Book Reviews

Budgeting 101 (American Booksellers Association, 04/03/2019)

Budgeting 101

The Indie Personal Finance Bestseller List

Budgeting 101 is #23 on the American Booksellers Association’s Indie Personal Finance Bestseller List, which is based on sales for the eight-week period ending March 31, 2019.

Visit the American Booksellers Association website to see the full list.

Budgeting 101 (The Washington Post, 01/10/2019)

Budgeting 101

Here’s one way to stop living paycheck to paycheck

For this month’s Color of Money Book Club, I’m recommending a book that will give you a crash course in budgeting basics. It’s “Budgeting 101,” by Michele Cagan, a certified public accountant. “One of the main benefits budgeting brings is busting you out of damaging financial cycles, like living paycheck to paycheck,” Cagan writes…

In her book, Cagan covers a lot in short, easy-to-follow sections. All the information is there to show you how to track expenses, save, get out of debt and set goals to do the things you really want. Cagan makes the case that a budget isn’t a buzz killer. It’s financial salvation.


Visit The Washington Post to read the full review.

The Infographic Guide to Personal Finance (Publishers Weekly, 12/1/2017)

Infographic Guide To Personal Finance

Capital 101: Personal Finance Books 2018

Seeking to capitalize on the popularity of infographics on major personal finance websites, The Infographic Guide to Personal Finance (Adams Media, Dec.) targets readers in their 20s and 30s with a book comprised solely of charts, graphs, lists, and other visual elements, dealing with topics ranging from student loan debt to buying a first home.

“This age group is used to consuming content in an easily digestible format,” says Brendan O’Neill, director of editorial at Adams Media. Author Michele Cagan, a CPA, has written several newbie financial guides for Adams Media, including 2016’s Investing 101; designer Elisabeth Lariviere also worked on a 2017 college guide in the Infographic series…


Visit Publishers Weekly to read the full review.

The Infographic Guide to Personal Finance (Washington Post, 12/8/2017)

Infographic Guide To Personal Finance

Want to better manage your money? This book will show you how.

If we want people to be better informed, we have to meet them where they are and tailor teaching techniques to best fit various learning styles. For the visual learners, for example, we need create material that’s visually engaging. If this is your style, then you’ll like my choice for this month’s Color of Money Book Club. It’s “The Infographic Guide to Personal Finance” ($16.99, Adams Media) by Michele Cagan and Elisabeth Lariviere…


Visit the Washington Post to read the full review.

Stock Market 101 (BetterInvesting Magazine, 3/2017)

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25 Summer Budgeting Tips

Keep your kitchen cool and clean by opting to prepare your meals on the grill outside. You don’t just have to make burgers and hotdogs, says Michele Cagan, certified public accountant and author of “Budgeting 101.” You can make lasagna, cake, pizza, corn on the cob and other unexpected meals on the grill.

Visit Yahoo! Finance to read the full article.

Budgeting 101 (and maybe some 201) with Stacking Benjamins (12/10/2018)

If you’re like most people during the big holiday season, it’s not really a question of IF you go over your budget, but WHEN–and how badly. To solve that problem, listen to Michele chat with Stacking Benjamins host Joe Saul-Sehy. You’ll be happy to hear that Michele doesn’t think you need to track every penny…

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What’s Your Money Personality?: The 4 Types of Spenders

Your budget really starts with you: the way you handle money now and whether you’d like to change your relationship with money. If you know your money personality, you can frame your budget accordingly.


Visit Simon & Schuster: Tips of Life and Love to read the full article.

Money Confession: I drained my savings buying my home and now I'm panicking (11/8/2018)

In this ongoing series, Mic readers submit their money confessions— Mic asks experts how to help solve these difficult financial issues.

“I found a [mortgage] lender who was willing to finance 85% of a condo, and I put down 15%, but then halfway through my escrow period the lender informed me I’d actually need to put down 25% because the condo association doesn’t have the best financials. I had to drain my remaining savings to pay the difference, and I know I am in trouble for a while until I can build my savings back up because I have no emergency fund if something goes wrong with my townhouse…”


Visit to read the full article.

