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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
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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.  

©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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  • 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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  • 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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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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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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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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Eye opener

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

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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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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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Very happy I've heard this!

Well spoken, methodical and no BS about his information. When I downloaded it I thought it was his original book, but was very happy to find it was a recently updated version. So STOKED!

I've put a few methods in place already aligning with this advice and I'm looking forward to having it all set!!

Will definitely be listening again before the week is out!

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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 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nick Robinson
  • 23-08-2019

Take control of your money like a Llama would!

Hands down the most practical guide for taking control of your financial future. This book is written in an Australian context but has concepts that will work almost anywhere.

The author, Scott Pape, who is also the narrator, has a fantastic style that reaches across the divide that has been created between everyday people and the world of finance.

This is not a 'get rich quick' book. Quite the opposite. This book is about 'get control quick'. The riches will take hard work, a plan, and time... who knew!!!

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  • B
  • 10-08-2019

A light-hearted jaunt through serious finances.

I can't wait to read this book again! Australian but applicable anywhere in the world.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-2019

Excellent

I wish someone gave this to me 15 years ago. It has very quickly become my most gifted book. I recommend it to everyone, even if you are well established financially (as I am). So many great tips that I will be using moving forward.

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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.