Why The Financial Super Can’t Solve Your Debt Problems : February Net Worth Update (+1.34%)

IT’S TIME TO CLEAN UP YOUR FINANCIAL HOUSE AND GET ON WITH LIVING.   If you have outstanding debt then you have debt problems however not all debt puts a consumer in crisis mode. If all you can afford is the minimum payment on your bills ask yourself if this is the life you want? If you answered yes then be on your way and do as you please. Just don’t be surprised if you get to point B (Bankruptcy) when everyone else is celebrating their debt problems with debt wins. You are the only person that can solve your debt problems but along the way you may just run into someone who is willing to lend a helping hand or even an ear for listening. I like to think of myself as The Financial Super to many of my readers. This person could also be family, friends, a boss, co-worker, stranger on a bench or even a crazy Brit personal finance blogger like me.   Don’t feel sorry feel strength   If you answered No, then great you’re the person I want to talk to today. No one likes to have debt problems that have spiraled out of control […]

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 […]

Dangers Of Role-Playing The Rich Life Without Financial Peace : The Saturday Weekend Review #213

WHEN THE CURTAINS CLOSE WHO WILL BE THERE TO SAVE YOU?   I’ve learned that there is no in-between for people when it comes to financial success and what one would consider money failure. Many people either consider themselves rich or poor and that’s what they base financial success on rather than being comfortable in the middle. I’m not going to get into a spiel (shocking I know) about how to save money or get out of debt because I’m sure by now you should know how-stop spending money. Instead I want to focus on financial peace and what it means to you. Have you ever thought about what would bring you financial peace in your life instead of stress? If yes, how are you working towards attaining financial peace? If no, stop trying to figure it all out or pretending you’re someone you’re not for the sake of playing the lead role in a movie about your life that doesn’t exist. Related: How to say No, I’m on a budget. Unanswered questions most often become swept behind and forgotten until it’s too late. Why is it so hard for someone to say, ‘I’m broke‘ or “I just don’t have […]

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, […]

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