The Wealthy Barber – David Chilton. 1 of My Favourite Finance Books.
The Wealthy Barber – David Chilton
One of my top finance books out there is the original Wealthy Barber by David Chilton. Maybe it strikes a chord with me because the barber shop is based in Sarnia Ontario. My sister used to live there and I would go there from time to time. I never actually looked for this barbershop though.
Since I was such a fan of this book when the new wealthy barber returns came out, I had to have it. I tell ya right now I wasn’t a fan get this one instead. While his 2nd book is good the original reads like a novel and really sucks ya in.
About the Book
The book is based on 3 siblings who are tired of making money and having nothing to show from it. One day Dave (one of the kids) asks his dad about money and he mention’s to go see Roy at the barbershop. His folks learned everything from Roy and say they should learn whenever they get their haircuts there. Dave tells his sister and other brother about what his dad says luckily for them they need a haircut. Off to the barbershop.
Over the course of the summer Roy the barber teaches them about the basics of finances. Saving, good debt vs bad, wills life insurance, Real estate, mutual funds, stocks and RRSP’S. (the new one talks about tfsa’s) In the tfsa regard its a little dated since they weren’t around at the time of writing.
Every month they go for a new haircut and learn something new and get homework. They then tell the barber and his sidekicks about what they have done and have been learning. The book tends to push mutual funds which I don’t agree with but at the time there were no index funds. That would probably be the better option now!
Pay Yourself First
The barber stresses paying yourself first… It seems so simple in hindsight but when I first read it, I was skeptical. He recommends 10% of your cheque, every time! I was broke when we read this. How could we save 10% each payday?
I followed the advice though and to this day we still pay ourselves first. My wife is always shocked every other week (when she gets paid) and her cheque is automatically deposited to our account at 3-5am. At 7am we wake up and say woot nice one! Then 15min later its barely like she got paid. I move that money right away.
I really believe you spend more if your chequing account is really high. So by instantly moving it to other accounts you don’t see it and really don’t miss it. Pay yourself first and enjoy the rest! This is one of the top things I have learned in every book I’ve read.
Like I have stated before The Wealthy Barber is one of my favourite finance books out there. For sure in my top 3. Alongside Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and The Richest Man in Babylon.
It is a fantastic book for starters looking to learn about finances. Its principles are solid and the pay yourself first idea is still a massive part of my life and one I am thankful I learned. Just wish I learned this way back.
I find used copies of The Wealthy Barber in value villages and thrift stores all the time. I like to buy the odd one and give it to friends who seem to be a little interested in learning more about finances. If you are interested in the book and would like to check it out, feel free to click the amazon link below or check your local thrift shop.
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