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Know How To Manage Your Money: 10 Personal Finance Books You Need To Read

Know How To Manage Your Money: 10 Personal Finance Books You Need To Read

Managing your money is one of the most important things you can do. It doesn’t matter if you’re personally wealthy and trying to figure out how to invest or flat broke living paycheck to paycheck. Proper management techniques can save you money, make you money, and keep things in order. Here are some personal finance books that can help you do just that.

1. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J Stanley, Ph.D.

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    First up is a delightful read called The Millionaire Next Door by Dr. Thomas J Stanely. This is a great book for people in their 20’s. It takes years of research and boils it down in solid, easy-to-understand rules that people can use to manage their finances and become more financially stable. Some of the lessons are pretty well known such as “spend less than you make.” It’s a great read and definitely worth your time.

    2. The Investment Answer by Gordon Murray and Daniel C. Goldie

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      For young people, reading about finance is boring. I’m writing this article and even I shudder at the thought of learning about it. It’s complex and full of rules, regulations, risks, and rewards. The Investment Answer comes recommended by Business Insider as very approachable and easy to understand which makes it great for investment beginners. That said, it may be a bit weak for those who are already familiar with investments.

      3. Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School? by Cary Siegel

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        As the name implies, this book is about all of the basic personal finance lessons that they probably should’ve taught us in school and didn’t. There are 99 tips, tricks, and lessons for personal finance that pretty much everyone should know and reviewers have called it a “great gift idea for high school and college graduates.” We happen to agree.

        4. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke by Suze Orman

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          Being broke can be a horrible thing. You have rising debt, you’re stuck in a hole, and you don’t know what to do. This book can help you figure out what to do. It doesn’t matter if it’s credit card debt, student loans, or some other financial malady, Suze Orman has advice to help you get rid of it for good.

          5. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Hary Eker

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            In this book, you’ll learn exactly what separates rich people from everyone else on a subconscious level. According to Eker, millionaires are millionaires because of how they approach money, and it has little (if anything) to do with skill, talent, or knowledge in their business. It’s an interesting read and one that may help you change your tune financially.

            6. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie J Zelinski

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              Why do we work? So we can take care of ourselves. However, the second reason we work is so that one day, we don’t have to work anymore. In this book. Zelinski not only shows you how to retire well financially but also how you can enjoy life even if you don’t retire with a million bucks. It’s lighthearted, fun, and for people of all ages.

              7. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

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                If you’re looking for something less philosophical and more direct, this is a great book to read. Here you’ll find a six week course that’ll help you set your financial life straight. It’s not an end-all-be-all solution but after the six weeks you should be on a much better track financially. It’s very highly rated on Amazon and word is that it’s also humorous and personable which is a change of pace for personal finance.

                8. Your Money: The Missing Manual by J.D. Roth

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                  J.D. Roth is truly an inspiration when it comes to personal finance. He started out dirt poor, did the research, and found out the missing links that was preventing him from being successful. He started a blog and eventually wrote this book. If you’re not doing well financially and want to turn it around, this is a great place to start.

                  9. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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                    The first thing you should know about Daniel Kahneman is that he’s so good at economics, they gave him a Nobel Prize for it. That means his opinion is probably one that should be respected. In this book, Kahneman explores the way we think about money and has determined that we either make decisions quickly or slowly. He explains the pros and cons of each and when we should use each one to make financial decisions. It’s a little complex but it’s definitely worth a read.

                    10. You’re So Money: Live Rich, Even When You’re Not by Farnoosh Torabi

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                      Last on our list is a book that shows you how to have fun even when you don’t make enough money to have fun. This book is a great way to get the things that you want without going broke or going into debt. It preaches making sacrifices in some areas so you can have fun for others. One cited example is taking out your significant other on an expensive date, but eating PB&J for several days to make up for it. If you want nice things but don’t make that kind of money, check this book out.

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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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