I’ve been devouring a few books lately about finances and managing your budget/income. Most of them (the good ones) seem to have a few recurring themes that I find really interesting. (What throws me is when the author implies or outright says, “This is commonsense stuff.” Well, I’m glad that it was commonsense for the author, but for me, who’s still pretty new to wanting to better understand this world, it wasn’t. I had to have my “ah-ha” moments while I reading the book, you know?)
How many of you follow these “commonsense” practices with your finances?
My family and I are riding the “debt snowball” with “gazelle intensity” while being “open to being a wealthy badass,” searching for our “side hustle,” to grow “our wealth automatically.” (*phew*)
So, these are some of the books that I’ve gone through so far; do any of you have suggestions for easy to read books about fiances, building wealth, or investing? What about blogs or podcasts? Any suggestions there?
Also, because today is super important in my galaxy, I must with you a Happy May the 4th!
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“Pew pew!” May the Fourth be with you! LOL
On a more serious note, why would any self-help authors say, “This is just common sense stuff” ?! Why bother writing the book if they think people should already know all the things? Hang in there! Find the system that works for you guys–or create your own and write a book. 😉
Exactly! I’m not sure that when they wrote the book they understood how comments like that might be taken by the reader.
I’m going for a “blend” of the various books I’ve read so far, but still looking for more books to read. I’m a little ashamed that I’ve not educated myself more about this earlier, but I’m on it now. 🙂
(BTW, not a bad idea about writing my own book for this. *winks*)
My boss has a book called Real World Investing (Gary Silverman). It’s available on Amazon, regular and e-book.
The thing about common sense stuff, for this topic or others, is sometimes we just need a reminder-a push. Because we often “know” what to do, but we don’t DO it. I work for a financial planner. Ask me about my “budget” lol!
Thanks for the book recommendation – I’m going to look that one up!
I hear you about the push – I don’t know that I would have gotten everything I did from the books I’m reading if I wasn’t in the “right” mindset to begin with; you know?
I already love that you wrote this because now I don’t feel “alone” in my disgust for all things financial planning. Whenever I’ve had sit down meetings at the bank to talk about financial planning, I come back home and cry. I wish I was exaggerating. It’s just that I always end up meeting with some old white man who’s been in the biz for 20+ years and uses terms I don’t understand, and pulls out really nifty multi-folded documents with size 10 font and keeps referencing them (though gives me no time to read said document), and so my eyes glaze over and I watch him fold and open the brochure 20+ times before saying, “Just tell me if I need to panic.”
I leave these meetings feeling stupid, uninformed, and overwhelmed. So I’ve started reading books on financial planning too. I read Pogue’s Basics on Money earlier this year, and just finished Quitter by Jon Acuff, a book in defense of NOT quitting your day job to go after your dream. And I’m currently reading You Are a Badass at Making Money now. Waiting for my copy of Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze (Dave Ramsey’s daughter).
I’m trying to gain a better handle myself. I will say the psychology of how we handle money is fascinating stuff. I just started Jen Sincero’s book and the idea that we’re operating with “a 7 year old prince” inside us, both made me laugh and say a-ha.
I’m totally game for connecting on this topic and exchanging book titles/ideas whenever you find a good one!
Jess, I’ve finished “You Are a Financial Badass” (like you, loved the Prince reference) and “Total Money Makeover.” I really enjoyed Dave’s plainspeaking way of breaking down why we need to “tell our money where it needs to go, not the other way around,” and so far have felt this has been the best book I’ve read for that.
For business (and business finance) I’ve enjoyed “The $100 Startup” and “Born For This,” by Chris Guillebeau (also love his Podcast “Side Hustle School”) I’m currently reading “The Automatic Millionaire,” and next on my agenda is “The School of Greatness” by Lewis Howes and “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill. I’ll let you know how that goes.
But if you come across any that you’d suggest – I’d be all ears. I’m so happy that I’m also not alone in this “financial maze.”