When it comes to personal finances many of us don’t know where to start. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Rough Guides to offer you a series of practical, no-nonsense guides to your money.

Knowing where to start and where to seek help in sorting your day-to-day finances is half the battle. In fact, our research with over 2,000 people across the UK found that more than 2 in 3 (69%) have never asked for help with finances – whether that’s from friends, family or a professional adviser.

But why? We ask for help in other areas of our lives and futures, so why is money so different? It could be that we just don’t know where to begin. Of the 69% who said they’d never asked for help, around 1 in 10 (9%) say they lack the financial confidence and knowledge, they’re too embarrassed to ask for help or they just simply don’t know where to turn.

"It gives me the tools and puts the decisions and responsibility back in my hands which I didn’t feel I had before."
Rough Guide to Family Finance ebook reader

The Rough Guide to Personal Finance series

To help create a more open approach to personal finance, we’ve joined forces with Rough Guides to bring you a series of independent ebooks aimed to help build confidence when navigating your way through what can be a jargon-filled topic, no matter what stage of life you’re at.  

The complete Rough Guide to Personal Finance series gives you simple tips to take control of your finances, from marriages to mortgages and benefits to budgeting, all the way through to life after you stop working. 

All the ebooks are free to download and are authored by independent finance journalist experts.

Nigel Wilson, our CEO at Legal & General, explains that the aim of the Rough Guides is to give no-nonsense, practical and clear information so we can all start to take more control of our finances: “Money can often be a cause of stress and feel too confusing to tackle,” he says. “This means that many people make ends meet rather than thinking positively about the difference financial planning could make to their lives.”

Looking to your financial future with confidence 

Financial planning could not only help save you more money in your pocket in the short term, but also for the future. For example, our research also found that 1 in 3 people (33%) would use their savings instead of reducing spending on non-essentials if they lost their job or suffered money problems. This could have an impact on your long-term financial security – a situation which you can try and avoid if you’ve got stronger financial planning in place.

Feeling empowered through knowledge

The Rough Guide to Personal Finance series is written by independent authors who provide simple tips and money guidance during all of life's key moments, from starting a family to buying your first home, right through to retirement.

"Of course there’s no magic trick when it comes to your finances, but facing facts head on and understanding what you need to know will help make life easier, now and in the future", says personal finance expert Annie Shaw.

Annie is the author of the first ebook in the series, The Rough Guide to Family Finance: "Having written on this subject for 20 years, I know all too well the financial worries and burdens that family life brings."

Download this free Rough Guide series here

The Rough Guide to Family Finance (PDF: 3882KB)  

The Rough Guide to Money & Savings (PDF: 4039KB)  

The Rough Guide to Property (PDF: 3423KB)  

The Rough Guide to Retirement (PDF: 3980KB)  

The Rough Guide to Work & Money (PDF: 3543KB)  

The ebooks are available in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats to read on your computer, tablet, eReader or mobile. Download the series from Apple's iBooks app or from online retailers, including:
Kindle Store: https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindlebooks
Google Play Books: https://play.google.com/store/books
Kobo Bookstore: https://store.kobobooks.com/
Sainsbury’s Entertainment: https://www.sainsburysentertainment.co.uk/ebooks

*Research conducted by Opinium Research between 27 Feb – 3 March 2015, among 2,009 UK adults (aged 18+)

"I love the link in the pensions section that calculated your age of retirement and likely pension, very useful."
Rough Guide to Family Finance ebook reader