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19 Books To Manage Your Personal Finances

Learn to get those finances in check.

It starts slow, going out to eat 6 days a week and putting it all on the credit card and buying the drinks at the bar in the “after-work” gatherings after the nine-to-five is done, and at home? Netflix and DirecTV to keep you entertained, ah, and don’t forget your unlimited data plan to watch those with the on-the-go subscription.

Before you know it, you are keeping spreadsheets to keep up with the expenditures of this week alone, wondering: “how did it come to this?” You know how it happened, what you might need help figuring out is how to get out of it. Here’s a couple of books from people that managed and mastered that tricky beast called personal finances.

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#1 Personal Financial Planning for Executives and Entrepreneurs

In Personal Financial Planning for Executives and Entrepreneurs*, Nathanson brings together the collective expertise of ten seasoned financial professionals to provide a roadmap for achieving financial independence and peace of mind. Perfectly crafted for C-suite and other executives, entrepreneurs and business owners, it offers readers a creative, highly engaging approach to identifying the many obstacles and solutions throughout the pivotal moments of their career and life.

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Contributor: Jane Reilly from Smith Publicity

#2 How to Live Like a MILLIONAIRE When You’re a Million Short

How to Live Like a MILLIONAIRE When You're a Million Short is wonderful because it can help people save thousands of dollars and enjoy life more! It won an IRWIN Award as the Best Book for Saving Money & Living Well of 2018. This breezy, information-packed guide features incredible money-saving tips on entertainment, travel, shopping, fashion, restaurants, beauty, health, home décor, and more. Many of the tips include getting things for FREE, such as how to get your hair styled at upscale salons for free, how to get designer clothes for free, and how to spend six nights at a four-star resort in Spain for FREE!

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Contributor: M.J. Anderson from Potpourri Books

  1. This book sounds cute but actually shares incredibly shrewd techniques that help you get ALL kinds of stuff for free or at discount. I read it when it first came out – it helped me then so I bought a bunch and give it as a gift!!

#3 I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

It is a simple, actionable guide to simple personal finance. It also introduces concepts such as a Rich Life (focusing on things you love and cutting costs mercilessly on the things you do not), the conscious spending plan (instead of the boring word budgeting° and focusing on the big wins (focus on salary negotiations instead of for example chasing the coupon deals).

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Contributor: Jonathan Verhaeghe from Joney Talks

#4 The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover takes a practical and sensible approach to getting out of debt and increasing earning. He does offer some drastic measures that may not be for everyone. But if you don't know where to start, he'll show you. You may not get a second job or live on beans and rice, but there are steps you can take to change your future.

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Contributor: Holly Wolf from SOLO Laboratories

#5 The Simple Path to Wealth by J L Collins

JL Collins helps break down the complexity of investing, money management and building wealth with his book The Simple Path To Wealth. The tone, pace and narrative by JL makes this an easy, yet engaging ready for beginners looking to master their money and start investing for long-term gain. Whether you're at the start of your financial journey or looking to make improvements later in life, this book is a must-read resource.

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Contributor: Scott Wesley from Making Momentum

#6 Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, Money

Your Money or Your Life is a stalwart of the personal finance community. Originally released in 1992 and it has since been updated in 2018 to better fit the modern world of money. Whether you’re just beginning your financial life or heading towards retirement, this book will show you how to: - Get out of debt and develop savings - Save money through mindfulness and good habits, rather than strict budgeting - Declutter your life and live well for less - Invest your savings and begin creating wealth - Save the planet while saving money

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Contributor: Scott Wesley from Making Momentum

#7 Money Matters by Karen Ford, Dr. John Polis, Dr. Rebecca Polis

This book provides sound teaching and practical guidance for learning how to manage finances and invest in your future. If you are ready to move out of financial bondage and into financial freedom, then Money Matters will provide you with hope and positive direction while building your faith and increasing your ability to walk in generosity.

