As a single parent, reading can get pushed aside due to all of the responsibilities we face and the limited amount of time we have each day. However, reading is essential to personal growth and development, which is why I make it a priority each day. Not only does reading help parents model good habits, it also enriches our lives in many ways. I won’t lie, you’re not going to catch me reading a love story or fictional tale set in some faraway place, but you will find in my hands a non-fiction, informational text that will teach me something I can turn into a tangible benefit. Hence this list.
The following five books have been eye-opening and life changing for me and millions of others. They have helped people gain control over their financial life and has put me on track to live a financially free existence. I hope that after you read, or at least peruse the following texts, you’ll feel the same:
- The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach – Take the principles behind his methods and use it to automate your financial life. Once you set it and monitor it (I don’t forget it), you’ll watch money pile up and debt disappear. Definitely number one on my list.
- The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey – Once you learn the principles of automation, its time to knock out debt with the speed of a gazelle, as Dave puts it. His no non-sense approach has time tested principles that can benefit anyone, anywhere.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki – While I may not be real estate investor ready, I do like the knowledge Robert provides about how people think. His principles contradict some of the others on the list, however, I think you can glean some knowledge from his overall message and benefit from it as well.
- The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley – I absolutely adore this book! It is a great read on mindset and perception. Very eye-opening and thought-provoking information.
- Love Your Life, Not Theirs by Rachel Cruz – This was a tough one for me, but I had to include it for its timeliness and relevance to today’s culture. It reiterates Ramsey’s principles – Rachel is his daughter – but from a fresh perspective. Great read for anyone.
Here are a few bonus books:
- Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan – Great read on what it means to be retired and how you can get there. Hint: It’s not age-based.
- Anything by Suze Orman – Love you Suze!
So go ahead and reserve these books at your local library today! What are some of your favorite financial books? Share them with the community in the comments below. Be sure to mention how they have helped you in your journey to financial freedom!
Happy Saving! Live Well!