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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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Remember: One way to save money is to first check out a book from your local library. You can always buy it later if it proves to be useful and you have some extra cash.

Great Books to Read

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.

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.

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

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.”

Although I don’t agree with everything in this book, it is well worth a read.

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

 

Products to Help Manage Your Finances

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