New year, new money habits: 5 personal finance books to start over

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    Using anecdotes about real women, she sheds light on common financial pitfalls and shows how these can be avoided and overcome. Stories of women who struggled to pay off credit card debt, who left their partners in control of their finances, and fear prevented them from taking financial risks serve as a stepping stone for Keehn to learn about things like budgeting, investing, tax breaks, and financial planning argue.

    While everyone can benefit from these discoveries, Keehn wrote this book for women. Why? In Canada, women control a third of the country’s financial wealth, and the trend is rising. Nevertheless, younger generations show less initiative when it comes to their finances. And, as Keehn reports, there can be repercussions when women take less initiative about their finances – for example, two-thirds of women whose partners are the main breadwinners feel trapped.

    Reliable stories and a strong dose of unbiased wisdom from Keehn will make readers more aware of their financial missteps and empower them to take control of their financial future.Courtney Reilly-Larke

    No more house poverty by Romana King

    Houndstooth press; Softcover $ 13.99, e-book $ 8.99

    Romana King is the friend you want when you’re buying a home, doing repairs – or anything really money or home-related. In her new book, she sounds like a calm, cool confidante who has been there before.

    In short, the book is about the value of your home. King explains that it’s not just about the list price, the conversion price or even the market value. She explains to us how a home can be a long-term investment, if you look at the numbers right: from bidding wars to down payment funds (what she calls saving for a down payment) to insurance to repairs and utilities to debt management. It’s a lot, but that’s what matters No more house poverty a helpful guide for first-time home buyers or even for those higher on the real estate ladder.

    Essentially, King gives you a long-term picture and puts all costs into perspective. Do you need a new roof? The quotes are big enough to question home ownership. But all of those big expenses (and the small ones too) are there to add and maintain the value of your home. After reading the book, I already feel more confident talking to contractors.

    The key, however, is the numbers. King gives current average costs for everything. Every. Matter. This book will be a resource for years to comeAll you have to do is update the numbers.—Lisa Hannam

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