Our Favorite Money Books for Moms

Mama, are you a book worm? We absolutely love reading good money, career, and mindset books – books that are entertaining and engaging, instead of dry, droning textbook-like tomes. So, we’ve rounded up lots of our favorite books to help you take your life to the next level!


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Thriving Mindset


Glennon Doyle

“Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live.”

Mindful Millionaire

Leisa Peterson

“Using techniques she’s developed as a financial planner and spiritual coach, Leisa Peterson guides you to dig deeper and discover the root of your financial thinking to change not just the way you save and spend, but the way you live your life.”

The Art of Money

Bari Tessler

“It’s the book about money for people who don’t even want to think about money, until the arrival of that inevitable day when we all realize we must come to terms with this thing called money.”

Your Money or Your Life

Vicki Robin

“For more than twenty-five years, Your Money or Your Life has been considered the go-to book for taking back your life by changing your relationship with money.”

Fearless Money Mindset

Arian Simone

“The Fearless Money Mindset provides you with seven principles and tools to eliminate any fears that you may have around money.”

The Financial Anxiety Solution

Lindsay Bryan-Podvin

“Discover how to overcome money stress, make smarter money moves, and find financial freedom with this life-changing interactive guide!”

Everything is Figureoutable

Marie Forleo

“Whether you want to leave a dead end job, break an addiction, learn to dance, heal a relationship, or grow a business, this book will show you how.”

More Than Enough

Elaine Welteroth

“Part-manifesto, part-memoir, from the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue, an exploration of what it means to come into your own—on your own terms.”

Worth It

Brit Barron

“In Worth It, Brit tells her story to inspire all of us to overcome our own fears–the kinds of fears that keep us from evolving beyond the narratives that have been handed to us by others.”

Get Rich, Lucky Bitch

Denise Duffield-Thomas

“It’s weird and frankly bewildering that the most talented women in the world are often the ones struggling to make fabulous money from their talents. This book will help you change that.”

Brave, Not Perfect

Reshma Saujani

“Reshma shares powerful insights and practices to help us let go of our need for perfection and make bravery a lifelong habit.”

Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert

“Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.”

Financial Foundations

The One Week Budget

Tiffany Aliche

“The One Week Budget is for anyone that wants to manage their day-to-day money without the day-to-day trouble.”

Meet the Frugalwoods

Elizabeth Thames

“The deeply personal story of how Thames abandoned a successful career in the city and embraced frugality to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life.”

You Need a Budget

Jesse Mecham

“No one should tell you what to do with your money—only you know what’s most important to you… This book will fundamentally change the way you think about your money and what it can do for you.”

Financial Freedom

Grant Sabatier

“Money is unlimited. Time is not. Become financially independent as fast as possible.”

The 30-Day Money Cleanse

Ashley Feinstein Gerstley

“Eliminate your money anxiety and create lasting happiness with your financial situation ― not by creating a blistering budget but by living the life you love!”

Women With Money

Jean Chatzky

“Get paid what you’re worth, build secure relationships, and make your money last with this valuable guide from the TODAY show financial editor and bestselling author.”

Jumpstart Your Marriage & Your Money

Elle Martinez

“A four-week plan to help couples stop worrying about money and start building wealth together.”

Work Optional

Tanja Hester

“Tanja will help you map out a customized plan for freedom and make it easy to succeed, whether you’re good at math and budgeting-or not!”

The Feminist Financial Handbook

Brynne Conroy

“Sometimes the best way to stick it to the man is by doing well for yourself.”

Choose FI

Chris Mamula, Brad Barrett & Jonathan Mendonsa

“This book will give you the framework for success from dozens of people who have found their own path to financial independence.”

The Index Card

Helaine Olen

“An easy-to-follow action plan that works in good times and bad, giving you the tools, knowledge, and confidence to seize control of your financial life.”

Get Money

Kristin Wong

“Learn how to live the life you want, not just the life you can afford in this highly engaging, step-by-step guide to winning at personal finance!”

Bad With Money

Gaby Dunn

“Even a topic as notoriously dry as money becomes hilarious and engaging in the hands of Dunn, who weaves her own stories with the perspectives of various comedians, artists, students, and more, arguing that we can all start taking control of our financial futures.”

The Recovering Spender

Lauren Greutman

“Lauren shares her hard-earned knowledge on how to get out of debt and live without the financial pressures that many people face today.”

Money Talks

Tai & Talaat McNeely

Money Talks opens the lines of communication between spouses, and reveals how to align themselves together financially.”

End Financial Stress NOW

Emily Guy Birken

“These practical, step-by-step instructions on budgeting can help you track expenses, pay off debt, and save money.”

Security & Investing

Broke Millennial Takes on Investing

Erin Lowry

“This hands-on guide will help any investment newbie become a confident player in the market on their way to building wealth.”

The Simple Path to Wealth

J.L. Collins

“Complex investments exist only to profit those who create and sell them. Not only are they more costly to the investor, they are less effective.”

Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk

Cameron Huddleston

“As your parents age, you may find that you want or need to broach the often-difficult subject of finances. In this book, you’ll learn the best ways to approach this issue, along with a wealth of financial and legal information that will help you help your parents into and through their golden years.”

What Matters Most

Chanel Reynolds

“Authoritative yet personal, grounded but irreverent, Reynolds’ voice carries readers through a tough subject with candor and compassion. Weaving personal story with hard-won wisdom, this is the approachable, no-nonsense handbook we all need to living a life free of worry and “what ifs.””

The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

Taylor Larimore

“This book offers contrarian advice that provides the first step on the road to investment success, illustrating how relying on typical “common sense” promoted by Wall Street is destined to leave you poorer.

