All the Money in the World:
What the Happiest People Know
About Getting and Spending

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“In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Laura Vanderkam explains how we can get the most happiness bang for our buck—right here and now, in the way we live our ordinary lives.”
—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project


About the Book

All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending (Portfolio | Penguin; 2012), demonstrates that we have more money than we think—enough, in fact, to create the lives we’ve always wanted but never thought we could have.  It is a practical and inspiring guide that shows how money can buy happiness, if we spend it wisely.

There’s no question that having more money may make our lives easier. But All the Money in the World shows how each of us can figure out better ways to use what we have to build the lives we want. Drawing on the latest happiness research as well as stories from real people who have reached fiscal fulfillment, this new book offers a contrarian approach that forces us to examine our own beliefs, goals, and values.

Press and Reviews

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"By taking on outdated money beliefs, Vanderkam offers a new approach to finances for a modern, more flexible reality."
— Cali Williams Yost, Fast Company
"If you want to earn more, or simply enjoy what you already have, All the Money in the World is a great launch pad."
— BookPage
"Quirky, insightful and enjoyable—a welcome corrective to the typical advice from economists and financial managers steeped in the 'dismal science.'"

— Kirkus Reviews


"It’s a rare mind that is both expansive and practical at the same time, and that is what makes Laura Vanderkam so special."

“All the Money in the World offers a total rethink on personal finance. Instead of prescribing the same-old hard-to-follow rules, Vanderkam encourages you to take your own values and goals into account when it comes to saving and spending. It is packed with creative ideas on how to get more, spend less, and most importantly, better use what you have. This book shows you that it’s not dollar signs that are standing in the way of what you want in life.”

— Adelaide Lancaster, author of The Big Enough Company: Creating a Business that Works for You and co-founder of In Good Company

“Bravo! Laura writes another thoroughly-researched and thought-provoking book! Whether you’re an extravagant spender, a frugal coupon-clipper, or anywhere in between, All the Money in the World will challenge your longheld financial beliefs and practices. This book is guaranteed to make you think long and hard about how to allocate your money to bring you true fulfillment.”
— Crystal Paine, author of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget and founder of

“With extensive research and rare insight, Laura Vanderkam reveals the financial mindset that can lead to lasting happiness.”
— Zac Bissonnette, author of Debt-Free U and How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking than Your Parents

“If you have been awake for the last five years, then you know money is emotional. Most of the time we make these massively important decisions about how to earn it, spend it, and save it without pausing to think about how these decisions affect our lives. Laura Vanderkam brings a fresh dose of common sense to this madness by urging us to step back and reexamine the role money plays in our lives. Unlike most personal finance books, which leave you feeling stressed, All the Money in the World will empower you to live a truly richer life.”
— Carl Richards, author of The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money

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