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The Wealthy Barber Returns

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,883 ratings  ·  292 reviews
"If you've always thought of money as a dry and dusty subject, let Dave show you just how interesting it can be. While you're at it, learn a thing or two about your personal motivation and how to point it in the right direction. And laugh your socks off, too! I thoroughly enjoyed this book!"
Gail Vaz-Oxlade, TV Host of Til Debt Do Us Part and Financial Author

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2011 by Financial Awareness Corporation
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Rhyme This book is a good intro to the basics of personal finance. It's an easy read and hilarious; you don't need to read the 1st one, just dive straight…moreThis book is a good intro to the basics of personal finance. It's an easy read and hilarious; you don't need to read the 1st one, just dive straight with this one.(less)

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Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
There are no shocking new insights in this book, it's more like a collection of quick little essays written by someone with a lot of common sense and experience when it comes to managing money. A decent and easy read if you want a general overview of how to manage (i.e. save) your money, but don't expect many new ideas if you've already spent time thinking about your finances.

Also, the author's self-deprecating but lame sense of humor did not really add anything to the book, at least not for me.
Ryan Smith
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The short chapters, succinct writing style, and added humour made this book a pleasure to read; as Chilton says himself in the introduction, it’s as if he’s chatting casually in your living room. Many lessons are “common sense” and the book repeats its core ideas, but it was all worth reading. I’ll surely be picking this one up again when I begin my career.
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
ok. I must be a financial geek - I loved this book.

A big change from his previous book is his view of mutual funds - and choosing a good fund family with good fund managers that have a good track to beat the market - it doesn't work. Get index funds as the costs of cdn mutual funds are way too high.

He stands by his recommendation for term insurance - regardless of how many death threats he's received from insurance salespeople. Whole life is ok only if you don't have any debt, have maxed out yo
Nov 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I was very interested in what he'd have to say, over 20 years after "The Wealthy Barber". Not nearly as cohesive or eye-opening, but still nice to get a modern take from him.

Things to remember:

"I can't afford it."

Save 10-15% of my gross income.

Reminder: what percentage of my working-years income does my pension pay? (gotta go look that up)

I'll need 60-70% of my working-years income to live on in retirement.

Buy an index fund with a 0.5% MER - I want to match the market's return...S&P 500?

Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars B+

I read David Chilton's first book, The Wealthy Barber The Common Sense Guide to Successful Financial Planning by David Chilton, about 25 years ago when it first came out and I was starting my career and having thoughts about a 'financial future'. A lot of his general, but sound advice, has stood me in good stead and, although I read lots of other people's books too, his stuck with me as a good foundation book for beginners. Along with books like The Millionaire Next Door The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley, it acknowledges the fact that we're all human and there are important aspects of 'being human' that impact how we deal
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
(3.0) save more.

That’s what it comes down to. There’s also a bunch of Canada-specific advice about RRSPs and TFSAs and such that I skimmed/skipped.

I did like his earnest, self-deprecating (also mother- daughter- and son-deprecating) humor as well.

Probably best for Canadians just graduating from university. Then you won’t smack yourself for not starting saving sooner, and hopefully you know all of this by the time you’re 30.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've always liked David Chilton ever since watching him on Dragon's Den. I bought this book ages ago but haven't read it until now. For a Canadian who is new to personal finance and financial concepts, and doesn't really know where to begin with their own finances, this is a perfect book to introduce them to all that and one that I will be recommending if anyone ever states that they want to learn. It is a shorter book that is easy to read (short chapters) with some light humour thrown in. For s ...more
Mustapha Safadieh
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This isn't so much a book on investing; it;s more like a guide to Canadian financial planning. Although guide wouldn't be the best word either, because this is mostly just a discussion of many different possibilities and actions.

This would've have been a Godsend a few years earlier, any young Canadian (probably just about to head into college) would benefit greatly from this book, especially if they haven't read anything on Canadian personal finance before. I didn't find it particularly useful
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book.
I didn't give it a 5, because it just didn't hook me like the original wealthy barber did. I loved the first half, but the last half where he gives his more random thoughts was sub par.
The topics were excellent, the advice current and helpful.
I especially like his thoughts on credit cards, and have made it a must read section for my 19 year old daughter.... who loves collecting her bonus points.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: finance, non-fiction
Maybe The Wealthy Barber was a better read, but I didn't read it and instead jumped into this "sequel." The financial advice ranged from stupidly simple to doesnt-apply-to-me-I'm-not-Canadian. That wouldn't have been as bad, but Chilton tries to be funny in his writing. He's about as funny as a stand up comedian laughing at his own jokes when no one in the crowd is. Awkward.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
3 stars.....some very thought provoking personal finance ideas....I really wish the author would not attempt so much humor though as I found it detracted from the content
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
“One of the most important things I’ve learned in 25 years in the world of finance and 20 years
since “The Wealthy Barber” – people stink at investing!"

Dave Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber always swore he'd never write a sequel to the book that sold more than two million copies nationwide.

But 22 years later, the sequel has arrived -- The Wealthy Barber Returns. In his new book, Chilton tackles society's addiction to debt and touches upon many important and well-known personal
Dylan Blanchard
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this as a follow up to the original Wealthy Barber

They overlap in content but the approach is different. For intro'ing people to personal finance, I'd recommend reading this book first, and then following up with Returns.

