Personal Finance Books that Influenced Me: Bloggy Birthday

Four days after I started this blog I wrote an article, Personal Finance Books that Influenced Me. Over the past few years I have recommended these books to anyone who would listen. Today, I want to give one to you.

The books that made the biggest impact on our finances:

To enter leave a comment telling me which book you would like to win.

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Comments

  1. I have been following your blog for a while now, and must tell you how much you have helped me out in the kitchen. Thank you. I think Miserly Moms: Living on one income in a two income economy sounds great. It’s what we’re tyring to master in my household.

  2. What a great list, and I absolutely agree with your choices! The only one I haven’t read is the Economides one. That would be interesting.

  3. I would like to win The Millionaire Next Door!

  4. I would LOVE Miserly Moms! I just quit my job to become a new SAHM and I could definitely use some advice on how to keep us afloat one our one income!

  5. I would love to win Miserly Moms or maybe The Millionaire Next Door or maybe The Complete Tightwad Gazette. Heck, they all sound good. Ok. Miserly Moms it is. 🙂

  6. I have heard many good things about Dave Ramsey but I have never read any of his books.

  7. i think the tightwad book would be great.

  8. I would love to win any of the Dave Ramsey books. I have plans to buy one of his books. Which one? I don’t know, have to do research on this. What do you all recommend?
    I even have this task written on my desk calendar!!

  9. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach would be the one I would choose.

  10. I would love to win the Complete Cheapskate!

  11. I would like the complete cheapskate.

  12. I think Miserly Moms would be my pick. We just had twins and have a 2 year old and I’m finding it so hard to be at work full time and away from all of my babies!!!

  13. This is hard! I have never read Dave Ramsey and heard he is phenomenal, but the one about living on one income is exactly what I need…plus the one you said was your favorite sounds great! Ugh. How do I choose one??

    I guess I’ll go with Miserly Moms, but I’d be happy with any of them! 🙂

  14. I would love to read Dave Ramsey, he is high on my list! All the books sound great, and Mary Hunt runs a close second in my selection!

  15. Total Money Makeover. I have read it from the library (its a wait!) and would like my husband to read…I think its a great one to have in our library at home to reference back to.

  16. Taylorbunch says:

    Excellent list! Never heard of miserly moms, but that or anything Dave Ramsey would be my pick.

  17. I have been wanting the tightwad one…..its not in our library 🙁

  18. You could surprise me with any of them and I’d be happy. They all sound awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. The Millionaire Next Door…I have read Dave Ramsey and David Bach. Both have great information.

  20. The Tightwad Gazette! I borrow it from the library but always have to return it and can’t renew since others are waiting!

  21. I’d have to go with the Tightwad Gazette. Your lead in intrigued me and I love the title!

  22. I would love any of the Dave Ramsey books…I’ve been looking at them for a while and thinking about buying them.

  23. Annette Holbrook says:

    I would like The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Thanks!

  24. I’ve been wanting to read the Tightwad Gazette, I’d love that one!

    We have the Dave Ramsey books, and I LOVE them! They were really great reads.

  25. Miserly Moms, Tightwad Gazette, or Complete Cheapskate. Haven’t a clue which one would be better 🙂

  26. Tightwad Gazette. Never read it.

  27. I would love to win a copy of Miserly Moms!!

  28. I would choose the America’s Cheapest Family book.

  29. The Complete Tightwad Gazette sounds interesting!!

  30. You turned me on to Dave Ramsey and we’ve been faithful Dave followers ever since. I now have many of his books and recommend them to everyone! I’m going to add the rest of your list to my library list but if I won I think I’d like to have The Millionaire Next Door.

  31. I would chose Miserly Moms 🙂 Thank you for offering all these great giveaways!

  32. I’d like Miserly Moms.

  33. Miserly moms–we are currently living on my income while hubby is going to school, and I would love to switch this around eventually!!

  34. the tightwad gazette, because my dog puked on mine …wah!!!!!

  35. I must admit despite listening to him for years, I haven’t read any of DR’s books yet so I’d probably go with one of his.

  36. Hmmm… either Misery Moms or the Millionare Next Door — Great list!

  37. The Complete Tightwad Gazette- I loaned mine out never to be returned.

  38. How inspiring! I would love to win America’s cheapest family book. But they all look good really!

  39. The Complete Cheapskate!

  40. I would like to win The Complete Tightwad

  41. I would love the America’s Cheapest Family book. What a great giveaway! I also have the Complete Tightwad Gazette and love it!!!

