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The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money

Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs
Narrated by: Jill Schlesinger
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You’re smart. So don’t be dumb about money. Pinpoint your biggest money blind spots and take control of your finances with these tools from CBS News Business Analyst and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Jill on Money, Jill Schlesinger.

Do you have a “friend” who is super smart, has a great career, holds a graduate degree, has even saved a chunk of money for retirement, but who keeps making the same dumb mistakes when it comes to money? Is this “friend” you?

After decades working as a Wall Street trader, investment adviser, and money expert for CBS, Jill Schlesinger reveals 13 costly mistakes you’re probably making right now with your money without even knowing it. Drawing on heartfelt personal stories (yes, money experts screw up, too), Schlesinger argues that it’s not lack of smarts that causes even the brightest, most accomplished people among us to behave like financial dumb-asses, but simple emotional blind spots. So if you’ve made well-intentioned mistakes like saving for college for your kids before you’ve saved for your own retirement, or taking on too much risk when you invest, you’ve come to the right place. And if you’ve avoided uncomfortable moments such as sitting down to draft a will or planning long-term care for an aging parent, this is the book for you. 

By breaking bad habits and following Schlesinger’s pragmatic and accessible rules for managing your finances, you can save tens, even hundreds, of thousands of dollars, not to mention avoid countless sleepless nights.

Practical, no-nonsense, and often counterintuitive, The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money tells you what you really need to hear about retirement, college financing, insurance, real estate, and more. It might just be the smartest investment you make all year. 

Advance praise for The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money 

“Common sense is not always common, especially when it comes to managing your money. Consider Jill Schlesinger’s book your guide to all the things you should know about money but were never taught. After reading it, you’ll be smarter, wiser, and maybe even wealthier.” (Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle and The $100 Startup

“A must-read, whether you’re digging yourself out of a financial hole or stacking up savings for the future, The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money is a personal finance gold mine loaded with smart financial nuggets delivered in Schlesinger’s straight-talking, judgment-free style.” (Beth Kobliner, author of Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) and Get a Financial Life

©2019 Jill Schlesinger (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Jill Schlesinger is one of the smartest voices in personal finance and money management I know. Ignore her words of wisdom at your financial peril.” (Helaine Olen, blogger for The Washington Post and author of Pound Foolish)

“The vast majority of people, including highly sophisticated investors, will recognize one if not several of the thirteen ‘dumb things’ Jill Schlesinger brilliantly discusses in this engaging and important book. I know I did. Drawing on a highly accomplished career- not just as an astute observer of personal finance but also as a planner and options trader - she arms readers with knowledge and tools to help correct existing financial planning mistakes, as well as avoid potentially costly ones in the future.” (Mohamed A. El-Erian, chief economic adviser, Allianz, and author of The New York Times best sellers When Markets Collide and The Only Game in Town)

“We don’t talk nearly enough about money, which is odd given its central place in most of our lives. And it’s shockingly easy for even smart, accomplished people to get tripped up by bad habits or just plain lack of knowledge about money management. Jill Schlesinger has written an eye-opening, practical, and funny book about how we screw up and how we can get it right. I needed this book ten years ago! I’m glad I have it now.” (Alison Green, author of Ask a Manager)

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Smart Advice from a Really Smart Woman!

Jill covers all the bases. Just because a person is smart at doing what they know—surgery, law, psychology, whatever—doesn’t mean they’re smart with money. I love how Jill makes it ok to acknowledge that and move forward. She has a great way of talking with her audience, so I was excited to see that Jill wrote AND narrates this wonderful book. I’ll be recommending this as a great client appreciation gift idea for my coaching clients (really smart professionals). —Jody Jacobson, PhD

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Damn Good Advice

Great book. Wonderfully narrated. Like getting advice over a long lunch. Anyone and everyone can take something from this book. I know I did. (care for aging parents)

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Best Financial (or is it lkfe) Advice

Jill is absolutely awesome at giving me the best financial and life advice. She helped me get off my duff and make changes for the better (such as writing a will and running it by the proper attorney) and changing my passwords.

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great read!

great, relatable, practical advice. Jill's real world story telling illustrate the info well. enjoyed my first audible book

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curse words

If you like hearing curse words, then this is a good book to listen to. The author uses the S word three times in the first minute of the introduction.

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Very easy listen

I found this easy to listen & understand. The only improvement for me would be to have a British version as she speaks only about American finance & tax subjects.