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 […]

How Tracking Expenses For One Week Can Change Your Life

BLINDING DEBT IS THE WORST WAY TO GET AHEAD FINANCIALLY   All it will take for most people is one week of tracking expenses to stop, drop and roll because alarm bells go off and someone has to call 911. The only problem is that no one is going to put out your financial fire but yourself. Skip the I’ll pay tomorrow, next week, next month or forgetting about bill payments all around. This has to stop and if you can’t get your sh** together then there’s no point whining about money. Even someone who is on government assistance, working minimum wage jobs sometimes even two to get by can be better savers than the person who earns a higher income but doesn’t have a damn clue how to save it. I’m tired of people who have it all and can’t get it together and it’s the people who hit rock bottom that are climbing the financial ranks because they teach themselves about money and how it all works. You know, spend less, save more. It’s a simple way of looking at money even if you only have $5 to spare every month BUT that $5 surplus is going to […]

What’s Your Sign? Mine Is Debt Free Forever Through Financial Discipline : September 2017 Budget Update

YOU CAN EITHER BE A DREAMER OR A DOER BUT ONLY ONE OF THEM WILL GIVE YOU THE FINANCIAL SUCCESS YOU CRAVE   How do you teach yourself financial discipline? Easy but let me tell you one thing, don’t waste your time if you aren’t ready to make this a life-long change. Have a look at the photo above. If you’re the person who always dreams from the background and wishes that could be you in the canoe then you need to ask yourself why you’re not and what you need to do so you can change that. You can’t just turn on your money-saving mode one month and turn it off the next. It doesn’t work that way. What happens is you’re not being consistent and you may just find your financial hole a bit deeper. Today’s post is to remind you about the importance of a clear-mind and solid plan when beginning your money journey whether it be to pay off debt, earn more money or invest. None of this can be possible until your mindset is in drive. Imagine for a minute that you went on a diet and you did well for the first two months […]

Happiness Has Become My New Rich : Net Worth Update June-Aug 2017 (+0.43%)

BE THAT ONE PERSON WHO PUTS HAPPINESS FIRST AND YOU WILL FIND THE GOLD YOU TRULY SEEK.   The richest man or woman is the one who believes that happiness comes before money. In a sea of unhappiness because of job loss, minimum wage, health and all things related to money be that ONE person who puts happiness first. I knew the time would come where I’d have to write a post like this and tell everyone, we spent a large amount of money. Don’t worry I’m not crying over financial loss rather I’m jumping for joy because I understand more than ever what happiness is. I talk to many people daily while networking on social media many of which are not rich in numbers but seem to be content. They don’t have everything they’d like to have but they get by and still manage to have a laugh and create fun instead of buying it. You don’t have to sail around the world to be happy, only YOU can do that. Money doesn’t buy happiness, bla, bla, bla. I know you’ve heard that and it is the single most smartest thing I can agree on in personal finance. My […]

Should You Have More Than One Income Source? : Our August 2017 Budget Update

MORE THAN ONE INCOME SOURCE DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO TRADE HOURS FOR MONEY PROVIDED YOU KNOW YOUR OPTIONS. Someone asked me the other week how I was going to adjust to having only one income source now that I’ve resigned from one of my full-time jobs. I responded by saying that it won’t bother me one bit, at least not right away. Why? I can finally breathe and try to get my life back on track because I felt like I was on autopilot for all those years even though I enjoy what I do. Thankfully we have income sources that earn us some extra income such as this blog and our retirement investments, but are they enough? That depends on how much money we’d like to make and without much effort. Unfortunately the blog does take lots of effort so we do have plenty of room for improving our income source options. Having more than one income source sounds draining especially when you’re already working full-time and any available overtime. Some couples only have one income source because either/or become a stay-at-home parent until their children are in school full-time. My mum did this while my father worked in […]

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