  42. I would love to win The Complete Cheapskate 🙂

  43. Thanks for the giveaway and your site. I read it every day, you always have great ideas and bargains to share. Thank you so much. Your list is great. We have been using Dave for a while and it is helping, but i’m always looking for additional money saving ideas. So i guess either the THE COMPLETE CHEAPSKATE or MISERY MOMS, whichever you would recommend as the most easiest money savings tips that would go along with Dave would be great. So nice that you are doing this Happy Blogging Birthday!

  44. All these books look great, but the most appealing to me would have to be the “The Complete Tightwad Gazette.” I have heard such wonderful things about that book. It’s on my Amazon wishlist.

  45. I would love America’s Cheapest Family. I have read several of Dave Ramsey’s book through the library and they were great!

  46. Miserly Moms or Tightwad Gazette, I have heard great things about tightwad gazette and would love to check it out.

  47. Barbara Carroll says:

    I would love to win The Complete Cheapskate!

  48. The Tightwad Gazzette

  49. Nice lineup! I’d love to have The Complete Cheapskate by Mary Hunt – never read that one… 🙂

  50. I’d love to get either the Tightwad Gazette or the Complete Cheapskate

  51. I would love to win the tigtwad gazette. I am looking for ways to cut our expenses so we can live on one income AND pay off our debt 🙂

  52. I would love the millionaire next door, heard about this one for a long time just keep forgetting to look for it when I need something to read. Love your blog.

  53. While I’ve read several of these books, I would be very interested in reading either The Millionaire Next Door or The Automatic Millionaire. Both sound so interesting that I can’t decide!

  54. I am a full-time working mom of two. My husband is self employed. I would love any book that can enable me to stay home with our girls and not go broke!

  55. I have recently divorced from a 16 year marriage, after depending on my husband all these years and being a 3year survivor of acute myloid leukemia. I find myself having to start all over working part time and learning how to make it on just my income thats for utilities,house keep up car keep up gas, insurance, trying to fit food in and whatever else it is a task at times. I would be interested in reading The Complete Cheapskate by Mary Hunt or any one of the books that you think might “HELP” me start my new journey in life! one good thing I dont have debt issues thank Jesus! It’s just learning to make it all work and be able to save in some places to have money needed in others. Thank You Robin Estes from WV

  56. I would love the miserly moms or the complete tightwad. Our one income has now just been decreased so figuring out how to work with it more would be greatK

  57. How to choose? Either a Dave Ramsey (currently finishing “The Total Money Makeover” from the library) OR the “Tightwad Gazette” sound interesting!!

  58. Darci Dembroski says:

    Miserly moms sounds like a great book. I’d like to give it a try! I’ve been mostly home for 18 years with kiddos but I’m sure there are still things we could learn and apply.

  59. THE COMPLETE CHEAPSKATE LOOKS LIKE A NEAT READ!

  60. I would soak up all advice in Miserly Moms. Thanks for the great giveaways!

  61. I would love any of them really! We’re hoping to get to the point where I can stay at home with our kids. I think that The Complete Cheapskate or Miserly Moms would be great tools! And of course any of the Dave Ramsey books would be awesome too!

  62. I have read a couple of the Dave Ramsey books and I love him too… I think I would go with the Complete Tightwad Gazette since you so highly recommend it! I can use advice from any expert! I am a mom to 6 living on my husbands income and my part time job. I know you can probably relate!!!

  63. Start with The Total Money Makeover, Ruth. It’s the most clear cut on exactly what to do. Do the plan…it changed our lives! Good luck! 🙂

  64. I’d love to win The Complete Cheapskate. What a great list! I have read a few of them. Your reading lists inspire my own. Thanks for a great blog!

  65. I would like America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money.

  66. Good morning! I would love the Dave Ramsey books. I have the Complete Tightwad Gazette and I love it! I refer to it all the time. Thanks for all the inspiration! Love your blog.

  67. I would love to read The Complete Cheapskate by Mary Hunt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  68. I would LOVE to win the Complete Tightwad Gazette. Need some thrifty ideas for our family of 8!! 🙂

  69. I would love to win ANY of them. Heck – I would love to win anything. But if I had to choose, the one I would pick is The Complete Cheapskate. 🙂 Thanks for all your help and all you do!!

