9 Best Finance Books for Women
In my pre-Earn Spend Live life, I was the editor of finance-focused content site. I set out to start learning about finance so I could be a better editor, which led me to several articles, webinars, and books about personal finance (some of which were better than others). It also led me to research that found that women are less financially literate than men. I’m sorry, what?? We get paid less than men and we’re doing less to maximize our money? That’s like a double wage gap. If you want to help flip the stats, here are some of the best finance books out there to help you do it.
FYI: None of the books on this list are the cheesy ones that promise to make you rich in 15 minutes, or a year, or whatever.
1. The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated
This book won’t give you absolutely everything you need to know in order to manage anyone’s money ever, but it will help you avoid analysis paralysis and get your financial life together.
2. Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties
If you can’t get your financial life in order yet because you don’t even have a financial life, this is the straightforward introduction to personal finance that you need to get started.
3. Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny
Suze Orman is a personal finance goddess because her books pack valuable information into an easy-to-read format. Like The Skimm, but for personal finance.
4. The Total Money Makeover
Not everyone likes Dave Ramsey (he can be pretty self-righteous) but he’s classic personal finance for a reason: his methods work. Also, he’s churchy, so non-churchy-people: approach accordingly.
#Girlboss isn’t a personal finance book, or a career advice book; it’s just kind of a life book — at least for life as told by Sophia Amoruso, pre-bankruptcy. This book really just covers a lot of ground, but can be summed up with “Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.”
6. Hot (broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink it Too
Like #Girlboss, Hot (Broke) Messes is a finance book for people who don’t want to read finance books. This isn’t a “how to make a budget” personal finance book, but rather a memoir recounting how even a personal finance expert can go wrong (so you don’t have to).
7. Rich Bitch: A 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together… Finally
Rich Bitch Nicole Lapin dishes practical advice and structured steps so that you’re able to actually make the changes you need for your finances…and stick to them.
8. Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back
Around here at Earn Spend Live, we keep the advice focused on issues that affect our lives as 20-somethings, like “Should I buy a house or keep renting?”, and so does Generation Earn. If you’re not so much into the details of personal finance but want to focus on actionable ways to improve your finances, this is the book for you.
9. AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip
Women are still living 5+ years longer than men, which is even more incentive to bring our financial A-Game (our retirement money needs to last longer). AgeProof connects physical and financial health. I dig it.
Last modified on January 14th, 2019