Many people say personal finance is common sense. In fact, if you were to visit a popular finance blog you'd be hard pressed to get away without running into the genius commenter that simply adds, "Spend less than you earn...duh". Frankly those comments irritate me because it was those same people racking up credit card debt in college. Hindsight is fantastic isn't it?
In my view, when it comes to money, we need to know more and we need to absorb as much information as possible. That includes more than the top 10 lists that this and most blogs create. We then need to teach these lessons to our kids because at last check there was no Personal Finance 101 in high school (where it is desperately needed).
I digress. I wanted to share a great post put together at the Mint site. In their post, they share 30 free eBooks on personal finance.
Here is a sample that I extracted from the section I am currently working on at home.
Estate Planning & Insurance
- Estate Planning (48 kb, 9 pg) - Covers why a will is important and how to prepare one; how to estimate the size of your estate and minimize taxes; and how to set up powers of attorney and advance medical directives.
- Living Trust Offers (132 KB, 4 pg) - From the Federal Trade Commission, a small pamphlet to find out if living trusts are right for you and how to protect yourself from scams when planning your estate.
- What You Should Know About Buying Life Insurance (312 KB, 28 pg) - A quick 28 page pamphlet that describes various types of life insurance, with tips on choosing a company, an agent, and a policy that meets your needs.
30 Free eBooks To Learn Everything You Want to Know About Personal Finance at Mint