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Must-Read Personal Finance Books

Get your personal finances in order with these books on retirement, saving, and building wealth!

February 24, 2021

Get your personal finances in order with these books on retirement, saving, and building wealth!

 

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Broke Millennial

Broke Millennial
Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together

Erin Lowry

Based on her successful blog of the same name, the author, a 26-year-old personal-finance expert, helps readers go from in debt and overwhelmed to informed and financially empowered by using humor and real-life examples to demystify the world of money for Millennials.

The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan

The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan
Discover the Joy of Spending Less, Sharing More, and Living Generously

Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller

A powerful, environmentally-conscious guide to decluttering, saving money and growing a community inspired by the ancient practice of gift economies where neighbors pooled resources includes seven steps to learning how to buy less and give more.

Credit Repair

Credit Repair

Amy Loftsgordon and Cara O’Neill

Incorporating extensive new coverage of student loan forgiveness and changes to federal laws, a latest edition outlines comprehensive steps for taking control of personal finances, cleaning up a credit report and rebuilding credit.

Die With Zero

Die With Zero
Getting All You Can From Your Money and Your Life

Bill Perkins

A startling new philosophy and practical guide to getting the most out of your money-and out of life-for those who value memorable experiences as much as their earnings.

Dollars and Sense

Dollars and Sense
How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter

Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler

Shares anecdotal insight into the illogical influences behind poor financial decisions and how to outmaneuver them, covering topics ranging from credit-card debt and household budgeting to holiday spending and real estate sales.

The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money

The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money
Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs

Jill Schlesinger

The CBS News business analyst explores the common mistakes that intelligent people make with money, drawing on heartfelt stories to identify psychological blind spots that contribute to personal finance difficulties.

Everyday Millionaires

Everyday Millionaires
How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth—and How You Can Too

Chris Hogan

Draws on a survey of ten thousand U.S. millionaires to refute myths about wealth that prevent ordinary people from achieving financial independence, and discusses the readily available tools to help in reaching millionaire status.

The Financial Diet

The Financial Diet
A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money

Chelsea Fagan

Offers guidance on personal finance for readers who might be reluctant to bother with the subject, with easy-to-follow advice for budgeting, investing, handling credit, and living a satisfying lifestyle that is still budget conscious.

Financial Freedom

Financial Freedom
A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need

Grant Sabatier

The CNBC-declared “Millennial Millionaire” describes how he transitioned from being broke to wealthy in less than five years, revealing how today’s financial rules are obsolete while outlining counterintuitive, step-by-step tips for making real-world fast money.

Get Money

Get Money
Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford

Kristin Wong

Offers a step-by-step guide to personal finance, encouraging readers to treat it as a challenge-driven game in order to turn what might otherwise be a tedious chore into a fun process.

Know Yourself, Know Your Money

Know Yourself, Know Your Money
Discover Why You Handle Money the Way You Do, and What to Do About It!

Rachel Cruze

Counsels readers on how to understand one’s individual strengths and vulnerabilities to establish a healthy relationship with money and set more productive financial goals.

Mindful Money

Mindful Money
Simple Practices for Reaching Your Financial Goals and Increasing Your Happiness Dividend

Jonathan K. DeYoe

Offers instructions on creating a financial plan that is guided by belief, and shows readers how to save, invest, pay off debt, and fund retirement.

Napkin Finance

Napkin Finance
Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less

Tina Hay

Fun and accessible, a handy crash course in personal finance, written by the founder of Napkin Finance, provides a visual learning strategy to help readers master even the most complex financial topics.

The Next Millionaire Next Door

The Next Millionaire Next Door
Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth

Thomas J. Stanley

Twenty years after Thomas J. Stanley’s groundbreaking work on self-made affluence, he and his daughter examine the changes in specific decisions, behaviors and characteristics, along with consumption, budgeting, careers and investing that have changed wealth-building in more recent years.

Personal Finance for Dummies

Personal Finance for Dummies

Eric Tyson

From budgeting, saving, and reducing debt, to making timely investment choices and planning for the future, Personal Finance For Dummies provides fiscally conscious readers with the tools they need to take charge of their financial life.

Retire Securely

Retire Securely
Insights on Money Management from an Award-Winning Financial Columnist

Julie Jason

A curated collection of the best retirement advice from financial advisor Julie Jason’s acclaimed nationally syndicated column. Organized in 10 sections, each following a theme, Retire Securely provides essential, accessible, and easy-to-understand information about a process that concerns everyone.

Smart Couples Finish Rich

Smart Couples Finish Rich
9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner

David Bach

Offers a nine-step program to help couples build and maintain their financial wealth through proven strategies for organization, communication, and smarter spending in the current economy.

This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order

This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order

John Schwartz

A correspondent for the “New York Times” offers this part-memoir and part-research-based guide to describe his personal journey from near financial ruin to full financial literacy, including non-preachy advice on investments, retirement, insurance and wills.

The Total Money Makeover

The Total Money Makeover
A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

Dave Ramsey

A strategy for changing attitudes about personal finances covers such topics as getting out of debt, the dangers of cash advances, and keeping spending within income limits.

The Truth About Your Future

The Truth About Your Future
The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later

Ric Edelman

Outlines forward-thinking recommendations on how to tap rapidly evolving technological and scientific innovations to make powerful new choices about saving, investing, and planning for the future.

The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+

The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+
Winning Strategies to Make Your Money Last a Lifetime

Suze Orman

Gives you the no-nonsense advice and practical tools you need to plan wisely for your retirement in today’s ever-changing landscape. You’ll find new rules for downsizing, spending wisely, delaying Social Security benefits, and more-starting where you are right now.

Wealth Can't Wait

Wealth Can’t Wait
Avoid the 7 Wealth Traps, Implement the 7 Business Pillars, and Complete a Life Audit Today!

David Osborn and Paul Morris

Presents a guide to creating horizontal income streams to enjoy more financial freedom, providing a five-point strategy to building wealth that details how to cultivate the mindset, habits, and momentum to secure the greatest results.

Women with Money

Women with Money
The Judgement-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and, Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve

Jean Chatzky

Draws on the insights of leading economists, financial planners, and other experts to outline recommendations to help women understand themselves in relation to money, get paid what they deserve, and invest for the future.

Your Money Or Your Life

Your Money Or Your Life
9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence

Vicki Robin

Offers a nine-step program for living a more meaningful life by taking control of one’s finances, showing readers how to get out of debt, save money, reorder priorities, live well for less, and convert problems into opportunities.