5 Classic Personal Finance Books to Read if You Have Student Loan Debt

Struggling with your student loan debt? Time to hit the books! Check out these 5 classic books on personal finance for practical, timeless advice you’ll use for the rest of your life. (P.S. – these books are in no particular!)

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robinson

This book is in its 25th edition, and it’s easy to see why. A nine-step program helps readers quickly shift their attitudes about spending and saving. Additionally, Robinson is an ace at providing very practical and wise advice on dealing deliberately with your money.

Plus, the newly updated, 2018 edition of the book includes topics like:

  • investing
  • side hustles and freelancing
  • online financial tracking
  • tackling different conversations about money with loved ones

Who It’s For: Anyone who needs a money and spending attitude makeover.

The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman

The  TV superstar and personal finance expert Suze Orman wrote this book for “Generation Debt,” and focuses on money info for younger audiences specifically.

This book focuses on financial advice for topics like student loans, lifestyle advice, and intro investment strategies. Plus, it covers ideas for how to make your money work for you. Even better? The tone of the book is straightforward and easy to read.

Who It’s For: Millennials, Gen Z’ers, or anyone who needs a crash course in personal finance.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

In the 1930s, writer Napoleon Hill embarked on a series of interviews. His subjects were mega-successful people, like Andrew Carnegie. From those interviews, Hill penned his perennial classic Think and Grow.

This isn’t so much a nuts and bolts finance book. Instead, think of this book as a book about the philosophies, attitudes, and habits of financially successful people.

Known as the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature,” this book could be the right read for you if you’re interested in shifting your mindset around money.

Who It’s For: If you could use a good motivational kick in the pants!

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Feel totally clueless about personal finances? Ramit Sethi is here to help!

Sethi’s six-week program, designed to help 20-to-35-year-olds, is built around his personal four pillars of personal finances.

The four pillars:

  • banking
  • saving
  • budgeting
  • investing

Additionally, Sethi offers great ideas on the power and wealth-building possibilities of entrepreneurship. And, if you’re worried that personal finance is boring, fear no more! Sethi’s writing is funny and really relatable.

Who It’s For: This book is judgement free and highly practical. If you need clear-cut, actionable steps to take control of your finance, this could be a excellent book to check out.

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Radio host Dave Ramsey is a funny, no filter personal finance expert. And, Total Money Makeover is his most popular book – it’s sold over 5 million copies around the world!

Ramsey’s book promises to help you:

  • Design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt
  • Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths
  • Secure a nest egg for emergencies and retirement

Who It’s For: If you’re looking to “whip your finances into shape” and “turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget,” Ramsey’s book could be just what you’re looking for!

If you have any favorite personal finance books you love, shout them out in the comments. We’d love to hear what you’re reading!

Alexis Irvin is a writer and documentary filmmaker obsessed with entrepreneurship, careers, and pursuing dreams. Her Millennial career guide, Build Your Dreams: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, is available at bookstores everywhere! Alexis lives in sunny Los Angeles where she loves to hike, eat tacos, and read on the beach.

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