The best personal finance books that make building wealth easy

Why am I passionate about this?

I love helping people save money in creative ways, build wealth, and gain financial freedom. Thankfully, my Dad taught me how to budget when I was 12 years old. My accounting professor used a ski lift as a way to analyze business profitability. I could visualize that! At Citibank, I found that people were overwhelmed with their finances and Wall Street was confusing. I’m a CPA and MBA in Finance. I love writing, sharing examples, and finding straightforward ways to help people save money and build wealth. These experiences showed me how to make my money work for me. I show you how to make your money work for you!


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Save Money on Groceries: 327 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bills and More

By Arthur VanDam,

Book cover of Save Money on Groceries: 327 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bills and More

What is my book about?

How to save $1000s on groceries 24/7!

The proven recipe to slice $1,000s off your grocery bill like clockwork. Now finally, you’ll tame your food budget and gain control. Easy to follow. Easy to Save! You’ll benefit from over 300 ways that save you money in 21 key categories and create grocery shopping and food management systems. My favorite is ‘The Triple Pay Grocery Savings System’ leverages the manufacturing industry’s ‘Just in Time’ Inventory Management. Includes free: 4 downloadable grocery shopping lists; links to 100+ grocery coupon sites; and 30+ useful URLs. Whether you shop at the grocery, convenience store, supermarket, warehouse club, or online; or are single or have a household full of hungry, finicky children or picky parents, you’ll save for your next vacation, easy chair, and more. Hassle Free.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Chuck Jaffe's Lifetime Guide To Mutual Funds: An Owner's Manual

Arthur VanDam Why did I love this book?

Chuck Jaffe knows personal finance and especially mutual funds. He’s spent a lifetime mastering personal finance including from his early days with The Boston Globe newspaper.

This guide is a comprehensive roadmap to understanding and investing in mutual funds. Jaffe’s A to Z resource helps readers get started and create a long-term investing plan with mutual funds. He explains asset allocation to help design an investment portfolio. He reveals the characteristics of winning and losing mutual funds.

Two great chapters are "Seven Steps to Buying a Fund" and "Twelve Questions to Ask Before You Buy". He helps us avoid pitfalls that cost investors money. Designed for seasoned and new investors alike. While other books are ‘cloudy’ Jaffe writes in plain English and explains it all.  

By Charles Jaffe,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Chuck Jaffe's Lifetime Guide To Mutual Funds as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

encyclopaedic in its scope yet easy-to-use, this mutual-fund "owner's manual" is a one-stop resource for anyone who wants to go beyond the basics and start planning long-term, profitable fund investments. Breezy, readable, and organized into manageable mini-chapters, it will prove indispensable for investors with all levels of financial experience and knowledge. Syndicated columnist Chuck Jaffe is an idea coach to the ins and outs of mutual-fund ownership, from buying and selling funds to passing them on to heirs. He cuts through the clutter that confuses many investors and costs them money.


Book cover of Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Arthur VanDam Why did I love this book?

One of my favorite personal finance classics. The core principle to getting rich is the choices you make.

Author Robert Kiyosaki emphasizes the importance of taking control of your finances and investing today to build wealth for tomorrow. Anyone can apply these principles and techniques in their life. The author explains growing up with two Dads – his real father and his best friend’s father. Essentially, his blood father spent all his money. His friend’s father budgeted and invested for his family’s future.

He presents ways to earn income—real estate, stocks, bonds, or businesses. With effort and prudence, you can implement this model. He emphasizes that ‘street smarts’ and common sense must be added to school education. Readers will gain a solid understanding of assets, liabilities, and net worth, which is essential to building wealth. 

By Robert T. Kiyosaki,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Rich Dad, Poor Dad as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Personal finance author and lecturer Robert T. Kiyosaki developed his unique economic perspective from two very different influences - his two fathers. One father (Robert's real father) was a highly educated man but fiscally poor. The other father was the father of Robert's best friend - that Dad was an eighth-grade drop-out who became a self-made multi-millionaire. The lifelong monetary problems experienced by his 'poor dad' pounded home the counterpoint communicated by his 'rich dad'. Taking that message to heart, Kiyosaki was able to retire at 47. RICH DAD, POOR DAD, written with consultant and CPA Sharon L. Lechter, lays…


Book cover of 24 Essential Lessons for Investment Success: Learn the Most Important Investment Techniques from the Founder of Investor's Business Daily

Arthur VanDam Why did I love this book?

One of the best investment books on the stock market of all time. William O’Neil is the founder of Investors Business Daily (IBD) newspaper. He combines fundamental (business) and technical analysis (charts). W

hile money managers and investment advisors talk about analyzing companies, O’Neil’s secret sauce is mastering the statistics – where the market is and where it’s heading. While news is important, trading volume and patterns capture the business’s prospects in real time and these show you how to trade.

