Is there truth to less stress with financial freedom?

financial freedom

FREEDOM IS DEFINED BY YOU   Financial freedom means lots of things to many people and although everyone has their thoughts on what life is like without any debt for some it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. What would it take in order for you to take your stress financially from one level to the next? Would you have to pay off your credit cards, all of your debt, your mortgage or simply just be able to live a comfortable life while paying off your debts? In a conversation with a colleague the other day he brought up a friend of his who just built a new house that he paid cash for, his wife doesn’t work and they have no debt. Top that off with a well-paying job so that must mean his life is all roses, right? Wrong. We don’t know that. He seemed jealous to be honest especially when he said “it must be nice to live a stress free life” which made me wonder why people think that debt=stress. I’ve had people we know think that I must make lots of money with the careers I hold but what they don’t know is […]

Parents tell son he will create credit card debt with rewards cards

credit card debt

CREDIT CARD BUDGET SAVINGS   I talk about credit card debt on CBB once in a while and I also talk about how credit cards can easily be your friend if you use them properly. Many people use credit cards today rather than carrying cash with them. It’s simple to tap, swipe or insert and enter a pin to pay for a purchase and in most cases it gets you through the checkout faster. We carry credit cards because of ease of use and of course there are perks to using Canadian Credit Cards if you use them wisely. Credit cards have helped many people get back on their feet because they knew money was on the way. One friend of ours was in between jobs and used the credit card to get grocery rewards which helped them to buy more groceries for the family every month. One of our current rewards cards the SDM Optimum has almost 500,000 rewards points which is equal to about $1000 worth of free product. We don’t own the Optimum credit card but if you did you could get even more Optimum points faster.   Credit card debt   How to pay off credit […]

Work more to work less with a compressed work week

compressed work week

DEPENDS ON THE PERSON…   Many of you might agree working a compressed work week would make your life easier but for others it’s not a perk they care too much about. Factor in the possibility that you might have to retire later in life because you aren’t working the amount of hours you are used to and it might deter you further. If you can picture yourself living the retired life how old are you when that happens? Getting up and going to work for everyone around the globe is a part of life as is earning an honest living. We all have employers with different missions and values and even some who look after their staff with such care that they worry about how their days outside of work will impact their productivity when they come back to work. Sounds too good to be true but some employers want their staff to come back to work refreshed and able to give them 110% rather than 50%. I know that what happens behind closed doors no one may ever know but if your employer takes extra steps to ensure they make your working days easier they may see a […]

Young adult teaches us about being house poor in 15 minutes

House poor

DON’T GET CAUGHT SINKING YOUR SHIP   Being house poor doesn’t necessarily mean that you simply have no money but it can mean that you have too much house you can’t afford. House poor can also mean you have too much stuff, no money and/or piles of consumer debt that you are struggling financially to make ends meet. The term “poor” means so many things to everyone that the only way to describe it from a financial perspective would be lack of money. Some people may not consider themselves poor until starvation kicks in and they have to go to the food bank or when they reach the point of bankruptcy. Others may take on a different view but no matter what poor means to you it’s not a place that people “dream” of.   House poor is not easy living   You might consider yourself house poor when you can’t pay your mortgage which could be for a variety of reasons. There are also plenty of poor people living in the ritzy part of town who are struggling to take control of their financial situation. I think there are many misconceptions of the word poor and the only person […]

Will signing a room rental agreement feel like moving home?

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BEFORE RENTING A ROOM……   Signing a room rental agreement could feel like you are moving in with your parents but it could be worse, you could be moving in with Sheldon Cooper. Although renting a room is a great way to save money in the budget it also comes with pros and cons but it’s best to do your homework first before signing on the dotted line. Not all families or couples are the same so like the homeowner who may interview you to see if you are the right fit to move in you want to do the same. If you are someone who likes to live in clean, quiet environment then search out rooms for rent that fit that description. If you don’t mind kids and pets you can easily find a room for rent because lots of families are looking to supplement their income if they have a spare room in the house. Kids are costly after all. Today I have a fan question that came in that I was easily able to answer since I’ve been in his shoes before. I’m happy when the fans do their homework because not only are they saving themselves […]

What would you do with extra income?

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MONEY IS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO SPEND   Having extra income isn’t something most people complain about having, quite the opposite. When you do have extra income even if all of your debts are paid you want to do something with the money but it’s not always a cut and dry decision. As you might already know we are now mortgage and debt free as of last month. I had a fan email me to ask me what we plan to do with the extra income that we will now have since all we have are home maintenance and bills to pay. I half expected someone to ask me that especially once I continue to post our budget and net worth updates with our savings account growing. Fan questions always tend to force me to think a bit more about topics I tend to put on the back burner although this is a topic which my wife and I really need to talk more about.   Extra income   Since the fan sent me the question I asked my wife to sit down with me and make a list of all the things she would like to do with the […]

Can you picture yourself living the retired life?

my retired book of planning

DREAMING OF YOUR FUTURE   I’m not sure everyone can picture themselves retired because we base it on what we think we know and what we want to believe will happen during the supposed best years of our lives. Planning for retirement almost seems as if you are writing a guide about a future time and what your life will potentially be like. Don’t be envious of others’ success create your own but that starts with a plan of action and a will to want something that suits your own needs and not those of others. For some people their book is so big they struggle to get hold of it without the help of others, some don’t care and others take minimal interest in life after working for a living. I don’t know how much I agree with it being the best years but I’m certainly not one to judge because I’m not retired. In fact, I’m quite a few years away from retirement. Although I may be able to retire early I still struggle with what I will do when I no longer have to get up to wanting to throw my old cell phone from the UK […]