The Automatic Millionaire: Canadian Edition: A Powerful One-step Plan To Live And Finish Rich by David BachThe Automatic Millionaire: Canadian Edition: A Powerful One-step Plan To Live And Finish Rich by David Bach

The Automatic Millionaire: Canadian Edition: A Powerful One-step Plan To Live And Finish Rich

byDavid Bach

Paperback | January 3, 2006

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Internationally bestselling financial advisor David Bach’s Automatic Millionaire promotes a revolutionary system for making even the most undisciplined money managers rich.

The Automatic Millionaire shows readers how to change their financial practices and even their lives, the simple and automatic way.

The book begins with a powerful story about an average Canadian couple — he’s a low-level manager, she’s a beautician — whose joint income never exceeds $55,000 a year, yet who somehow manage to own two homes debt-free, put two kids through college, and retire at fifty-five with more than $1 million in savings.

The incredible message Bach delivers is that the key to getting rich is “automating” the way to wealth by “paying yourself first,” using automatic funded retirement accounts and money market accounts to secure the future and pay for the present.

A concise guide that’s a fixture on bestseller lists, The Automatic Millionaire introduces readers to a system that is powerful and simple — an automatically effective, life-changing system that delivers. Do it once, the rest is automatic.
David Bach is the author of Start Late, Finish Rich, which debuted on the New York Times Advice bestseller list, the Wall Street Journal business bestseller list, and the USA Today business bestseller list. He is also the author of the runaway bestseller The Automatic Millionaire, which spent fourteen weeks on the New York Times bestse...
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Title:The Automatic Millionaire: Canadian Edition: A Powerful One-step Plan To Live And Finish RichFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 3, 2006Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy this book today and share it with your family and friends! The Automatic Millionaire is a must read book for anyone trying to secure a decent future for themselves and their family. Wonderfully written. Easy to understand. Cuts to the core of why so many people have not accumulated the wealth they truly need in the future. I have purchased a least a dozen copies of this book and given it to my son's friends and they all thanked me for the insight. Buy this book today and share it with your family and friends!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Although common sense but for most people it ain't so common. When you ask someone to save $300 per month can seem much for some people. But most don't even realize that it's really just $10 per day. I love how he goes over the Latte Factor as a simple way of saving.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is a compelling, easy to read book about finance. It also encourages you to take action with each chapter. I have also passed the book onto several people who also enjoyed it.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ!!! Don't let the title fool you. This is no get rich quick scheme. It's all about saving for the long-term and having a healthy financial future. I can't say enough good things about this book. This is an incredibly simple, common sense approach to investing and saving written for the average joe and jane. The book is an easy read about finances and it's not a bit boring. We put this simple plan to work for us in our house and we have never felt so at ease about our money matters. Everyone should read this book and be taught these simple financial strategies. It could be the most important book you ever read.
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend...Never too late to start saving! This book is a very quick read but definitely worth it! As your reading it you'll have one of those "Ah ha!" moments where everything that you knew will suddenly mean so much more and will be in a different context from what you "knew" before. You'll feel energized to act immediately on your newfound wisdom and probably just as excited to share your insights with everyone else you know! Quite literally this book takes the most simplest ideas, and puts them in perspective. You'll be asking yourself many times as you read this book, "Now, why didn't I think of that?"
Date published: 2007-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I think everyone should have to read this book Wow, its so simple and yet almost against everything that you are tought growing up and in school. A very quick read, Short and to the point. This book has changed my life. I very highly recommend that everyone should read this book it will change your thought process on how you save money and contribute to your rrsp's. The only thing negative about the book - that there is a lot of repeating, but I think that is how to pound the whole message in, over and over just keep telling the reader hey this is the easiest thing in the world to do you can do it to.
Date published: 2006-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too good to be true? Not this one! David Bach's book has revolutionized how I see my retirement. The principles are so straightforward and simple that anyone can follow them and retire in class. I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you have an ounce of willpower you CAN retire a millionaire. I liked it so much that I bought "Start Late, Finish Rich" and fully expect to do just that!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you want a fulfilling, wealthy marriage that wi There are many books like this and if you do what they say you should be well off for retirement. The problem is most people don't follow the rules the book teaches you to apply to your life. Although this type of book has been written several times by various authors, David Bach at least makes the topic interesting, exciting and even comical. I would suggest this book most to people in their late teens to someone in their thirties simply because our current education system does not teach financial responsibility. This is not a get rich quick book which I am glad for as there are enough of those crowding the shelves.
Date published: 2006-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for those who don't know it already... There are many books like this and if you do what they say you should be well off for retirement. The problem is most people don't follow the rules the book teaches you to apply to your life. Although this type of book has been written several times by various authors, David Bach at least makes the topic interesting, exciting and even comical. I would suggest this book most to people in their late teens to someone in their thirties simply because our current education system does not teach financial responsibility. This is not a get rich quick book which I am glad for as there are enough of those crowding the shelves.
Date published: 2006-04-21

