Did you take a personal finance course in school? Did your family talk to you about money at all? If we had to guess, we’d say most of you answered no to these questions. That lack of knowledge can be crippling as adults facing everything from salary negotiations to making a budget. Lucky for us, there are tons of experts out there who are more than willing to share wisdom with those who need and want to learn about managing personal finances better in 2017!
Why learn about financial management? For one, it’s a way to feel more empowered about your future. Knowing the difference between a Roth IRA and a 401K for example, can help you determine what the best way to invest is for you. Understanding more about the risks and rewards of using credit can help you pick the right card for your situation and keep you from using more than you can repay.
More than that, simply feeling confident with money goes a long way—especially for women. While 77% of women would march straight into a doctor’s office and discuss their physical health, just 47% would be comfortable talking to a financial professional about their money. Perhaps it is because we feel the need to know what we are talking about before we walk into the room—or maybe it’s simply because many women have been taught that talking about money, like religion or politics, is something that just isn’t done.
We believe that getting real about our money issues is critical, not only for us, but for our girls. Of course, you can always find a certified financial planner and talk to someone in person—but sometimes you want to simply explore learning on your own first. This list is by no means exhaustive—we’ve simply shared what we find to be the most accessible, no-frills, chock-full-of-smart-info resources we know of. And if they are women-led and women-focused, so much the better!
Let us know if any of these are helpful to you, or what resources you’ve found helpful in your quest for financial freedom!
The Financial Diet : “We talk about money because we know you don’t want to” sums up this site geared toward millennial money issues like student debt, career choices, moving and dating.
Girls Just Wanna Have Funds : Practical advice and tools, including a 21-day “Spartan Challenge.”
The Simple Dollar: One of the first personal finance blogs, giving straightforward advice for people who struggle financially from others who have been there.
WiseBread: Provides a balanced view of living and enjoying life while also making smart choices around borrowing, home ownership, paying off debt, saving and more.
DailyWorth: Simplifies complicated financial concepts without dumbing them down, so smart, ambitious women can take charge of their financial future.
WorthFM: A savings and investment platform that guides you through the process, step by step.
Nerdwallet: Think of it as Consumer Reports for financial products. If you need objective advice, this is the place.
LearnVest: “No jargon. No confusion. Just advice.” LearnVest connects you to certified financial planners and offers personalized financial plans.
Like a Mother: The witty and authentic Emma Johnson interviews celebs, experts and regular people about issues moms, especially single moms, care about—especially money and career.
Her Money with Jean Chatzky: The Today Show expert gives women-specific financial advice that feels like it’s coming from someone who cares about you.
You Need a Budget: Great on the go, these short, specific podcasts hit at the major issues we face in keeping finances on track.
MoneyGirl: This one is for those who have basic money management underway and want to learn more about investing in all forms, from real estate to 401k accounts.
CNN Money Essentials: Enjoy learning in an organized, easy-to-digest lesson format? Each category covers multiple topics, so you can pick and choose based on what you need to know.
Khan Academy: Video-based learning that goes a little deeper to explain big picture finance for those who want to become more informed about the broader economic forces that affect them.
SuzeU: Female finance guru Suze Orman’s paid online learning course has seven no-nonsense lessons, plus a community forum offering support and encouragement.
edX Personal Finance: a five-week course offered by Purdue University focused specifically on investments, credit, insurance and retirement.