5 Point Checklist For Hosting A Successful Moving Sale : The Saturday Weekend Review #233

NOT ALL SALES ARE EQUAL ESPECIALLY WHEN SELLING YOUR BELONGINGS.   Whether you’ve lived in a house for one year or 25 years you will accumulate stuff that gets shoved away in a dark corner and collects dust. We all do it unless you’re an extreme minimalist which wouldn’t be so bad for some people who can’t stop shopping for stuff to fill up their home. It’s after you are ready to move house and de-clutter for your first moving sale that memories and things start popping up. Then you have to make decisions about these items and sometimes selling or donating memories can be the hardest thing to do. Two questions pop into my head when I find stuff I haven’t used, we haven’t used or won’t use; Did we spend our money to buy it? Should we sell it or donate it? If it wasn’t our money then we don’t have to worry about a loss because we didn’t fork out the cash for it. Do you sell the stuff or do you take it with you? This is a question you need to ask yourself or sit as a family and discuss before even beginning to think […]

5 Ways To Save Money By Using A Credit Card

CREDIT CARDS ARE MORE THAN JUST A BACK-UP PLAN!   There’s no doubt you need to be careful with credit cards. There are people of all ages throughout Canada struggling with credit card debt in the thousands or tens of thousands. And if you start missing payments, your credit score will be in danger, which will affect your ability to acquire assets and may even limit your employment options. Related: How to avoid turning $1 into a $29 Credit Card fee However, credit cards are not inherently bad. Money mismanagement is, and the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand. If you are conscientious about how you use your money, you can actually save money by taking advantage of credit cards. Instead of battling to pay installments, you can live the lifestyle you choose without letting the debt ever get out of hand. There are multiple ways to save money using a credit card. These are 5 of the most effective.   1. Transfer your balance to a 0% APR credit card   If you are already carrying credit card debt, there is a simple way to get out of paying crippling interest. Many credit card companies offer a 0% […]

A Guide To Help You Negotiate A Rent Increase (Sample Letter)

YOU CAN NEGOTIATE ANYTHING AS LONG AS YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE ALL THE RIGHT MOVES.   Dealing with a rent increase is one of those difficult negotiation situations that needs to be backed by top-notch negotiation skills. Whether you’re a new tenant, on the cusp of renewing your rental lease or you’ve been handed a yearly rent increase the ball is now in your negotiation court. The art of negotiation can be used in just about any situation even when someone says the price is firm. Even then if you have the right backing power you might be able to squeeze in a discount or in this case negotiating a rent increase that doesn’t fit with your current budget expenses. Rental prices in our area have gone through the roof in the last couple of years. If you are a family with 2 children and need to rent a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment you’ll be looking at near $1200-$2000 a month whether it be in a basement apartment, one level of a house or apartment complex. An apartment complex is typically run by a property management team and basement apartments and house rentals have landlords who own the […]

What Are Your Sources For Financial Stress?

MANAGING MONEY PROBLEMS DOESN’T START WITH EARNING MORE.   How many of you are in a state of financial trouble? I don’t want to know because that is a question for you to tackle possibly signaling time for a financial stress test. If you really want to fix your financial stress it takes more than just earning more money. Let me explain. If you answered yes to my question you might want to take a bow, raise the curtain on your debt show and start a new chapter. If you can’t make ends meet don’t sit around waiting for collapse get ahead of the game because if you suffer from financial stress now it will only get worse. Unfortunately not everyone may be able to get ahead especially if living on a fixed income. For those who are and can manage the bills with what they get financial stress looms over them just as much as the next person. If you believe you can’t get ahead because your income doesn’t cover the bills and you’re debt free then something must change. We can all say no to credit and creating debt we don’t need but we can’t all rush out […]

How To Avoid Turning One Dollar Into A $29 Credit Card Fee

A CREDIT CARD HAS ONE MISSION-TO MAKE MONEY.   Would you open your window while driving and empty your wallet out? Laughable, however too many of us do this without even knowing it. Never ever just open a credit card bill or any bill and just pay it. If you do this then you run the risk of throwing money out the window. This almost happened to us but thankfully we DO read our statements and found a surprising credit card fee that was not expected. Related: Why you should always read your grocery receipt Besides earning rewards some people they pay a heavy price for holding a credit card balance and paying the minimum. That’s really not what I’m going to talk to you about today though. Quite the opposite actually which not only sent us to the telephone with our jaw dropped but to find out almost all credit card companies do this. Credit Card Fees…. there’s more than 1. We’ve never once paid any interest to a credit card company and don’t plan to begin but this isn’t an interest charge it’s an over credit limit charge. If you thought that your credit card would send out […]

7 Facts about Credit Card Loans That make them Overshadow Bank Loans

FROM TIME TO TIME YOU MAY BE FORCED TO MAKE FINANCIAL DECISIONS WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE AVAILABLE SAVINGS.   There are options with-in reach for those of you who are struggling to get ahead provided you find one that works with your budget. In this era of digital transactions, credit cards have a myriad of uses ranging from cashless transactions, reward points to special deals. In fact Mrs. CBB and I typically only use our credit cards to make purchases because of the perks. We pay our credit card in full at the end of the month and hardly ever have to step foot into our bank. Credit cards offer the convenience of shopping almost anywhere across the globe with a swipe, tap or insert payment option. If handled correctly credit cards can be a source of freebies and financial help in the event you are stuck without emergency savings as back-up. Even if you do have savings, sometimes they are just not enough depending on the circumstances. In addition, you can access a fast pre-approved loan within and sometimes over their credit limit. The company advances you the amount that you can pay at a later date with a […]

Should We Bother Renovating Before Selling Our Home?

EMOTIONALLY INVESTING IN YOUR HOME RENOVATIONS IF YOU PLAN TO MOVE WILL COST YOU MORE THAN YOU NEED TO SPEND.   Lately I’ve been quite impressed with the house prices in our area but at the same time know that if we sell the cost to renovate and buy weigh heavily on our minds. Not only that but the real estate market in Canada might be hot right now but if you have renovating to complete that might set you back with missed money opportunities. The top 3 questions next to time-frame that you need to answer before putting your house up for sale are; Should we renovate our home to get better return? How much will our renovation budget be? Do we want to upgrade or downsize buying a new house? On our street for 2017 we’ve had 5 houses up for sale all of which sold in and around a week or less.  That might sound impressive and it is because houses don’t last long living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). With no more than 100 houses on our street that’s a huge number of nosey neighbour radars going off. That’s us ^^^^, we admit it.   Who […]

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