Some 22 years after writing The Wealthy Barber, which became easily the bestselling personal finance book in Canadian history, David Chilton has a dire warning in The Wealthy Barber Returns, to be released this fall.
“The worst thing that’s happening to Canadians in the last 20 years has been lines of credit,” said Chilton, speaking at the conference of the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute. “If I was prime minister, I’d shut them down. It’s unbelievable how people are abusing these things.”
“People cannot resist lines of credit. And the worst combination in the country is a line of credit and a home renovation — once they renovate one room, the other rooms pale by comparison, so they go on to the next room and it’s a never-ending cycle of renovation as they get deeper and deeper and deeper in debt. The four most expensive words in the English language are ‘while we’re at it.’ And the four most expensive letters are ‘HGTV.’