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The Single Biggest Investment Mistake You Can MakeThe single most important investment decision you ever make may well be how much to automatically Pay Yourself First into your retirement plan. With this in mind, it shouldn’t be hard to figure out the single biggest mistake you can make: Not using your pre-tax retirement plans and not maxing them out.People who aren’t serious about being rich say this:• “I can’t afford to save more than 4 percent of my income."• "My spouse is enrolled in his/her plan, so I don’t need to enroll in mine.”• “Our plan isn’t any good, so it’s not worth using.”• “ My company doesn’t match retirement contributions, so signing up for the plan isn’t worth it.”• “Investing in stocks is foolish.”• “I’ll save more later.”-- excerpt from page 94 of The Automatic Millionaire* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I’ll never forget when I met my first Automatic Millionaire. I was in my mid-twenties and was teaching an investment class at a local adult-education program. Jim McIntyre, a middle-aged, middle manager for a local utility company, was one of my students. He and I hadn’t spoken much until one day when he came up after class to ask if he could make an appointment with me to review his and his wife’s financial situation.The request surprised me. Though I felt strongly (and still do) that just about everyone could benefit from the advice of a qualified financial planner, Jim didn’t strike me as the type who would seek it out.I told him I’d be happy to set up a meeting, but if he wanted my help, his wife would have to come too, as my group managed money only for couples who worked on their finances together.Jim smiled. “No problem,” he said. “Sue’s the reason I’m here. She took your ‘Smart Women Finish Rich’ seminar and told me I should sign up for your course. I’ve liked what you’ve had to say, and we both figure it’s time to do some financial planning. You see, I’m planning to retire next month.”Now I was really surprised. I didn’t say anything, but as I looked Jim up and down, I doubted he could be in a position to retire. From the few comments he had made in class, I knew he was in his early fifties and had worked for the same company for thirty years, never earning much more than $40,000 a year, and didn’t believe in budgets. I also knew that he considered himself to be “ultraconservative,” so I figured he couldn’t have made a fortune in the stock market.My Grandma Rose Bach had taught me never to judge a book by its cover. But something didn’t add up. Maybe Jim had just inherited a lot of money. For his sake, I hoped so.“WHAT AM I MISSING HERE?”When the McIntyres came into my office a few days later, they looked exactly like what they were: hard-working, “average Joe” Canadians. What stuck in my mind about Jim was that he was wearing a short-sleeved dress shirt with a plastic pocket protector in his breast pocket. His wife, Sue, had a little more flair, with some seriously blond highlights. She was a beautician, a couple of years younger than Jim.The thing was, they didn’t act like middle-aged people. They were holding hands like two high school kids on a first date, literally bubbling with excitement. Before I could ask how I could help them, Jim started talking about his plans and what he would do with his free time. As he did, Sue kept exclaiming, “Isn’t it great he can retire so young! Most people can’t retire until they reach sixty-five, if then, and here’s Jim able to do it at fifty-two!”“LET’S NOT GET AHEAD OF OURSELVES.”After ten minutes of this, I had to interrupt. “Guys, your enthusiasm is contagious, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. I’ve met with literally hundreds of potential retirees over the last few years and I have to tell you–hardly any of them have been able to retire in their early fifties.” I looked Jim in the eye. “Usually people come to my office to find out if they can retire,” I said. “You already seem to be sure you can. What makes you so certain you can afford to?”Jim and Sue exchanged a look. Then Jim turned back to me. “You don’t think we’re rich enough,” he said. “Do you?” The way Jim put it, it wasn’t exactly a question.“Well, that’s not the way I would have phrased it,” I replied, “but yes, it takes a fair amount of money to fund an early retirement, and most people your age aren’t even close to having saved enough. Knowing what I do about your background, I’m truthfully curious about how you could possibly have enough money.” I looked him in the eye. He gazed back at me serenely.