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The Barefoot Investor

The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
Narrated by: Scott Pape
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8,508 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Fully revised and updated for the 2018-2019 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.  

©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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I get what the fuss is about but not obsessed

Book was good. I like Scotts voice too he's so friendly and easy to listen to like a bloke at a BBQ. I'm not entirely sure about the book as a whole. It's great for young people, beginners or those just trying to reverse their bad spending habits or relationship with money but it's all pretty basic and I feel he is very bias to certain things which I guess is to be expected.

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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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Practical for all walks of life

great practical advice for those who are struggling and also those who think they're on the right track and need a bit of motivation and inspiration. I was raised on good money management in a low income family and found this really motivational to keep at my goals.

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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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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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Don’t read if you are a man!

To put it simply, if you are a man, and in particular a White man, this book is loaded with insinuations that you are the cause of your own, and everybody else’s problems in the worlds financial systems. The content also guides you to limit your potential with the hope that investing in small caps or property will certainly go up and give you a return in 10-30 years.

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  • Sam
  • 13-09-2018

Stuff you need to know - but the basics

Barefoot Investor is a great read and guide if you’re starting from a very low base in terms of financial knowledge. But if you already know the basics, this won’t tell you too much you don’t already know.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • Ken Ku-Chih
  • 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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  • 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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  • Maven
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-10-2017

Brilliant, inspiring, and very, very practical

Scott is a brilliant writer and an inspiring narrator. Monday this week, a friend recommended "The Barefoot Investor". Before Monday, I had no idea money can - and needs to - be managed. I was just too busy working, and there was a constant low-grade worry about what's gonna happen if I lose my job. Today is Friday, I have finished listening to the book, and I know exactly what to do, step by step, to never worry about money again. Simply amazing.

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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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  • C. May
  • 29-03-2019

Amazing

So worth getting. life changing book. spread the word. definately passingbit onto friends and family.

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  • Jessica
  • 27-10-2018

Amazing

Full of refreshing, actionable and achievable advice and steps I can actually start working through right now. Much needed in this day and age, a worthwhile read for sure.

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  • Lauren K
  • 19-10-2018

Worthwhile listening if you're in Australia

Great book. Worth a listen if you are in Australia. More like a self help book than a investing book.

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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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  • Ruben DC
  • 07-10-2018

Compelling central idea - focus on Australia

Storytelling is often better when the author reads his own book, which is the case here as well. Made me continue listening.

As a European the specific examples and suggestions do not resonate much. Overall message is generic though. Worth a quick listen.

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  • aaron moore
  • 14-09-2018

amazing story. great listen!!

great listen. couldn't put it down. would 100% advise getting it! will be looking for more books by this seller!

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  • Stuart Atkin
  • 16-08-2018

FANTASTIC

Grate book both me and my son who is 14 get it in their brains early and make sure he reads it again and again until it sinks in and got more in common with Dickie Branson excellent read

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  • Oli
  • 19-07-2018

Great sets of practical Steps!

Incredibly straightforward advice, even though I will have to research the UK equivalent of companies, pension plans and tax rules as it's mainly Aussie advice, still highly recommend this book for the clear blueprint strategies. Have set calender reminder for a year to return to comment on this review to check how my 'Barefoot' journey works out....

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  • Lewis
  • 08-06-2018

Should be played in schools!

This book is great. It's from the heart. It's from Scott. It's from the barefoot investor. Doesn't matter that I am in the UK, I can still transfer across the necessary knowledge, willpower, and strategy to becoming financially independent. Time to follow the barefoot steps.