Andrea Schmutz, USU Extension Assistant Professor
April is simply a glorious month; one that truly offers something for everyone. For those who love the warm sun on their skin, April kindly ushers in sunny days as the cold winter days move on their way. For those who love the beautiful colors and fresh scent of blooming flowers, April encourages new growth and vibrant hues to break through the tail end of winter. And how about those who are looking for ways to improve their personal finances? April brings us Financial Literacy Month with encouragement to engage in various activities that will direct us on our path to financial wellness. April is truly a powerhouse month!
If you’ve been following the 2022 Finance Calendar (free download) you will notice that one of the challenges for April is “celebrate by finding a book, class, podcast, etc. to further your personal finance knowledge.” While that sounds simple enough, sometimes it’s still hard to know where to begin. To help alleviate unnecessary stress, here are a few suggestions for books that cover a myriad of personal finance lessons.
Some of the most remembered lessons in life are couched in story form and sometimes referred to as parables. These stories utilize imagery and metaphors that the audience can easily recognize, thus enabling the reader to better understand and remember difficult or complex concepts through relatable terms. Personal finance concepts often fall in the “difficult” or “complex” category simply because not everyone is born with an innate understanding of such concepts - they must be learned. For the person who learns best from stories, here are a couple finance books written as enjoyable stories while imparting great wisdom and tips for improving financial wellness:
Considering that not everyone learns the same way, a couple other popular personal finance books that provide an interesting and informative read include:
As we celebrate Financial Literacy Month, grab a good finance book and set a goal to apply at least one of the principles taught in the book. If you have a favorite book that has helped you on your financial journey, share it in the comments - we’d love to hear about it!
Parting thought: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” - Dr. Seuss
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