These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

With a sharpie and a stack of napkins, financial planner and personal finance blogger Carl Richards is on a one-man mission to save consumers from financial suicide.

Richards knows a thing or two about the subject.

Within a few years of purchasing his dream home in 2003, the housing crisis threw him into a downward spiral of debt. He lost his home and found himself living in his in-law's basement while he and his wife scrambled to stabilize their finances.Advertisement

"The setbacks have taught me important lessons, including some that I've tried to pass along," he writes in his book, The Behavior Gap. "One of those lessons is that you aren't in charge of everything. You do what you can, and the relax."

These days, Richards is a staple on the New York Times' Bucks Blog, where he uses his clever napkin sketches to teach readers the basics of money.

With his permission, we've republished some of his best drawings here.
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I coined the term 'Behavior Gap' to label the gap between investor returns and investment returns, and I started drawing the sketch you see here on every whiteboard I could find.

I coined the term 'Behavior Gap' to label the gap between investor returns and investment returns, and I started drawing the sketch you see here on every whiteboard I could find.

Our natural reaction is to sell after bad news and buy when news is good, thus indulging our fear and our greed. It's an impossible strategy.

Our natural reaction is to sell after bad news and buy when news is good, thus indulging our fear and our greed. It's an impossible strategy.
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The next time you're about to make an investment because you're sure you're right, take the time to have an 'Overconfidence Conversation.'

The next time you're about to make an investment because you're sure you're right, take the time to have an 'Overconfidence Conversation.'

Feelings can be expensive.

Feelings can be expensive.
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Gold is not an investment. It’s a speculation.

Gold is not an investment. It’s a speculation.

A personal finance crisis is almost inevitable unless you address the truly important tasks in your life before they become urgent.

A personal finance crisis is almost inevitable unless you address the truly important tasks in your life before they become urgent.
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I think fear keeps us from having deeper money conversations with our children.

I think fear keeps us from having deeper money conversations with our children.

Hope is not a budgeting strategy.

Hope is not a budgeting strategy.
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False savings are a pretty common problem for some of us.

False savings are a pretty common problem for some of us.

We’re even more oblivious to the bills that get paid automatically.

We’re even more oblivious to the bills that get paid automatically.
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One of the most discouraging parts of modern life seems to be this never-ending sense that we should want more.

One of the most discouraging parts of modern life seems to be this never-ending sense that we should want more.

Something weird happens when we use our money to make someone else happy.

Something weird happens when we use our money to make someone else happy.
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Before you decide on your financial goals, you need to choose your life goals.

Before you decide on your financial goals, you need to choose your life goals.

Rules of thumb are dangerous, especially when they come from people who don't know you.

Rules of thumb are dangerous, especially when they come from people who don't know you.
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These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money
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These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money
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These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money
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These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money
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These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money
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These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money
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These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

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Money is a matter of the mind...

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