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I know that personal finance isn’t my zone of genius (I’m so grateful for my bookkeeper LOL!), but lately, I’ve been thinking to myself that it’s so important to be financially literate (in business, but also in life). So, in this slightly-off-tangent blog post, I’m sharing some personal finance that I’ve read, and ones my friends have recommended, that I believe everyone should read.
In no particular order…
This book by Shannon McClay is part testimony, part self-help book as she shares her own personal financial and personal fitness journey of weight loss and financial planning.
She covers the basics of financial fitness such as:
- Understanding concepts (like retirement, investments, savings)
- How to plan and budget for your financial and life goals
- The right tools to accomplish your goals
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This is a great book to read for any couple, especially one living together because financial decisions and money management can be a major stressor in a relationship… But it doesn’t have to be. The book is useful because it gives practical tips on managing money in a partnership with your partner… And it also gives some solid relationship tips along the way, too.
As you know, I am a therapist-in-training by day, and even though I don’t specialize in couples therapy, I’ve taken enough family therapy courses to know that money is such a financial stressor in marital and co-habitual relationships. If that’s an issue you face in your relationship, this book is a good one to check out.
This book is written in an easily digestible, practical, and (dare I say it) an enjoyable way that helps you get your finances in order without feeling worried or guilty. The book is written out with clear and simple tips so that you feel empowered on every step of your journey, whether you’re in the midst of debt, trying to curb impulsive spending, or saving up for something special.
This book is a refreshing reminder that money, at the end of the day, is an exchange of goods and everything you spend money on, is an investment (that’s why I think it’s worth it to pay for things like travel… Because, memories! Or, actually (trying to) own your own place or car — there’s something nice about ownership and not being liable to lease every month). This book helps you go through life to see your relationship with money in a healthy way.
Wealthing like Rabbits: An Original and Occasionally Hilarious Introduction to the World of Personal Finance
This book is a breath of fresh air: It’s not filled with jargon — it’s practical and easy to read, filled with pop culture references, wit, personality, and not without insights on the following:
- Home Ownership
- Financial planning