Reading List: Taking hold of your personal finances

Managing your money can be tough...and it's not really something anyone teaches in school! Luckily, there are a handful of brilliant minds out there who have simplified the art if budgeting, saving, investing, pinching pennies, and finding funds.

For the "I'm new to adulting" reader, check out...

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry

This is a phenomenal resource for anyone in their 20s looking to build a strong financial foundation. It's a great primer in financial literacy and doles out practical advice aimed at millennials, including resources and examples of modern services and routines that weren't around in their parent's generation.

For the "I just need somewhere to begin" reader, check out...

The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage

This book is as easy to read as it is to look at. It's got creative illustrations to keep readers engaged and excited about finances...which we all know can get a bit dull. This book is perfect for those who really don't care about money, but need to get a better handle on their pocketbook...and quick! It takes you through everything from building a basic budget, to cooking cheap (including fun recipes!) and a beginner's guide to investing!

For the "I need to break bad financial habits" reader, check out...

Thinking, fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman

This book is written by a Nobel-winning behavioral economist and will help you better understand the reasons behind the money-driven decisions we make. Kahneman explains the two systems that drive the way we think: one is emotional and fast, while the other is slow and logical. He breaks down these concepts while offering insight into how to make better educated choices when it comes to our finances, business, and personal lives.

For the "I like my lifestyle, but can't afford it!" reader, check out...

You're so money: Live rich, even when you're not by Farnoosh Torabi

First of all, this book has personality. It's witty and smart, and incredibly funny! Beyond that, Torabi will teach you tips and tricks to live a life of lattes and nights out, while maintaining a manageable budget...and even save while spending!

For the "I'm ready to level-up" reader, check out...

The Psychology of Investing by John Nofsinger

Learning to invest is like learning a new language. To do it well, you have to understand the flow of the market, the tricks of the trade, and how to make your money work for you...not against you. But many of us don't know where to even start! You're in good hands with Nofsinger. The professor of finance at Washington State University shares his wealth of knowledge on the psychology that drives investors to explain how you can make intelligent investing decisions.

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