15 Best Canadian Personal Finance Books You Should Read This Year

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by Enoch Omololu

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Whether you are looking to transform your personal finances, get out of debt, save more money, invest or build wealth, the best personal finance books in Canada can be of help.

A New Year is upon us and among the multitude of books out there vying for your attention, I have picked some of the best ones to add to your library.

This list encompasses some of the best money books written by Canadians to improve your financial literacy, finance book for beginners and millennials, and even two “oldies” that I classify in the ‘best of all time’ category.

1. Balance

By Andrew Hallam

If you have read the “Millionaire Teacher,” then you probably already know how to grow your retirement savings by following a few simple rules.

That said, becoming wealthy is not all that it is cracked up to be.

If you want the complete combo for a successful life – excellent financial, physical, spiritual, and mental health, there is a lot more for you to consider.

In Balance, Andrew covers the “four quadrants to a successful life:

  • Having enough money
  • Maintaining strong relationships
  • Maximizing your physical and mental health
  • Living with a sense of purpose”

Each of the 12 chapters is loaded with practical advice on how to reach the optimal goal of living a balanced and happy life.

Whether you are already a millionaire or are looking at a bleak retirement financially, Balance covers various steps you can take to live a purposeful life.

Balance: How To Invest and Spend for Happiness, Health, and Wealth was published in 2022.

Buy the book on Indigo.

Balance by Andrew Hallam

2. Money Like You Mean It

By Erica Alini

In Money Like You Mean It, Erica offers everyday Canadians a wealth of ready-to-use advice and practical tips on how to take charge of their finances.

If you can’t stand the self-help financial books that focus on strategies outside of the reach of the average Joe and Jane, this book is for you.

Well-researched and annotated throughout, Money Like You Mean It is an in-depth personal finance guide covering:

  • Debt management, budgeting, credit, and more.
  • Homeownership, rent vs buy, and navigating today’s real estate market
  • How to value your time, negotiate a salary, and make money
  • How to invest smartly
  • Retirement planning and financial independence
  • How to prepare for life’s curveballs
  • Family finance, and more

Money Like You Mean It: Personal Finance Tactics for the Real World was published in 2021.

Buy the ebook here or get the paperback on Indigo.

money like you mean it by erica alini

3. Millionaire Teacher

By Andrew Hallam

As a school teacher who built a million-dollar-plus investment portfolio, Andrew Hallam shows us how everyday people can retire rich.

Keep your investments simple using index funds, cut fees, don’t go chasing returns, save, spend on assets that appreciate, control your emotions, and more. Andrew uses realistic data to support his arguments.

Couch Potato? No problem. In fact, the investment style known for adopting this lazy approach to investing may be your ticket to millionaire status.

Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School was first published in 2011. A second edition was released in 2017.

Buy the book on Indigo.

Millionaire Teacher

4. Wealthing Like Rabbits

By Robert R. Brown

A must-read for millennials, Wealthing Like Rabbits gets the point across using pop culture and other anecdotes that make you want to get up and become financially independent right now.

Written by a Canadian for Canadians, the book covers all the important stuff including investment accounts (RRSP and TFSA), debt repayment, frugality, credit cards, mortgages, opportunity cost, and more.

Rabbits reproduce really fast and Wealthing Like Rabbits: An Original and Occasionally Hilarious Introduction to the World of Personal Finance shows how you can apply the same idea to your wealth.

Buy the book on Indigo.

Wealthing Like Rabbits

5. The Wealthy Barber

By David Chilton

A no-nonsense guide that takes a commonsense approach to tackle the everyday financial issues that Canadians face. The storytelling format used by Dave in this book brings the lessons close to home.

The Wealthy Barber: The Common Sense Guide to Successful Financial Planning was first published in 2002 and sold more than 2 million copies.

The book delves into how to pay yourself first, use credit wisely, max out your RRSP, invest with a long-term mentality, and other money lessons in a fun and entertaining way.

In 2011, David Chilton released a sequel to this book in the Wealthy Barber Returns.

Buy the book on Indigo.

The Wealthy Barber

6. House Poor No More

By Romana King

Romana King has been advising Canadian homebuyers and sellers for more than 20 years.

In House Poor No More, she covers what you need to know about buying a home in Canada, strategic home improvements, how to save on those pesky home expenses, managing your mortgage debt, saving on taxes, and more.

This book offers step-by-step guidance on how to go about managing one of your biggest investments. New homeowners will find precise information on what renovations increase their home’s values and which ones they can skip.

Thinking about leveraging your home for investment returns, how to pay off your mortgage fast, tax deductions and credits you can claim? Romana answers these questions in a practical down-to-earth manner.

House Poor No More: 9 Steps That Grow the Value of Your Home and Net Worth was published in 2021.

Buy the book on Indigo.

house poor no more by romana king

7. Stop Over-Thinking Your Money!

By Preet Banerjee

The first part of the book covers five simple rules for financial success:

  • Disaster-proof your life
  • Spend less than you earn
  • Aggressively pay down high-interest debt
  • Read the fine print
  • Delay consumption

In the second part of the book, Preet covers the basics of investing, financial advisors, investment fees, and all you need to know about insurance.

This book holds lessons for all age groups, however, if you are a twenty-something, it is a must-read for your summer reading list.

Stop Over-Thinking Your Money: The Five Simple Rules of Financial Success was published in 2014.

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Stop Over-thinking your money

8. Debt Free Forever

By Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Wondering if you are going to ever be free from the burden of debt? Gail shows you how to use a clear-cut direct approach that does not allow excuses to get in the way.

Take a look at your financial picture, build a budget, update your habits, pay off debt, automate your savings, and plan for the future.

