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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 menand 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
#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
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.