Mind Over Money: 5 Steps to Build Your Financial Confidence

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Bankable Advice

We asked our favorite finance bloggers how to get started. Several suggested Suze Orman's Women & Money and Jane Bryant Quinn's Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People. Here, more ideas.

Books

Millionaire Women Next Door, by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD. "The approach here is more about psychology -- getting yourself to the point where you want to have a financial plan!"

- Cathy, chieffamilyofficer.com

Why Women Earn Less: How to Make What You're Really Worth, by Mikelann R. Valterra. "Includes realistic action plans regarding retirement savings and investment planning."

- Sharon Harvey Rosenberg, frugalduchess.com

Apps

PocketMoney (iPhone) - "I think tracking your spending habits is one of the best things you can do to take control of your financial life."

- Madame X, myopenwallet.net

Garage Sale Rover (Android) - "It links with Craigslist, tells me the quickest route to save gas, and it's free!"

- Dawn Cadwell, frugalforlife.com

Web sites

Mint.com - "An excellent free budgeting tool that's also packed with personal-finance and money-management content."

- Silicon Valley Blogger, thedigeratilife.com

Thesimpledollar.com - "It's helped me learn a lot of the basics, like how to calculate interest."

- Kelly Rigotti, almostfrugal.com

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, November 2010.

 

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