There are books to help you figure out a budget you feel great about, books to help you get out of debt, books to help you invest your money, and books that can help you navigate the sometimes-overwhelming world of finance.
1. Worry-Free Money: The guilt-free approach to managing your money and your life by Shannon Lee Simmons
This book is hands-down personal finance book, especially for people who are just getting started when it comes to managing their money. It’s approachable, fun to read, and breaks down exactly how you can manage your money—no matter how much of it you have, or how many commitments you’re juggling—on a monthly basis. Plus, there truly is no guilt involved, and nowhere does it advise you to stop spending on the stuff you love.
Shannon walks through multiple examples as well, to help illustrate different points and scenarios, and they’re so varied that I guarantee at least one of them will serve up an “aha!” moment about your budget.
2. Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford by Kristin Wong
Money isn’t just about one thing—it’s not just budgeting, or just investing, or just earning more. That’s why Get Money is such a great book to add to your shelf (and your brain). Kristin has managed to gamify all of the most important concepts you need to know when it comes to your money, including things like negotiating and side hustles.
With a mix of expert interviews, advice, challenges and concrete goal-setting steps, Get Money is perfect for you if you want to take real, specific action on your finances this year, and you don’t want just another book about theory.
3. Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry
Even if you’re not a broke millennial, Erin’s got you covered with this thorough overview of money 101. While you can read it from cover to cover, Broke Millennial is also structured as a choose-your-own-adventure book. If you’re already rocking a solid budget, but you have no idea what’s up with credit scores, you can skip right to that section, and vice versa. Beginners will get a lot out of the whole book, but even if you’re advanced, there are some topics (getting financially naked with your significant other, for example) that we can all use some helpful tips on.
4. The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage
Money isn’t just money—it’s how we can afford to live the lives we want, and it touches everything, from our emotions to the food we eat. The Financial Diet’s book covers all of that in a truly well-rounded and approachable way, including everything from saving for retirement to how to grocery shop and cook effectively (on a budget).
If you’re looking for an experience that feels like the best of a glossy magazine and the best of solid financial advice, this is the book for you. It’s a great place to start for a total beginner, doesn’t have too much country-specific information (so it’s great for everyone, everywhere) and even if you’re a seasoned money pro, it’s just fun.
5. Happy Go Money: Spend Smart, Save Right and Enjoy Life by Melissa Leong
It’s easy (well, easy enough) to read about money, but it’s a bit harder to figure out how you’re going to implement the wisdom you’re reading in your everyday life. Luckily, Melissa Leong has got you covered in her new book, Happy Go Money.
It’s a fantastic beginner’s guide to thinking about money in the context of your life, and using it to make yourself happy on your terms—but because that means a personalized approach you can actually stick to, she takes it a step further by ending every chapter with concrete steps you can take, and questions you can ask when you have “Money Talks.” Building a small group of trusted friends or family you can talk about money with is just one of the fantastic, approachable, and high-impact suggestions she offers as she walks through everything you need to know for your own Happy Go Money.
This Content has originally written by Desirae Odjick and published on January 2, 2019. No Copyright/IPR breach is intended.