5. Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez
This book takes a little bit more of a woo-woo approach to money management, but in a good way. Yes, it includes the basic nuts and bolts of achieving financial independence, but it also addresses our relationship to money and how the decisions we make in this regard can have both personal and potentially global ramifications.
6. 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero by Ruth Soukup
I was getting my “hair did” the other day, and my stylist was talking about how he and his boyfriend were going to try the Paleo diet, but just for a month. If it works out, great. If it’s painful, hey, you can endure a bit of discomfort when it’s just for four weeks. That is the premise of this book. Is your financial life going off the rails? All it takes is a month and a day to hit the reset button and get back on track. Just don’t go Paleo at the same time. If I gotta go through the pain of not spending for a month, I at least want a cheeseburger to take the edge off.
7. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
No money management list would be complete without a little Dave Ramsey. Like Suze Orman, if you saw this guy in the street, you would probably know who he was, which is saying something for a financial expert. This is another one of those tried-and-true guides to getting out of debt and building a big nest egg so you’re prepared for life’s unpredictable and predictable moments alike.
8. How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any by Erik Wecks
These days more and more people are living paycheck to paycheck. For anyone struggling just to make ends meet, this is the book for you. In it Erik Wecks provides a practical game plan to achieve financial solvency, even when you are really strapped for cash.