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  • Series: Little Books of Wisdom
  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Applewood Books (September 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918222885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918222886
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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washingtonpost.com Pearls From Poor Richard By Michelle Singletary Sunday, January 4, 2004; Page F01 Since I suspected some of you would be recovering from a stress- and debt-filled holiday, I decided to make the Color of Money Book Club choice for January an oldie but a goodie penned by Benjamin Franklin. This month I'm recommending Franklin's ""The Way to Wealth"" (Applewood Books, $9.95). At just 30 pages, this pocket-size book takes less than a half-hour to read but will give you a lifetime of financial wisdom -- that is, if you're wise enough to follow the advice. ""The Way to Wealth"" is an essay first published in 1758 as a preface to Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack. The essay begins with Franklin's fictitious Father Abraham being asked to talk about taxes by a crowd waiting for an auction to start. Father Abraham, who quotes Poor Richard, lectures the consumers on topics ranging from the perils of idleness to business ownership to frugality to the dangers of debt. Franklin's most well-known quotes can be found in this essay. Here are just a few: ""Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."" ""Never leave that till tomorrow, which you can do today."" ""God helps those who help themselves."" It is in ""The Way to Wealth"" that you will find Franklin's most famous maxims about money. In fact, Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, gave out copies of ""The Way to Wealth"" at his final investor town-hall meeting. Here's what Franklin's Father Abraham said: On the importance of saving: ""If you would be wealthy, think of saving, as well as of getting. Away, then, with your expensive follies, and you will not have then so much reason to complain of hard times."" These words ring so true today. In fact, if current savings patterns continue, there will be an annual shortfall of at least $45 billion by 2030 between the amount retirees need to cover basic expenses and what they have accumulated, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute in collaboration with the Milbank Memorial Fund, a New York research foundation. For many middle-income folk, the personal shortfall could be avoided if they saved just 5 percent of their annual income every year, the authors of the study concluded. On the foolishness of always searching for a sale ""Many have been ruined by buying good pennyworths . . . and yet this folly is practiced every day at auctions."" Think Wal-Mart or Target: Bargain shoppers get positively giddy when boasting how they saved money on various items (I know I used to). But if you buy one item and get the second at half off, you haven't saved any money. You're still spending. ""You can go broke saving money,"" Jeff Lychwick, one of my readers, often says. On the constant need to buy clothes and goods: ""What use is this pride of appearance, for which so much is suffered? It cannot promote health, nor ease pain: it makes no increase of merit in person, it creates envy, it hastens misfortune."" Father Abraham then asks the crowd ""what madness it must be to run in debt for these superfluities?"" How often do we all (me included) succumb to the clever marketing of stuff we don't need? ""The blurring of this needs/wants distinction helps fuel our consumer society,"" wrote Knight Kiplinger in the January issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. ""The success of this process over the past two decades has resulted in what I call the democratizing of luxury. Today as never before, American households at virtually every income level seek products whose price, quality and prestige clearly exceed the functional need to be met."" Just look at how DVDs have become an electronic ""necessity."" For goodness' sake, people were pushing and shoving for a chance to buy a $29 DVD player at Wal-Mart during the holiday season. Madness! On the accumulation of debt: ""Think what you do when you run into debt; you give to another power over your liberty."" Franklin goes on to write: ""When you have got your bargain, you may, perhaps, think a little of payment; but, as Poor Richard says, creditors have better memories than debtors. . . . The day comes round before you are aware, and the demand is made before you are able to satisfy it."" ""The Way to Wealth"" should be required reading, especially for teens and young adults -- before they get credit cards. It's no wonder Franklin is on the $100 bill. His timeless insight on money management is worth a handsome sum. Michelle Singletary discusses personal finance Tuesdays on NPR's ""Day to Day"" program and online at www.npr.org . Readers can write to her in care of The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071 or by e-mail at singletarym@washpost.com . 2004 The Washington Post Company -- Michelle Singletary ""Washington Post"" (01/04/2004)