  70. I would love to win the Complete Tightwad. I keep checking it out from the library – I should probably buy a copy!

  71. Just one? 🙂 Thanks – you are awesome for doing this. I think I would pick the complete tightwad book. They all sound great, but that is the one I would pick,

    Just want to second your recommendation of the Dave Ramsey books. He has made a huge difference in our finances since we discovered him about 5 years ago.

  72. Patty Lambert says:

    I’d LOVE to own the Tightwad Gazette. I’ve checked it out of the library so many times of the past couple years but it would be so nice to have my own copy! Thanks for the opportunity to win one. Congrats on your blog anniversary! Patty

  73. I would love “The Complete Tightwad Gazette”. I am a stay at home mom of 2 young boys and look to stretch the dollar wherever I can! thanks! I love your site, just discovered it the other day. will be checking back often!

  74. Marie Isabell says:

    I think the Tightwad Gazette would be interesting but since i havent read any of these, I would be happy with whatever you pick for me!

  75. I’d love the Complete Tightwad!

  76. I think they all sound good. I guess my choice would be the Complete Tightwad Gazette. Thanks for the giveaways and Happy birthday.

  77. I would love the “cheapest family” book!

  78. Hi,
    As a newlywed, my husband and I are really trying to get our finances in order before we have a baby. Upon subscribing to your blog I read about The Complete Tightwad Gazette, and it sounds great. We are working hard to stick to our 2011 budget this year and aim to be debt free by the end of the year so we can potentially relocate (cross country) and purchase our first home. Any tips and wisdom are welcome.

    Thanks for your blog!

    bSn

  79. I would love to read The Complete Tightwad Gazette. Unfortunately, my library does not have it.

  80. I would love to win The Complete Cheapskate! What a great list, I will definitely have to look into these books.

  81. I would like to win The Complete Tightwad Gazette!

  82. I would LOVE to have Mary Hunt or Jonni McCoy’s books! I have read the Economides and some of the Dave Ramsey books, and I own all of the Amy Dacyczyn books already (they really are fabulous). Thanks for all these bloggy birthday giveaways! 🙂

  83. Happy Bloggy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win The Complete Tightwad Gazette.

  84. Miserly Moms or the one about america’s cheapest family. After we get married I do not want to work!

  85. I would love to read Miserly Mom’s because I would love more tips on saving more of my income to pay off some bills! Love your blog!

  86. Melissa Gralnick says:

    As an avid Dave Ramsey follower I would love to win the Tigtwad Gazette. I already have the Dave Ramsey books but an always looking for a way to be one of those penny pinchers. And this is one of them. Free is the best deal, right!?

  87. The Complete Tightwad Gazette

  88. I have read a few of them but America’s Cheapest Family sounds interesting!

  89. I LOVE Dave Ramsey books and own several. I would love to read The Complete Tightwad Gazette.

  90. I would like the book: •America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money by- Steve Economides and Annette Economides. That would be a good one. ?

  91. I would love to win either Dave Ramsey’s book for kids to learn finances because we are always talking about family finances but I don’t know how to teach my children what they need to know or the Miserly Moms book because I really enjoy being a stay at home mom and I would like to remain one but with finances the way they are, I am not so sure if I am going to be able to.

  92. Gail Becker says:

    Complete Cheapskate would really help me to be a better shopper, spend money wise & get out of debt!!!

  93. Oooh, they all look so good. I think I would like to start with the Tightwad Gazette though. Thanks for all your fun giveaways! It’s like Christmas everyday coming to your site!

  94. I want Miserly Moms or America’s Cheapest Family, I love the tighhtwad gazette.

  95. I think the Miserly Moms looks good!

  96. hmm, I guess The Complete Cheapskate.

  97. Jennifer Hunter says:

    I would love to win a Dave Ramsey book or Miserly mom or tightwad gazzette! I am really new to this and whichever one is the best, is the one I would want. I have read automatic millionare a few years ago…I guess I need to read it again because I am no where near a millionare!

  98. I’d love any of them, but I think that the Complete Tightwad Gazette sounds the most helpful 🙂

  99. I would love Miserly Moms! 🙂 I’m a SAHM of four and run an in home daycare to help with expenses. I would love to be able to just be home with my own children. This book might have the helpful ideas I’ve been looking for.

