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Why Read Books About Money?

I have been reading The Difference by Jean Chatzky for a couple of weeks now, and this morning I began thinking about how much I enjoy reading personal finance books.  I really do - I find them fascinating and that is sort of weird, since they all basically say the same things:  keep track of your money, spend less than you earn, etc.  Yes, they all have a different perspective, and sometimes they present ideas that are unique, but the basics don't change.  So, why bother reading more than one?

  • Learning styles are different, and reading a variety of different books will help you find one that speaks to you.
  • Keeping your personal finances under control is a life long journey, and it would be boring to read the same book over and over again.
  • You will learn some new perspectives from each book you read.
  • Reading a variety of personal finance books is nearly guaranteed to change your behavior.
Looking for some good books to read?  Start with my Top Ten Personal Finance Books, then check out The Simple Dollar's 52 Books, 52 Weeks:  The Top Ten.

As always, don't go buy these books new if you can possibly avoid it.  Check the library, Half.com, eBay, PaperBackSwap and your used book stores.

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