My brother is currently scheduled to get himself married in the middle part of next month. As a result, I’ve spent an ungodly amount of money on plane tickets, hotel and rental cars for the event. Added to that will be food for a few days for all three of us (Me, My Wife and Our Son), a Tux rental, and who knows what other stuff. My brother lives in Anaheim (thank goodness it isn’t a New York wedding!), and apparently, there is a mutant giant mouse that runs rampant around those parts and must be seen by anyone under the age of about 100.
In any case, despite the rampant fiscal spending of the trip, I thought I might pass along a few of the personal finance books that I’ve found useful in our married life. That is a pretty short list, but a distinguished one. Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover, Is top of the list. I might throw inThe Millionaire Next Door as well. But those are about the limit of the books that both my wife and I found to be useful. I’ve read a few others that were somewhat informative to me, but I’m trying to find books that are specific to couples.
A quick search of Amazon finds a few others like one by David Bach called Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner, and Larry Burkett’s Complete Financial Guide for Young Couples: A Lifetime Approach to Spending, Saving and Investing. I’ve never read either, so don’t know if they are worth the time or not. That’s where you all come in.
Do you and your partner have a book that was important to your finances? Something that made the transition to couples money management a little bit easier? Let us all know in the comments. I’ll try and get a list together and share it all with everyone a little later this month.
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feminist finance says
I highly recommend Smart Couples Finish Rich. I read Smart Women Finish Rich back before I met Shiner, and it was my first “a-ha!” PF book. After he and I got serious, we went through the exercises i nthe book and though they were review for me (there are a lot of similarities among Bach’s books) he found it useful for him, and it definitely helped get us on the same page in terms of goals.