Seven Must Read Financial Books

My daughter asked me once in jest if I get a “boring book alert” to let me know when a new financial book comes out.  Well, actually I do get one from Amazon, but most of my favorite books are written by colleagues.  I’ve listed some of my favorite personal finance books below; I’m proud to count the talented authors as friends and colleagues.  Check one out!



Don’t Make a Budget

by Kenneth Robinson, JD, CFP

Brings a new perspective on the dreaded budget and shows us a different way to save in a way that doesn’t feel like deprivation.

How to be Rich: The Couple’s Guide to a Rich Life Without Worrying About Money

by Chuck J Rylant, CFP

An easy read telling the story of a young couple, Richard and Janet, and their journey from fighting about money to building a solid financial footing.

Why Smart People Do Stupid Things with Their Money:  Overcoming Financial Dysfunction

by Bert Whitehead, MBA, JD

Bert Whitehead, founder of the Alliance of Cambridge Advisors, lays out the fundamentals of financial fitness and examines how your underlying money personality affects your success, with tips on overcoming those behaviors and achieving financial independence.

The Ultimate Parenting Map to Money Smart Kids

by Linda Leitz, CFP

Practical steps to raising your kids with good financial values and financial confidence.

Moving Forward on Your Own:  A Guidebook for Widows

by Kathleen Rehl, PhD, CFP

An excellent workbook for the newly widowed, with sound advice on money as well as exercises to work through the grieving process.

We Need to Talk:  Money and Kids After Divorce

by Linda Leitz, CFP

Linda’s second book on my list answers questions about how to handle the changing financial situation that comes with divorce.

The Young Couple’s Guide to Growing Rich Together

by Jill Gianola, MS, MBA, CFP

Strategies for addressing the combining of finances and becoming a financially successful couple.

And a bonus rap video on the economy, from Don’t Make a Budget’s Ken Robinson.  Yes, he really raps.

photo by: Enokson

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2 Responses to Seven Must Read Financial Books

  1. Chuck Rylant August 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Thanks for including me among a great list of authors

    • Erin Baehr, CFP® August 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Chuck, your book is great and well deserving of being in that company!
      It’s the perfect book for couples who want a solid financial foundation, and those who might be mystified or intimidated by the financial planning process.

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