Whether you’re managing money your own money or balancing the books for an entire household, personal finance is a huge responsibility. Luckily, we live in an age where a seemingly endless amount of resources are available to help us budget and invest wisely.
If you’re not sure where to get started, visit your local bank or give them a ring. Your bank is intimately familiar with your finances and can offer recommendations based on your unique needs. Many banks have staff employed to help you understand your accounts and all of the services available to you.
Here are a few of the best personal finance resources we found this year:
In his latest book released in 2017, motivational speaker and smart investor Tony Robbins is sharing his secrets to help empower readers to take control of their finances. Unshakeable comes highly recommended by billionaires Oprah Winfrey and Allen Greenspan. This easy read is full of valuable advice that will apply no matter what your income level.
- Subscribe to a personal finances podcast
Podcasts are a great way to pass the time while sitting in traffic and there are plenty of shows on the topic of financial literacy. One of our favorites is the So Money podcast with Farnoosh Torabi, which covers topics ranging from investment to entrepreneurship and more. So Money is a short daily podcast that makes it easy to stay up-to-date with financial news. If your primary concern is increasing your cash flow, we recommend the Cash Flow Diary podcast with Gary Douglas.
- Join a personal finance forum online.
Online forums are a great tool for participating in lively conversations and staying up to date on financial news. FICO has a great online forum that provides information about credit scores and a wide range of financial topics. YNAB Forums is a great option for anyone who’s ready to get serious about budgeting.
- Study finance at the Khan Academy
The Khan Academy is a nonprofit that provides free video presentations on various topics, including financial topics. The Khan Academy helps viewers make the connection between their personal financial choices and the larger economic climate with easy-to-digest personalized videos. They even have lesson plans and tests to help you track your know-how.