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8 2019 Money Books to Put On Your Christmas Wish List Today

There are some great new money books coming out before the end of 2019. Head over to Amazon and stick them on your wish list. Then tell everyone that you want money books for Christmas. That way, you don’t have to pay for them yourself. Between them all, they offer a wealth of personal finance knowledge.

1. The Joyful Frugalista by Serina Bird

This is a guide to living frugally. More than that, though, it’s a source of inspiration for enjoying the process. After all, most of us know plenty of tips for saving money. We don’t need more money books that tell us that. We need money books that inspire us to really make the most of those tips. This one brings joy into the process so that we can feel good about it.

2. Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost by Caitlin Zaloom

College debt is one of the biggest financial problems facing many people today. Therefore, it only makes sense that there are a lot of money books about the topic. This one looks really promising. The author interviewed real families about how they’re really approaching the challenge of paying for college. On one hand, it provides tips and insight for parents who want to do the same. On the other, it presents an overview of what’s become a serious social problem that we perhaps need to address beyond the individual level. If you’ve ever dealt with student debt, this book seems like it’ll feel like commiserating with a good friend.

3. The Illusion of Money: Why Chasing Money Is Stopping You from Receiving It by Kyle Cease

I have very mixed feelings about motivational speakers and the books that they write. They’re often annoying, over-the-top, and more promotional than inspirational. However, if you take them with a grain of salt, they often contain nuggets of gold. That’s what I’m hopeful for when it comes to this book. I do believe that the constant chase for money limits us, creating a scarcity mindset cycle that holds us back. So I’m curious about money books that might address that issue. This is one of those books.

4. Napkin Finance: Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less by Tina Hay

Personally, I’m not a very visual person. However, if you’re a visual learner then you should put this book on your wish list. It’s a graphics-oriented guide to simplifying financial concepts. It covers everything from credit scores to blockchain. People who are seeking money books that really take things down to the basics would do well with this one. It might also be a good one to gift to teens and young adults in your family.

5. Money for the Rest of Us: 10 Questions to Master Successful Investing by J. David Stein

This is a guide to investing for people who already know really basic stuff but want to take it to the next level. If you’re moderately confident with your money but feel like you could use more information to make the most of investing, then this could be a good money book to try. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because there is a money podcast of the same name that the information comes from.

6. The FinancialVerse: A Common Sense Approach For Your Money by Harry N. Stout

This one looks interesting because it’s designed to give you information about money as it applies to each stage of your life. The tips and advice are broken down into three large categories: before thirty, after seventy, and those years in between.

7. Unf*ck Your Finances by Melissa Browne

This book begins with chapters about why we’re so messed about money, how to get naked and honest about our finances, and how to break up with money. In other words, it looks at how your relationship with money might be toxic then gives you tips about how to fix that. There’s a guide to a financial detox followed by practical advice for budgeting, planning, and conscious consumption.

8. The Total Money Makeover Journal: A Guide for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

I absolutely love bullet journaling. I think it provides the most convenient way to organize a whole lot of information over time. Therefore, I’m naturally excited about this workbook that uses a bullet journal format for improving personal finance.

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  • ” I do believe that the constant chase for money limits us, creating a scarcity mindset cycle that holds us back. ”
    I have said this so many times to so many people – including myself 🙂

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