Now that it’s getting colder outside, you’re probably looking for some frugal ways to fill your time indoors. One of my favorite ways to kill an afternoon while learning something new is curling up on the couch with a good book.
New or old? An easy fiction read or a thick, detail-packed self-help book? Straightforward nonfiction or an entertaining plot? It almost doesn’t matter. The type of book you choose for fall and winter reading can and should depend on your mood and what you hope to gain.
Personally, I love financial books — but also thrillers (I recently read The Couple Next Door) and celebrity tell-alls. But almost any book can help you learn new things or stay entertained — frugally, of course.
New, Old, and Awesome Money Books to Check Out This Fall
If you’re looking for some good money books to dive into once the cold weather hits, we’ve got you covered. Here are some new financial books along with some tried and true favorites:
#1: Live, Save, Spend, Repeat: The Life You Want with the Money You Have
Tired of working full-time and still feeling like you’ll never get ahead? Kim Anderson, the blogger behind Thrifty Little Mom, offers an answer: Create the life you desire with the money you have rather than what you wish you had.
Live, Save, Spend, Repeat offers stories along with a simple-to-implement plan that helps you align your goals with the money you already earn. Not only does Anderson dive into the budgeting process, but she offers insight on why you might be falling behind – and how you can change your money mindset.
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#2: The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children
Most personal finance books talk about how to save when you have a family, but what if you’re a single mom? Fabulous Emma Johnson, the financial expert behind Wealthy Single Mommy, tackles money topics and more from the angle of single motherhood. How does she know so much about single parenting? Because she’s been a single mom and money expert making it on her own for years.
The Kickass Single Mom is for single moms who are in almost any stage of their financial journey. Johnson will show you how to build a thriving career, achieve financial security, and to reignite your romantic life—all while being a present and positive influence on your children.
#3: You Can Retire Early: Everything You Need to Achieve Financial Independence When You Want It
Financial expert Deacon Hayes doesn’t just want you to retire early; he wants you to enjoy your life until you get there. Retiring early isn’t just for lottery winners and the super rich, he notes. With proper planning, it can be for anyone. But how?
Through storytelling and actionable advice, Hayes lays out the step-by-step process anyone can take to retire early enough to enjoy it. By the end of the You Can Retire Early, you should know how to develop a personalized retirement plan, maximize your income, understand opportunity cost, and select the right investment vehicles for your needs.
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#4: The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich
Recently, I saw David Bach speak at the financial blogger’s conference known as FinCon. His speech served as a powerful reminder that anyone can become rich – even on an average income – if they set up their lives with success in mind. By making their savings and investing automatic, he argues, average people can leverage the power of compound interest and time to build wealth.
His book The Automatic Millionaire is far from new, but it includes many important lessons that never go out of style. With Bach’s process, you don’t need a budget and you don’t need to earn a ton of money to get rich; you just need to make the right decisions over and over again, and to make them automatic.
#5: The $100 Start-Up: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
While there are dozens of entrepreneurship books that tell you how to leave your job and do something new, entrepreneur and author Chris Guillebeau offers a different approach in The $100 Start-Up. Instead of helping you quit your job, he suggests starting a full-fledged side hustle that can help you boost your income in your spare time.
Through profiling and interviews, Guillebeau shares stories of people who started unlikely side hustles that lead to real income – a guy who earned thousands of dollars reviewing fish tanks, someone who sold chicken saddles, and a gal who started a business selling personalized heart candies, for example.
The key to success is figuring out what you’re good at and filling a need. And you can do this without quitting your job, he says.
#6: The Ultimate Guide to Coupons: How to Save More Money in Less Time and Get the Best Deals
Is using coupons so last year? Savings website Living On the Cheap doesn’t think so. If you think coupons are too time-consuming and complicated to benefit from, you’re wrong, they say. You just need a better strategy, and to know which coupons are worth pursuing.
Written by Laura Daily and Teresa Mears, The Ultimate Guide to Coupons offers a primer on all things couponing along with actionable advice you can apply to your everyday life.
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#7: Think and Grow Rich
Journalist Napoleon Hill digs deep to find out the secrets to success for many millionaires in Think and Grow Rich. If you’ve ever wondered how the fortunes of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires were made, this book tells their stories in a compelling way that has stood the test of time.
The publisher of Think and Grow Rich warns that, when you expose yourself to the influence of Hill’s philosophy, you may experience a changed life. Prepare yourself for a brighter, richer future after drawing on the money lessons from this historic book.
#8: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Have you ever wondered what most rich people do for the first hour of their morning? Have you ever thought about their work-out routines, which books they love to read, or what they do to stay mentally sharp? Also, why does this matter? Through interviews and research, author Tim Ferriss answers these questions and others in Tools of Titans.
According to Ferriss, this book contains the tools, tactics, and insider information you won’t find anywhere else. Included are not only stories, but actionable details you can apply to your own life.
#9: The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage
Daymond John, who you might know as an investor from the TV show Shark Tank, started a multi-million dollar clothing brand with a budget of just $40. Because he was desperate to make his business idea work, but severely limited in terms of capital, he was forced to think smart and come up with outside-the-box ways to promote his products. He now says that desperation gave him a competitive advantage – one that helped him turn $40 into a $6 billion clothing empire.
In The Power of Broke, John explains how a limited budget can force you to get creative – and how that creativity can help you get ahead. If you’re thinking of starting a business but strapped for cash or even dead broke, this book can help you learn how to hustle for wealth and use your limitations to your advantage.
Holly Johnson is an award-winning personal finance writer and the author of Zero Down Your Debt. Johnson shares her obsession with frugality, budgeting, and travel at ClubThrifty.com.
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