3 Advantages Of Starting A Monthly Net Worth Calculation : December 2016 Net Worth Update (+1.88%)

THERE’S ONLY ONE ACTION YOU NEED TO TAKE WITH YOUR MONEY AND THAT’S CONTROL.   It amazes me how many people want to know the net worth calculation of everyone else but themselves. It seems that unless you know you’re doing well financially seeing a net worth summary is pointless. Hardly the case, let me explain. The first thing Mrs. CBB says to me when I bring her our monthly net worth calculation is,”How did we do this month?” Since I’m the one who completes the monthly net worth calculation I have to break the news to her whether our net worth went up or we took a hit. The next question is always, why? If the number decreased I get a sigh but if it increased she smiles which is likely the response from most people. Money and emotions can run high especially if you’ve invested lots or you grew up in a financially struggling household. One thing I noticed is that no matter what the monthly net worth calculation displays she wants to know, Why? The notion that net worth must increase when you spend less and balance the budget is misleading. These are not the only financial […]

6 Eye-Opening Strategies To Help Transition You Into A Budget Master : Our December 2016 Budget Update

IF THERE’S ONE LIFE SKILL YOU WANT TO MASTER IT’S HOW TO MANAGE YOUR FINANCES.   Every January social media lights up with posts about debt, money, savings, retirement, divorce, marriage and spending habits. Magically I see an influx of traffic to the blog that is out of the ordinary with searches always leading to budgeting, debt reduction and how to make money fast. Mrs. CBB had her friend over this afternoon and while she was making a tea in the kitchen the budget discussion came up. My wife lifted up a large Ziploc bag filled with our monthly receipts and said that she was working on adding the last few into the budget spreadsheet. When Mrs. CBB dropped the bag her friend said that she just finished writing out her family budget the other day.  With a second baby on the way and price hikes hitting Canadians hard at the start of 2017 she wants to make sure that they can continue to afford living where they do. Keep in mind this is the first time they’ve used a budget before so writing it out is sometimes an easier way to transition into a budget master. Baby steps are […]

What It Feels Like To Have No Debt When Others Struggle : November 2016 Net Worth Update (+1.58%)

NO MATTER WHERE THE JOURNEY TAKES YOU FEEL THE ADVENTURES FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT.   Do I know what it’s like to struggle financially and feel like I’m not going to get ahead? You’re damn right I do, but not the way you might be or someone else might be. Our struggles are our own but even then it can leave a lasting scar. Let me explain why and how I overcame these dark feelings and my importance to motivate others to feel their financial dreams too. I can’t remember a time during my teen years where having no debt was part of the equation in my day-to-day activities. Making money and saving it was what life was all about for me up until I bought my first flat at age 19. That’s when my financial radar kicked in and boy was it a shocker. Related: Was I too young when I bought my first property? It was then when I realized how debt could make you feel since I’d always paid cash for anything I needed. I don’t come from a wealthy family in fact most of my years were spent working to save for anything I needed, […]

11 Habits To Help You Budget Better In The New Year : Our November 2016 Family Budget Update

IT’S TIME TO RAMP UP YOUR BUDGET PLAN SO GRAB A PEN AND START TAKING NOTES.   If you want to budget better and stop stressing over your money issues accept that you must give up something to get something. With the new year approaching many of you might not be thinking about budgeting in 2017 but waiting until the bills start coming due is probably not a smart way to get a fresh start. Household expenses are expected to rise in 2017 and we’ve been warned in part about a few coming our way. With the average Canadian debt load up 3.6% or $22,081 (excluding mortgage) compared to last year it’s critical that we continue to budget better than ever. We will definitely see grocery expenses escalating up $420 per family, carbon tax introduction and other developments that will work their way into our budget. The great news is that budgeting has become a household name and not as frowned upon as it once was considered for people who couldn’t manager their money.  No, No a budget is for everyone even the rich who have proven it’s easy to lose it all when they should have been comfy for […]

6 Strategic Money Management Motivators To Keep Us Focused : October Net Worth Update (+0.55%)

THREE M’S THAT CAN CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT YOUR MONEY FOREVER.   Budget your money, Budget your money, Save, Save, Save we are told, but that’s only a portion of the solution to what so many people are feeling when it comes to feeling the financial crunch. Financial affairs should always be part of your daily routine however just because you use a budget doesn’t mean you will become successful at running it. It takes far more work than just budgeting to achieve your financial goals. In fact it takes a hell of a lot of work outside of the spreadsheet and whether your committed or not will show in the numbers. Let’s talk about the numbers for a moment especially since November is Financial Literacy Month across the globe. Numbers aren’t the only way you’re going to become rich. Come on now we all want to have money in the bank and being rich to you might mean you are debt free or have more than $100 in the bank. Whatever the case may be always remember that those numbers didn’t become what they are magically. They had to come from somewhere, somehow and most likely that […]