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10 Books to Start Your Personal Finance Journey

The below books are from my personal library. These are the very best of the best. I have read these books many times AND have applied many of the principles found in these books. Enjoy. I would suggest reading in order.

Study them and apply there principles. Come and ask me questions along the way.

1. The Richest Man in Babylon (Book Review) – a simple story with very real solutions to how to accumulate wealth. This book is a classic and a must-read. Start with the theory. Why do we do the things we do.

2. Your Money or Your Life – another theory book on what is important in life. This is a great book on behavior.

3. Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey – then focus on your personal finances. Do not worry about your retirement yet. Get gazelle intense about your debt. One of the best books for beginners on personal finance. This was my first read on personal finance. I still use this book as a reference guide. Filled with good principles of finance, this is a MUST have.

4. I Will Teach You to Be Rich (2nd Edition) – Seth does a great job of helping with the simple things. He is all about efficiencies. He does a pretty good job of outlining some simple ideas that make BIG impacts.

5. Quit Like a Millionaire – I am a huge fan of Kristy Shen. She really does well in her explanation of some very basic principles. I really do not like the title, it makes the book seem to gimmicky. However, it is a GREAT book.

6. The Simple Path to Wealth – this book is a classic. JL Collins writes to his daughter all the things she needs to do with her money. He is a great author. A must read.

7. The Buckets of Money Retirement Solution – one of the first retirement books you should really focus on. This book has tons of strategy for retirement and retirement planning.

8. Retire Before Mom and Dad – the three books in retirement all have the same principles from different perspectives. When you read these three books focus on asset allocation, asset class, and savings rate.

9. The Lazy Investor’s Guide – not one of the best most popular books, but so clear and easy to understand. It has to be included as the top 10.

10. The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing – saving the very best for last. If you understand the principles in the other 9 books, this book is the perfect book to finish the series. Based on statistics and longitudinal facts, this book tries to explain why we love index funds and how to stay the course.