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How Not to Be Broke—10 Powerful Books to Learn about Money Management

How Not to Be Broke—10 Powerful Books to Learn about Money Management

Let’s face it: only few people in the world actually know how to manage money. We think we know how to do it, but if we actually did, banks wouldn’t have created credit cards. I was curious to know more about the things that matter in life, and given that money can enhance how we experience our lives, I started reading books related to money management. The following 10 books are certainly worth reading before you pick up your next novel.

Let’s take a look at these 10 books.

1. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

    This is undoubtedly a book that will make you re-think what you do with each coin you earn. If you make a small investment in this book and apply each of the “6 laws of wealth,” it will take you down the road to financial success.

    This book takes place in Ancient Babylon. You may think, “What? A money-management book about Babylon?” Well, it turns out that Babylon was one of the richest civilizations that has existed.

    If you have ever read or listened to Jim Rohn, he mentions that this book was a great part of him becoming millionaire. Jim Rohn also has an awesome book that you will see as part of these top 10.

    So, what can you expect of this book? You will learn to keep more of what you earn, earn from your savings, get out of debt, invest wisely, earn more, and keep your fortune safe.

    2. Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom by Robert T. Kiyosaki

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      This is a classic, and it blew my mind when I was in high school. I read the Spanish translation of course, and I’ve read it again in English, and it just doesn’t stop making sense. Now, you will find this book very easy to read and you may get lost in the story and forget to take in the great message.

      Robert Kiyosaki is famous for his book Rich Dad Poor Dad in which he talks about two people giving him different advice. One of them advises him on entrepreneurship and how to be financially independent, and another one teaches him how stay financially safe.

      In this book, he expands on the rich dad’s advice to become financially independent, touching on the difference between being a business-owner and being self-employment, and how to accelerate the cash flow to breakthrough to financial independence.

      This is a highly recommended book for those looking to start a business or thinking of investing their money wisely.

      3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

        I read this book when I was starting up my business. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read. This book provides research on over 40 millionaires and how they got there. I’ve read this book twice simply because, as with anything else in life, what this book teaches is a process.

        Think and Grow Rich will lay out for you the steps to becoming a millionaire. Now, I should say this: it is not easy at all. If it was easy, everybody who read this book would be rich. It takes consistency and hard work, but reading this book is the first step.

        4. 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness: Power Ideas from America’s Foremost Business Philosopher by Jim Rohn

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          If you’ve never heard of Jim Rohn, it’s probably because he hasn’t been involved in entrepreneurship much lately. Well, Jim Rohn was a great public speaker, motivator and the mentor of Tony Robbins. He is a self-made millionaire who, after being broke, put all he had into making himself rich and happy.

          In this book, Jim Rohn shows the steps you need to take to live a better life—not just financially. This book will teach you how to set goals, seek the right path for yourself, seek knowledge and finally, control your finances the right way.

          This book is a great, all-around opportunity for life improvement. See, life is not all about money; money just enhances life, and that’s why you must learn how to manage it properly. Your personal improvement is what will take you to where you want to be.

          5. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

            Just like Tony Robbins, Darren Hardy mentions Jim Rohn as a mentor. Given that Jim Rohn (cited above) wrote one of the best books regarding money management and life, I don’t wonder how Darren Hardy came up with this great success-related book full of easy, small hacks that will get your life on the right path to wealth and improvement.

            If you are looking for a grounded opinion on how to manage money and achieve success, this is the right book for you.

            6. 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire: So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World by Devin Thorpe

              There is a saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Well, this what I did with this one, and it was well-worth the judgement.

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              This is a great book full of easy-to-follow ideas that you can really get to work. It has great tips, like coming to an understanding with your family regarding money matters, teaching your kids how to use it properly, etc.

              This is a great book for those with families (like me). It’s definitely worth the read.

              7. The One Week Budget: Learn to Create Your Money Management System in 7 Days or Less! by Tiffany The Budgetnista Aliche

                OK, this one is a real taking-action book. It shows you how, in seven days, you can get things out of the way and get onto the road of money management. This will take you by the hand on getting things done.

                This is not a good read—it’s a good money-management manual. If you want to start from anywhere, start from here.

