f you’re committed to living wealthy now, odds are you’re a big fan of all things personal finance. So are we, which is why we’re sharing a few of our favorite personal finance podcasts, blogs, books, and tools below.
Best Personal Finance Podcasts
We really like the Mad FIentist podcast because it touches on different topics that affect our financial wellbeing, like mindset, health, relationships, and so on. It’s also really motivational and the guests are some of the most well-known in the personal finance and development spaces.
Farnoosh Torabi interviews a wide variety of people about their unique money story or expertise. She covers everything from the pay gap to personal finance theories and mindset. She also interviews a lot of female guests to discuss their relationship with money and success.
In this podcast, Jean Chatzky talks about the financial challenges (and wins) women face. We love it because it encourages women to take control of their career, income, and wealth.
Joshua Sheats helps normal people achieve financial freedom by sharing unique ideas and tactics. If you want a podcast that introduces new ways to save, build wealth, and feel more in control of your money, this is a must-listen.
Simple Personal Finance Tools You Can Use
You Need a Budget (YNAB) is our personal favorite tool (Hannah and her husband use it!). Instead of telling you how and where to spend or save your money, YNAB shows you how to prioritize and plan. You learn how to set “budgets” for yearly or large expenses, use money that is at least 30 days old, and how to set yourself up for future success while getting back on track now. It’s a really awesome tool, and you can try it free for 34 days.
Mint is a free tool that helps you maintain a budget you set by sending you notifications when you’ve hit a certain budget. You can also include all of your accounts and information to get a well-rounded picture of where your money is going.
See your money differently. Using 300 blocks, you can visualize your expenses, income, debt, and “leftover cash” to create a budget that is unlike anything else you’ve used before. No more boring spreadsheets, envelope systems, or stressful numbers to calculate. This is a highly visual, interactive budgeting process that has helped our customers and clients develop a budget that actually works for them.
Our Favorite Personal Finance Blogs (Besides Our Own)
If you want to tap into a massive library with content on everything related to personal finance, Simple Dollar’s blog is where to go. The rest of their website is a great resource for the “best of” everything investing, banking, loans, insurance, credit, etc. but their blog is the main attraction. You can find additional resources, get insights on frugal living, and motivate yourself to stay on track with your goals.
We won’t say this guy is for everyone, but his blog (and its extensive archives) are a great resource if you want more freedom in your finances. Mr. MM retired in his 30s and lives with his wife and kid, living a financially independent life on about $25,000 a year. He offers some insights into how he did it, how you can live well off less, and how to stay on track with your financial goals. He’s sort of the “figurehead” of the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement, so if that interests you, this is the blog to read.
JD Roth’s spin on the “get rich quick” language makes us happy, and so does his content. While it’s not the most visually appealing site, the archives are pure gold. From helping readers decide to rent or buy, discussing how to save more money on everyday things, to addressing money mindset, Roth and his writers have it covered. If you ever want to lose a few hours, these archives are a good way to do it.
The Millennial Money Man blog is a great resource for college grads and young professionals who are just getting a grasp (or want to get a grasp) on personal finances. These blogs are written in a direct, no-nonsense fashion that gives you a kick in the pants. The biggest undercurrent in all of their content is that Millennials don’t have to be poor, and that they don’t have to listen to what other generations or gurus tell them about their money. Hear, hear!
Personal Finance Books
Your Money or Your Life was just updated in 2018 and is sort of the “mother” of all personal finance books. Instead of discussing investments or the need to save every penny, YMOYL asks you to think about what you want from your life, instead of just counting dollars. It’s a really great introduction into personal finance with values, and helps you understand your spending and goals on a whole new level.
Think you know what wealth looks like? This book makes you think again. It highlights how people become rich — not by buying mansions or Ferraris, but by being careful with their money and sticking to their money values. It’s a must-read if you’re struggling to align your values with your spending or saving, and it’s a quick read.
Additional Resources You Might Like
Money 101 is a CNN Money course that dives into the basics of personal finance in a fun online course setting. If you’re more of a “traditional” learner, or you and your partner want to make sure you’re on the same page with your money language, this is a great resource.