5 personal finance books to read this year


Want to knock out one New Year’s resolution with another? Fix your finances by reading more.

We asked the financial experts at NerdWallet which books they recommend for achieving common financial goals. Browse their responses to find your first read.

1. To save more:

Your money or your life

“Your money or your life”
by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez with Monique Tilford

“Everyone should read Your Money or Your Life, a book about saving, pay off the debt and how ordinary people can achieve financial independence. It’s especially useful for people who want to retire early or make their lives easier, but its basic strategies, including how to think about spending in relation to how much time it costs you to make money, are useful for anyone who wants to get smarter about money. “—Liz Weston, Personal Finance Expert

2. To spend less:

“Cut your grocery bill in half with America’s cheapest family”
by Steve and Annette Economides

“I spoke to Steve and Annette for an article on ways to save money on groceries and was impressed with what they know about groceries. They have the process down to a science! Their knowledge and fun approach to grocery shopping can be found in their book. It’s an enjoyable read that will teach you smart shopping techniques so you can spend less on food and become a more informed consumer. —Courtney Jespersen, Consumer Savings Expert

” MORE: 12 ways to save money on groceries

3. To stay within a budget:

You are so much money

“You are so much money”
by Farnoosh Torabi

“When it comes to living on a budget and stretching a modest salary, no one is better than Farnoosh at guiding us through compromise and prioritization. She understands that we can’t live completely without luxury, so she offers ways to continue enjoying life while narrowing down areas that are not as important to us. His ideas on buying clothes and makeup were especially helpful to me; she points out that you can invest in a few nicer items and then be very frugal on other basics. —Kimberly Palmer, Personal Finance Expert

” MORE: How to create a budget

4. To start investing:

“If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly”
by William Bernstein

“This short, easy-to-read book gives potential investors a comprehensive guide on how to get started. It won’t give you great stock advice or point you to the next bitcoin. Instead, it caters to people investing for long-term goals, such as retirement. Bernstein is quick to overcome some of the obstacles to a successful retirement investment, including our all-too-human penchant for bypassing our own finances. He writes that the “if” in the title of the book is the most important word. If, for example, we can resist blowing our budget on the latest phone or a brand new car, we can be successful. ”—Andrea Coombes, Investment Specialist

5. To buy a house:

Questions Every First-Time Buyer Should Ask

“100 questions every first time buyer should ask”
by Ilyce Glink

“The fourth edition of Ilyce Glink’s Guide for First-Time Home Buyers is coming out in February, and if it’s like previous editions, it will be user-friendly, informative and comprehensive. There are many books out there on how to buy a home, and most of them miss the mark in one way or another. Either they have a sermonical tone that sounds unfriendly, or they are for future owners. Glink sympathizes with the reader, never gossips. She writes about her own experiences, making them accessible to the reader. —Holden Lewis, Research Analyst and Home Expert

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