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?

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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 […]

Are you rich just because you are debt free?

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MONEY STILL HAS TO BE EARNED   Do you want to know how to be famous around people you know? Tell them you are debt free and have no mortgage to pay and you’ve just become the rich person you never knew you were. I know it’s crazy but it’s the way some minds run because they believe money makes the world go around. Not everyone thinks that way but I’m afraid there are people who do. They want to know how to be rich like they ‘think’ you are (even though you might not be) so they too can live a stress free life sipping margaritas on the beach in Hawaii. Life is not that simple though I’m afraid and one of the worst things you can do in my opinion is to go around and tell people you are debt free and have nothing to pay for except for every day bills. We only share that on the blog to show others what we have done in order to motivate others who want to become debt free but we don’t talk about it in our personal life to anyone. Telling anyone who will listen about your financial history […]

How we became mortgage free in five years

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THE SECRET IS…THERE IS NO SECRET!   Becoming mortgage free is not an easy task so I won’t make it out to be something that it’s not. In fact many things have led to us becoming mortgage free in 5 years which I want to discuss with you today since many of you have emailed me. Ever since I blogged about wanting to pay off the mortgage early I’ve had fans email me wanting to know if there were any secrets. I thought I’d wait until we actually became mortgage free to fill you in just how we did it. No, we didn’t win the lottery or get money from family or friends we earned every last bit of it. If you read our net worth update for April last week you already know that we were excited to tell everyone that we were finally saying good-bye to the mortgage payment. I promised you I’d let you know what we did and what problems we met along the way. I thought the best way would be to get my good friend Michael Anthony Lloyd a mortgage expert who blogs at www.homehappy.ca and has blogged here before to share a bit […]

Should you buy a house flip or renovate?

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KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO   When looking at buying your first house or your dream house, picking a house flip or choosing to renovate should be a question you ask yourself. As a household we’re not generally what you’d call nosy but sometimes going to see an open house can give you great ideas when you see renovations in real life. This is always an excuse for the wife to put on her shoes and drag me out because she’s seen another house that we must go and see. I’ll agree with her on some things and not on others. You don’t have to agree with each other on everything, which would be boring.As a husband, I will take interest in what my wife has for ideas around the house because 99% of the time I will be the one doing the install. Having an interest and input on what can and can’t be done makes dream renovations a bit more realistic. Looking at interior design magazines can give you great ideas but having a look at other houses and the renovations that have been completed is a good indication what would add value and sometimes what would be […]