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From Publishers Weekly

After tackling such varied topics as marriage, sex, home ownership and Japan, Barry invests his jocular style in lampooning the wealth of personal finance guides out there. Mocking these books in format and tone, Barry addresses such important fiscal matters as the workings of the U.S. economy ("the U.S. workforce is engaged in the service economy, consisting of 83 million people in cubicles furtively sending and receiving personal e-mails"), how to get a job ("prove to a prospective employer that you possess the skill and knowledge necessary to string meaningless hyphenated buzzwords together into sentence fragments") and talking to your children about money ("explain to your child that if he buys lemonade from some other kid's stand, then happens to choke on a lemon seed, then you would be in a position to sue the other kid's parents for thousands of dollars"). Barry's satire will have readers laughing at themselves and at high-profile targets like Donald Trump, Alan Greenspan and Suze Orman. Some material, particularly his insights on dealing with spouses or his ideas for innovative pet products, will be familiar to fans, but it will hardly keep them from enjoying another humorous sendup that's right on the money. B&w photos. (Jan.)
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After mining politics and the differences between the sexes, Barry turns his sharp wit to finance and economics. If you think finance is a subject so dry that even he couldn't make it humorous, think again. He starts with personal finances, cautioning readers about the dangers of credit cards and how a charge of $1.50 can turn into $386.52 by the time the bill arrives. He goes on to lambaste corporate bigwigs who lose money by the millions and come up with preposterously bad ideas, such as the Pontiac Aztek (a car Barry finds hideous), or newspapers that try to appeal to young people when, as Barry points out, young people just do not read newspapers. Insurance is another pitfall, Barry warns, as most useful procedures, such as surgery, aren't covered. Barry cracks a few jokes at baby boomers' expense even as he gives boomers tips for how to cut college costs by encouraging their children to get mediocre grades so that they attend less prestigious (and therefore less expensive) schools. He is one of the funniest writers around, and his new book is hilarious. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307351009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307351005
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah Wiley VINE VOICE on January 19, 2006
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I'm almost always amused by Dave Barry's books. Some of his humor is a bit juvenile but overall his books are generally worth the money. This one was no different and there were several laugh-out-loud sections, particularly when he discussed purchasing a car and his opinion of several cars, including the Aztek (the "Buttmobile"). His vision of the corporate world was also hilarious to me as I was one of the many individuals who suffered when Coca-Cola decided to change its formula; I mean, what were they thinking??? The Suze Orman shtick got a bit old but overall this book was well worth my time.
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Sadly enough, Barry makes more sense than most of the economics professors, money managers, and state financial officials who I have met. Barry is indeed smarter than a monkey and funnier than Karl Marx. In the financial world, these are two wonderful qualities! His analysis of Social Security only has one major flaw, a better job than our federal friends have done, although I am sure he did not intend to be accurate. Frankly, pointy headed economics instructors should make this title required reading. Although most economic students are too boring to laugh, their boyfriends/girlfriends might get it. As difficult a task as it is to be funny throughout an entire book, Barry does a good job. Think about it. Who would you rather have telling you how to manage your money: some certified money flushing financial planner, or Dave Barry? Yipes! Watch out for the squirrels!
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How do you plan to finance your retirement?

1. Savings

2. Social Security

3. Sale of kidneys

You need to be honest in your answer. If you lie, you'll only

be lying to yourself. And, according to advice given

in DAVE BARRY'S MONEY SECRETS (from which this question

was taken), "The place to lie in on your federal tax return."

This is a very funny guide that spoofs much of the personal

financial advice that can be found in other books, TV shows

and online . . . save your money on them; buy this one

instead . . . you may not get rich if you do, but you will

certainly laugh a lot.

Barry has previously written on such other topics as politics, fitness

and parenting . . . I enjoyed those, but this latest one may well be

his very best--especially because it will make you wonder why

people behave the way they do when it comes to money.

For example, in the above quiz, he states, "That if your answers

are all threes [on all the questions], be advised that we're having

a minor technical problem calculating your score because of

Nigerian red tape. To smooth things out, we need you to send

us an 'advance fee' of $5,000, which you will get back many

times over."

The amazing thing is that many people do just that!

There were many other hilarious tidbits; among them:

* Many children learn about money by starting their own businesses,

the classic example being the sidewalk lemonade stand. This is an

opportunity to teach your child fundamental economic principles.
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If you like Dave already, you'll love this book. If you're one of those people who thinks he's too juvenile and does too many 'booger jokes', you may llike this one more, because he doesn't get as goofy as that in this one. if you're one of those oddballs - and I still run across a lot of these people - who haven't even heard of him until now, well, you need to get educated! For one thing, this book has little to do with actual financial information, and (big surprise) Dave often gets off-topic - WAY off topic. But it doesn't matter - there are many funny pieces in here, including Trump-bashing (his hair is the color of 'troll dolls or certain food groups, such as Cheetos'), the top 10 dog thoughts, interviewing tips, investing tips, the whole car-buying process, travel tips (in the helpful Spanish phrases: 'Hey! There's a freakin' WORM in this bottle!'), and many more. If you need a cheering-up, which I did, this is a tonic.
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Ooooooh Dave. How often I read thee.

If you have a heart condition, I do not recommend this book. You will likely laugh so hard that you actually die. That said, if you think that you may die soon anyways, it is probably a good way to go. In which case, I do highly recommend this book to you, and also, rest in peace.

In this book, Dave Barry pokes a ridiculous amount of fun at one Suze Orman, who is apparently some sort of money expert who has written about 100 books about how to be rich without getting a better job. Someone had to do it, and I'm glad Dave stepped up to the plate!

Whenever he is kidding, he puts a picture of Suze Orman into the book.

That's all you need to know. Now buy it.
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By t2 on November 28, 2013
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Am retired financial economist who earned living analyzing money and its institutions, etc. for the Government. Found this was hilarious in its (deliberately) twisted views of finance. Understandable for normal people too. Just don't use as investing guide.
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