New Quest

Like the new look? I think it is a little more classy and grown-up. And it suits my new quest. I need to start acting my age. I know 21 isn't the oldest, but I have realized I'm not exactly the carefree kid I used to be. One inspiration being a personal finance blog: wellheeled. This blogger is 23 going on 24 and already has a great amount of money saved for retirement. I have none, zilch, zip, zero. I need to get on this saving thing immediately.

If not yesterday.

Of course I have had a finance class, but during that class I was the student who got the A's from having last semester's test and a bunch of friends to tell me how to study. I memorized but did not learn. I regret it. There is a reason your GPA doesn't matter when you leave college - because, as in my case, it is just a matter of picking the right teacher and knowing kids who have already taken the course.

Thankfully, I have learned this lesson with one year of college left (although I do wish I had learned it earlier). I vow here and now to actually learn and not memorize (a hard habit to break, I admit). So, in my quest to become a bigger and better person I am going to the bookstore today (read:as soon as I get some responses) to find books on personal finance. I need to start with the basics y'all - really basic. For example, I don't really know what a Roth IRA is, or a Freedom Fund. I think I have a 401K through my employer, but I don't really understand what it is or how it will help-EMBARASSING!!!

It is your job, readers (are there any out there?), to help me find a suitable book(s). Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Two requirements of suggested books:
  1. FOR BEGINNERS - Dummies...but NOT those books called "Finance for Dummies" or any of that garbage
  2. About personal finance


kk said...

LOVE the new look!

As for quest, even in my thirties, I'm still searching!

(in all seriousness, do you know someone who can recommend a financial advisor with whom you could meet? you might get more out of one meeting than a whole book!)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Thank you! I do have quite a few people I could talk to in my family, but I wanted to go in with at least some idea of what I was saying haha!

thegoodnamesaretaken said...

oh boy, personal finance is not my strongest subject. I'm glad you're learning about this stuff now. I probably should have taken a few classes on it in college. One thing I will say though is that there are some things that are worth the savings. I spent a lot of my savings to travel and it was so worth it. Of course, now I'm broke, but it was still worth it :)