April is Financial Literacy Month! And if there’s anything we learned in 2020, it’s that money still drives the world. There’s no better time to learn about money, and great resources are right at our fingertips.
I’ve compiled a list of my 9 favorite personal finance resources. These include websites, books, podcasts, YouTube channels, and even social media accounts.
Whether you are new to personal finance or an experienced “master of your financial domain”, you can learn more.
By the way, yes, that was an intentional Seinfeld reference.
My Top 9 Resources to Boost Your Financial Literacy
Stuff to read:
- I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Book): Author Ramit Sethi is a charismatic, millennial leader in the personal finance space. His relatable approach to money is very easy to digest. I recommend his content to anyone wanting a one-stop educational shop without getting overwhelmed with details. His best-selling book, I Will Teach You To Be Rich, is a smooth read that will cover how to allocate your money, negotiate your bills, and how to live what he calls a “Rich Life”!
- Financial Starter Kit (Book): Beez is a tech genius that I follow on Twitter, that is also extremely well-versed in personal finance. Her Financial Starter Kit will teach you the basics of money management. This includes net worth, investing, home loans, credit and other foundational topics you NEED to know. Definitely worth a read even if you know quite a bit on those topics already.
- The Millionaire Next Door (Book): I was only 10 when The Millionaire Next Door was written. Years later, it’s still one of the most fascinating books about personal finance. Two Ph.D. researchers examined the behaviors of middle-class and blue-collar millionaires. They found seven common traits that show up again and again among seemingly “average” individuals who have accumulated wealth. The Millionaire Next Door changed my whole perspective of how it is possible to build substantial wealth on an average income.
Stuff to watch and listen to:
- Popcorn Finance (Podcast): When I first started listening to podcasts, I did a search for “personal finance” and ran into Popcorn Finance. Chris is a great host with a voice MADE for podcasting. More importantly, he breaks down various personal finance topics into very small and digestible nuggets. Banking, gift cards, investing, money in relationships, financial fears, all types of stuff. And the episodes are maybe 10 minutes? Seriously, the tagline for the show is: “Where We Discuss Finance in About the Time it Takes to Make a Bag of Popcorn”.
- BiggerPockets (Podcast): BiggerPockets has THREE main podcasts. One is focused on Real Estate, one for business, and one for money. Each one discusses and interviews guests on various aspects of each field. I had the pleasure of being a guest on BiggerPockets Money back in Sept of 2020 talking about my previous gambling addiction. To be honest, I didn’t even know they were such a “big deal” until weeks after I did the show (LOL). But for real, BiggerPockets has talked to some heavy hitters in the real estate, entrepreneurial, and personal finance space. You can learn a lot from hearing the past mistakes and lessons from other’s journeys. Take advantage of this resource.
- Two Cents (YouTube): Interestingly enough, I learned about the Two Cents Youtube channel from a match on Bumble (lolol). I watched one video, and IMMEDIATELY liked them. They are a 30-something year old couple that publishes through PBS (super cool). The millennial couple breaks down complicated financial topics with easy-to-understand and fun videos. Their history of home loan redlining is one of my favorite videos! It can be difficult to make personal finance entertaining while still being informational, but they do an amazing job at it.
Stuff to scroll:
- Bankable Facts (Instagram): BankableFacts on IG is run by a travel nurse that teaches investing basics to millennials and Gen Z. She does educational TikTok/Reel style skits on money. You know, all that “young tech stuff” I can’t figure out. Seriously though, she makes learning about investing palatable and entertaining.
- Business Flavors (Instagram): If you are into daily investing tips, the BusinessFlavors IG page has got you covered. They often post interview clips from legendary investors like Warren Buffet, and modern entrepreneurs like Elon Musk. Definitely a great page to stay connected to what’s hot in the world of investing.
- Investopedia (Website): Investopedia is my GO-TO SOURCE for all things investing. Investopedia provides unbiased definitions, reviews, company and market news, and they even have a free stock market simulation game. Their website is essentially an investment search engine. I learn from them all the time, and they also post daily educational content on their Instagram page.
A Final Word
Well, there you have it. These 9 resources have been hand-picked out of my brain and will take your financial literacy to the next level.
That said, these days there are SO many resources out there and I simply will never know all of them. My “wish list” of books, and my podcast queue would prove just how many GREAT options are out there.
Take advantage of the ABUNDANCE of information out there, and use this month (and every month) to strengthen your financial literacy!
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