  100. I would love the complete tightward gazette! Thanks for sharing this list!

  101. I would love to win “Miserly Moms”! I would love to see how much further I can reduce our budget.

  102. I love the Miserly Moms book and even purchased the Miserly Meals book – both very helpful. I also highly recommend all of Dave Ramsey’s books!
    I would love to have the Tightwad Gazette! I love how you celebrate!! 🙂

  103. I would love any of the books listed, but if I have to pick one, it would probably be the Miserly Moms. I have been trying to keep our family afloat on one income for 5 years now, and it’s still not working. If it weren’t for family helping us, we’d be in big trouble. I hate feeling like a mooch. Thank you!

  104. I would love, love, love to have The Complete Tightwad Gazette, I have been trying to find frugal ways to help our growing family better in the area of finances. Every dollar counts!

  105. Miserly Moms: Living on One Income In A Two Income Economy. That book says it all! It is REALLY hard sometimes just to make it to pay day! 🙁

  106. Wow – I am new to your website and I just bookmarked it – I love your information. I plan to get all of these books from our library – but I would love to win one to keep!

  107. I would love to win the Complete Cheapskate. I try to save as much as possible and always looking for new idea on how to save. Thanks.

  108. I would love to win the Complete Cheapskate

  109. I think I would like either the Miserly Moms or The Complete Cheapskate. I have read one of the Dave Ramsay books, and I have tried it once, but failed miserably. I had planned on trying again, but maybe one of these other books would help move it along. Thanks for the oppurtunity!

  110. Miserly Moms sounds good to me! I’m pretty sure I would love any of them though!

  111. Isabel Acosta says:

    Complete Tightwad Gazette sounds like something I would want to read

  112. You are so great to do this. Thank you!!!

    I have her on my list to read this year. I hear she is along the same lines as Dave Ramsey. We love Dave!!!

    The Complete CheapskatePersonal Finance Books that Influenced Me: Bloggy Birthday by – Mary Hunt

  113. Kristine Harrington says:

    I would love to win either The Complete Cheapskate or The Millionare Next Door!

  114. The Tightwad Gazette please.

  115. Great list! I would love to read Complete Cheapskate!

  116. alva martinez says:

    The complete cheapskate please :)! I have been following you blog practically since you started and it is my go to for anything! <3

  117. I just joined your website, my kind of place. I would be interested in any one of these books. We have been trying to live on one income since 2009 and I think this would be helpful in trying to find other ways to save.

  118. Jennifer Perry says:

    I don’t know anything about any of those books, so if I win, could you send me your favorite??? Maybe one of the mom-focused ones since we have 4 kids 🙂

  119. I’d love the Complete Cheapskate by Mary Hunt. I need to break out Debt-Proof Living and give it another read.

  120. I would love any of the mom-focused books, if I win. Thank you! 🙂

  121. I would love to have the Complete Cheapskate book, my library doesn’t have that one 🙂

  122. The Complete Cheapskate or Miserly Moms…great giveaway!

  123. Dee Jarvis says:

    The reviews of America’s Cheapest Family intrigue me! I’d love to read it.

  124. The Complete Tightwad Gazette

  125. I would love Misery Moms. But they all sound really good. I’ve only read the Dave Ramsey books.

  126. I haven’t yet read The Complete Tightwad Gazette and would be interested in winning it. We are trying to pay off debt and cut expenses in all areas. Thanks!

  127. Meleice VonMinden says:

    I would love to read The Complete Tightwad Gazette! We are working hard to reduce our school debt!

  128. I am a nanny and blessed to take my son to work,l but my nanny kids are growing up and I will get to stay home. SO exciting and scary. Miserly Moms if you pick me!

  129. I would love to win the Miserly Moms: Living on One Income in a Two-Income Economy but The Tightwad Gazette would be a good alternative win. ;o)

  130. I would love to get Dave Ramsey’s or the Miserly Moms.

  131. I would like to read the “Miserly Moms” book.

  132. I know I would enjoy The Complete Tightwad Gazette. I’ve checked it out from the library several times and have tried to take away as many ideas from it as I could during the 2-week checkout period. It would be nice to have my own copy in which I could highlight, flag, and make notes to refer to later.