                8. How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any by Erik Wecks

                  All the books up to number 5 were about how to get money and manage it, whereas number 7 was about getting to manage what you have in 7 days. But, what if you don’t have any money?

                  This is where this book comes in. It is a great read when you are struggling to get by on a monthly basis. This book works on your beliefs more than your actions. So, if you are looking to really change your perspective and get your finances right, this is the place to start.

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                  9. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying by Suze Orman

                    Financial freedom is the final goal and worrying is the usual struggle. Here, they meet together. Suze Orman sets out a plan for financial freedom and an ease for your worries. What else could you want?

                    The author uses 9 steps for you to work on your finances, starting with your understanding of behavior, family and money. This book will create a great mindset and help you understand how you use money in your life and how it affects almost everything you do.

                    10. Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By by Cary Siegel

                      This is a question I’ve asked myself many times. Why is it that in school, they never teach you anything about money management? Everything starts from, as the author says, marrying the right person—they don’t need to be wealthy or a genius, but rather, someone who uses money effectively. Another option is to, of course, become educated together as you go. This is a great read for those in relationships or with a family.

                      There you have it: 10 powerful books that will teach you and help you achieve your financial goals in life.

                      Now, everything won’t fix itself just by reading; you have to, in fact, take action. As I always mention to any of my students, this is what makes the difference in everything we do in life. Action! It doesn’t need to be perfect—and never will be—but it will surely make a difference once you start applying some these teachings.

                      Over to you.

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                      How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

                      How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

                      Have you ever looked at health gurus and wondered how on earth they can afford all that health food? Or maybe you’ve tried multiple times to start eating healthy only to find the $600 monthly budget overwhelming?

                      If you’re anything like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I absolutely understand the sinking feeling of looking back over a grocery budget and finding you went way over what you intended. And besides that, it can be hard to justify buying a tiny $5 bag of carrot chips while a $1 mound of potato chips is sitting right next door.

                      My husband and I recently ran into that struggle. We got married this past year and soon found ourselves trying to balance 12 hour work-days with keeping our relationship strong and trying to keep our personal businesses afloat. Granted, our budget was the one thing that took a hit! After we started tracking our spending, we were shocked to see we were spending over $1000 a month just on food! A little planning cleared that right up.

                      So, how to eat healthy on a budget?

                      Here’re the top tips I learned that helped us shave over $600 monthly off of our food budget so we could reinvest that in the areas that really mattered to us![1]

                      1. Meal Plan

                      You’ve probably heard the saying “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” right? Well, this saying couldn’t be any more true than in the area of healthy budgeting! The fact is, most healthy foods don’t actually cost that much… the pre-made time saving ones do!

                      If you go about creating a healthy meal plan within your budget, you could easily cut costs down to around the same price you are paying for junk food.

                      Meal planning is as simple as working in foods you already have in your fridge/freezer, adding in several meals with simple ingredients and seasonal veggies, and breaking it down into a shopping list.

                      Often, finding a few meals to make in big batches will save you the most money in the long run, which leads me to my next point.

                      2. Cook in Bulk

                      Not only will cooking in bulk save you a whole lot of time, it will save you a whole lot of money too! Believe it or not, if you find meals to make with similar ingredients, you can easily save more money than when you were eating unhealthy.

                      Don’t believe me? Just look at a $4 frozen pasta dinner. Now, sub that with a veggie pasta dinner. 5 zuchinni ($3), Pasta sauce ($2.50), and chicken ($5) could last you a full 5 meals which adds up to a whopping total of just over $1 per meal!

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                      That’s not even digging in to all the money you will save from fast-food. Trust me, a little $10 spent here and there add up! You’ll be saving a whopping amount from all the meal prep you will do!

                      3. Cook all Your Meals in One Day

                      The science behind this is 2-fold.

                      Number one, if you have lots of meals to grab and go, you will be far less likely to binge on pricier food when you get hungry. Let’s be real, you’re not going to spend 1 hour cooking when hub-n’-grub is at your bekon-call!

