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Bad with Money

The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together
Written by: Gaby Dunn
Narrated by: Gaby Dunn
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The beloved writer-comedian expands on her popular podcast with an engaging and empowering financial literacy audiobook for Millennials and Gen Z. 

In the first episode of her Bad with Money podcast, Gaby Dunn asked patrons at a coffee shop two questions: First, what’s your favorite sex position? Everyone was game to answer, even the barista. Then, she asked how much money was in their bank accounts. People were aghast. “That’s a very personal question,” they insisted. And therein lies the problem.

Dunn argues that our inability to speak honestly about money is our number-one barrier to understanding it, leading us to feel alone, ashamed, and anxious, which in turns makes us feel even more overwhelmed by it. In Bad with Money, she reveals the legitimate, systemic reasons behind our feeling of helplessness when it comes to personal finance, demystifying the many signposts on the road to getting our financial shit together, like how to choose an insurance plan or buy a car, sign up for a credit card or take out student loans. She speaks directly to her audience, offering advice on how to make that #freelancelyfe work for you, navigate money while you date, and budget without becoming a Nobel-winning economist overnight.

Even a topic as notoriously dry as money becomes hilarious and engaging in the hands of Dunn, who weaves her own stories with the perspectives of various comedians, artists, students, and more, arguing that - even without selling our bodies to science or suffering the indignity of snobby thrift-shop buyers - we can all start taking control of our financial futures. 

©2019 Gaby Dunn (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Some good insights and info, particularly for young people but few tips and strategies of how to improve particularly for those already established in life and looking to improve and learn about personal finances

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  • sam
  • 2019-01-04

Interesting but not helpful

I bought this audio book expecting to get a better understanding of how to control my finances and learn new ways to manage money...the entire book just kind of feels like her talking WAY to long about her past and her resume. It took atleast 2 hours into the 5 hour book before any real tips starting coming through but then would go right back to the experience not relevant to the top.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-07

Lacking... "Getting Your Sh*T Together"

There was a lot of talk about this happened to me and that happened to me and so on, but really lacked any perspective on how to actually "Get YOUR financial Sh*t together" and I also did not care to hear the final "we need socialism" chapter at the end. It was a good listen but I did not get what I thought I'd get out of the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-19

The best book I've read in years

I feel like Gaby knows me. Her writing style is so relatable and down to earth. I learned so much about my spending problems and where it stemmed from. I also feel a kindred spirit with Gaby since i grew up jewish in south florida and understood a lot of the references she made. I had a very eye opening conversation with my mom after reading this and now she has purchased a copy for herself.

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  • Cavaughn
  • 2019-05-05

Good listen

I like the book it touches on a few very good financial concepts but shout out to Mye Mye

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  • Joe Gonzales
  • 2019-02-09

Very Relatable

Absolutely loved it! Some parts sounded like she was reading from some of my personal experiences.

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  • Jerusalem Israel
  • 2019-01-22

Thanks Gaby for this great book

I really enjoyed this book, although some topics Gaby talks about aren’t relevant for someone not living in US, like me. Gaby opened my eyes on some things like the relation between money situation and mental health.
Thank you Gaby for this great book.

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  • Krasi sarich and ev
  • 2019-01-21

Autobiography -I didn't set my expectations right

This book could be helpful for young kids if you can make them to read it but definitely not for people in their 40ties

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  • dollfac3
  • 2019-01-10

Excellent! I loved it.

Most excellent listen and I’m sure read as well! Love your podcast and you’ve inspired me to be open and honest with others about my financial situation. It’s very freeing when you let go of the shame and realize sh*t happens to everyone. Thank you for your voice and thoughts. Gaby you’re amazing!

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  • Erika
  • 2019-01-05

Good Book!

The book is very much like the author’s podcast but more info in less time. It’s a really good book for financial idiots.

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  • Mike
  • 2019-01-05

Want to be bad with money...

Want to be bad with money? Listen to this book.

While it's an interesting story, I found very little financial wisdom or advice in this book. It's more of a biography of Gaby Dunn's personal financial life, culminating in "I'm still bad with money, but if we could all just be socialist life would be better".

Be warned, there's a lot of racism in the book. The racism is pitted against "White Men" and "Cis Gender", so you won't see much pushback from society (why we accept racism in any form is crazy to me). But it's there nonetheless. It's a bit off-putting to hear such overt racism make it's way through the author's keyboard and past at least one professional editor.

I enjoyed Gaby's story and open acknowledgement of financial mistakes. We're all like Gaby. We're all bad with money. That part was good.

As for the rest of it. Meh. It's just a blank account of life as it is. "Weddings cost $25,000 on average."

What? No commentary. This doesn't sound even the least bit crazy?

Then there's the part where the author is angry because a couple rented their house on AirBNB to cover their wedding. Apparently expensive weddings are a human right in America now. As if these people should have been given a 5-figure wedding just for being alive.

Nevermind. I'm done. Read it if you want. Personally I think there are way better personal finance books out there.

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