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Life of Fred

fredIt’s hysterical, whimsical, delightful and practical. “Life of Fred” is an elementary level math program on steroids with high school language arts, as well. Its entertainment value stems from its eccentricity, written by Stan Schmidt, Ph.D, and his books’ main protagonist, Fred Gauss, born on the western slopes of the Siberian mountains.

Professor Schmidt doesn’t know me, and while I’m ordering some of his books, I had never heard of him until now. And no, inquiring minds, I am not compensated for this kind of review. Which is funny, because one of the books I chose for our teen kids is “Life of Fred Financial Choices”.

Just to give you a clear view of how fab and fun this series is, allow me to lift one of 016139their promotional blurbs:

“If you want to wear clothes or eat or live indoors, this book may help you accomplish those goals.

In this book you will find:

  • Three reasons to use a credit card
  • The ultimate use of money
  • The five places to invest
  • How to retire in 24 years (Nothing financial is 100% certain—but this comes close.)
  • Five suggestions for choosing a good spouse
  • Insurance—what to buy and what not to buy
  • Taxes—the seven categories
  • Personal habits that will help make you successful
  • Real estate—what to buy and when to buy
  • Stocks, bonds, mortgages, REITS, certificates of deposit, mutual funds
  • How Kingie made his fortune.

financialchoicesThis book is designed for 10th grade through adults.

Health is much more important than making a pile of money.

Having a loving and caring family life is more precious than mansions and yachts.

But having a decent amount of money can add a lot of pleasure in life. Being able to give things to your loved ones (and to yourself) is the ultimate reason to acquire wealth. Having wealth can subtract a lot of pain.

This book might do more to increase the happiness of its readers than any of the math books (or the four high school language arts books) written by Stan Schmidt.

In this book you will learn:

What Jane Austen Said about a Single Man with a Good Fortunebd3b1a8bcfe687f0a1818bdaec23f814

The Difference Between Income and Assets

The Difference Between Expenses and Liabilities

Two Ways to Compute Your Financial Health

  • Budgeting vs. Net Worth
  • Needs vs. Wants

Three Arguments Against Overspending

Which Assets Lose Value Quickly

Fiat Currency

Figuring Future Value under Compound Interest

6e17f5e213b6b235c7be76e0ff059600Figuring How Long to Pay off a $5,000 Loan at 18% Interest with Payments of $80/month (Most College Graduates with Science Majors Don’t Know How to Compute That)

Setting Goals for Your Life

  • Financial
  • Physical
  • Family
  • Spiritual
  • Mental

Factors in Deciding Where to Live — 16 Questions to Help Decide

Detailed Guide to the Five Asset Classes

  • Real Estate
  • Education
  • Paper
  • Things
  • and a Business That You Own

Buying Furniture, Clothes, and Cars046232b

Buying vs. Renting a Place to Live

How to Decide How Much to Spend—Fancy or Cheap?

How to Retire in 24 Years

Rule of 72

Investing in Real Estate—What to Buy and What Price to Pay

The Use of Leverage

Investing in Education — the Seven Advantages of College and Also Reasons Not to Go

fred2Paper Investments

  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Mortgages
  • Certificates of Deposits
  • Mutual Funds

Investing in Things You Can Touch

  • Art
  • Baseball Cards
  • Rare Books
  • Gems, Gold and Silver

Owing Your Own Businessfred3

The Story of Inflation in Germany in the 1920s

One Key to Business Success

When to Hire—the Seven-times Rule

Arguments for Being Employed/Going on Welfare/Owning a Business

What It Means to Take an Oath

How to Choose Which Business to Own

When to Choose Which Business You Want to Be In

The First Step after Choosing Your Business

Reinventing Who You Are in 5,000 Hours

How to Keep Your Drive Alive

64af7531783c0e4a8710196829219fb7Money vs. Happiness

Seven Ways to Get Startup Capital

Dealing with Failure

Dealing with Age/Height/Being in Prison/Ill Health

Five Suggestions for Finding a Supportive Spouse

Dealing with Procrastination/ Windfalls/Falling in Love/It’s-free Offers

What Not to Talk about When You First Meet a Potential Spouse

What to Disclose on the Third Date

Checklist of Personal Habits for Success

  • How to Dress
  • How to Talk on the Phone
  • How to Make Eye Contact
  • How to Shake Hands

Learning Skills in Negotiatinglifeoffredzillionsofpracticeproblemsforadvancedalgebra1

Insurance—What to Buy and What Not to Buy

The Hard Task of Making Decisions That Close off Alternatives in Your Life

Leading a Balanced Life and Still Retiring in 24 Years

Nine Barriers to Financial Success

How Wealth in a Society Is Created

Overcoming the Psychological Barriers to Sunk Costs—Deciding Not to Continue Being a Dentist.”

I love it. Is this fun, or what? Check out the whole “Life of Fred” series of workbooks. I couldn’t stop smiling at this fresh approach that helps children and adults learn almost effortlessly. He throws you off guard with the humor, while slipping in whimsical facts and figures galore and handy exercises to show hwo to work it out for yourself.

Amazing! Thought you’d want to know.


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