                      Number 2, meal prepping ahead of time will help you stick to your meal plan better when you’re not in the mood. Let’s face it, we’re all going to have days when protein and veggies doesn’t exactly sound appealing. But, if you have a full meal that’s quick to grab in the fridge, it will be easier for you to fill up on the good stuff rather than spending money on what you don’t really need.

                      4. Cut Back on Snacks and Specialty Items

                      I can almost hear you from across the screen. “But, I thought snacks were good for me!” Here’s the deal: Snacks are expensive! And healthy snacks, oh my goodness, say goodbye to your paycheck!

                      Look, I’m definitely not saying that healthy snacks are bad. Quite frankly, I would much rather you chow down on Halo Top than a triple-butterfinger-fudge sundae. It’s just that… healthy snacks are why eating healthy gets a bad rap for being expensive.

                      Look at it this way: You could either buy a week’s worth of groceries full of chicken, fish, beans, veggies, and fruits for $30. Or, you can spend that $30 on six snacks that will leave you hungry for more.

                      What’s more, the ingredients for gluten-free baked goods, sugar free substitutes, or protein powders alone will add up to you eating a full week’s budget in one sitting. By all means, if you want to work some yummy items into your budget, do it! But don’t confuse that extra monthly $300 of delicacies as a necessity. Your body and budget will thank you!

                      5. Satisfy Yourself with Your Favorite Subs

                      We all have an emotional tie to food. Maybe pasta reminds you of home! Or maybe a fresh-baked pizza is what gives you a feeling of comfort. Whatever you favorite food, find a way to work it into your budget in the best way.

                      We’re only human, and depriving ourselves of what we love will never end well. More often than not actually, it ends in take-out or a pricey-premade substitute.

                      Instead of finding yourself in this situation, find a way to make your favorite foods fit your budget. Zuchinni noodle pasta might just give you that feeling of home without breaking the bank. Or maybe you could google a healthy pizza alternative you would like that you could make at home. Often, something similar to your craving will be enough to give you a sense of satisfaction.

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                      Or, just buy your cheat meal and save it for a special day. That’s okay too!

                      6. Stick to the Cheaper Proteins

                      Okay, I know we all love steak. Unfortunately, buying pre-cooked or expensive cuts of meat are one of the easiest ways to drain a budget.

                      Instead of purchasing those, try buying frozen chicken or eggs. A 5 lb bag of frozen chicken can be as cheap as $5, and you can buy a whole weeks worth of eggs for just over $1. You could even try going vegetarian for a few meals if you really want to cut down on costs!

                      7. Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies

                      I know, we all love our fresh fruits and veggies! However, sometimes frozen might be the way to go if you’re looking to cut costs!

                      Fruits and veggies are easiest to ship when frozen, making them a much cheaper option. Contrary to popular belief, scientists have actually found that frozen might be better for you too![2]

                      The reason is, frozen produce is picked at its prime and shipped immediately. Fresh fruit tends to be picked much earlier so it will ripen while being shipped. Not only does this make it less nutrient dense, but sometimes the fruits are actually pumped with artificial flavors to make up for the lack of real nutrients.

                      While I’m all for fresh fruits and veggies, don’t feel guilty if you opt for frozen foods due to a budget.

                      8. Bump up the Calories with Rice and Beans

                      The problem some people find when trying to eat healthy is that it can be hard to get the amount of calories you need without relying on expensive “specialty” items. Instead of stocking up on pricey gluten-free breads and pasta, I say stick to simple rice and beans as the bulk of your meals.

                      Brown Rice is very cheap and easy to use as a base for bowls and dishes. Likewise, beans can add a bit of fiber making you feel full and satisfied without having to spend a lot of money.

                      If you are trying to cut on body fat, use extra veggies as the bulk of your meal and add in rice and beans as a filler.

                      9. Try Acai Bowls

                      Acai Bowls can be a really cheap and satisfying meal as long as you do it right.

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                      You can find cheap fruits at most stores or just freeze your fresh fruits before it goes bad.

                      Making your own granola can save you a lot of money as well. The total cost for this delicious meal should only add up to a few dollars compared to triple that price if you were to buy one pre-made.

                      10. Make Your Own Meal Kits

                      Do you like your meals freshly cooked? Sending meal kits to your doorstep is an easy way to drain your budget. Instead, try making your meal kit at home! Not only is it fun, you will easily get a delicious taste.

