Read These Books for Better Financial Literacy


'I Will Teach You To Be Rich'

Ramit Sethi is a breakout personal finance guru. In 2009 he released his book, “I Will Teach You to Be Rich.” The Stanford grad focuses on advising young people to start dealing with finances as early as possible.

One trick that Sethi is a fan of, for example, is automating money, setting up automatic systems that transfer money to different accounts so that people don't forget, or “accidentally” use the money elsewhere.

“I Will Teach You To Be Rich” went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Purchase the book here.

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'How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents'

Zac Bissonnette was 23 years old when he published “How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents.” Feel bad for yourself already, don’t you? Bissonnette writes directly for the Gen Ys striking out for the first time and advises young graduates what to do to get their financial lives in order.

The book made it on the New York Times Bestsellers list in no time and Bissonnette previously wrote regularly for the Huffington Post and Time online. Get his book here.

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'Deal With Your Debt'

Currently, a money columnist at MSN Money, Liz Weston, tackles the subject of debt for those who have accumulated too much of it and don’t know how to get out of it.

In the book, Weston addresses the mistakes people make when trying to get themselves out of debt -- including neglecting saving for college and retirement -- and gives advice on how to manage your debt.

Purchase the book here.

Related: Automate Your Way to Debt Freedom


'Pound Foolish'

Of all the books you’re going to read on personal finance, we can guarantee that none will be as scathing and critical about the personal finance industry as Helaine Olen is in her book “Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry.”

Olen discusses how most of the "get rich" methods are lies that the personal finance industry perpetuates in order to keep selling products that help the finance experts themselves, not those seeking help.

Buy the book here.

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'Here’s the Deal'

If you’re interested in being educated about government politics on the economy and federal budget-deficit, this brief book from David Leonhardt might be what you’re looking for. The New York Times economic columnist unpacks the budget crisis and discusses a variety of subjects, including the country’s debt problem, education, Social Security, and medical system.

Get the book here.

Related: How the Government Spends Your Tax Dollars



Heard of upcycling? It’s the art of taking things you already have in your house and repurposing them for other uses. Danny Seo is an expert at it. The “lifestyle expert” regularly appears on the Today Show to teach families how to save money and the environment by taking old household items and giving them new life.

Buy the book here.

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