“Jim, you’re only fifty-two,” I said. “Considering that only about one in ten people can barely afford to retire at age sixty-five with a lifestyle equal to what they had when they worked, you have to admit that retiring at your age with your income would be a pretty big feat.”Jim nodded. “Fair enough,” he said and handed me a sheaf of documents. They included his and Sue’s tax returns as well as financial statements that listed exactly what they owned and owed.I looked first at their tax returns. The previous year, Jim and Sue had earned a total of $53,946. Not bad. Not rich, to be sure, but a decent income.Okay, next. How much did they owe?I scanned their financial statements. I couldn’t find any outstanding debts listed. “Hmm,” I said, raising an eyebrow. “You have no debt?”“THE MCINTYRES DON’T DO DEBT.”They exchanged another smile and Sue squeezed Jim’s hand. “The McIntyres don’t do debt,” she said with a chuckle.“What about your kids?” I asked.“What about them?” Jim answered. “They’re both out of university, on their own, and God bless ’em.”“Well, all right then,” I said, “let’s see what you own.” I turned back to the financial statement. There were two homes listed: the house where they lived (valued at $450,000) and a rental property (a second house valued at $325,000).“Wow,” I said. “Two houses and no mortgage on either?”“Nope,” Jim replied. “No mortgage.”Next came the retirement accounts. Jim’s RRSP and company pension plan combined currently amounted to $610,000. And there was more. Sue had an RRSP of her own that totalled $72,000. In addition, they owned $160,000 in provincial bonds and had $62,500 in cash in a bank savings account.Talk about a substantial asset base. Add in some personal property (including a boat and three cars -- all fully paid for) and they had a net worth approaching $2 million!By any standard, the McIntyres were rich. It wasn’t simply that they owned a lot of assets free and clear (though that in itself was pretty impressive), they also had a continuing income stream in the form of interest and dividends from their investments and $26,000 a year in rent generated by their second house. On top of that, Jim qualified for a small pension and Sue liked being a beautician so much that she planned to keep working until she was sixty (even though she didn’t need to). Suddenly, Jim’s plan to retire at fifty-two didn’t seem so crazy. In fact, it was completely realistic. More than realistic -- it was exciting!“WE INHERITED KNOWLEDGE.”Normally, I don’t get wide-eyed about people’s wealth. But there was something about the McIntyres that impressed me. They didn’t look rich. And they didn’t seem terribly special. To the contrary, they seemed perfectly ordinary -- your average, nice, hard-working couple. How could they have possibly amassed such wealth at such a relatively young age?To put it mildly, I was confused. But I was also hooked. I was in my mid-twenties at the time, and even though I was making good money, I was still basically living paycheque to paycheque. Some months I did manage to save a little, but more often then not I’d get busy or spend too much the next month and not save a dime. Many months it seemed that instead of getting ahead, I was falling behind, working harder and harder to make ends meet.It was embarrassing, really, and frustrating. Here I was, a financial advisor teaching others how to invest, and I was often struggling myself. Even worse, here were the McIntyres, who probably in their best year barely made half of what I was making, and yet they were millionaires, while I was falling further and further into debt.Clearly, they knew something about taking action with their money that I needed to learn. And I was determined to find out what it was. How could such regular people have amassed such wealth? Eager to know their secret but not knowing where to begin, I finally asked them, “Did you inherit any of this?”Jim broke out in a deep belly laugh. “Inherit?” he repeated, shaking his head. “The only thing we inherited was knowledge. Our parents taught us a few common-sense rules about handling money. We just did what they said and, sure enough, it worked. The same is true for a lot of people we know. In fact, in our neighbourhood, about half our friends are going to retire this year, and many of them are even better off then we are.”At this point, I was hooked. The McIntyres had come to interview me about how I could help them, but now I wanted to interview them.LOOKING RICH VS. BEING RICH“You know,” I said, “every week I