                      Simply find a few simple meal cards or print some out and fill a ziplock with the ingredients for each specific day. Don’t know what recipe to make? Another option is to order one month of meal kits and recycle the recipe into ingredients for the upcoming months with ingredients you picked up from the store.

                      11. Don’t Drink Your Calories

                      A few dollars spent here and there can really add up! Just as with specialty items, healthy drinks can be a blackhole for you. An energy drink and kombucha and coffee each day could easily have you spending and extra $300 each month!

                      I you really need a special drink fix, try making your favorites at home. Bring a coffee in, make kombucha, or even try making lemonade with stevia or a healthy soda. You’ll be surprised w hat a big difference such a small change can make on your budget!

                      12. Buy Cheap Online

                      Just like anything else, it pays to be prepared. Buying foods from online retailers can be a really affordable way to save money as long as you’re prepared.

                      Plan ahead for those more expensive specialty items you can’t live without. It will save you tons of money compared to having to buy food from a specialty store.

                      13. Don’t Fret about the Clean Fifteen

                      One of the huge things that can mess with a person’s budget is eating organic. For the record, I am 110% all for eating organic whenever you can. However, for some people, it can be hard to make organic food fit into a budget.

                      Instead of scratching healthy eating for a smaller budget, try to buy meat and the dirty dozen organic, and don’t go crazy about the rest. The clean fifteen are the fifteen safest foods to buy that aren’t organic! Meanwhile, the dirty dozen is the most worthwhile avoiding. According to Produce Retailer, these are the dirty dozens:[3]

                      1. Strawberries
                      2. Spinach
                      3. Kale
                      4. Nectarines
                      5. Apples
                      6. Grapes
                      7. Peaches
                      8. Cherries
                      9. Pears
                      10. Tomatoes
                      11. Celery
                      12. Potatoes

                      14. Pay Attention to Storage

                      Keeping the food you have is just as important as how much food is in the first place. Try to stay on top of how much produce you can actually use before it goes bad. It might not be a bad idea to pencil an extra shopping trip in the middle of the week to keep food fresh.

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                      Investing in good food storage containers could go a long way in saving you in the long run as well.

                      15. Freeze Food Before it Goes Bad

                      Instead of getting mad at yourself at the end of the week for all the wilted produce you need to throw out, try freezing it before you get to that point.

                      Most frozen veggies will taste delicious in stir fries and soups. You can freeze fruits to make sorbet or smoothies. Frozen greens can be chopped up and tossed into just about anything for a nutrient boost!

                      16. Consider Ditching Most Supplements and Powders

                      I have nothing against superfood powders and supplements. However, if your budget is tight, it can be hard to fit supplements and powders in.

                      Instead of adding in powders, add extra nutrients to you food. Add lots of greens and veggies to all your meals to meet your nutrient needs. If you need a specific supplement, you can find great deals online as well!

                      17. Use Budget App

                      There are so many great apps you can download for free. One of my current favorite is HoneyDue because you can track your budget easily with your spouse. There are many options available, just find the one that you’re most likely to use. The ones that download your spendings automatically are often the easiest and will give you a more accurate number.

                      My husband and I use the same app, but have a separate budget for each of our weekly food plan and for our additional snacks. Keeping things separate can often be helpful to know exactly where your money is going. Plus, it can help hold you accountable if you have a significant other you are sharing money with.

                      18. Use What you Have

                      Most people have unused protein powders lying around in their cabinets. Instead of letting that go to waste, work them into your meal plan. Protein powders can make amazing doughnuts, pastries, or pancakes!

                      19. Enjoy the Process!

                      Finding ways to enjoy your new lifestyle will be helpful in sticking to it long term. Find fun in seeing how much you can save each month. Make a competition with someone to see who can stick to the lowest budget and create something fun to do for the winner with some of the money saved! Blast some music in the kitchen while cooking your new recipes.

                      Budgeting and health doesn’t have to be a drag. Make it fun and you’ll enjoy your new lifestyle long-term!

                      Featured photo credit: kevin laminto via unsplash.com

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