Maybe it’s because April 15 is right around the corner (just 5 days to go for all you tax filing procrastinators . . . ), but I’ve been thinking a lot about money lately. In just a few weeks my husband and I will receive that much-hyped “economic stimulus” check (find out here when you can expect yours), and we want to be smart about what we do with that extra $1200, especially with all the bad news the media keeps reporting about the economy.
So I’ve decided to go to the experts and have been reading some money management books. Dave Ramsey, a syndicated radio host, has written one called The Total Money Makeover that I enjoyed. His “baby steps” approach helps prioritize what to focus on, so you don’t get confused trying to do too many things at once (savings, pay off debt, pay down mortgage, retirement and college funds, etc.) with your money.
I’ve also enjoyed reading MP Dunleavy’s columns on MSN Money online. She gives down-to-earth advice sprinkled with humor (not something you can say about many financial writers). She recently released her first book, Money Can Buy Happiness, which is all about spending money wisely on things that enhance your life instead of buying more “stuff” (a personal enrichment class versus a pair of designer shoes, for example).
What about you? Who are your “financial gurus”? Do you have any recommendations of books that have helped you tackle your finances? Leave a comment and let us know!
Posted by: Sheri