The data provide the clues. And this book shows you the way, with common-sense techniques and strategies in plain English in 24 key lessons. This is the key to building wealth in the stock market A must read for new and seasoned investors alike. 

By William O'Neil,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked 24 Essential Lessons for Investment Success as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

One of the world's leading investment advisers offers unique investing do's and don'ts that help you multiply your money. Drawing from his highly popular "26 Weeks to Investment Success" series in "Investor's Business Daily", chairman and founder William J. O'Neil gives you a bounty of proven, easy-to-apply techniques for building a profitable portfolio. O'Neil cuts through the static of conventional "wisdom" with a refreshing array of common-sense strategies that help you: accurately gauge the market; buy and sell stocks at just the right moment; seize opportunities presented by market corrections; take advantage of the rich potential of mutual funds; and…


Book cover of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need

Arthur VanDam Why did I love this book?

This book presents the straightforward, sound approach to building wealth.

Andrew Tobias cuts out the noise and explains the steps to take and which types of investments are most likely to help you build wealth. While the book’s title is bold, Tobias delivers. This is a steady-eddy approach with fundamental strategies, tips, and tactics.

Useful advice on savings, investments, preparing for retirement, and much more. He explains nuances about saving money and how to use credit cards smartly. This book will help you get ahead in today’s world and build wealth. Highly recommended. 

By Andrew Tobias,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Fully Updated! Covering cryptocurrency and NFTs, Robinhood, GameStop, the after-effects of COVID, and how climate change impacts investing.

The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need has been a favorite finance guide, earning the allegiance of more than a million readers across America.Using concise, witty, and truly understandable tips and explanations, Andrew Tobias delivers sensible advice and useful information on savings, investments, preparing for retirement, and much more. This completely updated edition will show you the best way to manage your money, no matter what your means.


Book cover of Think and Grow Rich

Arthur VanDam Why did I love this book?

Think and Grow Rich is one of the best books of all time – a true class for achieving super success and wealth.

Napoleon Hill shows you how to get ahead and build wealth. The idea is that successful, wealthy people found the way and we can too. Hill believes that how you think and use the knowledge and experience you accumulate along your journey drives your success.

He explains the importance of desire and faith and gaining specialized knowledge. He emphasizes organized planning, making decisions and taking action, and sticking with it. Hill shares stories based on his interviews with leaders including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and many other millionaires. 

By Napoleon Hill,

Why should I read it?

12 authors picked Think and Grow Rich as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is one of the bestselling motivational books of all-time. Inspired by a suggestion from industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Hill explains the philosophy that helped the wealthiest and most accomplished members of society succeed.


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Today Was A Good Day: A Collection of Essays From The Heart Of A Neurosurgeon

By Edward Benzel,

Book cover of Today Was A Good Day: A Collection of Essays From The Heart Of A Neurosurgeon

Edward Benzel Author Of Today Was A Good Day: A Collection of Essays From The Heart Of A Neurosurgeon

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Why am I passionate about this?

Coming from the perspective of a neurosurgeon, I have witnessed many successes and failures over more than four decades. I recognized decades ago that communication with patients at a level that involves emotions is a necessary part of being a complete physician. This involves being empathetic and, henceforth, digging deep to find the strength to be transparent, vulnerable, compassionate, understanding, and, when needed, forceful (some would call this paternalism). Although the five books I have chosen to highlight vary widely in content, they have one common theme – finding within us the will and wherewithal to succeed.

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What is my book about?

My book is a collection of monthly Editor-in-Chief letters to the readership of World Neurosurgery, a journal that I edit. Each essay is short and sweet. The letters were written for neurosurgeons but have been re-edited so that they apply to all human beings. They cover topics such as leadership, empathy, vulnerability, stress, burnout, and on and on…. These essays are relevant for all who strive to craft a better version of themselves.

Life lessons learned by the author during his 40+ year neurosurgery career are shared and translated into real-life scenarios. Between the covers are many lessons that are derived from the experiences of the author and then applied to all humans. The mastering of these lessons should translate into a sense of pride and satisfaction. In keeping with the theme of the book, this process should culminate in the feeling at the end of the day that ‘Today was, indeed, a good day.’

Today Was A Good Day: A Collection of Essays From The Heart Of A Neurosurgeon

By Edward Benzel,

What is this book about?

About the Book
Today Was A Good Day: A Collection of Essays From The Heart Of A Neurosurgeon features many topics that pertain to how neurosurgeons interact with others and how each of us can use introspection to modify how we are using tools and strategies such as empathy, respect, stress management, and much more.
This book provides some insights into leadership, effective communication, and fulfillment from the perspective of a neurosurgeon, and it causes the reader to think about and consider many, many attributes of a leader.
We all want to have a good day. This book provides strategies…


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