Resources To Inspire Good Money Practices
Here you’ll find a variety of resources to help inspire good money practices. Check back from time-to-time to see what’s new, or email me at ree@EscapingDodge.com with your suggestions.
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Great Books to Read
- The Richest Man in Babylon
by George S. Clason
This is the first book I read on how to manage money. Originally published in 1926, it is still relevant today. The volume is a fun read that can be completed in one sitting. It’s also a great resource for children. I hope it will inspire you to save 10% of all you earn.
- Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
by Vicki Robin
This book critically changed my thinking. It will give you a way to manage your money that doesn’t feel like a budget and help you pinpoint the moment when you can stop working for an income and start living on your investments.
- Smart Women Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams (Revised Edition)
by David Bach
This book asks the question “does your financial behavior match your values?” It’s a great read full of useful insight, exercises and suggested actions. The same author also wrote Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner.
- The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
by Thomas J. Stanley
This is a fabulous book. While first published in 1996, the information is timeless. Here’s a nugget from the introduction: “Wealth is not the same as income. If you make a good income each year and spend it all, you are not getting wealthier. You are just living high. Wealth is what you accumulate, not what you spend.”
- Pay It Down!: Debt-Free on $10 a Day
by Jean Chatzky
Although I don’t agree with everything in this book, it is well worth a read.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
by Robert Kiyosaki
This one’s a classic that offers timely advice wrapped in an interesting story. I’ve read many of Robert Kiyosaki’s books and loved every one of them.
This book provides a no-nonsense approach to getting out of debt, building an emergency fund and saving for future expenses. (Note: The author is a Christian whose beliefs are woven into the material but not in a distracting way.)
Podcasts to Motivate You
- Dave Ramsey’s Podcasts of his daily radio show. I really like the show because he takes live calls from people who have questions about real-life situations, which he answers with candor. Be prepared for lots of commercials, mostly promoting his products and services.
Interesting Websites to Visit
- Andrea Dekker Real Life…Simplified
- Man vs Debt
- 1500 Days to Freedom
- Cash Cow Couple
- Live the New Economy
- Making Sense of Cents
- Single Mom’s Income
- We Only Do This Once
Products to Help Manage Your Finances
- Quicken Deluxe 2014 (affiliate link)
I’ve used Quicken for many years to track spending, reconcile accounts and stick to a budget. It’s a great product that helps you see your total financial picture in one spot.
This is an exclusive Escaping Dodge cash envelope system. Of course I think it’s superior to the other options out there, but your opinion is what really matters. Please give me feedback if you decide to try them out!
I’m a firm believer that what you see day in, day out affects your behaviors. Using visual cues is a great way to help you achieve your financial goals. I make these magnet sets myself and hope you enjoy them but more, I hope the help you build wealth!
Last revision: 1/10/14