Thursday, August 1, 2013

Becoming Financially Literate

A book. In case you haven't seen one in a while.

I am pretty bad at reading and interpreting literature. I struggled through AP English Language and Literature in high school and since coming to college I don't think I've read another book that required much thinking. I think some people see personal finance the same way - there is so much new vocabulary that it's hard to understand many topics about the economy or business or finance. The only way to get better is to "practice," and get more exposure. 


Here are three sites I recommend reading (in additional to my super awesome blog, of course) that will help you a lot:



#1: The Simple Dollar | http://www.thesimpledollar.com/ 

The Simple Dollar is a blog written by a guy who got himself out of debt. It's more than just a personal finance blog because he writes about inspiration, his daily life, things he does with his kids. 

#2: Practical Money Skills For Life | http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/ 

I really like this website because it has information for people from the age of 5 to 55, and focuses on promoting education about personal finance. There are lesson plans that teachers can use for K-12 students, as well as college students, and of course, anyone who is interested in this stuff. The site also has a cool feature where they sort their advice into "life events" like buying a car or saving for college. 

#3: Forbes | http://www.forbes.com/finance/ 

Forbes covers a lot of ground, so I come here to read about big picture issues that don't always have to do with personal finance. Since it's such a popular site, there are also a lot of commenters, so it's interesting to see opinions that other people have. 

Have fun reading! And remember, if you ever have a question about something you come across, let me know! Not only would I love to help you find the answer, I will also get a better idea of what people are curious/confused about. 

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Do you have a website/blog you read regularly? Let me know in the comments. 

As always, contact me with questions or suggestions! You can either comment directly on the post or send me an email to moneymattersjoan@gmail.com. 

photo credit: Celeste via photopin cc



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