• Dollars and Sense

  • How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter
  • By: Dan Ariely, Jeff Kreisler
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,673 ratings)

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Dollars and Sense

By: Dan Ariely, Jeff Kreisler
Narrated by: Simon Jones
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Editorial reviews

Editors Select, November 2017

I must admit that a personal finance book is not something that would typically make it into my listening queue, but, in my search for a November pick, I was drawn to the cover of Dollars and Sense and then immediately recognized Dan Ariely's name as longtime customer favorite. So I gave the sample a try, and "bam!" I was sold by the narration. Simon Jones' performance captures the wit and wisdom authors Ariely and Kreisler have woven into this very entertaining blend of storytelling and behavioral economics. I'm left much more cognizant of the outer and inner forces that affect how I spend money without feeling overwhelmed (or bored) by the practical things we all can do to be smarter about the financial choices we make. —Tricia, Audible Editor

Publisher's summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers