How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents

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How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents

By Zac Bissonnette

Portfolio, Paperback, 9781591845447, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Striking out on your own for the first time is exhilarating. But in a culture full of bad advice, predatory banks, and splurge-now-pay-later temptations, it can also be extremely dangerous--leading you to make financial decisions that could hurt you for years to come. Combine this with a slumped economy, mounds of student loans, and dubious examples from reality TV stars to politicians to your own parents, and it's no wonder so many twenty-somethings are struggling.

Twenty-three-year-old Zac Bissonnette--the author of "Debt-Free U"--knows exactly what you're going through. He demystifies the many traps young people fall victim to in their post-college years. He offers fresh insights on everything from job hunting to buying a car to saving for retirement that will give you a foundation for a secure, stable, and happy life. In the process, he reveals why FICO scores are overrated, online job applications are a waste of time, car loans are for suckers, and credit card rewards are a scam.
With detours to discuss wine connoisseurs, Really Broke Housewives, and Lenny Dykstra, Zac shows you how to make better choices today so you can be richer, smarter (and better-looking ) for years to come.

About the Author
A contributing editor to"Antique Trader" magazine, Zac Bissonnette has been featured on "The Today Show", "The Suze Orman Show", CNN, and National Public Radio. As a pre-teen he was featured by "Zillions" (Consumer Reports' magazine for kids) for his prowess in buying old books and video games at yard sales and selling them on eBay. His first book, "Debt-Free U: How I Paid For an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching Off My Parents", was enthusiastically reviewed by "The New York Times" and "Washington Post". In addition to his work in the antiques field, he has served as a financial journalist for "GLAMOUR", "The Daily Beast", "The New York Times", "The Huffington Post", and AOL Money & Finance. He has a degree in art history from the University of Massachusetts.

Praise For How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents

 “Are you there, Zac? It’s me, Chelsea. I loved your book. Plus, I’m only half-Jew so your financial wisdom really balanced out my Mormon side.”
—Chelsea Handler

"Though only a third of 2012 has passed, Zac Bissonnette is already a strong contender for the cheekiest author of the year award."
—The New York Times

“Our four daughters learned ‘Waste not, want not’ before they knew their ABCs, but Zac Bissonnette says it better and more credibly than a mere father could. His enjoyable romp through the basics of debt-free personal finance will be in their next Christmas stockings.”
—Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana

“Zac Bissonnette puts the ‘smart’ in smart-aleck with his irreverent, hilarious, and eminently sensible financial advice. This may be the one personal finance book that actually delivers on its title. Parents, give it to your kids. Kids, leave a copy on the kitchen table—maybe your parents will pick it up and learn something."
—Daniel Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind