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The Barefoot Investor

The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
Narrated by: Scott Pape
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
5 out of 5 stars (12,132 ratings)

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Whether you’re looking to save up enough money to put down a deposit on a house or find a financial adviser who’s actually trustworthy, it’s safe to say that achieving financial objectives can feel like an insurmountable challenge. But with the guidance of Scott Pape, The Barefoot Investor himself, your most ambitious money goals can become a reality. 

This guide isn’t filled with unachievable budget demands or plans that are impossible to actually put into action. Rather, Pape distils his most pragmatic money advice into five easy-to-follow steps. Recently updated for 2020, Aussies can rest assured that they have the most up-to-date information on who to call, where to invest and what to say to achieve financial freedom once and for all. As he’s known for his work on radio and television, it’s no surprise that Pape is a masterful storyteller and narrator — his rich, warm voice brings to life stories from real life Australians, demonstrating the changes in money habits needed to grow and sustain wealth.

Publisher's Summary

Fully revised and updated for the 2019-2020 financial year 

This is the only money guide you'll ever need. 

That's a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves. 

So what makes this one different? 

Well, you won't be overwhelmed with a bunch of "tips" or a strict budget (that you won't follow). 

You'll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand. 

This book will show you how to create an entire financial plan that is so simple you can sketch it on the back of a serviette...and you'll be able to manage your money in 10 minutes a week. 

You'll also get the skinny on:  

  • Saving up a six-figure house deposit in 20 months
  • Doubling your income using the Trapeze Strategy
  • Saving $78,173 on your mortgage and wiping out seven years of payments
  • Finding a financial advisor who won't rip you off
  • Handing your kids (or grandkids) $140,000 checks on their 21st birthdays
  • Why you don't need $1 million to retire...with the Donald Bradman Retirement Strategy

Sound too good to be true? It's not. 

This book is full of stories from everyday Aussies - single people, young families, empty nesters, retirees - who have applied the simple steps in this book and achieved amazing, life-changing results. 

And you're next. ©2019 Barefoot Investor Pty Limited (P)2019 Audible, Inc.  

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

©2018 Barefoot Investor Pty Limited (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Absolute must read.

If you are an Aussie, there is no question, you must read this book. Accessible and engaging.

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  • Rob
  • 29-06-2017

Perfect for Australians, not so much for others

The content in the book is as good advice as you will get from anywhere, if you follow what Scott says and have faith you will dig yourself out of whatever hole you are in.

Clear steps on what to do, when to do it and how to do it... No BS, there is very real and legit guidelines in this book that will work. Scott knows what he is talking about.

Perfect for an Australian or if you live in Australia.

That said, I am not Australian nor do I live in Australia! However, with a bit of work I can adapt his ideas to myself here in New Zealand (the actual best country in the world!) but it will just take a bit more work for me to figure out how things work here.

The steps are much the same though.

This book is worth the time you spend with it... Especially if you live in Australia, the 2nd best country in the world, maybe the 3rd. Definitely no lower than 5th!

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Some useful tips and others not so good

Some little useful tips. Easy to listen to and not boring. Some illogical tips (e.g. change banks because the big 4 all charge fees amounting to an average of almost $500 a year; gives an example of these fees 3 times and each time it's the same - you get charged $2 whenever you withdraw from an atm not belonging to your bank. I don't know about you but I don't do this 240 times a year. Checked my bank for fees just to make sure and there are absolutely zero. He also says the interest rates aren't that good with the big 4, and that is a good reason to switch, but not the fees. Giving that as an example was a really illogical way to start the book and made me wary)
Some tips that don't weigh up. (e.g. when he talks about not buying an investment property and gives the example of how much someone lost by doing so he forgets to take into account the rent the person received. He totals up the fees over the years the person had the property and they amount to $100,000 and says she'll have to sell the property for that much more than she bought it for to just break even).
Also, not a fan of all these different bank accounts he says to make for this and that. It makes it so much more complicated than it needs to be. Much easier to keep it all in one good interest account and make sure there's enough there for emergencies (which he calls mojo) etc.
Also, he continually brings up how he had a fire and lost his house and had to start from scratch. But at one point he says he had insurance for all that and was handed a very large payout. So honestly he never had to use his "fire extinguisher" and start again with nothing.
He tries to be funny and often his humour is crude. It's quite distasteful but easy to overlook as he speaks quickly.
Apart from all these things, I still learnt a thing or two.

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Best advice ever!

This audio book was very informative, straight to the point and easy to follow! I'll never be wasting my time ever again taking advice from the banks or any other financial institution.

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loved it!

Brilliant advice in simple terms. I genuinely feel in control after following Scott's (Barefoot's) steps. It's early days and we have a long way to go before we are debt free and start saving money and boosting super, but we are on our way and because everything's on autopilot there's no worries! Thanks Barefoot

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EVERY AUSTRALIAN SHOULD READ THIS!

loved this. cant wait to get the barefoor steps in place. ive ordered a hard copy to reference from but i really recommend listening to it first. being read by scott himself makes it feel more personal and fun.
if i had picked up the hard copy first i dont think i would have been as excited by the concept.

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great motionvational book but confusing strategy..

which is it? index fund, LIC, or his stock picking newsletter? Starts by saying index fund is cheap and performs better over time, dont pay people who think they can outpeform, by the end we need to pay him to tell us what stocks to purchase? dont buy property but look at my property portfolio...? everyone else is doing it wrong, im the only one doing it the right way... enjoyed the first half, second half was a con job to sell the cult and charge more money.

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Best finacial book ever. Scott open my mind

Very easy to understand. Scott open my mind about money security.
Now I can say I'VE GOT THIS

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Eye opener

Great book, outlines simple steps that anybody can follow. + Very entertaining. Loved the narrator/author.

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A great introduction to personal finances

If the concept of dealing with money scares you, and you just want someone to tell you what to do to fix your problems, this is a good book for you. It avoids being overly complicated to the point that it's borderline patronizing. It gives you a very clear, direct way to manage your funds no matter what point you're at in life.

A problem I had was the lack of options. This lack of flexibility leaves a lot of questions to Scott's advice if you're in a unique situation. You'll also ned to learn how to llook past his frequent jokes involving race/gender/sexuality, and his cringy australian references.

If you're just looking for somewhere to start, pick up this book. It'll give you an idea of what you need to know.

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  • Kevin J.
  • 22-05-2018

Australia only

I don’t think I would have purchased this book if it was clear the steps outlined only work as indicated if you live in Australia.
Will be much harder to implement in the US.

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  • Gillian
  • 27-03-2018

Sure It's An Aussie Book But--

Most of The Barefoot Investor is sound advice. Yes, tax laws, investing particulars, home buying is somewhat different, but the majority of the theory is applicable anywhere. Plant. Grow. Harvest.
Making a date night with your partner weekly then monthly to specifically talk about financial issues and what dreams y'all have. Eradicating debt. Not being afraid of the stock market (which was a huuuuge one for me. Pape points out how, despite recessions/depressions/wars, things just bounce back. Period.). Buying your own home, but if you're renting, that's okay--just start saving as much of the difference between what you'd be paying in mortgage and taxes and rent as you possibly can. Determining your retirement number/age based on your savings (without spazzing about being older and nowhere near there).
I'm a finance idiot, so this is where I'm coming from as I write this review. I know Audible has a plethora of money-savvy people, so Pape's info might not be extraordinarily mind-blowing. But hey: Anything that makes me stop hyperventilating when I consider my financial situation? Well, that's definitely worth the barely 6+ hours listening time...!

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  • Ken K
  • 11-01-2018

Bloody marvelous!

I’ve spent the last few years since having kids organising my family’s finances and investing so I thought I had it pretty much down. There was a lot in the book that did affirm that I was on the right track, but it also gave more than just an opportunity to pat myself on the back; hints and tips for improving what I’m currently doing and a real (and achievable) way to plan for the future.

Lastly, think your finances are boring? Try saying that after the audio book! Author and narrator, Scott Pape’s natural enthusiasm will get you started and EXCITED about sorting your money out.

Recommend to everyone!

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  • David L. Smith
  • 04-08-2017

Great financial advice ... for Aussies

As an American, I was skeptical over how much of this book would actually apply to me. However, even though there were differences (like between a superfund and 401(k) / IRA) there were still a lot of good tidbits ... and some great ones.
I highly recommend the book, even if you're not Australian. You just may have to do some work how it exactly applies to you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2018

Extremely well thought out and presented.

It is very well put together, so easy to follow and explains very complicated and confusing financial scenarios in a concise and manner.
Time tested principles are presented in such an easy to understand way that even I could understand.
Worth every cent of your money and every second of your time.

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  • James Bauslaugh
  • 07-12-2017

Australian Version of Dave Ramsey

Good and sound advice. Not quite as in depth as Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University but still very good nonetheless.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-2017

Love It!

I'm a middle class working woman who while not in debt (except the mortgages) I definitely don't have a plan and I've avoided looking at my finances like the plague because it was too confusing and boring.
This book clears up much of my confusion and gives me the confidence I need to move forward into the fall of my life without fear.
Thanks Scott!
Now I'm going to listen again!

