The Hidden Cost of Money

Tired of the financial struggle? This book, tailored to ordinary folks, investigates how our monetary system shapes who we are and how we act, and what we can do to create positive change!

After more than a decade head down in finance and macroeconomic texts, I sensed something was missing— a book tailored to the average person. One that simplifies the complexities of our monetary system without the jargon. One that delves into the profound impact our money has on the various aspects of society. And most importantly, one that discusses how we can reshape our society toward genuine value creation and cooperation.

After a year of putting pen to paper, day in and day out, this is my attempt at writing this book.

Before diving in... price should not be a barrier to learning. If you're not in a financial position to purchase the book, please email me or reach out on Twitter, and I'll gladly send you the eBook for free.

Back Cover Blurb

Do you ever feel like you're treading water, struggling to keep up with the rising tide of expenses? From groceries to housing to transportation, your cost of living continues to climb while your wages struggle to keep up.

It's a frustrating and often isolating feeling. But the truth is, not only are you not alone in this struggle, but you are not the problem. The challenges we face stem from our money!

The Hidden Cost of Money by Seb Bunney, co-founder and CEO of the financial education platform Looking Glass, peels back the layers, revealing how money weaves its influence throughout our social, economic, and political spheres. Whether we're talking about how we, as individuals, interact with the world, environmental degradation, the deterioration of the family unit, or the rise of unproductive business practices, one underlying force connects them all: money.

With insights that challenge conventional wisdom, this book will leave you with:

  1. A newfound appreciation for the role of money in our lives.
  2. A greater understanding of what it might take to build a more prosperous, equitable and just future.
  3. Insight into guarding against the pervasive effects of our money.

And rest assured, Seb's writing dismantles jargon and simplifies the complex, making the intricate workings of our monetary system accessible to readers from all backgrounds.

*Although the link below is to, you can find the book, audiobook and ebook on your local Amazon/Audible by simply searching “The Hidden Cost of Money.”

What readers have been saying:

“Anyone who cares about our future and the future of our kids should read this book.” - Greg Foss, Financial Strategist & Thought Leader
"A deep critical thinker that really understands complex systems. I think this newly released book, The Hidden Cost of Money, is one of the top books of the year." - Preston Pysh, The Investors Podcast
“I thought I knew about money. I was wrong! I had no idea about the repercussions of our money, not just on markets, business and politics, but on the fabric of our very being. Mind blown!” - Daz Bea, Financial Educator

What To Expect?

To experience a sample of the book, subscribe here. To hear Seb discuss the book in a captivating conversation with Preston Pysh, click here. Alternatively, if you're simply looking for a quick overview, here's the table of contents:

Introduction - Money Is More Than Just a Medium of Exchange

Why Money Is the Ultimate Form of Expression

Chapter 1 - A Brief History of Money

How Intervention Has Shaped the Money We Use

Chapter 2 - The Hidden Costs of Intervention

Why Meddling Has Led to a Decrease in Purchasing Power

Chapter 3 - The Four Stages of Economic Ruin

Why Central Planning Often Leads Us Astray

Chapter 4 - The Link Between Money & Behaviour

How Our Money Shapes How We Act

Chapter 5 - Money, Parenthood, & Self-Identity

How Money Influences the Family Unit

Chapter 6 - Mismanagement, Irresponsibility, & Risk-Taking

How Easy Money Disrupts Business

Chapter 7 - Short-Term Thinking = Long-Term Problems

How Our Money Impacts Government & Politics

Chapter 8 - Money's Toll on Our Planet

How Monetary Policy is Amplifying Environmental Destruction

Chapter 9 - The Hypnotic Trance of Mass Formation

How Controlling Structures Use Psychology to Command Change

Chapter 10 - The Illusion of Freedom

How Unsustainable Systems Erode Our Rights & Freedoms 

Chapter 11 - Behind Closed Doors

How Unelected Organizations Govern Global Finance

Chapter 12 - Realigning Incentives

What a Monetary System Built on Truth May Look Like

Chapter 13 - Money Reimagined

How This Revamped Monetary System May Benefit Us

Chapter 14 - Rebutting Mainstream Beliefs

Why Capitalism Isn't the Problem & Regulation or Taxation Are Not the Answer