- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Currency; Updated, Subsequent edition (November 25, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761513116
- ISBN-13: 978-0761513117
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 280 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wealthy Barber, Updated 3rd Edition: Everyone's Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent Updated, Subsequent Edition
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." . . quite simply the best financial self-help book."
--Money Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club
In this new and updated edition of one of the biggest-selling financial-planning books ever, David Chilton simplifies the complex puzzles of personal finance and helps you achieve financial independence. With the help of his fictional barber, Roy, and a large dose of humor, Chilton shows you how to take control of your financial future--slowly, steadily, and with sure success. Chilton's plan (detailed in an entertaining story) is no get-rich-quick scheme, but it does make financial independence possible on nothing more than an average salary.
This third edition has been updated with assistance from the Arthur Andersen Corporation, and covers the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 and other recent developments.
Even if you consider yourself a financial "basket case," Chilton explains how you can easily put an effective financial plan into action.
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My complaints, however, are here:
- Although some of the tips are super easy to pick up, some will still go over your head. In my opinion, that defeats the whole purpose of the simplistic, investing-for-dummies approach to the book. I understand the types given are essential tips, so don't get me wrong there. It's just that some BASIC tips are fleshed out in 10 pages, and some ADVANCED tips are glossed over in a paragraph.
- With all the resources we have at our fingertips (aka the dang Internet), all the advice in this book could be found in a single personal finance blog post. I know, I know, that can be applied to about everything. But, it's important to remember this is an extremely short book as it is, so I would have liked a little more susbstance.
- Don't be fooled by the "Updated 3rd Edition" part of the title. It's crazy out of date, so be forewarned! The financial tips are still applicable for sure, but just know homes used the examples are going to cost $90,000. If that bothers you, pick up the updated version (2011): The Wealthy Barber Returns : Dramatically Older and Marginally Wiser, David Chilton Offers His Unique Perspectives on the World of Money
All that said, it's a solid 3 out of 5 for me. It had some great advice for first-time investors, but I think there's probably some better resources out there.
Flash forward 25ish years later - NKOTB is back out on the road. Despite that clear sign of the end times...
Yes! I was right - the principles in this book still hold true, and people are still falling for much of the commonly-espoused financial advice that simply isn't true. I bought this book for my wife for us to read together - she's heard me reference it so many times over the years, she just had to see what the buzz was about....
or maybe it was just to shut me up.