washingtonpost.com Pearls From Poor Richard By Michelle Singletary Sunday, January 4, 2004; Page F01 Since I suspected some of you would be recovering from a stress- and debt-filled holiday, I decided to make the Color of Money Book Club choice for January an oldie but a goodie penned by Benjamin Franklin. This month I'm recommending Franklin's ""The Way to Wealth"" (Applewood Books, $9.95). At just 30 pages, this pocket-size book takes less than a half-hour to read but will give you a lifetime of financial wisdom -- that is, if you're wise enough to follow the advice. ""The Way to Wealth"" is an essay first published in 1758 as a preface to Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack. The essay begins with Franklin's fictitious Father Abraham being asked to talk about taxes by a crowd waiting for an auction to start. Father Abraham, who quotes Poor Richard, lectures the consumers on topics ranging from the perils of idleness to business ownership to frugality to the dangers of debt. Franklin's most well-known quotes can be found in this essay. Here are just a few: ""Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."" ""Never leave that till tomorrow, which you can do today."" ""God helps those who help themselves."" It is in ""The Way to Wealth"" that you will find Franklin's most famous maxims about money. In fact, Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, gave out copies of ""The Way to Wealth"" at his final investor town-hall meeting. Here's what Franklin's Father Abraham said: On the importance of saving : ""If you would be wealthy, think of saving, as well as of getting. Away, then, with your expensive follies, and you will not have then so much reason to complain of hard times."" These words ring so true today. In fact, if current savings patterns continue, there will be an annual shortfall of at least $45 billion by 2030 between the amount retirees need to cover basic expenses and what they have accumulated, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute in collaboration with the Milbank Memorial Fund, a New York research foundation. For many middle-income folk, the personal shortfall could be avoided if they saved just 5 percent of their annual income every year, the authors of the study concluded. On the foolishness of always searching for a sale ""Many have been ruined by buying good pennyworths . . . and yet this folly is practiced every day at auctions."" Think Wal-Mart or Target: Bargain shoppers get positively giddy when boasting how they saved money on various items (I know I used to). But if you buy one item and get the second at half off, you haven't saved any money. You're still spending. ""You can go broke saving money,"" Jeff Lychwick, one of my readers, often says. On the constant need to buy clothes and goods : ""What use is this pride of appearance, for which so much is suffered? It cannot promote health, nor ease pain: it makes no increase of merit in person, it creates envy, it hastens misfortune."" Father Abraham then asks the crowd ""what madness it must be to run in debt for these superfluities?"" How often do we all (me included) succumb to the clever marketing of stuff we don't need? ""The blurring of this needs/wants distinction helps fuel our consumer society,"" wrote Knight Kiplinger in the January issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. ""The success of this process over the past two decades has resulted in what I call the democratizing of luxury. Today as never before, American households at virtually every income level seek products whose price, quality and prestige clearly exceed the functional need to be met."" Just look at how DVDs have become an electronic ""necessity."" For goodness' sake, people were pushing and shoving for a chance to buy a $29 DVD player at Wal-Mart during the holiday season. Madness! On the accumulation of debt : ""Think what you do when you run into debt; you give to another power over your liberty."" Franklin goes on to write: ""When you have got your bargain, you may, perhaps, think a little of payment; but, as Poor Richard says, creditors have better memories than debtors. . . . The day comes round before you are aware, and the demand is made before you are able to satisfy it."" ""The Way to Wealth"" should be required reading, especially for teens and young adults -- before they get credit cards. It's no wonder Franklin is on the $100 bill. His timeless insight on money management is worth a handsome sum. Michelle Singletary discusses personal finance Tuesdays on NPR's ""Day to Day"" program and online at www.npr.org . Readers can write to her in care of The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071 or by e-mail at singletarym@washpost.com . 2004 The Washington Post Company

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Timeless wisdom in a quick read.
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This book is short, however it kept my attention to read it through until the end!
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142 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Edith Thomas on January 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Therefore, you should earn a few pennies and not buy this volume. I say that for the following reasons:

1: The book's size (30 pages) is misleading. Not only is this a pocket sized book, but the words are pretty big. As a result, if this book were written on normal sized pages in a normal sized font, it would likely be less than five pages. I breezed through it in less than 1/2 an hour.

2: As this essay is part of a larger work (Poor Richard's Almanack), paying $9 for the first few pages when you can buy the whole thing for a few dollars more makes no sense.

3: This work is in the public domain. In fact, I ran a search on "way to wealth benjamin franklin" and found the entire text online in a number of places, including Wikipedia and the Department of State's website. And considering the brevity of the work, if this is all you want, you can just print it.

I only recommend buying this book if and only if you have read the essay and you have decided you would like to have this essay on your bookshelf, something I've done with other books.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By William Hefner VINE VOICE on December 12, 2003
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Benjamin Franklin's words are just as true today as they were 200 years ago. At only 30 pages, this book is full of lessons that seem to have fallen upon deaf ears in today's business world. You will find this volume well worth your time, and will recognize a number of popular sayings that are included therein. Franklin's wit and eloquently simple writing style is as pleasurable to read as it is informative. I highly recommend it.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By D. Drews on August 28, 2002
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This book is very good. Ben Franklin has a great style. This book is very short, but he gets to the point. Although this bookw as wriiten before the American Revolution, the suggestions are still relevant today. This book is a good little sermon on what to do if you want wealth, dont sleep all day, dont take on debt, etc. I enjoyed it. The cover and binding are very nice too.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Book Maverick on November 14, 1998
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No Harvard MBA would be complete without the wisdom contained within this little book. A captivating story line with principles and nuggets of truth just leaping off of the page. Will it take a week to progress start to finish? No , hardly an hour!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2000
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A great little book, that teaches a lot in a few pages.
Keep it in your Jacket's pocket and read it whenever you have a minute to spare.
A very practical read for especially busy executives; it should take maybe less than a hour.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hal3 on August 9, 2005
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Timeless wisdom in a quick read.

When my daughter wants to buy yet another (expensive) purse I now just say "You need to read Benjamin Franklin again."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Jerez on December 17, 2007
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You read and consistently practice whats in this book and you will be on your way to wealth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roy El-rayes on August 23, 2007
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I can't say that there's any eye-opening information in here, but it's pretty neat just to take in the writing style. The best lesson I got out of this book is even when you're spending $5, think of where else that $5 can help you out. Which one is more important?
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