  133. I would love to read “The Complete Cheapskate”

  134. Diana Bock says:

    I would love either The Complete Cheapskate or The Complete Tightwad Gazette. We are planning our wedding, have a combined 7 children, 5 of which are daughters. Needless to say we are looking at 5 more weddings and college tuition.

  135. They all sound great but I would love to win The Complete Tightwad Gazette. Thank you!

  136. I’d love the Complete Tightwad Gazette- I’ve read several of the others and am always looking for more!

  137. Valerie G. says:

    I’d love to read a Dave Ramsey book.

  138. I would love to have any of the Dave Ramsey books. I have been wanting to learn more about his perspective. =0)

  139. I have heard great things about The Millionaire Next Door so I would love to have that one!

  140. I would love to read “The Complete Cheapskate” or “The Tightwad Gazette.” I love your blog!

  141. I would like to win The Complete Cheapskate. I have a few of the others but haven’t made time to read them yet. Guess I better get busy!

  142. I woul love The Complete Tightwad Gazette! Hubby has been out of work almost a year. I need some new tricks and ideas to help us out!

  143. I would like to read America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money.

  144. Check out The Average Families guide to Financial Freedom by the Tuohay’s and Debt Free Living by Mary Hunt (both are excellent) and an oldy but a goody …The Wealthy Barber by Chilton.

  145. Jen Meagher says:

    I love all the books you have mentioned, they all sound good. I have read the Miserly Moms and also have her Frugal Families book and it’s good too. The one I would love to have out of your list is the Complete Cheakskate, I def. could use that one. 🙂 Thanks for all your do, you’re a great help to other moms out there!

  146. Angela Hurst says:

    I just finished Dave Ramsey’s FPU and am working on my baby steps! I would love any additional literature you are willing to give away to help me on my way~ you blogging moms are awesome!

  147. Toni…What a great idea. I have read several of those books, too. If I had to pick just one, I would pick The Millionaire Next Door, with America’s Cheapest Family coming in at a very close second place. Thanks for your generosity this week!! Happy Birthday! Erin

  148. •The The Complete Tightwad Gazette by- Amy Dacyczyn

  149. Winning the Total Money Makeover would be great!!!

  150. Mary Anne Omelka says:

    I would love to win The Complete Tightwad Gazette book. I used to subscibe to her news letter and forgot what a gem she is. thanks for the reminder!

  151. Pat Pattillo says:

    I would be very grateful for any one of these books. We are both on Social Security and do not have much money. Yet we still have mortgage payments, everyday bills and lots of medical expenses because I am not in the best of health. My husband has been looking for a job for over 16 months, and maybe we could learn something new from these books.

  152. I would like the miserly moms book! It sounds cool.

  153. I would love Miserly moms…to be able to cut back and have that second income be Extra income would be awesome

  154. I would like to win Miserly Moms. We lived on one income when my husband lost his job and I had to go to work now we both have jobs but it would be nice to figure out how we could live on one income again

  155. Maureen Conlon says:

    I think I would like the Complete Cheapskate because that’s the only one I don’t have!

  156. I would love the Tightwad Gazette… we just ordered the Dave Ramsey books and I can’t wait for them to come in!

  157. Bonnie Sue says:

    Miserly Moms: Living on One Income in a Two-Income EconomyPersonal Finance Books that Influenced Me: Bloggy Birthday by- Jonni McCoy

  158. Emily Allen says:

    I would like America’s Cheapest Family

  159. I just found this site yesterday so I’m not sure when this giveaway ends. It looks like a great list of books and several that I haven’t read. Tough choice! I’d like either Miserly Moms or The Millionaire Next Door.

  160. Beth Cotton says:

    Any of the books are great! I would love to win the Complete Cheapskate! Thanks!

  161. I’d love to read the Economides books.

  162. Mysticnocturne says:

    Complete Tightwad Gazette sounds like something that can help whip me into shape

  163. I would also be grateful for any one of these books, but I would especially like The Tightwad Gazette. My husband’s grandfather used to have a subscription to this publication until he became too much of a tightwad to pay for the subscription. 🙂 LOL!

  164. I would like to have America’s Cheapest Family Gets you Right on the Money

  165. I’d like The Complete Tightwad Gazette.

  166. The Miserly Moms intrigues me.

  167. I think they all sound interesting – surprise me!