What’s Stopping You From Managing Money? : Dec 2017 Year-End Budget Update

THERE’S NO WAITING GAME WHEN YOU WANT TO MANAGE YOUR FINANCES EFFECTIVELY   Whether you are in debt or not managing money must begin today if you want to feel good about your financial future. Personal finance management starts with a positive mindset where you believe your situation will get better and not waiting for opportunity to knock. Trust me, if I didn’t get my butt out there looking for a job when I moved to Canada or put myself back into school I’m not sure where I’d be today. I’d likely be working at a job I didn’t like but I would do it for the money. That’s the way the world goes but I certainly wouldn’t have ended my job search. Perhaps some of you reading this today may feel you are stuck in the same or a similar circumstance and although it may not be your ideal situation managing money must be a part of your routine.   To App or Not   These days there are apps for just about anything when you want to manage your money. There’s an app for your banking, budget, spending tracker, allowance tracker and so on. Personally, I think these […]

3 Budget Guidelines That Fuel Our Financial Success

TAKE WHAT MONEY YOU HAVE AND TURN IT INTO FINANCIAL FREEDOM   If you think setting budget guidelines are financial over-kill than let me tell you how good debt freedom feels–damn good. You can do this too! The idea is to start somewhere small to get to where you want to go that’s far bigger than you have ever imagined. It may not happen as fast as it did for us, but you’ll get there. So go ahead laugh or say you don’t need to push the limits with your budget because I will shout from the highest mountains (right now that’s the snow pile at the end of our drive) that you get out of budgeting what you put in, full-stop. Creating a budget should be the least of your worries when it comes to budgeting because most people don’t even get past the first stages, “thinking about budgeting” As soon as the new year hits this blog gets power-housed from readers all over the world looking for budget tips. That’s refreshing to see but I’d like to see this happen not just in January and February, but all year-long. There are so many free budgets online including our […]

How To Create a Results Driven 2018 Personal Budget Plan

A BUDGET IS NOT JUST ANY BUDGET, IT’S YOUR BUDGET   At the end of each year and during the first month of the new year I often get social media bombed by readers of this blog about creating a personal budget plan. This is great news though because it tells me two things; You want to learn more about budgeting You care about your money It is often this time of year when debt weighs heavy on people because we’ve just finished Christmas and the new year signifies fresh beginnings. I feel as a finance blogger who specializes in budgeting, debt and frugal living that I should always send out a yearly reminder about the importance of budgeting for everyone. This is why financial and personal goals start at the beginning of the year for most people at which time they are 100% committed, for a minute and then forgotten. Don’t lump yourself in that pile because you’ll never get ahead without that drive to succeed. By all means you don’t need to use a budget to be successful but I fully believe that using a budget will always outweigh not using one. Not everyone who wants to start […]

Don’t Make Money Problems Your Daily Obsession : Our Net Worth Update November 2017 (+0.27%)

MONEY ON THE BRAIN WILL LEAD YOU TO A DEAD-END   Are you that person who constantly thinks about your money problems? Do you have a friend who can’t stop talking about their money problems? I’ve been in both situations over the course of my life and I’ll tell you from experience that it’s not a fun place to be. Everyone has had money problems at one point or another unless they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Many of the rich and famous grew up in families with money problems yet went on to become multi-million dollar actors, actresses and musicians. 15 Rich Celebs Who Grew Up Poor Leighton Meester Jewel Hilary Swank Sarah Jessica Parker Jim Carrey Demi Moore Eminem Leonardo DiCaprio Tom Cruise Stephen King Mariah Carey Jay-Z Sean Combs Celine Dione Oprah Winfrey  Estimated Net Worth 2.9 Billion Money problems can happen to anyone but constantly worrying about what you must fix instead of living your dreams will harm your financial future. Most people when they get down in the dumps about their money problems they want to do nothing and look to support from anyone that will listen. Some people are super […]

3 Foolproof Savings Tips For One-time Expenses : November 2017 Budget Update

TAKE THE STRESS AWAY FROM ONE-TIME EXPENSES THE EASY WAY   Over the years I’ve had many fans email asking me how to budget for one-time expenses when using a budget. This is no surprise as we’ve made our fair share of mistakes during our newbie years of budgeting. Let me explain. If you’ve never used a financial budget before for your expenses and are contemplating ringing in the new year with a fresh look on money, you’ve come to the right place. You won’t find any hard-to-understand information here as I tend to keep it simple. The key to budgeting is to start slow and to remember that your first go at budgeting might need tweaking. You may find that using budget jars works for you or stashing money in envelopes for the month. Some readers would not dare keep cash at home for fear of dipping into the jar here and there. Everyone IS different the way they handle their money. What’s important to remember here is that it really doesn’t matter what budgeting platform you choose as long as it’s working for you and not against you. How do you know if you’ve found the right or […]

Magical Budget Jars Change This Couples Life Forever

EVERYTHING BECOMES MAGICAL WHEN YOU BELIEVE- EVEN YOUR FINANCES   Every so often I get an email from a CBB fan which sparks a conversation which then turns into sharing their budget journey on Canadian Budget Binder. I absolutely love sharing fan stories because they are real and all of us can relate to them in one form or another. In today’s blog post you’ll learn how one couple goes from two incomes to one and managed to turn some glass jars into magical budget jars. If you don’t take your finances seriously someone else will but that someone else won’t be on your side. Each of these budget stories inspire others including myself to continue to believe in the power of positivity and not giving up when the going gets tough. There is a financial solution out there for everyone whether they choose to believe it or not. It may not what you want it to be but in the end it’s likely for the best.   SEEMINGLY EMPTY TO MAGICAL JARS   Hello Mr. CBB, Here is our budget story …. When my husband and I met we were both struggling from breakups leaving us with less money […]

A Wage Increase Is Only Instant Gratification On Paper : Our Net Worth Update October 2017 (+0.79%)

BUILDING WEALTH AND DEBT FREEDOM GOES BEYOND A WAGE INCREASE   Unless you get a wage increase that is far beyond your norm the only gratification most people get is seeing the bigger number on their pay cheque. Even then if you’re not putting that wage increase to work you’re hiring and firing your own staff costing your more money in the long run. Reality is that without doing something with that money to help increase your net worth it won’t make a blind bit of difference. This perspective of a wage increase simply leaves you right back where you started. November is financial literacy month and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about why a wage or salary increase isn’t always the answer to our financial problems.   You have to start somewhere   ** Let that be your motivation for the day, month, year ** You may not be in debt but you’re certainly not going to get ahead financially if you aren’t making changes to the way you manage it. The key: Financial Literacy. If you’re in the negative you may still be in the negative but climbing out from the hole. You’re still […]

One Simple Habit You Need To Help Beat Budget Anxiety : October 2017 Budget Update

YOU HAVE THREE SCOOPS OF ICE-CREAM-WHICH FLAVOUR IS ON THE BOTTOM AND WHICH IS ON THE TOP?   Simply believing that everything will work out for the best financially is comparable to telling a child money grows on trees. Near the end of each year I receive emails from fans who complain of budget anxiety for a variety of reasons. I often reply back with making one simple habit change to ease the pain a bit to help them move forward. No, I’m not Doctor Budget but close. Financial burden placed upon anyone is a weight that you either work hard to build the strength to lift it or will cripple you. Those of you who have been to financial hell and back know exactly what I’m talking about. The journey is never pleasant and comes with a myriad of emotions that can sometimes take over your world. Controlling anxiety no matter what the cause is and it can be multiple things is not easy to do especially when you don’t know where to begin. One of the best resources for your anxiety is yourself and others who are going through what you are experiencing or have surpassed this with […]

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