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  • Andrei Pervychine
  • 04-04-2018

Not recommended if you aren't Australian

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. I used my only trial credit on this book, I was disappointed to learn this is mostly for Australians. I mean sure a couple of those things work on Americans, but it's still difficult. You could replace "ING Orange" with "Ally", "Super" with IRA/401k. But many things don't match properly. Credit cards rewards, for example, seem much more worth it in America for example.This book should clearly say it's for Australians. I've read the sample and seen the ad video, but it clearly didn't say for Australians.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Disagreed with a few things. This is a book more about happiness and motivation versus actual math. If you get excited to open a spreadsheet or do your budgets this book pushes against that.For example, this book recommends against credit cards. I have 14 credit cards, and never ever paid a single interest fee. Credit cards provide greater fraud protection, many benefits, and I make over 1000$ in rewards per year. They aren't for everyone, but this book just says to cut them off.Another example, this book tells you to pay off the debt with least amount first. This is great for motivation, but it's not the best choice mathematically. Yes if you have trouble getting motivated to pay the debt, the advice is great. But if you are looking to pay the least amount of fees, it's best to pay off the highest interest balances first.

Which character – as performed by Scott Pape – was your favorite?

No specific favorite ones, but I disliked the women simply because it was weird hearing a man saying "during my maternity leave" etc...

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  • Eugene
  • 07-09-2017

Honest and easy to understand

Thanks Scott. I have already implemented ur teachings. I tried to negotiate my mortgage rate but the bank refused to budge. I have more than 80% equity. But hey, thanks to you advice on cash back mortgage brokers, I have ditched my bank. I'm now on my way to getting $1000 or more back each year and paying less on my mortgage! Trailing commisions are awesome...especially when they are paid to me instead of the typical mortagage broker!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-2018

Narration by Scott = thumbs up from me.

What made the experience of listening to The Barefoot Investor the most enjoyable?

I listened to it twice. Once to hear the guy and and a second time to check if i missed something and to take notes. Scott provides practical advice that i could test pretty easily i.e. super comparisons and personal insurances. currently doing my own due diligence but The Barefoot gets recommendations from me.

What does Scott Pape bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Having Scott narrate the book made it feel a little personal.

Any additional comments?

only downside is that you don't get to view the pdfs referred to in the book but then the info is quite detailed so one can still implement if they so choose.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-2019

Good read for Aussie market

Strong advice that anyone can use but a large part is for Aussie market not UK

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  • Vanessa Pitt
  • 05-09-2019

Definite Listen For Aussies

I live in the UK, so there's a fair amount of information that isn't relevant geographically BUT the strategies for savings and expenditure are relevant regardless of where you live and can be implemented if you're willing to take responsibility for your present, your future and, if you have or are planning to have family, the future of your children and teaching them great financial behaviours!!

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  • SJ Sebo
  • 08-10-2018

Specific to Australia, but recommended read anyway

I found this book through a friend's recommendation and didn't know what to expect, but the phrase 'barefoot date nights' stuck in my mind too, so I gave it a try.

This is a pretty fun read compared to other finance books.

Although Scott Pape focuses on Australian solutions, it's still a good read for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of money management. Maybe even better in hard copy though as the doodles help you grasp the concept.

I like the idea of Barefoot Date Nights, however, I couldn't follow the rules exactly. If you're listening from outside of Australia like me, you'll probably have to adjust his suggestions to your situation. Still, it can put you on track and that's what matters. Pape's performance is quite good too, he uses a really human tone and holds the attention throughout the whole guide. Worth reading.

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  • Jade Colgan
  • 21-07-2019

I live in the UK but the principles in this book ring true, loud and clear.

I am in love with this book. The principles behind the advice can be applied anywhere in the world. Sure, there are a few things that you can’t do if you don’t live in Australia, but I fully intend to translate those bits into things I CAN do in the U.K., using these principles. The best finance book I’ve ever read. Scott is entertaining, candid, and straight forward to follow. 10/10. Read this book!

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  • T. Keates
  • 22-06-2019

Definitely aimed at the Aussie market

Really enjoyable read/listen. Scott tells it like it is, and pulls few punches. The material is Aussicentric talking directly about Super (superannuation) however all of the structures & philosophy can easily be rolled out worldwide. A low tech approach to securing yourself and those you care about financially. And yes, your plan can be written on a napkin. Keep it simple stupid! I recommend having a listen.

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  • Chris C
  • 06-06-2019

good ideas

seems like has good info for Australia, I listened from the UK so not so helpful as a lot of what's discussed is specific to Australia. good mantras to aim for though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-2020

Changed the way I think about Money!

Great read and easy to follow steps.

Helped put my financial goals into perspective.

I have recommended this to so many friends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-2020

down to earth

the author narrates his own book and his passion for his subject shines through. very down to earth and helpful

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  • JimHook
  • 24-05-2020

Great book, great advise and straight talking

Loved the book, the advice was great and the alpaca story, as well as others, had me in stitches!!!
Well worth a read and it has me adjusting how I handle money!

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  • adventurer36
  • 09-04-2020

Finally. A financial book even I can understand!

I'm getting the paper version as well start doing what he says. This is the first time in my life when I feel optimistic about my retirement.