When it comes to money management, here’s something we hear a lot: “I’m just not a numbers person.”
But that kind of money mindset—your beliefs and feelings about money—isn’t going to get you very far. Because here’s the thing: Even if you’re not a math whiz, everyone has finances to control.
So if reevaluating your yearly budget, paying your credit card bill, or reviewing your retirement contributions makes you want to hide under the covers, it’s time to shift your money mindset.
When it comes to your money mindset, you’re in control of the narrative, and a simple attitude shift can make a huge difference and can help you take bold steps toward financial freedom. When you have a positive money mindset, you’re more likely to feel confident and in control. And when you feel confident and in control, you’re more likely to make sound financial moves.
While a financial planner can be a great resource to help you on your way, not everyone can afford this kind of luxury. Not to mention, it may feel intimidating to share the nitty-gritty of your situation with someone else.
If that sounds like you, there’s another great resource out there: books are written by some of the smartest financial leaders out there. In many cases, these tomes cost less than your average desk salad but have the power to help you think about money in a new, eye-opening way.
Ready to improve your money mindset? Add these books to your shopping cart now:
Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin
This book, dubbed “one of the most influential books ever written on personal finance,” walks readers through a nine-step program that will show you how to make decisions more deliberately and meaningfully, so you can get out of debt and develop savings, save money without strict budgeting, Invest your savings, and more. In just shy of 400 pages, it covers everything from investing in index funds and managing revenue streams like side hustles to tracking your finances online and having difficult conversations about money.
Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole by Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche
A bestseller across multiple titles, including The New York Times, this 10-step plan helps readers find peace, safety, and harmony with their money. No matter how lofty your goals or how rocky the market might be—there are no excuses for living with a negative money mindset, and the “Budgetnista” will help you see the light by providing short-term action steps to help you achieve long-term goals. Read this book cover to cover, and you’ll have no problem taking charge of your credit score, paying your bills, saving and investing, and calculating your insurance needs.
You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
This wildly-popular book isn’t anything like the textbook you had in your financial basics class (if you were lucky enough to have one!). Sincero’s writing is so punchy—and dare we say… fun—that you’ll power right through all 288 pages and walk away with all kinds of practical tips and exercises that will help you do the work to “get as wealthy as you wanna be.”
Miss Independent: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Start Investing and Grow Your Own Wealth by Nicole Lapin
In this book, specifically geared towards women, renowned money expert Nicole Lapin makes one thing clear: she knows how hard you work and wants to help you make your money work for you. From automating your savings to easy, no-stress investing strategies, this book will teach you everything you need to know to achieve true financial independence in a fun and accessible way.
The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life by Lynne Twist
If there’s one thing Twist understands, it’s that our financial picture is broader than the numbers—our finances are directly correlated to our core values. How we earn, spend, and give away money speaks volumes. With that in mind, Twist provides practical advice through personal stories to help you uncover your own core values and take control of your finances by keeping everything aligned.