Here are the best personal finance resources, books, and blogs that will help you reach your financial goals! Get the best tips, lessons, and advice from the pros so you can rock your budget and crush your debt!
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Disclaimer: I am not a personal finance expert. I do my best to provide you with sound financial information, but you should do your own research and consult with your financial advisor before making any changes to your financial strategy.
Have you noticed it?
Have you noticed that just about anybody can author personal finance books and blogs these days regardless of their qualifications?
I have, and sometimes I cringe when I read the advice from these so-called “experts.”
But if you’re new to the world of personal finance, how do you know where to find the good stuff? How do you find the best personal finance resources hidden among the not-so-great resources?
Well, I’ve been learning as much as I can about personal finance for 10+ years now, so I think that gives me a little bit of authority to help steer you in the right direction. If you’d like to know the best places to find sound and valuable financial information, then let me offer some of my personal favorites!
The Best Personal Finance Resources
Out of all the various books, blogs, articles, and other educational media I’ve read/watched/listened to, these are my very favorite personal finance resources. They are the ones that have proven to be worthy and worthwhile without offering any crazy or nonsensical ideas. Give them a try! I know for sure that you’ll find some valuable nuggets to apply to your own life.
Financial Peace University from Dave Ramsey
Josh and I went through Dave’s signature Financial Peace University course TWICE when our church offered it. It was just that good! Dave lays a solid foundation on everything from budgeting and getting out of debt to buying a house and investing.
It’s an all-encompassing course that I highly recommend.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
If you felt the pain of sticker shock after looking at the price of Financial Peace University, then The Total Money Makeover is probably a better alternative. Dave still dives deep into important financial matters but at a fraction of the cost.
In case you didn’t get enough Dave from FPU or The Total Money Makeover, he also has more awesome resources on his website! You can read inspirational and informational articles on his blog, print off his budget forms, download his budgeting app, and listen to his podcast. If you spend some time browsing his website, you’ll find all sorts of helpful information and resources!
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
This is such an interesting book! I devoured it in four hours.
The Richest Man in Babylon teaches sound financial wisdom in the form of parables, so it reads a little bit like the Bible. I found it fun and highly informational.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
This is another must-read! I’ll admit that I don’t agree 100% with Robert Kiyosaki’s investing methods (in true Dave Ramsey form, I think investing should be done without taking on debt), but I love how he challenges conventional thinking when it comes to getting rich.
If you’d like a fresh perspective, then Rich Dad Poor Dad will give you plenty of things to think about!
Side Note: This article from Finsavvy Panda will also challenge you to adopt a rich mindset!
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle
When you’re ready to tackle investing, be sure to grab a copy of this book. I haven’t personally read it yet (we’re still in the debt-payoff stage of Dave Ramsey’s 7 baby steps), but The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is the book that showed my mom how to handle her own investing rather than relying on an investment firm to do it for her.
Before she read this book, she was making -4% (yes, that’s a negative 4%) on her accounts. But after she read the book and tried managing her own investments, she made 12% in interest in one year!
Needless to say, she’s a firm believer in John Bogle’s strategy! And she’ll be the first one to tell you that she isn’t tech-savvy at all. So if she can handle her own investing using this book as a guide, then you can too.
Making Sense of Cents by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
Making Sense of Cents is a personal finance blog that’s been around for the last few years. Michelle offers sound financial advice that I generally find is consistent with Dave Ramsey’s methods. I really like her blog because she presents her information from a younger perspective.
Plus, it’s just really cool to watch her life as she makes over $100k per month from her blog and lives on a sailboat! Talk about living her dream!
Pennies into Pearls by Brittany Cooper
Brittany is so precious! She talks about all things frugal and teaches you how to live a fantastic life without breaking the bank. If you need help with budgeting or saving money, then Pennies into Pearls is where you want to go. In my opinion, she’s the ultimate expert on those two topics!
My Pretty Budget Printable
You know I had to put in a plug for my own budget printable, right?!
My budget form helps you plan your spending for the month using Dave Ramsey’s zero-based budgeting technique. If you aren’t sure what that means, then be sure to check out this post where I show you how to create a budget.
Wrapping It Up
So now you know my all-time favorite personal finance resources! If I had to recommend a good starting place, I’d say start with Dave Ramsey’s book The Total Money Makeover. It will give you a solid foundation so you can make wise financial decisions moving forward.
Also, don’t forget to grab my pretty budget printable! It will help you create a spending plan so you know exactly where your money is going.
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What about you? What are your favorite personal finance resources? Have you found any personal finance books or blogs that I need to check out?
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