Tuesday Tip Jar: Author David Bach


Welcome to another “Tuesday Tip Jar” where I will share awesome savings and financial tips as I find them. I might not have something for you every Tuesday, but when I do, you’ll find it here!

If you’ve got a financial tip you think others would benefit from, please send it to me via my contact page at the top of the blog!


Today’s quick tip comes in the form of the author who originally inspired me to get serious about my finances and dig out from my debt.

I listen to a podcast called, “The School of Greatness” hosted by Lewis Howes. While the pretentious name of the podcast might initially be off-putting to some, the fact of the matter is that Lewis has guests on of all shapes and sizes that focus on helping you to make your life better. Subjects have ranged from meditation, to inspiring stories of overcoming odds, to financial improvements, and everything in between.

Back in February or March, he had New York Times best-selling Author, David Bach, on his program. David was getting close to launching a book called, “The Latte Factor,” and was on a promotional tour for it.

I was impressed with how straightforward David was, and how relatable his approach seemed to be. He wasn’t about complex algorithms and financial wizardry (at least on the surface), he was about simplifying the process of saving and building wealth. For a dumbass like me, this was music to my broke ears!

While “The Latte Factor” hadn’t hit shelves yet, I liked what David had written enough that I went home and researched some of his previous books. One that struck a nerve for obvious reasons was his book, “Start Late, Finish Rich,” that focused on how to build wealth rapidly if you made some less-than-optimal decisions in the first half of your life.

The book was wildly encouraging, making sure to reinforce time and time again that it’s never too late to start saving and investing, but also reminding readers that the longer you wait, the less you’ll have later in life.

After finishing “Start Late,” I moved on to what most people know David for, which is his book, “The Automatic Millionaire,” and then eventually his latest book which is a fiction/financial education story called, “The Latte Factor.”

I don’t want to give David’s techniques away, because I think it’s important that you read his advice in the full context of his books, but I will say that they have helped to totally change my life. I am now (slowly) building some wealth, while at the same time finally paying off the debt that has been crushing me all these years.

David has a very loyal fanbase, and it’s easy to see why given his charming nature and practical approach to things.

If you haven’t checked him out, I highly recommend you picking up at least one of his books and having a read. He’s got books dedicated to helping women, couples, older people, and everyone else, all with the focus of helping you to understand how to properly build wealth.

Don’t get the wrong impression though. He’s not totally focused on making every dime you can every single place that you can. David also believes in giving money to charities and those in need when possible, which is one of the aspects I thoroughly enjoyed in his approach.

So go take a look, and see what it’s like to read something by a guy named David who actually knows what he’s talking about, and not just some jackass with a blog.

David Bach’s Website (Including Book List)

Tune in tomorrow when I’ll discuss how my debt might be quite different from your own… and yet exactly the same!


Who is your author of choice when it comes to finances and financial advice? Let me know in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “Tuesday Tip Jar: Author David Bach

  1. Hi Dave,

    Just wanted to let you know I’m enjoying reading your blogs and how open and honest you are about your situation!

    And, I too, really enjoy David Bach’s books, and David’s perspective. I got divorced at 42, joked I divorced my retirement plan because I had been a stay at home mom for 12 years and would have to work until I was in my 70s, but reading David’s books, among others, and saving, living frugally, going back to school, I could actually retire today at 58 but holding out for a few more years until I reach 30 years at my company (started here at PNNL, in Richland, WA, in high school, left when I had my kids (twins) and then returned).

    Oh, your Challenger story, I have a 2016, I think that’s the year, Dodge Challenger sitting in my garage, my son’s, he’s 32, recently married, not sure how long he’ll be holding on to it, but he is doing really good financially with a not so high income, I think it may have to do with the personal finance books I’ve been pushing on him since he was in his late teens (and now he wishes he would have started saving way earlier!). My daughter also got the books gifted to her, but likes to spend money too much, lol, but she and her husband have just started house hunting (in Portland, $$$$), so also is doing pretty good financially, understands the concepts but doesn’t always apply them!

    Stick with your plan, it’s not too late (I’m a good example) and you and your family will be better for it, and your kids will learn lessons that will help them in their futures!

    I will be looking forward to your next blog!

    Thanks for sharing your journey.



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    • Connie, this is one of the nicest comments anyone has ever left me on this blog or any of my other ventures, and I really appreciate you sharing your story and being so open!

      That’s such an awesome accomplishment to go from “What the heck am I going to do?!!?!” to “I got this nailed!” in that short amount of time. Congrats to you, and thank you for continuing to inspire me with stories like yours.

      It sounds like your son has a relatively good head on his shoulders, and further kudos to you for helping to teach him some financial literacy. We absolutely plan to do the same with our kids, and already have them started at the young ages of 8 and 11.

      Thanks again for the great comment!


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