The American Dream is all about working hard and retiring early with a vacation home. There’s no shortage of books touting their own secret recipe for financial success. We’ve got our top 5 picks as the best jumping off point to get your financial house in order!
Why Didn’t They Teach Me This In School? by Cary Siegel
This book has all the basics of financial literacy. 99 financial principles encapsulated in 8 broad and easy to read chapters, it’s a great place to start if you have no idea where to start. Whether you’re in high school or hitting your high 50s, it’s never too late to start.
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
An oldie, but a goodie. Financial guru Dave Ramsey boasts 5 New York Times bestsellers and has his own radio show. Ramsey has been dishing out debt busters for decades. His advice isn’t the get-rich-quick variety. Rather, he provides solid foundations of knowledge for debt management and long-term financial wealth.
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie J. Zelinski
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free isn’t your typical financial advice book. It’s got tons of practical advice, sure, but it also delves into the practicalities of retired life without the focus on making millions. Topics like finding purpose after retirement, leisure, and making retirement the best years of your life. This book is personal, creative and a must read for anyone who dreams of early retirement.
All The Money In The World by Laura Vanderkam
Laura Vanderkam’s book isn’t like other finance books. Instead of espousing frugality, Laura explores spending to get the most out of your dollar in a way that makes your life richer.
The Little Book of Common Sense by John C. Bogle
John C. Bogle is the founder of The Vanguard Group, one of the leading investment advisors in the world. His book of wisdom, backed by decades of experience, is a must read for anyone serious about investing.
As you continue your quest for financial literacy, keep in mind that not all books are created equally. Be discerning about the advice you follow and seek reputable financial role models in your journey.