December 22, 2016

Reading List

I have a growing list of finance related books I've been meaning to read.  Since I'm still in transition no time like now to get some of my list started.

While exploring the area I discovered a bookshop called 2nd & Charles a chain of 2nd hand bookstores that buys and sells used books among other media.  While they only had one book on my pre-existing list they had a good selection of business/economic/finance related books.  

I'm currently reading Freakonomics.  I had watched the movie and knew the book would be good.  Nearly 100 pages in it is.  Not a personal finance book by any means but very interesting and a quick paced read.  

Brief description from website: "Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world."

The Number I purchased on a whim.  It is a personal finance book geared towards your retirement number.  After a small bit of research The Number has mixed reviews.  At least I didn't purchase at full price. 

Brief description from Amazon: "Do you know your Number? What happens if you don't make it to your Number? Do you have a plan? The Number is no ordinary finance book—it offers an intriguing and entertaining tour of wealth gurus, life coaches, and financial advisers, and our hopes and fears for the future. The result is a provocative field guide to your psyche and finances and an urgently useful book for anyone over thirty."

Your Money or Your Life was an older personal finance book that I kept seeing over and over on many financial independence blogs.  It seemed that out of all the books on my list this one was a must read.  Published in the early 90s some items may be dated but from other reviews I've read a lot of the advice is very solid.  Here's an interview with one of the authors I found on YouTube.

Brief description from Amazon: "In an age of great economic uncertainty when everyone is concerned about money and how they spend what they have, this new edition of the bestselling Your Money or Your Life is an essential read. With updated resources, an easy-to-use index, and anecdotes and examples particularly relevant today-it tells you how to: 

• Get out of debt and develop savings
• Reorder material priorities and live well for less
• Resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyle
• Save the planet while saving money
• And much more!

In Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin shows readers how to gain control of their money and finally begin to make a life, rather than just make a living."

On my to reading list:
The Total Money Makeover (even though I don't agree w/ a lot of what Dave Ramsey teaches, I still want to read his book)

Any others that I should add to my list?

December 19, 2016

2017 Goals

  • Attend FinCon in Dallas.  I'm not a personal finance blogger (yet), but I just want to go and soak up all the knowledge.  Always be learning.
  • Pay off more debt.  I was nearly there prior to the move/spouse job transition.  Tackle with vengeance in 2017.  Consumer & vehicle debt free in 2017.
  • Sell SD house in 2017.  Out of my direct control but is a goal.
  • Lose weight/eat healthier.   Last quarter of 2016 went off the rails.  Get back on track.
  • Blog more.  At least weekly.
  • Eat out less.
  • Continue to Declutter/Purge.
  • Read more nonfiction and continue to self-educate.
  • Spending diet/ban on beauty items.  Continue to use up & purge my beauty items.