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!
7 “Money” Books That Will Change How You View Life
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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! 😉
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.
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!
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.”
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?
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!”
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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