4 Books to Improve Your Household Finances

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We’re now six months into our Financial Peace Journey. Like many journeys and goals that can take months or years to accomplish, there are times when it’s hard to stay motivated. For me, one of the best ways to stay on track is to load up on knowledge as well as surround myself with people who are trying to accomplish similar goals.

If you’re new to a frugal lifestyle or wanting to get out of debt, I thought a peek at what on my bookshelf might be helpful to you.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
I guess this is a bit of a no-brainer given that we took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class last fall. This is the first book that I recommend when friends have asked me about starting a budget, paying down debt, saving to buy a house or any other financial matter.

Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup
I actually purchased this book on Kindle since Ruth’s book and blog posts kept repeatedly showing up in my blog and Pinterest feeds. Aside from giving a lot of great information that helped me focus on being more content with where we are right now, I really liked that she includes varied practical examples of how to incorporate each secret into your life.

Money-Making Mom by Crystal Paine
One of the keys to accomplishing our financial goals includes increasing our income. Given that I own an insurance agency, write and manage two blogs and wanted to start an Etsy shop, reading Crystal’s book on the process of creating and building a business simply made sense. Crystal wrote this book for us ladies; it’s going to be a reference for women in small business for years to come.

Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan
We’re not at the investing Baby Step of our journey, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be planning for retirement by putting a face on what we want it to look like. Dreams vary wildly from one person to the next, and so does the amount of money needed to make them happen. Chris’s book is helping us identify what we want in retirement so that we can be sure we’ve properly saved for it.

By the way, I met Chris when he did a book signing in Greenville earlier this year. He’s a really nice guy.

Looking to the future:

Love Your Life, Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze.
Dave Ramsey’s daughter has a new book releasing in November that will focus on money habits to help you love your life, not what we’re comparing ourselves to on social media. I definitely plan to pre-order and read this book; I expect it will help me a lot during the holiday season next year.