Best Money Management Books for Single Women

By Martin Brown

woman working on financesWalk into any bookstore and you’ll find shelves of books that tout ways to help you (a) save money, (b) invest money, or (c) hold onto money in a bad economy. But how many of these books address the money issues that come with being a single woman?

So that you get the right advice for your unique circumstances, has put together a short list of must-reads for the money-savvy singleista:

1. On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar

Most young women would love to live a carefree lifestyle filled with lunches, Louis Vuitton, and lattes, but what you might not know is that doing so can lead to future financial breakdown. Whether you’ve been living paycheck-to-paycheck, are trying to save for a down payment on your first home, or are hoping to one day retire in comfort, On My Own Two Feet teaches you how to balance your desire to live well today with the need to save and invest for tomorrow.

2. Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny by Suzy Orman

Suze Orman equips women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from making more out of the money they have. At the heart of the book is “The Save Yourself Plan” – a streamlined, five-month countdown that delivers genuine long-term financial security. But what’s at stake is far bigger than money itself; it’s about every woman’s sense of who she is and what she deserves, and why it all begins with the decision to save yourself.

3. 10 Smart Money Move for Women: How to Conquer Your Financial Fears by Judith Briles

For wonen who want to achieve greater financial freedom and overcome the anxiety and fear that often impair money-related decision-making abilities, 10 Smart Money Moves for Women offers caring, constructive information on becoming financially savvy and planning for the years ahead.

4. Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcées and Widows by Kerry Hannon

Taking you charge of your finances can be a daunting task, especially after a divorce or death of a spouse. In Suddenly Single, Kerry Hannon walks women through the basics of money management and offers how to advice on choosing a financial planner, writing a will and dealing with the financial implications of an existing business.

5. Kiplinger’s Money Smart Women: Everything You Need to Know to Achieve a Lifetime of Financial Security by Janet Bodnar

This book is designed to educate single women on managing all aspects of their financial life. It also prepares single women in the event they do find Mr. Right. Learn how getting financial issues out in the open before you say “I Do” will go a long way to living a happily married life.

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