Barefoot investing

The three jar money mojo game

It is true, times are tough and you could be feeling the pinch of a light purse right now. If you can feel yourself reaching for a paper bag, check out this animated short film from Australia's very own Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape. His step-by-step formula can help get a handle on your money, debts, credit cards, mortgages and savings is simple and easy. Scott’s best-selling books are on high library lending rotation around the nation. 

The Barefoot Steps

  1. Schedule a monthly Barefoot Date Night – it is a partnership.
  2. Set up your buckets – put your money on autopilot.
  3. Domino your debts – turn your debts into a game of dominos.
  4. Buy your home – how to start saving.
  5. Increase your super to 15 per cent – boost your super to be tax efficient.
  6. Boost your mojo to three months – save three months of living expenses.
  7. Get the banker off your back – how to knock down your home loan.
  8. Nail your retirement number – you do not need a million to retire.
  9. Leave a legacy – how do you want to be remembered?

How you can Barefoot at home

3 jam jars, 3 jobs, 3 minutes.

For kids: Set up three jars and label each one Spend Jar, Save Jar or Give Jar. Three jam jars and three jobs that can be done in an afternoon and three minutes for the parents to check it all off. Each time a job is complete, the kids earn a coin to place in a jar of their choosing. 

For couples: Each time a job is complete place a coin in a jar of your/his/her/their choosing. 

For singles: Good on you Legend! Reward yourself each time a job is complete and place a coin in a jar of your choosing. High five yourself. Count coins at the end of the week. #congratulate

Sunshine Coast Libraries members have loaned personal finance titles 14,047 times and borrowed the Barefoot Investor items 1,477 times! While you're on the couch, check out the range of titles on eAudiobook, eBooks and eMagazines available through Libraries. Free access 24/7 with your library card.

To get the full personal finance experience head to the eLibrary to reserve the Barefoot Investor or other personal finance items on eBook or eAudiobook. 


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Need help accessing the eLibrary? Contact libraries to get immediate and expert help with accessing and using the eLibrary on your device. eLibrary Helpdesk staff will help connect you to your favourite authors, the music you love, great movies to entertain the whole family and a great range of magazines. The eLibrary Helpdesk operates between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.


Libraries love these personal finance eBooks:

  • Being an adult: the ultimate guide to moving out, getting a job and getting your act together by Lucy Tobin
  • Meet the Frugalwoods: achieving financial independence through simple living by Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • Cheap, better, faster: over 2,000 tips and tricks to save you time and money every day by Mary Hunt
  • The Barefoot Investor for families: the only kids’ money guide you’ll ever need by Scott Pape
  • Get rich slow: start now, start small to achieve real wealth by Sarah Riegelhuth
  • Personal finance for dummies by Eric Tyson
  • A man is not a financial plan: investing for wealth and independence by Joan Baker
  • 7 secrets to investing like Warren Buffett by Mary Buffett
  • Budget and invest to financial freedom by Christopher Kent
  • Everyday millionaires: how ordinary people built extraordinary wealth by Chris Hogan
  • Get rich from nothing by Christine Esser
  • Rich Dad poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Spenditude: a life changing attitude to money by Paul Gordon

Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started, download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Check out some finance eMagazines:

  • Money Australia
  • Forbes

To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Libraries love these personal finance eAudiobooks:

  • The Barefoot Investor 2019/2020 edition by Scott Pape
  • Being an adult: the ultimate guide to moving out, getting a job and getting your act together by Lucy Tobin
  • Become a magnet to money through the sea of unlimited consciousness by Michelle Blood
  • Secrets of the millionaire mind: mastering the inner game of wealth by T. Harv Eker

Borrow up to 30 eAudiobooks on your device. To get started, download the ePlatform, RBDigital and Libby apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Listen on the go with these finance related podcasts:

All podcasts are free and available to listen on: Android - Google Play, Procast, Downcast, Pocket Casts, Player FM and AntennaPod. iOS - Apple Podcasts app, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Podbean and Stitcher. You can also stream podcasts from Spotify. 


Check out more money info on the web

  • Free calculators to help you balance a budget, financial counselling, tips on reducing debt and managing your money.
  • Financial counselling Free help to sort out your money problems
  • Reduce your debt Simple steps to getting debt under control, paying the mortgage off faster, credit card calculator, debt consolidation and switching home loans.
  • Manage your money Government recommended advice on managing on a low income, tips on saving for an emergency fund or if you are struggling or in a crisis.


Stream money sessions on Kanopy:

  • Money Management Skills Learn the basic principles to make good financial decisions. 
  • Money and Values Explore the attitudes and emotional baggage attached to money. Find out the nature of money, the meaning of luxury fever and why money is sometimes described as the root of all evil.
  • The Reality of Money Delve into the events that unfold as money, goods and services are exchanged in the economy. 

Set up a Kanopy account to access more films for free. First time customer - select "Add Library Card" and enter your member number and password. Create a Kanopy account, then verify your email address. Repeat customers - login to Kanopy using your email and Kanopy password. 

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