10 Of The Best Books On Finances & Money

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Money, budgeting, and retirement are words that sometimes make us tense. There's never enough money, sticking to a budget is about as hard as sticking to a diet, and retirement seems so far out of reach. But I'm here to tell you some good news…you can take control of your finances!

And we want to help!

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We have put together a list of the best books out there to help relieve you of any financial stress and equip you with a healthy understanding of finances. One of the keys to financial success is self-discipline. Discipline yourself by reading one of the books below right away! You will be glad you did.

1. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

by Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is a financial expert who has had it with the “get rich quick” mentality and has dedicated his efforts to put together proven plans for financial success. Ramsey helps you understand money, pay off debt quickly, and to “live like no one else so later you can live like no one else.”

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2. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets Of America's Wealthy

by Thomas Stanley and William Danko

This book takes a look at millionaires and finds what they all have in common. It gives tips and tricks to follow in their footsteps. You will be surprised to read some of these secrets!

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3. Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money

by Alexa von Tobel

Although buckling down and saving hard puts you in a better financial situation for the long term, some of us just don't have the discipline to give up all the fun things in life. This book provides financial advice and online tools that will keep you in a good place financially while still giving you those lattes and vacations you still want every now and then.

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4. I Will Teach You To Be Rich

by Ramit Sethi

Sethi put together a six-week practical program for 20-35-year-olds who feel clueless about their finances. He focuses on four pillars of finance: banking, saving, budgeting, and investing. Many people feel they have to fit x, y, z to be active savers. But Sethi has advice that you could only follow 80% of the time and still see great results! It's not about perfection or fitting in a particular category. It's attainable for everyone!

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5. Think And Grow Rich

by Napoleon Hill

Originally written during the great depression, this book has been updated for each generation with lessons on becoming rich not only in wealth but in spirit. The book gives advice on how to be successful in all aspects of life. Wealth is not the only key to happiness.

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6. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke 

by Suze Orman

The younger generations who are working hard but buried in debt finally have someone ready to address these issues. Author Suze Orman touches on the following: credit card debt, student loans, credit scores, the first real job, buying a first home, insurance facts (auto, home, renters, health), and financial issues of the self-employed. It's a must read for those in their twenties and thirties.

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7. Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life

by Ruth Soukup

Soukup hits all areas of stress and imbalance with this New York Times Bestseller. Using personal stories, biblical truth, and practical action plans, she can help guide you to an overall better life. Be ready for encouragement and hope with this read.

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8. Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By

by Cary Siegel

My husband has often told me how frustrating it is to see students graduating from high school and college with no idea how to enter the real world and be financially successful. Students aren't given the tools they need in school and must learn through a difficult trial and error experience that often leads to an overwhelming amount of debt. Bouncing back is hard! After graduating, the last thing students want to do is read another book, but this book is a quick read full of practical tools for money management.

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9. Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence

by Jacob Lund Fisker

Author Jacob Lund Fisker retired at the age of 33 because of his effective strategic planning and his way of becoming a producer rather than a consumer. He put together the principles he used himself into this retirement guide. The book helps people take control of money rather than letting it take control of them.

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10. Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide to Money: The Handbook of Financial Peace University 

by Dave Ramsey

This book covers the basics of all things money. It will answer all your what, how, when, and why questions and is the guide to go along with Ramsey's well-known Financial Peace University series. If you are dedicated to getting out of debt, this series is one you cannot fail!

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What are your favorite finance and money tips? Tell us in the comments!

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Amanda is a wife, mother, writer, and certified life coach. Pen and paper make her spirit come alive. She spends her creative time reading, decorating, and handwriting fonts. Her world is better with an assortment of chocolate and a stack of books packed and ready for travel. She is a writer for Downs Ups & Teacups. When she's not writing, she's planning outdoor adventures with her husband and two children. She believes life feels best when it's truly lived!

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