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OnMAS Magazine

From time to time I get approached by a publication or even TV to talk about FI. I only say YES if I think my two cents will add to the greater good. In this article I felt happy discussing what FIRE means to me. You can have a read of the article here: OnMAS Winter 2018

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life

- JL Collins

I first heard about him when he was interviewed on a few podcasts I listen to and I was just hooked on his very simple message. The book is a recreation of his blog BUT is laid out in a more concise way. Not all is relevant to Kiwi's (he is American), but a lot of it is. Well worth a read.



The Richest Man In Babylon

- George S. Clason

This is probably one of the best books I’ve read on PF. The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason. Written in 1926, based on parables from the 8,000-year-old city of Babylon. It takes a little to get your head around the style of writing (“this day do I speak to thee…”) but it is just talking about the basics of money which are lessons we could all learn from:

  1. Start thy purse to fattening (save 10% of all you earn first)

  2. Control thy expenditures

  3. Make thy gold multiply

  4. Guard thy treasures from loss

  5. Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment

  6. Insure a future income

  7. Increase thy ability to earn



The Barefoot Investor for Families: The Only Kids’ Money Guide You’ll Ever Need

- Scott Pape

A follow up from his first book and an EXCELLENT resource for anyone who is wanting to teach toddlers to teens about money. This book will give you a teaching plan that I actually believe your kids will listen to and will mean that when they move out of home at 18 they won’t move back in at 25 because they have this money thing sorted!



The Barefoot Investor : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need

- Scott Pape

I gave this book to two people and both of them turned their financial lives around, almost overnight! Scott is an Aussie guy and gives a complete guide to sort yourself out financially. Really really recommend!



EVERYDAY MILLIONAIRES - How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth - and How You Can Too

- Chris Hogan

This is a great book and it cemented my financial journey even more and it’s let me know that I’m a weirdo and am doing things differently than a lot of Kiwis. In a good way! This book offers an inside view into the way “ordinary people built extraordinary wealth”. Chis Hogan works with Dave Ramsey and he lead “the largest study EVER conducted” where they surveyed 10,000 U.S. net worth millionaires and found that building wealth had nothing to do with having a huge salary, getting an inheritance, leveraging to buy property or where you came from.



The Millionaire Next Door : The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

- Thomas J. Stanley + William D. Danko

Many come across this book at some time or other. If you think that a millionaire is the woman who just drove past you in the latest BMW, think again. It was probably the woman in the 15 year old Toyota Corolla who was driving right behind her! This book details habits of actual millionaires and is an interesting read.



Growing Money : A Complete Investing Guide for Kids

- Gail Karlitz

I found my copy at the dump shop! Many of us don't know the basics and this book has helped me over the years to learn them. Because it is aimed at children it keeps things nice and simple, and sometimes that is just what I'm looking for.



Upside, Downside: A Guide to Risk for Savers and Investors

- Mary Holm

This is a FREE book that you can download as a PDF or send an email and they will send you a copy. Written all about New Zealand and the ways you can save and invest here, what you need to be aware of etc. 


Twenty Good Summers: Work Less, Live More and Make the Most of Your Money

Martin Hawes

The first money book I ever read cover to cover and I thought “crikey, when I measure my life out by the summers I have remaining, I had better get cracking”!  This New Zealand authorised financial advisor revised his original book to teach you how to free up your lifestyle and organise your money to get the income you need so you can get on with the rest of your life.



Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

Dave Ramsey

An American book written by a debt hating author who has helped millions of people get their financial houses in order. His plan is designed to help you pay off ALL debt in a systematic way and create a nest egg for emergencies and then sort out your retirement or anything else you might be planning for. And if you need to slash your spending and live on rice and beans while you do it, well, that’s what you need to do! Giving advice that your Grandma would give you he manages to make complex financial messes pretty simple to sort out, on paper at least!



Your Money or Your Life

Vicki Robin

This book is a revised classic in the world of personal finance and will help you regain control of the money in your life by looking at your earning, spending and saving. In it she talks about trading the hours of your life for the money in your wallet and how to get that balance right and she has a process to walk you through this. I found this to be quite a holistic book and it will help you move from “more is better” to “how much is enough” and will help you remove the clutter from your life and find out if what you are doing is making you happy? Whether just starting out or close to retirement her sage advice helps you move into what she refers to as a financially independent thinking space.



The Great NZ Work, Money and Retirement Puzzle: And How to Solve it

Alan Clarke

Another Kiwi author whose point that “most Kiwi’s spend far more time planning their annual holiday than their retirement” is probably quite spot on. An authorised financial advisor he talks through how to reduce mortgage costs, manage debt, where to put your money and how to allocate it as you move through the different stages of life. His book is written in short bullet points with stick figure diagrams to back up his practical and useful advice where he teaches the things we need to know for each stage of life.