Reading is truly fundamental (anyone get that 80s reference?). This page highlights some of the books and resources that have helped shape our journey toward financial freedom. Here’s just a few!
The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey
This is THE book that really changed things for me. Dave presents a simple (simple to grasp, but hard to do) plan that works 100 percent of the time, provided you’re willing to do the work. It’s based on behavior change, and breaking the financial myths – and vicious cycle – so many of us get caught in. WARNING – Dave’s method is very different from the vanilla financial advice you hear everywhere else. But give it a try, I promise you it WORKS!!
The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches – Jeff Yeager
A folksy and funny book, focused on getting more out of every dollar you make instead of making enough dollars to get you MORE. Jeff is a fantastic storyteller, with each entertaining yarn delivering a money moral worthy of Aesop’s Financial Fables.
Favorite quote: “The best things in life aren’t things.”
I Will Teach You to be Rich – Ramit Sethi
Accessible, witty and hilariously sarcastic, Ramit’s youthful voice is well-suited for the “millennial” generation, or anyone who likes their financial advice served with a side of wry humor. Ramit is that funny guy at the bar you always look forward to talking to, except instead of just bawdy stories and jokes, he teaches you slick ways to automate your finances…and beat the pants off your parents’ retirement balances!
Your Money or Your Life – Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
A more philosophical guide to money that focuses on the relationship between money and time, and puts finances in a very different light than any other financial author I’ve read. An excellent companion to any financial journey!
Favorite quote: “Time, and how you use it, is more important than money and how you spend it.”
How to Live Well Without Owning a Car – Chris Balish
This book changed my idea of car ownership. In most areas of the country (and certainly the Capital Region!) there is ample access to good public transit. This book challenges the tradition of American car ownership, car debt, and gives great ideas on how to make it possible to go car-free or even just car-lite. Upside: we’ve gotten more creative with our time together and biking and walking are much more companionable travel!