There’s an overwhelming amount of financial media out there, here’s a curated list of resources that I find helpful.
Get a Financial Life by Beth Kobliner
Read this book now. Kobliner does an incredible job of covering basic financial concepts.
The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon
Servon’s investigation into alternative financial services is eye-opening. You’ll never look at a check-cashing shop the same way again.
A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel
The definitive book about passive investing on Wall Street. The prose is a little in love with itself but the later chapters are useful.
Personal Finance by Kapoor, Dlabay, Hughes
This is a straight-up textbook, like the one you had for chemistry in 9th grade. It’s dense and took me nearly 6-months to get through (and it’s very expensive) but this is definitely the guide to Personal Finance you wish you’d read at 18.
Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Tyson
Easy to follow and helpful guide to get your money situation under control.
Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam
Hallam’s tone is light and airy and his education background really shines with his clear and engaging explanation of “passive” investing.
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle
The father of index funds and founder of Vanguard details his winning strategies.
Helpful, personal stories about money and finance.
Huge and helpful resource for defining the thousands of complicated finance concepts.
Great for comparison shopping for credit cards, robo investors, and bank accounts.
Reddit Personal Finance Forum
Between the general drivel of internet commenters is a lot of really useful and practical information. I recommend using the search.
Tax Refund Estimator
An extremely simple calculator to figure out how much you owe the IRS.
One of the better places on the internet to get your market news.
Refinery29 Money Diaries
Occasionally hilarious and occasionally insufferable, these are glimpses into the real spending lives of young women.
This is the podcast that single-handedly launched my interest in money. My favorite episode is about the economics of red roses on Valentine’s Day.
Paychecks and Balances
Easily the most entertaining and relatable personal finance podcast out there. There’s real career advice and realistic suggestions for small changes you make to improve your financial health.
50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
This BBC series is excellent. Short 8-10 minute episodes unpack one single thing (like a Limited Liability Company or tax havens) in an easy-to-understand way. The episode on the index fund finally solidified the concept for me.
Death, Sex, and Money
Anna Sale interviews guests about the things that are uncomfortable to talk about.
Motley Fool Answers
A financial expert answers reader questions in this investing-centric podcast.