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Stop Acting Rich
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Stop Acting Rich
...And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire

The bestselling author of The Millionaire Next Door reveals easy ways to build real wealth

With well over two million of his books sold, and huge praise from many media outlets, Dr. Thomas J. Stanley is a recognized and highly respected authority on how the wealthy act and think. Now, in Stop Acting Rich ? and Start Living Like a Millionaire, he details how the less affluent have fallen into the elite luxury brand trap that keeps them from acquiring wealth and details how to get out of it by emulating the working rich as opposed to the super elite.

  • Puts wealth in perspective and shows you how to live rich without spending more
  • Details why we spend lavishly and how to stop this destructive cycle
  • Discusses how being "rich" means more than just big houses and luxury cars

A defensive strategy for tough times, Stop Acting Rich shows readers how to live a rich, happy life through accumulating more wealth and using it to achieve the type of financial freedom that will create true happiness and fulfillment.

The bestselling author of The Millionaire Next Door reveals easy ways to build real wealth

With well over two million of his books sold, and huge praise from many media outlets, Dr. Thomas J. Stanley is a recognized and highly respected authority on how the wealthy act and think. Now, in Stop Acting Rich ? and Start Living Like a Millionaire, he details how the less affluent have fallen into the elite luxury brand trap that keeps them from acquiring wealth and details how to get out of it by emulating the working rich as opposed to the super elite.

  • Puts wealth in perspective and shows you how to live rich without spending more
  • Details why we spend lavishly and how to stop this destructive cycle
  • Discusses how being "rich" means more than just big houses and luxury cars

A defensive strategy for tough times, Stop Acting Rich shows readers how to live a rich, happy life through accumulating more wealth and using it to achieve the type of financial freedom that will create true happiness and fulfillment.

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About the Author-
  • Thomas J. Stanley is the bestselling author of The Millionaire Mind and The Millionaire Next Door, which have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. A recognized authority on the lifestyles and behaviors of the affluent,Dr. Stanley is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, and other major publications. He has appeared numerous times on the Today show, 20/20,and Oprah. Visit Dr. Stanley at www.thomasjstanley.com.

Table of Contents-
  • List of Tables ix

    Preface xi

    Chapter 1 The Difference between Being Rich and Acting Rich 1

    Chapter 2 Everything You Think about Rich Is Wrong 33

    Chapter 3 Do the Shoes Make the Man? 59

    Chapter 4 Brother, Do You Have the Time? 83

    Chapter 5 Keeping Up with Your Spirits 115

    Chapter 6 The Grapes of Wrath 145

    Chapter 7 The Road to Happiness 171

    Chapter 8 Getting Out of the Poorhouse 209

    Chapter 9 All that Glitters Is Not the Millionaire's Goal 235

    Appendix A The Nationwide Search for Millionaires 245

    Appendix B The Millionaire Profi le 247

    Notes 251

    Acknowledgments 257

    About the Author 259

    Index 261

Reviews-
  • Better Investing Magazine, January 3, 2010 "Now Millionaire co-author Thomas Stanley is back with a dose of financial tough love for high-spending wannabes in Stop Acting Rich ... and Start Living Like a Real Millionaire."
  • The Star-Ledger, January 3, 2010 "This is all fascinating stuff and Stanley presents it in a very readable style. Stanley has written two other best-sellers on millionaires. It seems he's done it again."
  • WalletPop, October 7, 2009 "...not only is this a book that everyone should buy, it's a book that every parent who loves his or her kids should buy for them--and bribe them to read it."
  • Associated Press "Contains some surprising data that makes for a convincing argument supporting a simple lifestyle as a path to security."
  • Smartmoney.com "After reading through Stanley's engaging anecdotes about how the other America actually lives, you may come to feel that perhaps you don't need to impress the other guy so much. This in itself is no small thing. Your wallet will thank you. And you may end up happier."
  • The Star-Ledger "Thomas Stanley has written a fascinating book that is based on years of research into how the truly wealthy live. Stanley's main contention is that those with millions aren't among the nation's hyper consumers. Rather it's the "aspirationals," those seeking recognition as members of the moneyed set, who are loose with a buck. It's a hypothesis offered often, but the difference is Stanley's research. He has packed his book with oodles of statistics -- and not just the usual numbers. For example, 75 percent of millionaires pay $19.79 or less for a bottle of wine. When it comes to a dinner, 75 percent pay $24.53 or less and 95 percent keep the tab to less than $40. This is all fascinating stuff and Stanley presents it in a very readable style. Stanley has written two other best-sellers on millionaires. It seems he's done it again."
  • BetterInvesting magazine "If you've read the 1996 best-seller The Millionaire Next Door, you already know it's hard to identify the truly affluent based on appearance. . . Now Millionaire co-author. . .Stanely is back with a dose of financial tough love for high-spending wannabes. . . offers surprising insight. If your goal is long-lasting wealth and not just the appearance of affluence, start reading ASAP."
  • Personal Finance Magazine Moneylife "Stanley is right in advising people to have a re-look at their spendthrift ways and to avoid getting trapped by symbolism. "If you spend in anticipation of becoming rich, you are unlikely to become truly wealthy," he quips."
  • The Washington Post, Michelle Singletary "Stanley's research does a great job of proving there's a big difference between income and net worth. Many pretenders have become very good at generating income and enjoying a high standard of living. But take this Stanley gem to the bank: 'Those who are among the least productive in transforming their incomes into wealth are in the higher-status occupations.' Don't be a great pretender, pretending you're doing well when you only look the part. Read this book and find out how to emulate real-deal millionaires."
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