Finances can be a scary topic to contemplate any time of year. During Tax Season, finances may become an even hairier topic with the burden of April's deadlines quickly approaching. How can you overcome these life hurdles? What can you do to improve your own fortune in the months and years to come?
The St. Tammany Parish Library has a large collection of books on finance including works by acclaimed "financial gurus" and self-help books. Perhaps they can help.
Dave Ramsey is best known for his "Snowball Method" approach to dealing with debt. His best-selling book includes not only his own personal advice, but also accolades and stories from families who have benefited from that advice. The Total Money Makeover is also available as an audiobook.
Suze Orman, a popular financial guru, writes primarily for a female, but most of her advice is useful for any gender and all ages. In The Money Class, she provides advice on how to achieve your financial goals in the post-Great Recession era.
Michael Mihalik's title might sound a bit scary, but sometimes a good scare can alert you to problems in your life. Debt is Slavery offers no sugar-coating, just a concise book aimed at turning your life around as quickly as possible through the magic of budgeting and using cash.
The most recent generation of adults to come of age lives in a time of uncertainty. Millennials face different hurdles than those faced by their parents or grandparents. Erin Lowry's work is designed specifically to help modern young people fix their financial woes and establish a firm foundation for their future.
The title says it all! Jesse Mecham offers concise advice on the benefits of a good budget and how they can help you achieve your goals.
Another excellently worded title, this book is all about budgeting and other lifestyle choices readers can take to curb some of their issues and turn around their financial life. This title is also available as an audiobook.
There are also several e-books on the topic:
The For Dummies series has proven extremely popular since it came out, and has covered an extraordinary variety of topics. Here, financial counselor Eric Tyson shows you how to efficiently tackle your finances and various techniques to improve your fortunes.
Financial Intimacy tackles finances from a different angle: your relationship. In this book, Jacquette Timmons discusses how to tackle finances with your significant other and the various techniques that can be helpful, as well as habits to avoid.
The St. Tammany Parish Library also has a small collection of DVDs on finance. Here are a few suggestions:
The DVD version of her book, Money Class is part of a segment of videos under PBS Distribution.
Suze Orman has several books on finance, and many of them are geared toward a female audience. Women and Money is another PBS Distribution film, based on one of her books, but one full of advice that is valid for everyone.
Tackling finances may still be a little scary, but armed with new information, readily available resources, and a healthy dose of patience, financial hurdles like budgeting, debt, and credit can be solved.