meet people who take my classes like you did but who are exactly the opposite of you. I mean, they look rich but when you get into the details of what they really have, it often turns out that they are not only not rich but broke. Just this morning, I met with a man who drove up in a brand new Porsche, wearing a gold Rolex watch. He looked loaded, but when I went through his statements I found he was actually leveraged to the hilt. A guy in his mid-fifties, living in a million-dollar home with an $800,000 mortgage. Less than $100,000 in savings, more than $75,000 in credit card debt, and he was leasing the Porsche! Plus he was paying alimony to two ex-wives.”At this point, none of us could help ourselves. We all began to laugh. “I know it’s not funny,” I said, “but here was this guy, looking rich and successful, and actually he’s a financial and emotional wreck. He handled his finances just like he drove his Porsche: red-lining all the way. Then you guys come in. You drive up in a Ford Taurus. Jim here is wearing a ten-year-old Timex -- ”“Nope,” Jim interrupted with a smile. “It’s an eighteen-year-old Timex.”“Exactly!” I said. “An eighteen-year-old Timex. And you’re rich. You guys are happy as clams, still married, two great kids you put through college, and you’re retiring in your mid-fifties. So please tell me -- what was your secret? You must have one, right?”Sue looked me straight in the eye. “You really want to know?” she asked.I nodded wordlessly. Sue looked at Jim. “You think we can spare an extra fifteen minutes to explain it to him?”“Sure,” Jim said. “What’s fifteen minutes?” He turned to me. “You know, David, you already know this stuff. You teach it every day. We just lived it.”JIM AND SUE SHARE THEIR STORYSue took a deep breath, then launched into their story. “Well, first, we got married young. Jimmy was twenty-one when we started dating, and I was nineteen. We were married three years later. After our honeymoon, both of our parents sat us down and told us together that we needed to get serious with our lives. They said we had a choice. We could work all our lives for money and live month to month, paycheque to paycheque, like most people. Or we could learn to make our money work for us and really enjoy our lives. The trick, they said, was simple. Every time you earn a dollar, you should make sure to pay yourself first.”“WE DECIDED TO PAY OURSELVES FIRST.”Jim nodded in agreement. “You know,” he said, “most people think that when they get their paycheque, the first thing they should do is pay all their bills -- and then if there is anything left over, they can save a few dollars. In other words, pay everyone else first and yourself last. Our parents taught us that to really get ahead of the game, you have to turn this around. Put aside a few dollars for yourself, THEN pay all your other bills.”He sat back in his chair and shrugged, as if to say, “No big deal.”Sue smiled and shook her head. “Jim makes it sounds easy,” she said, “but the truth is we had to learn how to save our money. In the beginning, we tried to put ourselves on a budget but somehow the numbers never added up and we started fighting a lot. One day I called my mom upset because of a money fight we had and she told me that budgeting didn’t work. She said she and my dad had tried it and all it had led to was endless arguments. So they decided to toss the budget and instead take 10 percent of their pay out of their paycheques and put it in a savings account before they ever saw it or had a chance to spend it on anything. ‘You’d be surprised how quickly you get used to doing without that 10 percent,’ she told me. ‘And meanwhile it’s piling up in the bank.’ The secret, she explained, is that you can’t spend what you don’t see.“So that’s what we did. We originally started putting aside just 4 percent of our income and slowly increased the amount. Today, we save 15 percent. But on average we always saved about 10 percent, just like Mom said.”“And what did you do with your savings?” I asked.“Well,” Sue said, “the first thing we started saving for was our retirement.”“Each of us opened a Registered Retirement Savings Plan,” Jim broke in. “My company had a pension plan, but any extra money we contributed to our RRSPs. Most of our friends didn’t bother. But we did.”Sue took up the story again. “After that, our next priority was to put aside enough so we could buy a home. Both our parents told us that their homes had been the best investments they had ever made -- that nothing gives you freedom and security like owning a home. But the key, they said, was owning it free and clear. In other words, you pay off that mortgage as quickly as you can.