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Contributor: Karen Ford from KBF Management Company

#8 Touchdown Finance by Dr. John Karaffa

In Touchdown Finance ,Karaffa advises readers that they don’t have to have the bank account of a professional athlete in order to learn from their financial failures and success stories. In a simplistic and direct writing style that features the 7 top tips for financial success, along with words of advice from athletes in the NFL, MLB, Olympians and more, Touchdown Finance serves as the ultimate personal finance playbook for sports lovers and provides a fresh take on personal finance.

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Contributor: Lindsey Brodowski from Smith Publicity

#10 All the Money in the World by Laura Vanderkam

All the Money in the World stands out from the crowd by painting money as a tool that can be used to improve your life all-around. Within its pages you’ll find advice for spending your money in a way that accents your everyday routine and helps boost happiness.

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Contributor: Sean Messier from Credit Card Insider

#11 Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School? by Cary Siegel

It’s not uncommon to hear complaints about the lack of mandatory financial education during high school and college. Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School? addresses the issue through 99 helpful principles organized into 8 broader sections, making it a great choice for individuals who are still new to the financial independence of adulthood.

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Contributor: Sean Messier from Credit Card Insider

#12 Emotional Currency by Kate Levinson

Levinson takes a totally different approach: as a therapist specializing in money issues, she takes readers on a journey inside themselves to help them explore and heal their own inner money obstacles. Whether we want to admit it or not, money is an extremely emotional and sensitive subject for most people. You can read books about what to do with your finances until you're blue in the face, but until you look inside yourself and get to the root of why you're bad with money, you won't be able to fix your money habits. Emotional Currency helped me do this. 

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Contributor: Elizabeth Aldrich from ElizabethAldrich

#13 You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

This is such a great book for learning about personal finance because you don't feel like you're reading a boring self-help book. It has a light tone and a hilarious humor that makes you feel as if you're one of your favorite books, and you're learning immensely while you do. The author has a great way of breaking down complex financial topics and putting an interesting spin on them. She draws on her own experience and explains her complete transformation with money. Being 40 years old, living in a converted garage, she completely changed her financial situation and is now a best-selling author and a successful business owner.

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Contributor: McCall Robison from Best Company

#14 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Sharon Lechter, Robert Kiyosaki

This book is a good one to read while you're young. It shows two mindsets you can take: the wealthy mindset and the alternative. You can see what life looks like to someone who manages their personal finances well and not so well. You'll obviously want to manage your finances well, and be like the rich dad described within. You'll learn how he thinks and what he does in order to be wealthy. This book can help you begin making money, accumulating assets, and avoiding the pitfalls that are alluring to poor dad.

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Contributor: William Lipovsky from First Quarter Finance

#15 Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

Many personal finance books choose to focus on either mindset or actions. This book incorporates both nicely. I feel that most sentences in the book either start with Rich people think... or Rich people do... This book helps program your mind and your life to set yourself up for financial success. The author often talks of the financial blueprint we all have. Not sure what yours is? Read this book.

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Contributor: William Lipovsky from First Quarter Finance

#16 How to be a Billionaire by Martin S. Fridson

This book opens your mind up to the idea of becoming a billionaire. It shows how those in the past have done it. It really makes you realize that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and you can either do things that make you a little money or things that make you a lot of money. Often it's not based hugely on your skills, but on what you decide to do with those skills. It shows that working on the right things is what has made so many billionaires.

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Contributor: William Lipovsky from First Quarter Finance

#18 Getting Started in Options by Michael C. Thomsett

A lot of people believe trading options is extremely risky and also very complicated. Thomsett sets the record straight and presents a full spectrum of options trading strategies, many of which are actually lower risk than buying and holding. An essential read for anyone willing to actively invest their money.

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Contributor: Kris Kalish from Penny Parrot

#19 Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide To Money by Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey has authored seven best-selling books on personal financial management, and he's one of America’s most-trusted voices on money matters. In this comprehensive, easily digested book (331 pages long), readers will learn about the financial skills required for personal economic success in the 21st Century. Dave covers topics such as budgeting, how to save and invest, and dramatically reduce debt, while also teaching readers about insurance, emergency funds, the nuts & bolts of mortgages, and the importance of charitable giving. In summary, this is an excellent foundation for novices just learning about the economic world in which we live.

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Contributor: Timothy G. Wiedman

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