Growing up, I took little interest in the subject of money. I’ve had a job since the day I turned 16 years-old, and I spent nearly everything I earned those first ten years! Recognizing my lack of a solid financial education, I started to look for ways to learn about money without turning to what I call “textbook materials.” After all, I was good with numbers, but I wasn’t what I would consider a “numbers” person.
Advanced finance concepts bored me, and for the most part still do. However, the concepts of personal finance, or “family finance” as I like to call it, are of great interest to me. Fortunately, radio introduced me to these concepts and my interest took off from there.
While working a graveyard shift in a customer service call center I stumbled on this guy named Bruce Williams, host of The Bruce Williams show. Williams doled out advice from callers on subjects ranging from credit issues, retirement investing and small business dilemmas. His style reminded me of my grandfather, imagining he had his own radio talk show.
From there I started looking for other personal finance radio shows on the internet and found a website for this guy based out of Nashville, TN. His show was only broadcast on a handful of stations, but they did stream the show on the internet – which was still fairly new at the time. I started listening with great interest as this guy railed against the credit card companies (who I worked for at the time, oddly enough). That was how I found Dave Ramsey, and as they say, the rest is history.
Dave piqued my curiosity for family finances, and I began to take steps to create my own financial turnaround. I started hanging around the “business” section of bookstores and magazine stands. I subscribed to a number of personal finance magazines and newspapers, and soaked up all I could find on the subject.
Here were a few of my favorites that helped get me started:
Personal Finance Magazines/Newspapers
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance remains my favorite personal finance magazine. To me, it has just the right balance of “family finance” topics and more advanced investing advice. I particularly enjoy their “Living” section which often runs articles on how to save money on used cars, where to find the best CD rates, and a personal story feature. To me, Kiplinger’s is a true “personal finance” magazine.
Kiplinger’s is available at Amazon.com for $12.00 per year, or $1.00 per issue
The Wall Street Journal is great for those that want daily insight into the markets, personal finances, and news on the global markets. I let my subscription run out when I was in frugal, cost-cutting mode, but there are plenty of places to look for great deals for new subscribers.
What is your favorite personal finance magazine or print news source?