5 Key Benefits of Debt Reduction To Help Motivate You : January 2017 Net Worth Update (+0.28%)

  FINDING WAYS TO BE HAPPY IS NOT ALWAYS AN EASY TASK ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE IN THE DUMPS ABOUT YOUR MONEY SITUATION.   Building wealth from nothing is the path many of us will take but along the mystical route of debt reduction and increasing net worth motivation is a crucial tool for success. The only way to start building wealth is to explore debt reduction strategies for ways that will help with debt problems that may be causing you stress. I understand why someone might classify having debt under the good debt category and the bad debt category however managing debt means your debt to income ratio is all that matters. Related: Order your Canadian Credit Report Free If you are serious about getting help with debt don’t start making excuses as to why your personal debt is more important than the debt you incurred by getting an education. Debt is Debt and if you change your financial mindset to that of a successful business owner you’ll soon see how critical debt reduction is for all of your liabilities. I remember a time where I got to the point that I had no intentions of creating more debt […]

How To Create A Simple Budget Organizer : Our January 2017 Budget Update

IF YOU ARE DETERMINED ABOUT GETTING OUT OF DEBT GET SERIOUS ABOUT THE WAY YOU BUDGET.   Your budget relies on you to report the financial information needed to ensure it balances at the end of the month. Having a budget organizer should be an important step on your to-do list when you begin to budget your money. I’ve never really shared what our budget organizer looks like on Canadian Budget Binder so today I will give you insight into our budget office. I briefly described what we’ve used in the past as our Budget Binder although we’ve since swapped over to a colourful blue sleek portfolio. Colour does matter when you choose a budget organizer. Think happy colours such as green, blue and yellow. You could be using the best budget app or budget spreadsheet available but if you aren’t keeping your documents stored in a budget organizer you’re failing before you begin. Not only is there potential to lose important documents you’re going to be tearing your desk or house apart looking for them. Even worse, you miss the expense and can’t balance your budget. As Mara points out below in her email to me she is wasting […]

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 […]