The Barefoot steps

The Good Reverend

Hi Scott, I’m just following up on your question last week, ‘Does Jesus Despise the Barefoot Investor?’ As an Anglican priest I love your books — they are against debt, they are about living within your means, and they are about being generous. Yes, perhaps I would add a few...

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The Kind Landlord

Hi Scott, I would like to tell you about one of our tenants. She was an excellent tenant for four years, but fell behind during the last year and was not able to claw her way back. So I gave her a copy of your book ‒ and in the...

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Does Jesus Despise the Barefoot Investor?

Hi Scott, I’m a committed Christian, and I’m also a committed Barefooter, which is why I felt a bit conflicted recently when I saw a blog post by a pastor on the Gospel Coalition website entitled: “Does Jesus despise the Barefoot Investor?” He writes that your book should be setting...

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Fighting the Fire

Hi Scott, Earlier this week I lost my rental house and most possessions in the Bunyip State Park fires. I just wanted to say that reading your book earlier this year has helped me deal with what I’m going through. I have a much more positive attitude having read your...

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My Son Likes You, But He’s an Idiot

Barefoot, My university-educated adult son read your book. It seems to have inspired him, maybe a little too much. I have had to sit down and set him straight on what you got wrong in your book, namely your blind faith in, as you call it, ‘low-cost index funds’. This...

Kids and money

Top of the Class

Hey Scott, I was indoctrinated into the ‘Barefoot cult’ around Easter this year, and it has changed my life. I am a business studies teacher in a low socio-economic high school in Brisbane’s south and, since reading your book, have been going on about it to my class. I kept...

Family and legacy

The Most Moving Message I Received in 2018

Throughout the year, I’ve received thousands of messages from Barefooters. This is the one that moved me the most: Dear Scott, Five years ago our middle child was diagnosed with brain cancer, at five years old. We had to move to the city for his treatment, and my husband had...

The Barefoot Investor For Families

Spreading the Love

Dear Scott, I am the Team Manager for Domestic and Family Violence Programs for Mercy Community. I am not asking for anything ‒ I just wanted to let you know that I am applying for a grant as part of Queensland Women’s Week to put together financial packs for women...

Getting out of debt

Bailing Out My Boyfriend

Hi, I’m a huge fan! My boyfriend is currently working overseas, and we plan to ‘go Barefoot’ when he gets back so we can tackle our debts. My accountant suggested we first pay off the personal loan my boyfriend got, which he consolidated his credit card debt into — a...

Getting out of debt

The Best Thing I Ever Saved For

Dear Mr Pape, I bought your book while in severe financial difficulty — I actually had to save money for six weeks just to buy it! Anyway, I am 10 months in and will never look back, having managed to pay off $25,574.23 worth of debt. I still have a...

Getting out of debt

I Faced My Financial Fire

Dear Scott, On November 23rd last year, I finally came to my senses and left a violent relationship ‒ then began my ‘financial fire’. My ex-husband immediately did three things: clear out our bank accounts, redraw on our mortgage, and direct his salary solely to his account. At that time,...

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The Warrior

Dear Scott, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am a veteran who can’t work due to injuries and PTSD from service. I am also a single mum. When my ex left he took everything, including my super, leaving me with nothing but a...