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"The implication of The Millionaire Next Door is that nearly anybody with a steady job can amass a tidy fortune." (Forbes)
How our natural perception of people who are wealthy is misguided.
When he was comparing the different types of car buyers. I never realized how much time most waste on purchasing a vehicle compared to applying that time to a regular budget and finances.
Very helpful to understand how to keep your income and allow it to work for you.
Although the book is dated the principles are timeless. It is a must read for every parent and teenager. I originally bought the book for my teenagers thinking I knew everything it had to say and like so many books touting the secrets of financial success would fail to mention the importance of the person you marry. I was impressed to learn that it more than touched on this in addition to many interesting facts and topics.
A good book. Overall. Good message in that to be truly wealthy you have to have a mindset of being frugal. Profligates will not maintain wealth (at least not more than a generation) no matter how well off they start or how good their income.
Critiques are it's clearly sexist overtones, and the misuse of statistics: e.g. '~20% of millionaires have Penny's cards' is said to demonstrate that millionaires shop at lower-end retailers. While it may be true this means that the vast majority DON'T have JCPenny's cards, so it's a moot point that should have never been made. There are several such examples of this statistical slight of hand.
This to me was more like PH.D. Research Thesis rather than a book. Lots of data with no reference and questionable conclusions. This book is just a theory upon questioning small fraction of a group called Millionaires. No practical way was presented. Just pure data and repetition of those datas.
This is a great reminder of old school money management and living rules. in our consumer driven fast paced society,it is easy to get so busy and caught up in the way of life that you forget your roots. Thanks for the reminder. I am making the changes to leave a rich legacy for the next generation in my family.
The book teaches us never to make assumptions about what people are vs what you think they are. I learned so much about what how things really work versus how we think they work when it comes to money.
This book explained that if you spend less than you make your wealth will increase. It then explained it about another 20 times. I cannot believe that people who would be interested in this book do not understand this principle.
The book was a statistical report on two types of people. First people who had a large income and spent most of it on "toys" and themselves. Second was people who had a large income and refused to spend it. Then the book just rehashed and re-presented the data over and over again to show that all the "Millionaires" died with so much money that they had to give it to charity as not to pay huge taxes.
I do agree that we should save and prepare for retirement, but not by giving up all the joys that come from our spoils. It makes sense that if you spend less than you make you will have plenty of money, but there comes a time when you begin to accumulate too much.
As I stated earlier this book outlines high income people, most of these people made over $200k in the early to mid 1990s. That would put them in the top 1%. I am not an anti 1%er but I do not understand what average income earners can learn from their spending habits.
No I enjoy personal finance books and will continue to listen.
No he did a fine job presenting very dry statistical data.
This book would be a good resource for a report on the wealthy and their spending habits, but I do not see what the average person is supposed to glean from this.
"Makes money sense"
Sobering read in todays instant gratification world. The chapters in this book will shift most peoples paradigms on wealth and its accumulation. The book provides a sages worth of attitude changing insights into why individuals need to be more conscious of money management. It indirectly also provides hope that with the right money and investment attitude, regardless of the level of current income, one can make steady progress towards a significantly improved financial position over the long run.
Fantastic this book has changed my life. This book is also recomended to me by Brian Tracy
"Spend 8 hours now to save 8 years work( or more ! )"
A must listen book about personal finance . Much of today's personal finance writing has been inspired by the findings from the studies discussed in this publication . Everyone will learn something about personal finances and importantly themselves in the stories told in The Millionare Next Door .
"A fascinating analysis of a rather niche topic"
The two authors have done vast amounts of thoughtful research into the spending patterns of affluent Americans, and the book often sounds like a market research report. This does not mean that it is not a fascinating piece of work, though I imagine it will not appeal to everyone. Thomas Stanley and William Danko set out a clear definition and analysis of what wealthy means, in their eyes. Their ‘wealth equation’ - age*gross annual income /10 - allows the authors to calculate an 'expected net worth' for individuals and thus determine whether a person is an accumulator (net worth > than estimate) or a spender (net worth < than estimate). They then compare the extremes, 'Prodigious Accumulators of Wealth' (PAWs) with ‘Under Accumulators of Wealth' (UAWs). This is in itself and insight. The key to being ‘rich’ (under their definition) is to live substantially below your means. In their world, PAWs are rich (even if they only have a net worth of $400k) and UAWs are poor even if they live the high life, subsidised by their parents or credit. This is actually more philosophical than financial – frugal PAWs feel financially secure and have the confidence that comes from being 'self-made', spendthrift UAWs worry about money and their old age. It’s very Mr Micawber: spend 19 pounds, 19 shillings and six pence, result happiness (though Micawber’s formula implies a surplus of 1/40 or 2.5%, S&D suggest you should aim for 10% or more). Stanley and Danko have also observed and then thought deeply about how the financial attitudes and behaviors of parents impact on their children. Many PAWs get it right by instilling the correct values of frugality and independence in their children. They help them with education and perhaps a house purchase or business investment, but they do not push cash gifts on their adult children. Unwise PAW parents use their wealth to cosset and/or control their children, while UAWs instill their spendthrift ways in their own offspring. Americans seem to think and talk more freely about money than we do in the UK, and the book is very US orientated, but I found it really useful to help me position myself in this domain. Obviously, the ideal is some Aristotelian virtuous median, to be neither a tight-wad, nor a spendthrift. This book will have a permanent impact on the way I handle the transfer of wealth to my own kids; I am going to spend more on myself (and my hardworking frugal husband) convinced that their independence is more valuable to our children than free cash.
"eye opener "
showed me different outlook on wealth really good book very educational i would highly recommend
I have listened to many wealth books and found this one quite different and very, very interesting. For example there was a section about how children of the wealthy can be inspired to be independent rather than just spend their parents' money. There was also insightful information about inheritance. Although the book is American and a little old now, I believe these principles still hold.
I did not expected to enjoy this book, but I did. I could not believe when the audiobook came to an end, I was so engaged.
I would very much recommend this book. I would say a must for parents who have adult children they are supporting, or those considering how to pass on their wealth to their offspring in the future.
"Nice read, no regrets."
It is a book that makes sense though some things were overemphasised but was necessary. The points were clear and reasonable.
"It all adds up."
Short but alot packed into it. worth listening to a few times.
very clear message it blows alot of the myth out of the sky.
So contrary to the public perceived image of how most millionaires are made or live
"Very interesting and revealing."
Can be quite stat heavy (which was great for me but might overwhelm some).
Interesting and revealing makes you consider your own consumption habit and what if any, legacy you will leave behind.
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