10 Personal Finance Books You Must Read


I love books, and I love personal finance, so it’s no surprise that I am a junkie when it comes to collecting books on money, investing and personal finance. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned expert in the ways of budget-making and wealth building, these ten books are the books you need to get started.

Start here, and then conquer the (financial) world;)


  • Your Money Or Your Life 1 of 10
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    Your Money or Your Life ($10.99) is a book everyone should read. Period. This is more than a book about budgeting, or a book about saving, or a book about earning more. This is a book to entirely change your outlook on the purpose of money in your life. Ever heard of financial freedom? This book will blow your mind by taking that concept to a new - yes, realistic - level. 

  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich 2 of 10
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    Do not read I Will Teach You to Be Rich ($9.39) if you are a wallflower. Ramit Sethi, a college pal, doesn't do well with them. And in this journey to teach you how to increase your wealth, he won't mince words. As he says: No Guilt. No Excuses. No B.S. He cuts to the quick, delivers the news, and will change your perception of how to reach wealth in the process.

  • 7 Money Rules for Life 3 of 10
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    Mary Hunt is no newbie to budgeting and personal finance. Although to many she comes from more of a background as a home economist than an investment guru, her new book, 7 Money Rules of Life ($9.39), steps out a bit of her traditional comfort zone to include lots of information about investing, retiring, and planning for your long-term financial future. 

  • Women & Money 4 of 10
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    Thirty years ago, Suze Orman was a waitress in a cute cafe in my hometown. Today, she's a household name for her candid advice on money - and most particularly on the topic of what you can afford, and what you can't. One of her best books is targeted to the demographic she most knows how to advise: women. Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny ($7.99) is well worth a spot on your shelf. Not only does it provide the advice you need, but it does so in Suze's trademark encouraging, tell-it-like-it-is style. 

  • Smart Women Finish Rich 5 of 10
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    David Bach has long been one of my favorite personal finance writers. He is clear, to-the-point, and able to explain things carefully. Smart Women Finish Rich ($10.41), the women-focused book in his Finish Rich series, does just what it sets out to do by giving women a clear portrait of what they need to be thinking about in terms of their finances. If you've read others in the series, you may find it redundant, but if it's your first, it's a great place to start. 

  • The Automatic Millionaire 6 of 10
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    Another David Bach favorite, The Automatic Millionaire ($10.63) is not a get-rich quick guide, but rather a detailed tome on careful saving and investing. Well worth a read. 

  • The Millionaire Next Door 7 of 10
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    The Millionaire Next Door ($8.77) is less a book about the nitty-gritty of saving and investing, and instead a book about the big-picture ways that millionaires were able to create financially successful lives. A good book for the stories and inspiration it provides. 

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad 8 of 10
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    Rich Dad Poor Dad ($6.83) is an investment classic if there ever was one, and is worth a read by anyone trying to find solid footing financially. Keep this one on your shelf. 

  • The Total Money Makeover 9 of 10
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    I love me some Dave Ramsey, and if you're just starting out on the Dave Ramsey journey, his classic - The Total Money Makeover ($16.90) - is the book you should go for. Dave has an incredibly wise attitude when it comes to the realities of personal and consumer debt in America today, and has made it his life's calling to help families scream, "I'm debt free!" on his radio show. To start on the debt-free (and wealth building journey), make sure to read him. 

  • The Money Saving Mom’s Budget 10 of 10
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    Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom is one of my favorite home economists. Period. (She's also a friend.) Her first book, The Money Saving Mom's Budget ($9.08) is her powerful, clear guide to getting your family's budget under control so that you can live the life you were meant to. 

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