Quit Like a Millionaire

Kristy Shen & Bryce Leung

“From two leaders of the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement, a bold, contrarian guide to retiring at any age, with a reproducible formula to financial independence.”

How to Invest in Real Estate

B. Turner & J. Dorkin

“This book dives into dozens of unique and life-changing paths and is packed with more than forty real-life stories of how real estate investors are finding success in today’s economy.”


Jean Chatzky & Michael F. Roizen, MD

“Two of the world’s leading experts explain the vital link between health and wealth that could add years to your life and dollars to your retirement savings.”

The 5 Years Before You Retire

Emily Guy Birken

“You’ll hone in on what you need to do in the next five years to maximize your current savings and create a realistic plan for your future.”

How to Retire With Enough Money

Teresa Gilda Rucci

“Here is a single-sit read than can change the course of your retirement. There are no gimmicks, no magical thinking—just an easy-to-follow program that works.”

The $1K Investor

Debbie Sassen

“In this book you will discover why investing is much simpler than you think and how you can get started with $1,000 or even less!”

The Intelligent Investor

Benjamin Graham

“Graham’s philosophy of “value investing”—which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies—has made this book the stock market bible.”

Career & Business

Power Moves

Lauren McGoodwin

“An invaluable career resource for women feeling stuck or unfulfilled that combines actionable advice, learning tools to make impactful life changes, and an in-depth discussion of how to build a meaningful career on your terms.”

Your Turn

Jennifer Gefsky & Stacey Delo

“Whether you’re struggling with the big question of whether to stay or quit, or looking to reenter the workforce after time away, this is the insider knowledge you need from people who have already taken the journey.”

How Women Rise

Sally Helgesen

“This book identifies the 12 habits that hold women back as they seek to advance, showing them why what worked for them in the past might actually be sabotaging their future.”

Couples That Work

Jennifer Petriglieri

“In Couples That Work, Jennifer Petriglieri rejects conventional, one-size-fits-all solutions and instead focuses on how dual-career couples can tackle and resolve the challenges they face throughout their lives–together.”

Brag Better

Meredith Fineman

“This effortless and unapologetic approach to self-promotion will manage your anxiety and allow you to champion yourself. If you’re ready to begin Bragging Better–to telling the truth about your accomplishments with grace and confidence–this book is for you.”

Drop the Ball

Tiffany Dufu

“Tiffany urges women to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others—only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding life we all desire.” 

Playing Big

Tara Mohr

“The book offers tools to help every woman play bigger—whether she’s an executive, community volunteer, artist, or stay-at-home mom.”

She Means Business

Carrie Green

“If you’re a creative and ambitious female entrepreneur, or are contemplating the entrepreneurial path, this book will provide the honest, realistic, and practical tools you need to follow your heart and bring your vision to life.”

Hustle Believe Receive

Sarah Centrella

“As a single mom living on food stamps, Sarah completely changed her life of poverty to enable her to live her dream in just eighteen months. Sarah discovered the tools to change her life after her husband abandoned her and their three small children in 2008.”

Thinking Like a Boss

Kate Crocco

“With plenty of inspiring true stories and actionable steps you can take–starting now–Thinking Like a Boss will help you turn your limiting beliefs into limitless opportunity in your business.”

Fair Play

Eve Rodsky

“Stop drowning in to-dos and lose some of that invisible workload that’s pulling you down. Are you ready to try Fair Play? Let’s deal you in.”

Alpha Girls

Julian Guthrie

“An unforgettable story of four women who, through grit and ingenuity, became stars in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley”

Kids & Money

Happy Birthday, Mali More

Tiffany Aliche

“It’s Mali’s sixth birthday and she’s excited! As more and more guests arrive, so do more and more gifts. But when her presents start to push her guests out of the house, Mali has to learn some important lessons about the things that matter most.”

The Opposite of Spoiled

Ron Lieber

“This book is for all of the parents who know that honest conversations about money with their curious children can help them become more patient and prudent, but who don’t know how and when to start.”

Make Your Kid a Money Genius

Beth Kobliner

“A jargon-free, step-by-step guide to help parents of all income levels teach their kids—from ages three to twenty-three—about money.”

Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands

Liz Frazier

“It takes the stress and mystery out of finance, and focuses on the basic fundamentals elementary children should understand so they can make smart decisions as they grow.”

Raising an Entrepreneur

Margot Machol Bisnow

“If you’re seeking a way to nurture your children’s passions and help them harness their talent, drive, and grit into a fulfilling life purpose, this book is for you.”

The MoneySmart Family System

Annette & Steve Economides

“With clear steps for children of every age, The MoneySmart Family System proves that it’s never too early, too late, or too hard to start learning financial responsibility.”

How to Turn $100 Into $1,000,000: Earn! Save! Invest!

James McKenna

“It is packed with lively illustrations to make difficult concepts easy to understand—all as a way of building financial literacy, good decision-making, and the appreciation of a hard-earned dollar.”

The Motley Fool Investing Guide for Teens

David Gardner

“From identifying companies that are both cool and profitable to building a portfolio that makes tracking investments exciting, this book shows young investors the way to financial freedom.”

Teach Your Child to Fish

Holly D. Reid

“This book gives you the curriculum to teach your child to build wealth young and manage their money wisely for the rest of their lives.”

Growing Money: Complete Investing Guide for Kids

Gail Karlitz

“This complete guide explains in kid-friendly terms all about savings accounts, bonds, stocks, and even mutual funds!”

More Money, Please

Scott Gamm

“A must-read for college students and recent grads, this is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand introduction to money management.”


Wendy Gillespie

“MoneyBags makes it fun to teach your kids (ages five to twelve) key financial lessons so they can become financially smart and independent.”

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