“They said that, while our friends were busy splurging on decorating their apartments and eating lunch out every day, we should be watching our spending and saving as much as we could. They made a big point about how so many people waste big money on small things.”She looked at Jim. “You remember that, honey?” she asked.“I sure do,” Jim replied. He turned to me. “You know, the trick to getting ahead financially isn’t being cheap and boring. It’s watching the small stuff -- little spending habits you have that you’d probably be better off without. In our case, we realized that one of the main ‘small stuff’ things we were spending too much money on were cigarettes. We both smoked about a pack a day and our parents hated it. Back then, the health risks were just beginning to be publicized and they pointed out that if we stopped wasting money on cigarettes, we could probably save enough in two years to make a down payment on a home. And we’d be saving our health in the process.”From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“The Automatic Millionaire is an automatic winner. David Bach really cares about you: on every page you can hear him cheering you on to financial fitness. No matter who you are or what your income is, you can benefit from this easy-to-apply program. Do it now. You and your loved ones deserve big bucks!”—Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager“The Automatic Millionaire gives you, step by step, everything you need to secure your financial future. When you do it David Bach’s way, failure is not an option.”—Jean Chatzky, Financial Editor, NBC’s Today“David Bach's no spin financial advice is beautiful because it's so simple. If becoming self-sufficient is important to you then this book is a must.”—Bill O'Reilly, anchor, Fox News, and author of The O’Reilly Factor and The No Spin Zone “Finally, a book that helps you stop sweating it when it comes to your money! The Automatic Millionaire is a fast, easy read that gets you to take action. David Bach is the money coach to trust year in and year out to motivate you financially.”—Richard Carlson, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff About Money“David Bach’s The Automatic Millionaire proves that you don’t have to make a lot of money or have a complicated financial plan to get started — you can literally start towards your financial dreams today, in a matter of hours, with just one life changing secret: Pay yourself first and make it automatic! Equally important, this book shows you how to simplify and automate your entire financial life.”—Harry S. Dent, Jr., investment strategist and author of The Roaring 2000s“The Automatic Millionaire is, simply put…a great little book!  You can read it in a matter of hours and take action immediately on a powerful, simple, totally AUTOMATIC plan to become a millionaire.”—Robert G. Allen, coauthor of The One Minute Millionaire“The Automatic Millionaire is brilliant in its simplicity and thoroughly enjoyable to read. If you want to create financial security and still sleep at night, you've just got to get this book! Thank you, David...your advice will change people's lives.”—Barbara Stanny, author of Secrets of Six-Figure Women and Prince Charming Isn't Coming“David Bach lets you in on the secret to finishing rich, and it’s so simple anyone can do it. Read this book, follow his advice, and it will change your life.”—Candace Bahr and Ginita Wall, co-founders of the Women’s Institute for Financial Education (WIFE.org)“Pay yourself first. It’s simple ideas like this that can make all the difference in your financial future. Ignore David Bach's new book at your own peril.”—Al Ries, author of Focus, The Future of Your Company Depends on It“David Bach makes understanding your finances easy, fun and exciting. The Automatic Millionaire is a practical and smart guide to mastering your relationship with money.”—Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D. author of What Women Want Men to Know“More people will become millionaires in the years ahead than in all the previous years of human history. It has never been more possible for you to get out of debt, achieve financial independence and build a financial fortress around yourself than it is today. This fast-moving book by David Bach gives you the practical strategies and techniques you need to take complete control of your financial life and become the millionaire you want to be.”—Brian Tracy, author of Goals!