The Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s (The Complete Idiot's Guides)
You're no idiot, of course. You're financially independent: You pay rent, utilities, and loans all out of your own paycheck. You realize that your parents had to cut the cord sooner or later, and you're proud of how well you've adjusted. But when it comes to saving money for the long haul, you feel like an astronaut whose oxygen cord has been cut. Don't drift into a financ...more
Much of this is tied to the times in which you read it, and this is an outdated version. I don't feel a lot better about my options.
My take on this: use tools. Use free tools that keep track of your life automatically for you. Mint.com (best choice), or Quicken (offline only, so it's a pain, has more features you may not need them all). Mint is slim and easy to use.
Have an online bank with auto-debit that force you to save money. It's always a good thing to have extra cash somewhere that you don't know about, but can be a life-saver in emergency...more
I was hoping that I could ignore the readership fact and get as much out of it as possible, and I think I did. If the book...more