7 Money Books That Will Change How You View Life


I love a good book. Even though I’m a busy mom, I have tried to prioritize reading this year, since it is a rich habit with many benefits. Reading and learning about personal finance has been an important part of my journey to get financially fit.

I recently reached out to several friends online and asked “what is the best book you have ever read about money?” The answers surprised me. The books my friends recommended weren’t just about budgeting or how to invest. Instead, they told me about books they affected their views on life in general! I’m excited to share with you today these 7 books that will change your view on life! Altogether, it’s an inspiring list and I can’t wait to read all of these “money” books!

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7 “Money” Books That Will Change How You View Life

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Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life 

by Gretchen Rubin

My frugal go-to girl Jamie at Medium Sized Family recommended this cool book! I love reading and learning about habits so I can’t wait to check it out. Jamie says, “This is a bit weird, but Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin helped me examine my habits and changed our financial views. It helped me consider ways I could change our bad habits to get our of debt.”

I say weird is good! 😉

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Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties

by Beth Kobliner

Do you ever wonder how money experts got so smart? They had to start somewhere right? Kerry of Kids Money Lessons is a guru when it comes to raising financially savvy kids so I loved hearing about one of the books she learned from! Kerry says, Get A Financial Life by Beth Kobliner was my financial bible in my 20’s and taught me so much! It definitely laid a great foundation for my financial knowledge.”

I already picked this one up from the library, on Kerry’s recommendation! I think it’s never a bad idea to go back to basics.

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Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life

by Ruth Soukup

This falls into the “why haven’t I read this yet?” category! A book I have heard about many times! Thanks to Emily at Queen of the Household for reminding me of it! Emily says, “I love Ruth Soukup’s book Living Well, Spending Less. It has practical tips for saving money and avoiding spending. She talks about not comparing yourself to others too. ”

Learning to not compare myself to others is a hard lesson, but it’s crucial when you’re getting out of debt. Especially during the holiday season when it feels like everyone else is going all out and spending money left and right!

money books that will change how you view life

Living With Less So Your Family Has More

by Jill Savage and Mark Savage

Julie of Logger’s Wife recommended Living With Less so Your Family Has More to me. Julie says, “I love that she looks at more than money. It’s geared a lot towards helping moms who want to become stay at home moms. It touches quite a bit on how if you find that important for your family, there are ways to live with less things, less activities so they have more you, more family. It includes practical tips for how to live on a smaller income. Lot’s of “bigger picture” stuff. It really helped me a number of years back when I lost my job. I ended up going back to work as a substitute teacher after about 2 months on unemployment but I went back with the mindset that I was working to get us in a better financial position so I could stay home once we had kids instead of working to maintain our lifestyle.”

money books change your view on life

MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

by Tony Robbins

Are you familiar with Tony Robbins? I think he’s amazing. If you haven’t watched his documentary I Am Not Your Guru yet, I strongly suggest you do. It is beautiful, powerful, and thought provoking. I have watched it multiple times and I learn something new every time. Being a big fan of Tony and his work, I am anxious to read his book on finances – MONEY Master the Game. It’s sitting on my nightstand as we speak, and it’s a big book! Have you read it?

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The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

by Dave Ramsey

I personally own and have read this book more than once. It is a solid guide to getting out of debt and thriving financially. And you know I’m all about financial fitness! I highly recommend it to anyone I know who is struggling with living paycheck to paycheck.

Julie from the blog Screwyism also recommends The Total Money Makeover! Julie is a big Dave Ramsey fan and she shared how his principles have impacted her and her husband’s lives: “being debt free is something that’s important to both of us, a key to our relationship, limiting stress and being happy. We got married a little over a year ago. We shared financials immediately and created a joint budget. First marriage later in life, we have seen so many struggle and sadly fail we agreed to get those financial questions and problems out in the open immediately. We basically live by Dave’s principles, we haven’t paid off our mortgage but that’s next!”

money books that will change your view on life

Your Playbook For Tough Times: Living Large on Small Change, for the Short Term or the Long Haul

by Donna Freedman

Here’s a book I really need to read! The last few years have been a struggle with everything from losing a parent, getting fired from a job and having a sick baby in the hospital. Vickie from Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden brought this book to my attention and I wish she had done so sooner! Vickie says, “She gives you ways to help save money in every situation.” You can read Vickie’s review of this book here.”

Have you read any of the books on this list?

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  1. Definitely agree with Dave Ramsey book. That book was enlightening. I will have to read some of your other suggestions.
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  2. Think I will start with Living Well and Spending Less. Hope my library has these, I am cheap and don’t want to buy them all yet.
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    • I’m the same way Candy! If your library doesn’t already have them, you should be able to request they add them to their collection!

  3. Thanks you for this list. I haven’t read any of them, and am always looking for great books.

  4. So insightful! Thanks for sharing. It is always good to be money smart!

  5. I am currently looking to buy a money book. This article will definitely help me decide which on to get

  6. My friend swears by Dave Ramsey and his program. I like the Live Well Spend Less, I might have to pick that up
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  7. Thanks for the great suggestions I know a lot of people who could use and apply these in their lives.

  8. Sonya Kolodziejska

    Dave Ramsey is great. Gary V is too and i can highly recommend The Linkedln Code by Melonie Dorado. A great read and full of info that you can put into practice right away.

