These Books Helped Me Pay Off $74,000 in Two Years

These Books Helped Me Pay off $74,000 in Two Years

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If you’ve poked around this website or have read My Debt-Free Journey, then you know that I paid off $74,000 of consumer debt in two years. I am so proud of that accomplishment, and I still look back at that journey with awe.

There were some key books that helped me get rid of my debt for good, and I want to share them with you.


The Total Money Makeover

Hands down, this book is responsible for my debt-freedom. It provides a clear and easy-to-follow plan to getting your finances together without any complicated financial jargon. I recommend The Total Money Makeover for everyone, regardless of age or stage in financial journey. I also think it’s a good gift idea for college grads or others just starting out on their own, so that they can avoid some of the common financial pitfalls that so many of us have encountered!

Smart Couples Finish Rich

This book helped me get organized, which is such an important first step to getting your finances together. I thought I was a fairly organized person already, but Smart Couples Finish Rich showed me how to create a system for my financial documents that I still use today. I also recommend Smart Women Finish Rich.

The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half

When I was trying to reduce my expenses so that I could free up money to pay off the debt, I learned that groceries was one of my highest spending categories outside of the household bills. This book helped me change that. I used to always shop sales and buy generic, but The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half taught me how to be even more strategic in my shopping and I learned how to keep my grocery budget between $300-$400/month for a family of four.

I highly recommend these books if you are looking to save money, pay off debt, or just improve your financial situation.

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