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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
I was so excited to get this book given the positive reviews and since I found his first book to be helpful. Not sure if it is because when I read his first book I was in my early 20's and I did not know much about financial matters and now I have gained more knowledge and experience. I did not find his new book to be helpful at all. Thankfully I received it as a gift and therefore I did not waste any of my own money on it. The basic message in his book seems to be to live within one's means. That's about it. A message that is pretty basic and therefore you don't need to spend $10-20 to learn this information. Also I found his jokes to be really corny/cheesy. It almost felt like to me that he needed to make some extra money and so he used the success from his first book to hook buyers in for his second book although his second book has no substance. If readers are looking for financial advice - the money would be better spent getting a subscription to MoneySense Magazine than this book.
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17 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2011
I am 64 and retired. I liked the first book so I bought this one looking for some new information, ideas. The book is simply a collection of two to four page stories, seemingly unrelated to each other. The book has no structure/index, you cannot look anything up.

My wife and I read it but found it rather elementary so we returned it. Personally we were very disappointed.

andyt
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2014
Good Old David is giving the same old information, and is clearly sitting on the fence!! A couple of books to clear the air are:

The 3 Simple Rules of Investing: Why Everything You've Heard about Investing Is Wrong — and What to Do Instead Paperback
by Michael Edesess (Author) , Tsui L. K. (Author) , Carol Fabbri (Author), George Peacock (Author)

The Big Investment Lie: What Your Financial Advisor Doesn't Want You to Know Paperback – Large Print, December 28, 2012
by Michael Edesess (Author)

Investing without Wall Street: The Five Essentials of Financial Freedom Hardcover
by Sheldon Jacobs (Author)

The last book has good information, just forget the mutual funds.. and forget the fees.. you can do it and save a lot of money.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
I'm so glad I waited for this book to be available through my local library because it would have been a huge waste of my money. I'm a huge fan of his first book and got so much out of it as a 20-something at the time. I was expecting so much more - not cheesy humour and flip-flopped opinions.
Mr. Chilton really didn't present any advice other than to continue to save and stick with it. In other words - nothing new. He couldn't seem to decide how he felt on changes such as the TFSA vrs RRSP. Mr. Chilton did a poor job of really talking about the pro's of having both a TFSA & an RRSP. It seemed his advice was to pick one or the other - it's just not that simple. Mr. Chilton's readers deserved better than what was presented.
I was really hoping for a book in similar style to the 1st Wealthy Barber. One that would be more suited to today's economy, technology & life styles.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
Please please please don't waste your money on this book. I just finished reading this book and have concluded it's three things:
1. Bad dry humor
2. Generic and very very broad advise
3. Ranting about the financial system

Where is the number's Dave? You tell us to save .. how much should we shoot for? where should we put it? should we invest it? You tell us to not over extend ourselves on our mortgage but don't give us any concrete way of telling us how to figure out what would be over extending ourselves and what wouldn't. There is nothing in this book that I haven't heard a million times over.

I am actually mad I wasted my time reading this book. So glad I borrowed it from the library or else I would be even more upset that I wasted money on this book.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
I was very disappointed in this book. David is certainly a knowledgable person but it is written in a way that insults the average persons' intelligence.

I would suggest you reads Davis's first book and save your money buying this one.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
I am shocked this book got published. I was so excited after reading the first one in my 20's, it became a blueprint for my relative success with personal finance. I agree with Saucy Simone review and would add what a waste of words and time. Zero insight, poorly written and nothing new to say. I have never written a review before but felt compelled, I plan on returning it tomorrow. Coop
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
This is a dissapointment and shows what you can get away with if you have a prior best seller.
The scary thing is the number of people that rate it so highly. If they think this book will provide help with their financial management they really are in more trouble than they know! The content is simplistic in the extreme and assumes the reader is illiterate on financial issues.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
I bought the book on the spot after reading the overwhelmingly positive reviews. To my disappointment, the book, as other negative reviews have pointed out, is quite fundamental. The book feels like it is targeted for the financially illiterate, who doesn't spend within their means.

If you want a more in-depth book on financial advice, look elsewhere. I'd recommend 'A random walk down wall street'.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
this was unfortunately the biggest waste of my time. I kept reading to find out if there was one good piece of advice; but unfortunately not.
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