Okay. So, you say you didn’t learn enough about personal finances in school? None of us did. Good thing there’s a wealth of well-written, relatable, fun resources out there—enough to put yourself through a master’s program without all the student loan debt. I like to stay up-to-date, so my shelves are stocked with hundreds of financial titles. To get you started, here are my top three. All short, all sweet. You can read all three for Financial Literacy Month and be well on your way to a stronger financial future:
Best For Young Tycoons in Training:
Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School? by Cary Siegel
The subtitle of this book is 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By. Yeah, I know that sounds like a lot to get through, but the principles are broken down into eight broad, easy-to-understand lessons, and the entire book is less than 200 pages. These easily digestible, bite-sized lessons are perfect for twenty-somethings—or anyone who wants to brush up on the basics.
Best for Trying to Break Bad Habits:
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
If you like your financial advice with a dash of humor, then this candid, cheerful book is for you. Get ready to laugh, to cry—and maybe to turn a bit red when you recognize yourself in some of the terrible money habits in these pages. Sincero writes her book like it’s part confessional, part memoir, and part manifesto as she challenges readers to develop a new money mindset and stop their worst habits for good.
Best For People Who Like Simplicity:
The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach
You know those 30-day challenges or 10-step plans to achieving financial independence that you pick up once and never look at again? This book is nothing like that. This is A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich. That’s right. One-step. I think I can handle that! This book reads like a fun work of fiction. No wonder it spent 31 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Best for Multitaskers and Workout-aholics: Podcasts!
How can I limit my list to three when there are so many amazing podcasts to listen to? Why not improve your financial fitness and your physical fitness at the same time? With podcasts, anytime is the right time to get smart about your finances. I like Stacking Benjamins, The Clark Howard Show, and Money Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for a Richer Life.