  9. Love this list! I am a big fan of Dave Ramsey! I’ll have to check the others out now!
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  10. These are really great sounding books. So much about money is the right mindset and plan.
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  11. This is a great roundup. I need to read them all. I love Dave Ramsey and find so much value in his podcast/radio show. Thanks for your recommendations.

  12. I HAVE to read living for less so your family has more… I am at home with two kids and yearn for this!
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  13. I will definitely check some of these out! I started reading one of Gretchen Rubin’s other books, but I never got to finish it. Now I want to go back to it and finish so that I can read this one! 🙂
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  14. These are great recommendations! I love learning more about money especially those that help me develop a better perspective on it in terms of accumulating it. Wealth is abundant!
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  15. I am going to check out Dave Ramsey’s book! Thanks for the recommendations.

  16. That looks like a great selection of self help books. It’s great there is help for topics like this.
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  17. I have read several of these books, but thanks for some new suggestions. I have tried to like Dave Ramsey, but there is something about his style that just doesn’t jive with me.

    • I totally get that Patty! I sometimes have to take “Dave breaks” 😉 He’s not for everyone – luckily there are other great money gurus out there!

  18. I’m a big time reader and love to learn. Thanks for the book recs!
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  19. What a wonderful list of books. I need to read a few of these to help with money.

  20. Living Well & Spending Less has been on my watch list, I need to get that. It is the perfect season to start this with the Holidays approaching .
    Thanks !
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  21. Great list! I’ll have to check some of these out.
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  22. reading a tony robbins book is on my bucket list. so is getting better with my financial planning. might have to kill two birds with one stone and get that book.

  23. great books I have a couple of them in my own library I love to read tried and true ways
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  24. I actually haven’t heard from any of these. They all look like great picks!

  25. I’ve only read the Dave Ramsey book you mentioned, but several of the other ones sound good. I’m reading a different habits book right now – The Power of Habit. So far, so good…

  26. Interesting! I have never read these king of books but I think I will give one of them a ago. Thank you for opening my mind to this.

  27. I’ve heard such great things about Dave Ramsay’s books. I need to take a look at those!
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  28. These are interesting books. I’m not good at handling money and I’m sure these books will help.

    • They will definitely help you Carol! Sounds like you should start with “Get a Financial Life” – I found a copy at my library! 🙂

  29. I haven’t read any. What’s the ONE you’d recommend if I could only find time for one?
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  30. I have Dave Ramsey book also and have read it a few times, maybe it’s time for a revisit though! I put Gretchen Rubin’s book on my holiday wish list!
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  31. I’m glad that tony robbins is on your list he’s a master of awesomeness. I’m surprised that rich dad poor dad isn’t on here. It’s like the epitome of perspective changing on money matters.

    • Tony is a master of awesomeness! I love that, lol! 🙂 I actually have never read Rich Dad Poor Dad Enricoh! It is on my wishlist though!

  32. Nice list of books will have to recommend to some friends. thanks
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  33. I love reading. I actually have a couple of these books. Great post!

  34. I have read a few of these.. but I will check out the rest! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Ooooh! These sound phenomenal! I’ve read Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. I can’t recommend it enough! Her books are my favorite! I’ll have to check out the others. I think that the ones by Ruth Soukup and the Savages look like the ones I’ll try first! Pinning!
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    • Thanks for pinning Gina! 🙂 Sounds like I really need to get my hands on that Gretchen Rubin book ASAP! Everyone raves about it!

  36. Living well spending less sound good for me worth to check

  37. Seems like a good selection. I haven’t read any of them yet. Probably everyone is wasting money somewhere where it is of no big use. Good to find out where and find a better way to spend it 🙂

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  38. This is a great list!! Love Dave Ramsey!
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  39. I’ve read only The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey and just loved it! Thanks for the other recommendations! I’ll check it out!

  40. Ooooo now these are the type of books I’m all about!!!! I’m all about making that $$$$$

  41. I think these are all interesting. It’s good to learn more about how to handle your finances for a stress free life!

  42. I’ve never read any Tony Robbins before, so I probably should get that put on my list! Along with several others you have here. I love Dave, of course. 😉
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    • Spoiler alert, but I’m working through the Tony Robbins money book now and it’s pretty much exclusively about investing! Not sure if that’s an area of interest for you currently Jamie.

  43. I remember seeing that book Living with Less so your family has more. I think many of us can be very wasteful in today’s world. Although it is sometimes beyond our control it is important to try and focus on improving our finances.

  44. these look like some books I need to check out
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  45. Many of these are new for me! I’m excited to dive in!!!!

  46. Ok, I have not read any of these books, I have read other things by many of the authors, but have failed to pick these up. Obviously we need help with putting our finances in order, I’m sure that these books could change our lives. I am putting a few of these on my Christmas list and I am pinning to save and come back to again and again. Thanks so much for sharing.
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  47. Haven’t read any of these but it would be a good try. It would surely be an investment. Thanks for this.

  48. Your books are very helpful especially for moms out there.. Thanks for sharing your tips how we will handle to spend less..

  49. Better Than Before really hit me where I lived. For #pfbookchat in December, we’re talking about the books that had the biggest impact on us this year. I keep coming back to that one. My tendency turned out to be Rebel, and it explained A LOT about certain behaviors I could never understand before.

  50. Great list! I hadn’t heard of some of these, Better Than Before sounds particularly interesting.

  51. The Wealthy Barber had a huge impact on my money mindset!
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