Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter

Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler
Harper
2017

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely teams up with financial comedian and writer Jeff Kreisler to challenge many of our most basic assumptions about the precarious relationship between our brains and our money and in doing so, undermine many of personal finance’s most sacred beliefs and explain how we can override some of our own instincts to make better financial choices. 

Exploring a wide range of everyday topics—from the lure of pain-free spending with credit cards to the pitfalls of house-hold budgeting to the seductive power of holiday sales—the authors demonstrate how our misplaced confidence in our spending habits frequently leads us astray, costing us more than we realize, whether it’s the real value of the time we spend driving forty-five minutes to save $10 or our inability to properly assess what the things we buy are actually worth. Together they reveal the emotional forces working against us and how we can counteract them. Mixing case studies and anecdotes with concrete advice and lessons, they cut through the unconscious fears and desires driving our worst financial instincts and teach us how to improve our money habits.  

Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter