Book Recommendation: "Money Diaries" by Lindsey Stanberry

We did not invent money diaries. I’m sure that doesn’t come as a surprise to most of you. While our diaries are designed to get a holistic view of a person’s spending, we have to credit Refinery29 for being our inspiration for the column in each newsletter. 

This week, I had the chance (thanks Emma!) to pick up the new “Money Diaries” book by Refinery29’s work and money director, Lindsey Stanberry, after seeing Stanberry speak at an event. 

The book is good. Very good, in fact. It, essentially, is a guide to tackling your finances with money diaries and “money challenges” peppered throughout. 

Stanberry takes a welcoming attitude as a writer, and even shares some of her personal experiences, including a money diary from herself and her husband, in the book. She also interviews money celebs like Sallie Krawcheck for topics like asking for a raise. 

“Money Diaries” includes a number of illustrations, which break up a somewhat monotonous topic. 

What makes it different, though, and a strong point of the book, is that it’s written specifically for women and non-binary folks. There’s a section on having children as a queer couple, for instance. These very real money issues are rarely discussed in mainstream financial media. 

Given these necessary conversations, “Money Diaries” is an important book, especially for those who are marginalized. We definitely recommend checking it out from the library, or, if you have a few extra bucks on hand, paying for a copy is certainly a good idea!

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