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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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                      Last Updated on April 19, 2021

                      40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                      40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                      Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

                      1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

                      Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

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                        2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

                        We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

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                          3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

                          Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

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                            4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

                            Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

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                              5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                              Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

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                                6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                                We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

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                                  7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                                  This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

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                                    8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                                    One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

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                                      9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                                      If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

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                                        10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                                        Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

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                                          11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                                          Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

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                                            12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                                            Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

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                                              13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                              You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

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                                                14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                                With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

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                                                  15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                                  Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

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                                                    16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                                    If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

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                                                      17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                                      The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

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                                                        18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                                        If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

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                                                          19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                                          Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

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                                                            20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                                            I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

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                                                              21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                              Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

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                                                                22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                                You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

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                                                                  23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                                  Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

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                                                                    24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                                    Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

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                                                                      25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                                      Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

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                                                                        26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                                        If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

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                                                                          27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                                          Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

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                                                                            28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                            A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

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                                                                              29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                              You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

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                                                                                30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                                Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

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                                                                                  31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                                  Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

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                                                                                    32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                                    Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

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                                                                                      33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                                      Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

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                                                                                        34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                                        If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

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                                                                                          35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                                          Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

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                                                                                            36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                                            Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

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                                                                                              37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                              You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

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                                                                                                38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                                Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

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                                                                                                  39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                                  Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

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                                                                                                    40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                    You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

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