Sunday 29th August 2021
When it comes to personal finance, many of us our self-educated.
That’s because in the UK, until recently, finance hasn’t been on the National Curriculum. Furthermore, many British families feel that talking about money, isn’t ‘the done thing’ and children grow up in homes where money isn’t talked about.
Therefore, many people have limited knowledge of personal finance.
I knew from early in my career that I didn’t want to be clueless when it comes to money. I worked too hard to be poor. I saw people who looked like they had money: who travelled often, wore smart clothes and seemed to have everything they ever wanted. So, I needed to take things into my own hands and find out how to win with money.
Thankfully, I am an avid reader and there are plenty of books and resources that helped me to learn how to develop my knowledge and understanding of personal finance.
In this blog, I have listed my top three books, that have helped me with this essential life skill. Please do take a look, two of them you may have heard of, one is less well known but I still value and recommend them all.
Please do add your own personal favourites in the comments below.
The Money Secret by Rob Parsons
This was the first book that taught me about debt. It’s written in a story format so is very easy to read. It imparts lots of information in a sensible and straightforward read.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (Podcast also available)
This book totally changed how we deal with money. It completed validated why Bob and I needed to be on the same page re our finances. It’s common sense and practical approach has helped millions of people get out – and stay out of debt. If you need to get out of debt and need a plan for your money, then this book is for you!
The Meaningful Money Handbook: Everything You Need to Know and Everything You Need to Do To Secure Your Financial Future by Pete Matthew (Podcast also available)
This book is great, it is well written and easy to read. It’s super for people who feel overwhelmed about money. It clear and simple language, it will teach you how to win with money. I can’t recommend this highly enough.
My favourite podcasts on personal finance.
Like many people, I love listening to podcasts. I love the fact that people can talk to you about things that I value and am interested in. The following podcasts have taught me so much and I highly recommend that you listen to them too!
The Ramsey Show (US based)
Great advice on paying off debt and building wealth – and I love ‘The Debt Free Scream!’.
Meaningful Money – Personal Finance Podcast (UK based)
Pete Matthew helps you make sense of money! He discusses and explains all aspects of your personal finance in simple, everyday language.
The Which? Money Podcast (UK based)
Gives you latest news on personal finance hacks and money news.
This is Money Podcast (UK based)
What you need to know about money each week and what the news means for you – so very helpful in keeping me up to date!
Money Clinic with Clear Barrett (UK based)
I love Claire Barrett, she gives top tips and takeaways from top Financial Times writers and financial experts.
Money Box – BBC Radio 4 (UK based)
Paul Lewis and his team brings the latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
I love all these podcasts and always learn something from each one.
It’s because I have spent time reading and listening to others who are the professionals, I now feel much more confident and able to deal with our own personal finances. Who do you turn to when you have a finance question? Please do share your favourite books and podcasts in the comments below.
Thanks and God bless,