Mortgage Freedom Means You Still Need To Run : Our May 2017 Budget Update

EVERY DAY IS LIKE A FINANCIAL ROAD TRIP WITH BUMPS, DETOURS, GREEN LIGHTS AND FLAT TIRES.   Teach me how to get rich my sister-in-law asks me surprisingly a few weeks back since finding out we’ve been mortgage free 4 years as of May 2017. I don’t know about the “Rich” part but I can certainly talk for hours about budgets, frugal living and the importance of it all.   Mortgage Freedom is just the beginning   Since burning our mortgage papers Mrs. CBB and I have done one thing that some people might stop doing. Do you want to know what it is? Of course you do. Related: How we became mortgage free in 5 years We never stopped with the financial discipline we’ve ingrained into our routine over the past 10 years. Sometimes it’s hard to look back and think it has been that long but not really when you consider the life of a typical mortgage is 20-25 years. I don’t have all the answers but I do know that if you aren’t prepared to invest in your finances then you must deal with what you have. I don’t care if you’re already rich, collecting welfare, earn […]

5 Important Budgeting Rules We Won’t Break : Our April 2017 Budget Update

Budgeting rules are not laws that will strip you of your financial independence. They are your guide to financial success.   Your budgeting rules may not help you get out of debt in 12 months but it will help you get out of debt according to your payment schedule. The more money you can pay on your debts the faster you will get rid of them. Earn more> Pay Debt> Save More> Repeat which also means for some people that a second or even third job is needed. I can’t tell you what you SHOULD do because I don’t know your numbers this is why it’s crucial to have in-depth look with your financial planner. Since Mrs. CBB and I do our monthly budget together we were talking about what we’ve accomplished and continue to do to make our budget work for us. Besides being on the same page financially we both follow budgeting rules that we feel have been crucial to our zero debt success. This month will mark three years of us having total debt freedom since paying off our mortgage. Often we wonder how we managed to pull that off before the age of 40 when so […]

How To Lower Household Expenses Without Guilt : Our March 2017 Budget Update

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT ESPECIALLY WITH YOUR FINANCES.   Giving up something doesn’t have to mean giving it up for good. One comment I often hear when I offer budget help is that it’s so hard to reduce household expenses without feeling guilty. This guilt often leads to even more debt being created because of letting people down, including themselves. The provider(s) may feel they are not good enough to support their family which creates inner turmoil and struggles. No one wants to say you have to give something up, especially to a child. Anyone who has direct access to money or that is affected by the money will feel loss when something has to be chopped. A reader asked me how to deal with guilt while I was assisting them behind the scenes with their monthly budget. I know she will read this but now she’s in a better place and has her budget under control and her family is on board.   Guilty or not guilty   How do you deal with financial guilt? You don’t- You jump over it and move on. You need to keep things under control and by doing so you’ll gain support by […]

How To Make Fast Money In Canada Using The 3 Z’s Of Finance : Our February 2017 Budget Update

WHEN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NEEDS MONEY YOU NEED 3 SPEEDS OF EARNING POWER.   What would happen if your pay cheque was short $100 and you needed fast money to pay the bills? For many Canadians a small financial loss such as $100 is a huge hit to their monthly income. I know what it’s like to have an almost empty bank account in Canada. I’m the type of guy who likes to rely on myself so after Mrs. CBB and I got married I got down to business trying to figure out my earning potential. Starting from scratch in a new country is difficult just as it is for those who are already living here and have been for some time. It’s not about just who you know it’s also about the art of negotiating, communicating and networking. Living pay cheque to pay cheque is reality for many Canadians as prices soar in just about every budget category imaginable. Lately I’ve had some inquiries from readers who are either new to Canada, been here for some time or born here wanting to know how they can earn fast money. My first response would typically include me asking why they […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Secret Society Of Knock-Off Rich People : Our October 2016 Family Budget Update

THE SHOW MUST GO ON EVEN IF YOU’RE BROKE   I’ve had enough of playing the role of rich person when I’m not and I just want to be normal. This was part of an email conversation I had with a fan who is struggling with guilt over his debt and underlying reasons for wanting to appear rich when he’s just part of a secret society of debt clogged consumers living in Canada. Pretending to be wealthy won’t make you wealthy, it makes you clumsy with your money which can and potentially will affect your present and future. If you truly believe that you can succeed by sloshing through crowds of affluent people with a line of credit or a slew of credit cards will help achieve your fortress then follow your dream.   Upscale performance of a life-time   The most expensive position you will ever have in your career is the one that you created that doesn’t exist. So you landed a role in the movie titled, “Upper Class” and you’re the star of the show. Is that a real Gucci Bag? Heck ya, I bought it when I was travelling in the UK. Lights, Camera, Action…you’re LIVE. […]

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