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Small Change

Money Mishaps and How to Avoid Them
Narrated by: Simon Jones
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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Blending humour and behavioural 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 Small Change, world renowned economist Dan Ariely answers these intriguing questions and many more as he explains how our irrational behaviour 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, Small Change 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.

Published in the US as Dollars and Sense.

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, 2017 Jeff Kreisler (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-2020

Pretty good money dealing structure

Love it because has crucial and specific points of managing money.
This book goes to any person. Anyone should read it.
Contains good and simple topic terms with examples.

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  • curious_reader
  • 27-04-2020

Copy/Paste of "Dollars and Sense" book :(

It is so, so disappointing to realize that this book is practically Copy/Paste of "Dollars and Sense", same author(s) book (please correctly me if I’m wrong and such detail of same content/ different title is mentioned somewhere and I’ve missed it).

Why? Why one would deceive us readers by publishing practically same book with different title?
Unfortunately similarly is with the book “Payoff” that is content-wise pretty much Copy/Paste of Dan Ariely’s earlier books.
Why?
It looks that one of the possible reasons is GREED, what else it could be?
It's probably 100% legal, but it simply doesn't feel right.

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Dan Ariely's presentation on YouTube was recommended to me. I liked it a lot and since in presentation he mentioned that he wrote books I went checking for his books. Found that he wrote several books and went listening “Predictabily Irrational” (date wise first published on Audible)” and liked it a lot. For me, a true 5 stars master piece with pinch of great humor. Wow I thought, this guy is amazing, let me get all of his books.
I went buying total of 7 Audio books with Dan Ariely as author or co-author available on Audible (plus "The End of Rational Economics" - Harvard Business Review).
“The Upside of Irrationality” great, another 5 stars,
“The honest truth about dishonesty”, great another 5 stars. I’m thinking, wow, this looks so good to be true, this guy is amazing.
And then reality kicks in. “Irrationally Yours” – short answers earlier published in newspapers, not so great, but hey, anybody can have a bad day or a book.
I went on, “Payoff” such a disappointment, content-wise practically Copy/Paste from earlier books.
“Dollars and Sense”, wow, great book, 5 stars, guy is back, I’m happy for him.
And then very last one “Small Change: Money Mishaps and How to Avoid Them” such a disappointment, practically Copy/Paste of “Dollars and Sense”.
To quote the author: “What’s going on here?”
Wondering if somebody has acquired Gordon Gecko’s “greed is good” attitude?

And, to paraphrase the author, endings are so important since we remember the endings the most.
In my case, after listening Total of 7 Dan Ariely's books, I went from initial total excitement and praise of the author, to this final finding of duplicate book(s), that made me feel so disappointed and created such a bad ending experience for me.
Pity, it had all the potential to be, for me, one of THE best authors, my hero, but Gecko type of behavior is far from my idea of a hero.
Hoping that future books from Dan will be intresting, relevant, inspiring and funny as he have demostrated that he can be.
For the time being...
Bad ending, Gecko, you blew it
disappointingly yours H

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-2018

Nothing new

For those who've read about behavioural economics (BE) this book has almost nothing new.
Also the jokes are annoying.

For the ones who are looking for a intro to BE with an emphasis on the money aspect, it might work.

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  • R
  • 24-04-2020

Heard it before

I'm a big fan of Dan and have bought all his previous book, but I only got an hour into this and the ideas are the same as previous books just specifically about money. I have even heard some of the studies before. If you haven't read any of the previous books this would be great, but not for the older fans

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  • esharon
  • 20-09-2018

loved it!

engaging, educational and entertaining ! loved it!
I am a fan of Dan Arieli. serious matters presented in a light entertaining way. fantastic

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  • D. N.
  • 19-09-2018

Great book, definitely worth reading/listening to

Great book, written in a very compelling and funny way. Very good narrator.
Definitely a must read/listen to, especially if you want to improve your money management (or learn new jokes)

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  • MS F
  • 07-08-2018

Ok but nothing new

I love the author, his work and the field in which he researches and writes. But this is a rehash of everything I've read before. He's done much better work than this but it's a good basic intro

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  • Chaz
  • 24-05-2018

Life changing

Genuinely fantastic. The life examples didn’t waffle on and it’s relatable. The content as in the lessons are transferable immediately. If I had to pick one thing that I took away from this book that has helped me the most in my day to day is this: Opportunity Cost.

Now if only there was an app for that 😂

The person speaking is great too. I never got tired of listening to him on my commutes.

Would recommend to anyone who wonders where their cash went two weeks after payday.