Personal Finance

This subject guide will lead you to books and web sites which will help you in handling your personal financial situation. It includes debt management, financial education and planning.

Last updated: August 12, 2013


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  • The 1-2-3 Money Plan : The Three Most Important Steps to Saving and Spending Smart
    by Gregory Karp

    When it comes to personal finance, many books are just too complicated and too hard to act on. Finally, there’s a book that truly keeps it simple, offering advice that anyone can use and anyone can profit from. “The 1-2-3 Money Book” organizes every essential money task into three specific steps, telling readers exactly what to do, and how to do it.

  • The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things With Money
    by Carl Richards

    As a financial planner, Carl Richards grew frustrated watching people he cared about make the same mistakes over and over. They were letting emotion get in the way of smart financial decisions. He named this phenomenon-the distance between what we should do and what we actually do-“the behavior gap.” Using simple drawings to explain the gap, he found that once people understood it, they started doing much better.

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  • The Cure for Money Madness : Break Your bad Money Habits, Live Without Financial Stress, and Make More Money!
    by Spencer Sherman

    Sherman presents the tools that have helped thousands of people find greater peace of mind—and make more money.

  • A Dictionary of Finance and Banking

    This is a reference book and must be used in the library. With over 5,100 entries on all aspects of finance and banking, this fully updated reference is definitely a worthwhile investment. Over 200 new entries have been added to this edition and it has been fully updated to reflect recent developments such as structured finance and the subprime lending crisis.

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  • Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending
    by Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton

    Two rising stars in behavioral science explain how money can buy happiness—if five core principles of smarter spending are followed. It offers new research on the science of spending.

  • The New Coffeehouse Investor : How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street...
    by Bill Schultheis

    An inspirational, low-stress way to achieve financial security, this updated guide explains why people should stop trying to predict the economy and remember three simple principles: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and save for a rainy day.

  • The New Frugality : How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better
    by Chris Farrell

    From the personal finance correspondent for public radio’s Marketplace Money, a new plan for a new economic reality—the philosophy and practice of living frugally. As a once-in-a-lifetime downturn deepens, our go-go economy has become an uh-oh economy. But as trusted finance reporter Chris Farrell explains, there’s a silver lining to this cloud: It is accelerating a trend already under way in America toward what he calls the New Frugality

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  • The Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom: A Woman's Guide to Enjoying Wealth and Power
    by Carol Pepper and Camilla Webster

    As women’s earnings, freedom and influence increase, the old sequential patterns of education, marriage, motherhood, and retirement no longer apply. Today women cycle repeatedly but not in any traditional order through these stages: wealth building, romance and marriage, motherhood, power, crisis and loss, retirement, legacy building.

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  • The Debt-Free Spending Plan: An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of Your Finances Once and for All
    by JoAnneh Nagler

    Anyone suffering under the crushing weight of debt knows how impossible it can seem to find a way out. The Debt-Free Spending Plan is simple. It assumes you need help now, and gives it to you. The plan is clear, easy, and takes just five minutes a day - and it doesn’t matter if you make $14,000 or $14 million. With straightforward daily spending strategies and effortless expense tracking tools, you will soon find yourself on the road to financial freedom - all before the next billing cycle.

  • The Smartest Money Book You'll Ever Read: Everything You Need to Know About Growing, Spending, and Enjoying Your Money
    by Daniel R. Solin

    Solin offers the smartest guide to money management and financial planning yet. From managing your debt, boosting your savings, and owning (or renting) a home to buying insurance, maximizing investment returns, and retiring when you want to, The Smartest Money Book You’ll Ever Read is your road map to financial freedom-and to enjoying yourself along the way.

  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
    by Dave Ramsey

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There’s one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that’s with The Total Money Makeover!

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  • Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny
    by Suze Orman

    This groundbreaking book from the author of “5 Steps to Financial Freedom” investigates the complicated and perilous relationship women have with money.

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