Gail, who formerly hosted the popular TV show, Till Debt Do Us Part, has authored several other personal finance books including Money Rules, Never Too Late, and Money-Smart Kids.

Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life was published in 2012.

Buy the book on Indigo.

Debt Free Forever

9. Worry-Free Money

By Shannon Lee Simmons

People often say personal finances are all about common sense. Maybe they are, but there are often other reasons why people do not have a handle on their money.

Suffering from a severe bout of FOMO? Can you save, invest, and live a happy life at the same time? Can you feel poor with a salary of $150,000 just as you could if you were earning $40,000?

Shannon lends a new modern-day voice to the art and science of budgeting, saving, spending, and more. it is a non-judgemental read and above all, uses highly relatable Canadian scenarios.

Worry-Free Money: The Guilt-Free Approach to Managing Your Money and Your Life was published in 2017. The author recently published a second book, Living Debt-Free.

Buy the book on Indigo.

Worry Free Money

10. The Money Master

By Sandy Yong

In The Money Master, Sandy draws from personal experience, research, and interviews of financial experts, and shows you how you can:

  • Train your brain to have a millionaire mindset
  • Develop healthy and wealthy habits
  • Balance today’s needs with tomorrow’s wants
  • Take control of your financial future
  • Protect your wealth
  • Create a financial portfolio and have money work for you
  • Become your own boss

Sandy also provides worksheets you can download to use alongside the book.

The Money Master: What They Don’t Teach You About Wealth and Investing was first published in 2019.

Buy the book on SandyYong.com.

The Money Master by sandy yong

11. Happy Go Money

By Melissa Leong

Combining personal finances and psychology, Melissa helps the reader to see how they can lead happy lives while being responsible with money.

Spending, budgeting, investing, mindfulness, happiness, laughter…this book has it all.

Melissa is a popular on-air personality and is the resident money expert on the CTV show, The Social. Happy Go Money: Spend Smart, Save Right and Enjoy Life was published in 2019.

Buy the book on Indigo.

Happy Go Money..

12. The Value of Simple

By John A. Robertson

In this book, John takes you through the world of Canadian personal finance and investing. You learn about how to take the reins and masterfully implement low-cost indexing strategies in your TFSA, RRSP, RESP, and non-registered accounts.

Traditional mutual funds in Canada are the most expensive in the developed world and you can certainly do without them in your portfolio. John shows how you can purchase index funds in a step-by-step format which makes the book a great starting point for would-be DIY investors.

The Value of Simple: A Practical Guide To Taking The Complexity Out of Investing was published in 2018.

Buy the book on Indigo.

The Value of Simple

13. Beat The Bank

By Larry Bates

If you wonder why I have been vocal about the negative impact of high investment fees on Canadian portfolios and why investors should consider indexing, Larry gets it.

In his book, Beat the Bank: The Canadian Guide to Simply Successful Investing, Larry shows how you can simplify and optimize your investment portfolio, cut fees, maximize your tax-sheltered accounts, and increase your long-term returns and wealth.

You can check out his T-Rex Score calculator which shows how much of your money goes to annual fees and how much you actually get to keep. Beat the bank was published in 2018.

Buy the book on Indigo.

Beat The Bank

14. Moolala

By Bruce Sellery

Bruce Sellery is a well-known business journalist and personal finance expert. His book, Moolala: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things With Their Money and What You Can Do About It, shows how you can get a handle on your money and improve your financial life.

The five steps to achieve your financial goals are:

  • Lay the foundation
  • Determine what you want
  • Develop the plan
  • Take action
  • Stay engaged

Moolala was published in 2011.

Buy the book on Indigo.

Moolala

15. The Year of Less

By Cait Flanders

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store is a great read.

This self-help memoir chronicles how Cait took a 12-month break from the soul-sucking emptiness that is the bane of today’s consumeristic lifestyle.

Interested in how minimalism, mindfulness, and how money cross paths? This book gives you the bare details. You can live a life of fulfillment with much less.

The Year of Less was published in 2018.

Buy the book on Indigo.

The Year of Less

Conclusion

There you go with my list of some of the best personal finance books you can read this year. You can buy a physical copy, get the audiobook, or if you are anything like me, borrow them from your local library.

Educating yourself by reading great books is one of the best investments you can make. Like the great Jim Rohn once quipped:

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”

These personal finance books will help you budget, save more money and become a better investor. #personalfinance #personaldevelopment #money #finances #budgeting #savemoney
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Enoch Omololu

Enoch Omololu is a personal finance expert and a veterinarian. He has a master’s degree in Finance and Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen Business School (Scotland) and has completed several courses and certificates in finance, including the Canadian Securities Course. He also has an MSc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan. Enoch has a passion for helping others win with their personal finances and has been writing about money matters for over a decade. He has been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Wealthsimple, Financial Post, Toronto Star, CTV News, Canadian Securities Exchange, Credit Canada, National Post, CIBC, and many other personal finance publications.

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1 thought on “15 Best Canadian Personal Finance Books You Should Read This Year”

  1. Hello Enoch Omololu,

    these options are great but not even 1 is free? The list has “NO OPTION FOR A 100% FREE” e-book, in the “beginner/starter” category or any category for that matter, on Canadian Personal Finance Like:

    – “Starting Out as a Beginner” or “Starting Over” Guides
    – Budgeting/Planning
    – Debt/Poor Credit Recovery/Avoidance
    – Investing, Risk Assessment & Management, Timelines & ROI
    – Retirement Planning

    I am very interested in “https://www.savvynewcanadians.com/” as its one of the better combined resources for this information.

    I have an idea about all this. Please contact me if you wish to hear more.

    Thank you,
    JW

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