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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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                      Published on September 17, 2018

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                      With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                      So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                      1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                      It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                      You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                      So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                      2. When you want something big, wait

                      Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                      It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                      We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                      A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                      So, you get the itch.

                      You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                      Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                      Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                      Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                      It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                      The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                      3. Live smaller than you can afford

                      You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                      You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                      That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                      Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                      Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                      The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                      But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                      4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                      Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                      But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                      Create a grocery budget

                      Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                      Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                      I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                      Make a list… and never deviate

                      Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                      You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                      These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                      Eat before going grocery shopping

                      It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                      If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                      After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                      Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                      However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                      This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                      5. Cancel your gym membership

                      Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                      The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                      Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                      I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                      Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                      Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                      For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                      Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                      There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                      It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                      I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                      Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                      The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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