How We Simplified Our Budgeting Process To Pay Off Debt : Our August 2018 Budget Update

YOUR BUDGETING JOURNEY MAY SEEM LIKE AN ENDLESS FIELD OF HARD WORK AND IT WILL BE   Without a budgeting process it’s easy to see how fast your debt free dream can crumble simply because you haven’t prepared your steps for success. In less than 7 years we managed to pay off a $265,000 home (worth $650,000), top up our retirement investments, buy a brand new $85,000 truck with cash (we got a deal of course), invest in our son’s RESP and sock away a nice savings. All of the above sounds wonderful when you read it BUT that is years of hard work, struggle, rejection, discrimination, sleepless nights, worry, anxiety, depression, tears and NOT giving UP. Yes, like most people we have been through it all which helps me to connect with my readers who are currently or have been in the same position. I didn’t fall into a 6 figure job, I fought for it and Mrs. CBB fights for her health without an income. The tables took a quick turn in our marriage and with only one working income it has been no walk in the park on a sunny day. No amount of money can give […]

Bills Come First That’s How You Stay Out Of Debt : July 2018 Budget Update

BELIEVING YOU ARE FOREVER FINANCIALLY DOOMED IS YOUR EVIL   If you want to stay out of debt, pay your bills it’s as easy as that however for those of you who fall behind it becomes a game of catch-up. This is one of the deadliest financial games to be involved in because it can take months even years if at all to pay back money you owe for services you purchased or were provided with. Almost everyone plays the game because let’s be honest, we’re not all made of money. Unless you were born in a money pit you have to work for your cash and have bills like everyone else. This is what we call everyday-life and working for a living. I do it and it sucks (although I do love my job) but it has to be done or we suffer the consequences of falling behind with our bills, bill collectors calling and possibly bankruptcy. Not only that but factor in the mental and physical stress that comes along with financial struggles and you’ve got a hell of a mess happening. Money worries can take over your life fairly quickly. I also want to be clear that […]

How To Overcome The Emotional Effects Of Debt Guilt : June 2018 Budget Update

DON’T LET THE EMBARRASSMENT OF DEBT KEEP YOU FROM REALIZING YOUR FINANCIAL DREAMS   There are consequences of owning debt and for 30 year-old Margaret who is feeling the emotional effects of debt guilt there are things she can do to get over this hurdle. Margaret isn’t the first person to email me about debt guilt and even myself at times felt guilty for owing money and had to pay it back as fast as possible. I remember the time my mom and dad gave me $5000 just before I moved to Canada. My house hadn’t sold yet and my money was tied up in my house equity and I needed to pay for Canadian Immigration documents, applications for permanent residence, medical assessments, flights to Canada, shipment containers and so on. The money my parents gave me was helpful and the first time I’ve ever borrowed cash from them in my life. They knew I’d pay them back as did I but boy oh boy did I feel stressed that I had to ask them for money. I’ve since overcome that guilt because I’ve learned that our bodies all react differently to certain situations. Since I was the kid who […]

What Is A Bare Bones Basic Budget? : May 2018 Budget Update

BUDGETING FOR THE FIRST TIME DOESN’T HAVE TO BE AGGRESSIVE WITH A BASIC BUDGET. LET ME SHOW YOU HOW EASY IT IS TO GET THE NUMBERS YOU NEED TO START SAVING AND PAYING DOWN DEBT TODAY.   Yes, yes, yes a basic budget is important and I will say it until I’m blue in the face. Don’t believe me? I don’t care because what you do with your money is your business and I can assure you that this blog is for the people who want money control and the weight of debt lifted from their shoulders so they can go on living life without financial burdens. It may sound unrealistic but if we don’t have anything to believe in then there’s no point budgeting in the first place or setting goals for that matter. If you already plan to fail then you’ve failed. If I  could go back 10 years now and tell myself that budgeting would allow us to live debt free in our 40’s including wiping out mortgage I might have laughed but certainly listened to what advice I had to give. My money mindset has changed today compared to then and it’s because I have experienced […]

Why A Second Income Sometimes Isn’t Enough: April 2018 Budget Update

MORE THAN ONE INCOME STREAM DOESN’T MEAN YOU’LL BE RICH!   When people tell me that they earn a second income I’m impressed and nosey at the same time. Who wouldn’t be? I’m always keen to understand why people choose to earn extra money whether it be to get ahead or to stay afloat. A few months back I had a gentleman send me an email to ask about a third income stream because the money he earned wasn’t enough to make ends meet. As you know I worked two full-time jobs for many years just to get my foot in the door to where I am now a permanent employee but it’s not something that was easy. Sometimes I dread thinking back to all the time it took away from my family but it was something I did for all of us. A second income however doesn’t mean a second full-time or even part-time job it simply means earning extra money aside from your main money source. There are many of you reading this right now who probably have multiple money streams and YES that is awesome but as we all know the best money earned is that where […]

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