ago
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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ElenaPina More than 1 year ago
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.
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The nook :(