How to Turn Your Side Gig into a Tax Cut (Well Wallet, 12/11/2017)

If you’re making money with a side gig, I have bad news and good news for you. The bad news: You have to pay taxes on that extra cash. The good news: With some creative (and legal) accounting, you might be able to turn that side gig income into a tax cut… or at least seriously reduce any tax you might owe on it…


Visit Well Wallet to read the full article.


More than half of Americans think the government tracks our credit-card spending (Money Life with Chuck Jaffe, 7/1/2019)

Michele talks to Chuck Jaffe of Money Life about her book Real Estate 101, and discusses real-estate investing as a way to generate income streams.

Real Estate Investing 101 on Market Wrap with Moe Ansari (06/25/2019)

Michele chats with Moe Ansari about Real Estate Investing 101, her upcoming book. Moe has many years experience in the financial markets and is a highly regarded expert and the host of Market Wrap, a nationally syndicated radio broadcast.

Simple Money Management with Michele Cagan, CPA (Art of Abundance Podcast, 03/20/2019)

Michele joins Leisa Peterson on the Art of Abundance podcast to share tips and tools about managing money more easily and effectively.  Knowing how people often overcomplicate financial matters, Michele breaks money management concepts down in a way anyone will be able to understand and follow.

Saving on Taxes (CentsAble Chat, 03/18/2019)

Michele returns to the CentsAble Chat podcast to share her most useful tips and tools for saving on taxes. She discusses the how, when & why of adjusting your withholdings; getting all the tax breaks you’re entitled too; knowing when to use a tax professional vs. tax software; and much, much more.

Color of Money Live: Getting a large refund year after year? You’re making a mistake. (01/31/2019)

Michele live chats with personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary. They discuss budgeting and Michele’s book Budgeting 101, which was the “Color of Money Book Club” pick for January. Read the transcript here.

Budgeting 101 (CentsAble Chat, 01/21/2019)

Michele discusses her book, Budgeting 101, on the CentsAble Chat podcast. She covers topics like budgeting as choice, rather than sacrifice; making S.M.A.R.T. goals and having “a dream with a plan!”; the pitfalls of “lifestyle creep”; and how to break out of the payday loan cycle.

Budgeting 101 (and maybe some 201) with Michele Cagan (Stacking Benjamins, 12/10/2018)

Joe and Michele discuss budgeting and her most recent book Budgeting 101. Michele explains how she doesn’t think you need to track every penny, and that there’s a better (and easier) way to make sure you get ahead without devoting your whole life to spreadsheets and money tracking programs. Listen to the show here – and jump to my segment at 19:10.

Budgeting 101 Market Wrap with Moe Ansari (11/16/2018)

Listen to Michele chat with Moe Ansari about her upcoming book, Budgeting 101. Moe has over 31 years experience in the financial markets. He is a highly regarded expert and the host of Market Wrap, a nationally syndicated radio broadcast.

Boost Your Income, Grow Your Stash, and Practice Better Spending (Stacking Benjamins, 1/31/2018)

Joe and Michele have a crazy conversation about the best ways to boost your income, grow your stash, and practice better spending. Listen to the show here – and jump to my segment at 15:19.

The Infographic Guide to Personal Finance (Market Wrap, 1/11/2018)

Check out my second interview on Market Wrap, with Moe Ansari. Listen to the whole show, or jump to my segment (23:10) to hear Moe and I talk about my book “The Infographic Guide to Personal Finance.”

Stock Market 101 (Market Wrap, 11/30/2016)

Check out the interview I did for Market Wrap, with Moe Ansari. You can listen to the whole show, or jump to my segment (23:30) to hear Moe and I talk about my book “Stock Market 101” along with how timing, taxes, and – of course – politics can impact your investments.