5 of My Favorite Personal Finance Books

updated October 7, 2022
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Happy Autumn! With the holiday season approaching us, and with the supply chain still being all out of whack, this is a great time to start thinking about your gift list for your family and friends.

As a minimalist, I don’t own very many things. But one of the few physical gifts I do enjoy are books. Especially books where I can learn something and that will help me to become a better person!

So here are my 5 favorite books that deal with personal finances, or simply to bettering your life:

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The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins

Amazon.com: The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial  Independence and a Rich, Free Life (Audible Audio Edition): JL Collins, JL  Collins, Peter Adeney, Audible Studios: Audible Books & Originals

This book outlines the easiest and best way to get your finances in order. JL Collins wrote this book as a tribute to his daughter on teaching her about money and investing. His daughter realized the importance of learning all of this, but did not want spend her entire life thinking about it. Enter The Simple Plan to Wealth, an easy roadmap on personal finances.

From avoiding debt, to an emergency fund, to the basics of the stock market, low cost index funds, retirement funds, and the overarching goal of financial independence, he writes as if he’s talking to you in person, offering you advice over a cup of coffee at a cafe on a rainy day. An easy read, albeit maybe more intermediate level content, but with quick chapters and conversational writing, I found it incredibly helpful for my own personal finance journey.

You Need A Budget by Jesse Mecham

Amazon.com: You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the  Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You  Want eBook : Mecham, Jesse: Kindle Store

If you want to start a budget but are unsure on how to go about it, this is a great book to help you get started. Jesse Mecham has 4 rules: give every dollar a job, embrace your true expenses, roll with the punches, and age your money.

These 4 rules will help you change the way you think about your money and will help you be in control of your finances. He has also created a budgeting system and app based off of these principles, and many have found it extremely helpful to get a handle on their personal finances.

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with  Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Fully Revised and Updated for  2018: Robin, Vicki, Dominguez, Joe, Mustache, Mr. Money: 9780143115762:  Books - Amazon.ca

This book is a little older, but has had recent updates to reflect our time. This book was written to help you learn about your relationship with money. Vicki Robin outlines a nine step program meant to teach you to live more deliberately and meaningfully. Mr. Money Mustache even wrote the forward to this updated version!

This more modern version also touches on topics like index funds, side hustles, tracking your finances online, and having those difficult conversations about money.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor  and Middle Class Do Not!: Kiyosaki, Robert T.: 0884547133656: Amazon.com:  Books

This 20+ year book is still a financial classic to this day. But be warned – Robert Kiyosaki’s matter-of-factual way of writing is not for the easily offended. He challenges the belief that you need to have a high income to be rich, bashes on the school system and its inability to teach children about money, defines the difference between an asset and a liability, and how to help the next generation have financial success.

This newer edition also offers sidebars that show how some of the principles related to money, investing, and the global economy he learned over 20 years ago still have stood the test of time.

The ONE Thing by Gary Keller

Amazon.com: The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About  Extraordinary Results eBook : Keller, Gary, Papasan, Jay: Kindle Store

Okay, this may not necessarily be a personal finance book. But Gary Keller has been featured on many of the FIRE community blogs and podcasts for this concept, and rightfully so.

This concept on focusing your time and energy on one thing at a time, instead of multitasking, helps people to live more rewarding lives in all domains – finances, careers, health, faith, and relationships.

By having less distractions, you can achieve better results in less time, decrease stress, and stay on track to reach your goals. This book has really helped me stay focused, and I can already see results panning out in my life!

Hopefully at least one of these books you will consider purchasing, either for yourself or for a loved one, to help reach personal finance goals and to learn more about money.

And remember, these are Amazon Affiliate links, so when you click on these link and purchase these books, a small portion will go towards this blog to help fund these posts. Happy holiday shopping!

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