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All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending Hardcover – March 1, 2012

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“Money is one of the most complex, emotionally charged issues within the larger subject of happiness. In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Laura Vanderkam explains how we can get the most happiness bang for our buck--right here and now, in the way we live our ordinary lives.” — Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

All the Money in the World offers a total rethink on personal finance. Instead of prescribing the same-old hard-to-follow rules, Vanderkam encourages you to take your own values and goals into account when it comes to saving and spending. It is packed with creative ideas on how to get more, spend less, and most importantly, better use what you have. This book shows you that it’s not dollar signs that are standing in the way of what you want in life.”

Adelaide Lancaster, author of The Big Enough Company

“Bravo! Laura writes another thoroughly-researched and thought-provoking book! Whether you're an extravagant spender, a frugal coupon-clipper, or anywhere in between, All the Money in the World will challenge your longheld financial beliefs and practices. This book is guaranteed to make you think long and hard about how to allocate your money to bring you true fulfillment.”
Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com

“With extensive research and rare insight, Laura Vanderkam reveals the financial mindset that can lead to lasting happiness.”

Zac Bissonnette, author of Debt-Free U

About the Author

Laura Vanderkam is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and Grindhopping:  Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues, which the New York Times hailed as “loaded with smart observations.” Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, City Journal, the Huffington Post, USA Today, Scientific American, and Reader’s Digest, among other publications. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their three children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591844576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591844570
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her latest book, All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending, Laura Vanderkam (who also wrote 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think) helps readers to be deliberate and thoughtful about the question of money, challenging widely accepted ideas about it, and offering suggestions for how to better get and use it.

A lot of personal finance books offer advice on how to set up a budget, cut your latte factor, or get out of debt, but I'd argue that reading All the Money in the World would be a better investment of your time because of how it will challenge you to really think through your assumptions and beliefs about how you get, spend, and give money. Vanderkam points out that money is a tool to help you live your life, so thinking about money and finances is really about thinking through what kind of life you want to lead, what you want to do, and what you want to achieve.
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All The Money In The World is predicated on the idea that, if you had all the money in the world, how would your life change, and how would that money buy you happiness? Vanderkam wants you to consider both the dream purchases and the practical, everyday impacts that money would create...and then find the ways to start building that life here and now, with the money you currently have. In a similar vein to 168 Hours Vanderkam illustrates the control we have on our finances-- that how we spend our money is choice, that one dollar spent on something is one dollar not spent on something else. This mindset enables one to think more carefully about where their money is going, and if it is being used to build a happy life. Vanderkam starts almost immediately with reframing the idea that money can buy happiness....if you make smart, personal choices with it.

While Vanderkam avows that she is not a financial guru, her book still gives practical, sensible and usable advice on how we get, spend, share and feel about money. She encourages people to play "offense and not defense" with their money-- thinking how you can make more, rather than how you can scrimp to cut spending. "The Joneses" become a target-- as Vanderkam forces us to question whether the stereotypical major purchases of modern life really bring us happiness, or are we just buying what we think we should be buying, because society encourages us to have big houses, shiny new cars and overflowing closets. I am someone who has always focused on the allocation of money-- from as young as I can remember, when I used to sort my babysitting money in envelopes for spending and saving.
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This book is not what one might expect based on the title. It is not about people who are excessively wealthy. Instead, it is about how people choose to spend their money in ways that make them happy. I particularly related to the chapter about big weddings. I've always thought that it was senseless to spend thousands and thousands on a big wedding only to go home to a one bedroom cramped apartment. I felt validated since my husband and I spent less than $100 on our wedding 35 years ago. We purchased our first house 2 weeks later and have never regretted the decision. Vanderkam enumerates things that ould be purchased with the money spent on one day....weekly housekeeping service, eating out weekly etc. I always think about how many phone bills something will pay for, or how much the balance in our retirement fund would increase. I fear I'm way too practical. My only complaint about the book is the frequency with which the author violates her own "rules" i.e. buying a bigger house in the chapter where she preaches smaller is quite sufficient. Beyond that, some of the suggestions are obvious to me but perhaps not to someone whith a different mind set regarding spending money. Overall, an easy read that kept my interest.
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Laura Vanderkam is a master at helping people realize they have more than they think. Her last book, 168 Hours, did it for time. And now ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD does it for money. It's impossible to read this book and not rethink your relationship with money. I read it quickly, focusing on areas that speak to where I am in my life right now. But I have a feeling this will be one of those books that I turn to at different stages when I need a reminder of the ways that habits around money can affect mental well-being.
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