Podcasts and Books To Help Improve Your Financial Literacy

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If you’re ready to improve your financial literacy it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available to you. From articles to books, podcasts to YouTube channels, there are endless amounts of information. To simplify this for you, GOBankingRates has selected seven of the best financial podcasts and seven books that will help you increase your financial knowledge.

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Here are a few podcasts that could be worth a listen:

‘The College Investor’

“The College Investor Audio Show,” hosted by Robert Farrington, a millennial money expert, is a spinoff of The College Investor Blog, which began in 2017. These often short, almost daily podcasts — which range from 4 to 50 minutes each and average about 7 minutes — explore personal finance and investing, with such topics as side hustles, building wealth and getting out of student loan debt. Some of their most popular recent episodes are “10 Crazy Ways to Make $10,000 You’ve Never Heard Of” and “The 5 Best Free Investing Apps.”

‘How to Money’

This podcast, run by two self-proclaimed best friends, Joel and Matt, provides financial knowledge “that normal folks need to thrive…” and does away with complex financial jargon. It’s just two friends with money expertise shooting the breeze on topics like paying off debt, investing and other “crucial money tricks.”

‘Jill on Money’

CBS News business analyst and certified financial planner Jill Schlesinger demystifies the essentials of finances for regular folks. She acts as a guide through money decisions that people may be trying to make. New episodes are available Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Recent podcasts included: “Am I Doing Enough for Retirement” and “What to Do With an Old 401K?”

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‘Money for the Rest of Us’

Former investment strategist David Stein brings over two decades worth of experience managing billions of dollars to the layperson who wants to learn how to invest. The “Money for the Rest of Us” podcast offers a big picture overview of economics and investing, and a community to help brainstorm with.

‘So Money with Farnoosh Torabi’

Financial expert Farnoosh Torabi made a name for herself when she published her book “You’re So Money – Live Rich Even When You’re Not” in 2008. Eventually she parlayed her financial expertise into the Webby-nominated series “Financially Fit” on Yahoo. She’s been producing the podcast “So Money” since 2015, showcasing “intimate conversations with inspiring and highly-accomplished individuals” about money lessons.

‘The Mad Fientist’

A podcaster named Brandon hosts “The Mad Fientist” podcast, geared at helping people retire as early as possible. He states, “By analyzing the tax code and looking at personal finance through the lens of early financial independence, I develop advanced strategies, spreadsheets, and software tools to help you retire even earlier.” He also offers conversations and interviews with “well-respected fientists”– his word for a financial experts — to help listeners achieve financial independence.

‘Your Money Briefing’

“Your Money Briefing,” hosted by J.R. Whalen, is a “personal-finance and career checklist” compiled by the Wall Street Journal’s finance reporters and experts. They answer questions and share information that directly relates to everyday money issues, such as the basics of saving to taxes and investments.


Check out these books if you’re looking to expand your personal finance knowledge:

‘Get a Financial Life’ by Beth Kobliner

This book by Beth Kobliner is aimed at helping people in their 20s and 30s prioritize their financial lives. She appeals to millennials, who carry more student loan debt than many of their elders, as well as Gen Zers who face greater economic uncertainty and inflation. The book tackles such topics as taxes, credit scores, decreasing debt, common money mistakes and more.

‘Get Good with Money’ by Tiffany ‘The Budgetnista’ Aliche

Tiffany Aliche, known as “The Budgetnista,” has written a 10-step process for how to get out of debt and create a “richer life.” She draws upon her own experience surviving job loss and losing her nest egg during a recession after getting bad advice from a financial planner. With a concept she refers to as “financial wholeness,” she offers a system that is the opposite of a get-rich-quick scheme. The book includes checklists, worksheets and a tool kit of resources.

‘Your Money or Your Life’ by Vicki Robin

This is a financial book that Oprah says can change your life. Originally published in 1993, this timeless financial classic has been updated, with a new foreword by “the Frugal Guru,” Joe Dominguez. This book covers a wide range of topics, from how to get out of debt and build savings, to living well on less money, and how to begin investing.

‘The Money Manual: A Practical Money Guide to Help You Succeed On Your Financial Journey’ by Tonya B. Rapley

Millennial money expert Tonya Rapley, founder of My Fab Finance, writes with the aim to help readers break free from living paycheck to paycheck.

The book is designed to empower readers to take action and become better at managing money without feeling overwhelmed or anxious. She covers such topics as budgeting, savings, eliminating debt, improving or building credit, handling student loan debt and much more.

‘I Will Teach You to Be Rich’ by Ramit Sethi

This New York Times bestseller offers a six-week program to improve your finances with such suggestions as clearing out of debt, establishing high-interest bank accounts, automating your finances, easy investment strategies and tips for big life events such as buying a home, paying for a wedding and having kids. Financial expert Ramit Sethi consciously takes a different approach from denying yourself things.

‘Stacked: Your Super Serious Guide to Modern Money Management’ by Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy-Birken

Financial experts Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy Birken believe that learning about finances should and can be fun. Their book employs humor to walk you through all the ins and outs of personal finance. “If you’re looking for the same old get-rich-quick clichés, avocado toast shaming, or alphabet soup of incomprehensible financial terms, you won’t find them here,” the book proclaims.

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About the Author

Jordan Rosenfeld is a freelance writer and author of nine books. She holds a B.A. from Sonoma State University and an MFA from Bennington College. Her articles and essays about finances and other topics has appeared in a wide range of publications and clients, including The Atlantic, The Billfold, Good Magazine, GoBanking Rates, Daily Worth, Quartz, Medical Economics, The New York Times, Ozy, Paypal, The Washington Post and for numerous business clients. As someone who had to learn many of her lessons about money the hard way, she enjoys writing about personal finance to empower and educate people on how to make the most of what they have and live a better quality of life.


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