This was an interesting read because it touched on a lot of the same topics as the first book, but provided additional ways of looking at the tactics, often using a personal story of someone the author had interacted with. Basically a bunch of (usually simplified) case stud
Jamie Finn
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my third time reading this and I’m still gleaning good financial nuggets that apply to my present financial situation. This book is easy to read, funny, and provides a straight forward approach to managing your finances. Love this book so much!
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I have not read the prequel and I have prior experience researching personal finance (TFSA, RRSP, ETFs, credit cards, Ledger CLI, Canadian Couch Potato, Antifragile).

I found the first half of the book really boring from a technical side although it was amusing. I think it is effective to really drive home the basics with humor and different perspectives but it didn't do much for me personally. He acknowledges this himself, direct quote from book: “Oh, David Chilton, he's that Barber guy who just
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finance
3.5 stars.

Fast read, and I've now read the book twice. I like how the chapters are bite sized chunks of advice. Makes it easy for things to sink in, and I liked his humor. This book encouraged me to open up and RRSP at 23 and realize the magic of compound interest (the example of the twins- one who saves between the ages of 25-35 has more money at age 65 than the brother who saved between the ages of 35-65!!) I also appreciated his insights about investing and how much a person will approximatel
Helder Martins
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
It seems basically a revision for what he did in his previous book. But without entering the barber story. He basically told what he learned since then in his own personal story.

There are some changes on his advises since the previous book, namely the mutual funds. Not all that dramatic. It's just that they might not be that certain even if they have a history of great success in the past 10 or more years. In the long run it might be lucrative though.

I felt that he was more vague in specific sol
Mike Bercier
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought that the book was OK. I have read other finance books with better information and a plan on how to not only get out debt but also to plan for my retirement.

The chapter called "A Borrowed Approach to Borrowing" almost made me stop reading the book only 25% into the book. He suggested that the idea of using a line of credit to buy things or go on vacation as long as you pay it off before buying something else on the line of credit. Not everyone has the discipline required for something
Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Sometimes it's pretty Canada-specific (RRSPs, "we Canadians", etc), but still communicates some great general principles about saving and managing your money. I liked his silly, self-deprecating humor- kept the subject light and entertaining. But by the end, I'd cried a little and reluctantly doubled my monthly saving commitment, so something must have worked.
Jeff Macdonald
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With his “The Wealthy Barber Returns,” David Chilton takes what I’ve always considered to be an inscrutable subject—personal finance—and makes it accessible. His advice is straightforward, his self-deprecating humour abundant. I laughed and learned throughout. Highly recommend!
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Big fan of this book, loaned it out, had to reread it upon its return.
Kai Crawford
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Simple and practical advice.
Antoine Clerc-Renaud
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very easy to read and understand. Lots of jokes that help through the process.
Sandra Tisiot
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional on every level.
A must read to gain clarity over our money.
Keeping it simple is the most important lesson.
Alex Ristea
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meeeehhhhhh. I think I preferred the original better. Not much substance here and a bit too conversational.
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Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really easy to read book that covers savings and personal finance. It is aimed at Canadians but most of the information is beneficial to anyone.

One of the main themes of the book is to save early and regularly early in life. In order to do that, you have to know how not to spend too much (without being a miser) and there is some nice insight into the psychology of why people spend. For example: there is the Diderot effect or spending begets spending. (Google this. It is very interestin
JDL Wahaha
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's more like a 3.5 but Goodreads doesn't let me do that so I thought to bump it up to 4.

It's a fun read in general. The author is rather humorous in the writing and I personally kinda like reading short chapters. At the end of each chapter, I do 10 push ups or some workout to help me stay fit lol just joking.

The content of this book is great and collected a few random quotes here and there. It's losing 1.5 star because the titles of these chapters are impossible to navigate. I was trying to l
April So
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have never been money-wise, particularly because I hate all things numbers and I couldn't be bothered to suffer through the dryness of the subject to learn it. Saving money is tough, but reading and learning to save it is, for many, tougher. Even at the most basic level of knowledge, a read of David Chilton's freshly revived, clearly millennial-targeted Wealthy Barber makes clear that it is by no means a comprehensive education on the subject. In fact, it's something even better. In his own wo ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: finances
Written in a familiar, tongue-in-cheek tone that makes it easy to read, but, (ironically) at times hard to understand. He spent a lot of time joking about his sister and his daughter and what a big nerd he is, but when it came to the hard financial facts (comparing various forms of investment and how they are taxed) I found the whole thing was a bit over my head. I had that bad feeling like when you're in a classroom and everyone else is understanding the concept but it just wasn't sinking in fo ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: financial
Never before have I head a financial book. I was a little daunted by it, to be honest, and it never interested me (this book was in a gift bag I recieved from a conference five years ago). But, it was on my bookshelf so I thought I'd give it a try.

I liked the first half of the book - funny, relatable, and stressed the basics of at least starting to save and living within your means. The second half lost me - a lot of investment examples, mixed with some life insurance things as well. Neither rea
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