The In’s and Out’s Of A Debt Reduction Plan!

Photo Credit According to Statistics Canada the ratio of household debt to personal disposable income in 2011 was 150% up from 66% in 1980. Did you know that in 2009 two-thirds of Canadian households had outstanding debt that averaged $114,400. Is a debt repayment plan right for you? Do you need to think about credit card debt consolidation? If you have debt, then the answer is YES to a debt repayment plan more importantly if you are struggling to pay back debt to potentially consolidate. If you are struggling it is very important to let the people you owe money to know that you are working on paying them back. Let them know you have  a plan of action. Creditors want to know they will get their money so communicate with them and tell them. If you don’t they may sell your debt to another company who may charge you a bigger interest rate. Some creditors would rather make something than nothing but the third-party will stop at nothing to get it out of you. It’s also a good time to mention that at least once a year you should order your free Canadian credit report so you have it in front of […]

Top 3 First Time Home Buyer Mistakes!

Top 3 First Time Home Buyer Mistakes Everyone who has bought a home has been through it, the scary, nervous time of learning a new language, relying on strangers you don’t know and making massive decisions you are sure will ruin your life.  All this while getting opinions from everyone you have every known whether you want them or not! Despite all this there is an upside…you also get to have you own home! In the hope of helping those who have not gone through this “rite of passage” to home ownership, I want to share with you some of the most common mistakes people make and how to avoid those yourself. #1.  Most people don’t work out what their budget is. You are on reading this here on Canadian Budget Binder, so I am sure you have done one by now, but you would be shocked how many people are not even aware of what they can afford, let alone what their plan is, other than wanting a home.  A detailed budget and plan of potential costs is a must to start this journey.  Staying with it is a key to living happily ever after! #2.  Little or no […]

Canadian Credit Cards Can Provide Some Great Perks! What’s your cup of Tea?

Is there any mystery as to why some people were not meant to own a credit card? When I talk to most people about debt they tell me that it’s the fault of the credit card they carry in tucked in their wallet. They fail to recognize that the card isn’t doing the shopping, it’s them. It’s reality that a credit card is sometimes a necessity to book a hotel, rent a car  or use paypal and other on-line frequencies. If you don’t have one the consumer hears , you are not privy to use our services or we don’t know if we can trust you.  It’s like a gold ticket for these retailers, you mess up, they have your number. If you credit score isn’t up to snuff you might find yourself  lagging your mates who are able to capitalize on all the perks a credit can offer. What is a Credit Score? According to Industry Canada a credit score is a judgement about your financial health at a specific point in time. You can check your credit score for free once per year.  You are rated on a scale of 1-9 where a 1 means you pay your bills within 30 days […]

Canadian Students College or University Bound Prepare Your Finances NOW!

I remember when I was a young bloke and on my way to University the world was in the palm of my hands (so I thought).  I truly believe I had my head on straight back then and today given the way I continue to pay myself first. That doesn’t’ ring true for most of my school mates, at least what I witnessed even here in Canada. I went back to school for 5 years and learned that debt is debt no matter  what country you live in. Most of my mates who did work while attending University simply blew the money on pints of beer down at the pub and buying crap they didn’t need. I was a simple guy who just wanted an education and a good career. Before cutting the umbilical cord from me mum and dad to start what would be a journey of reality I set some clear goals for myself. I knew I didn’t want to come out of school with any debt. I was young when I started to learn about the value of money so this was a must. I worked on weekends and in the evening to save money for University. I […]

How To Maximize Your Mortgage

  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SHAVING YEARS OFF YOUR MORTGAGE Many people get into their first home and are so busy fixing it up, moving in and just getting used to their new home they quickly forget about their mortgage, other than that big chunk of cash that goes out of their account every month. They are losing money by ignoring it! Many banks don’t explain much in the way of “best practices” with mortgage repayment.  One of the simplest is paying your mortgage on either a Weekly or biweekly basis to speed up the repayment process, but beware, some banks offer non-accelerated weekly or biweekly which do nothing to pay back your mortgage faster! Follow this simple system when setting up your payments: If you are paid every 2 weeks, pay your mortgage with biweekly accelerated  If you are paid any other way, pay your mortgage weekly accelerated. The reasoning is simple, say your mortgage is $1000 per month, paying biweekly accelerated puts more onto your mortgage in a year ($500 x 26 = $13,000 vs. $1000 x 12 = $12,000), same with weekly accelerated ($250 x 52 = $13,000). So apart from your mortgage payment, what else can you […]

Top 6 Reasons People Go Into Debt!

Why do people go into debt? Well, over the years I have seen it all, heard it all and lived through most of it! I’ve come up with my list of why people go into debt but realize this list could be much larger. Your debt load depends solely on your own situation as people who have a high debt load are there for their own reasons. I’m not here to say what is right or wrong or to point fingers, rather simply to share the most common reasons that I have come across in my years. Reasons Why People Go Into Debt 1-Divorce or Separation- When couples split they don’t realize the amount of debt they can incur when dealing with lawyers, real estate agents or spouses debt etc. Factor in child or spousal support and that can take a big bite out of your pay leaving you short to pay the bills. Keep in mind money is the number one reason couples fight and split up! Rebuilding life and finances after a divorce is possible but like anything is a journey to a destination. 2– No Budget– I’ve said it over and over but a Budget is imperative no matter how much money you make. Some people […]

Our Canadian Home-Tips to Save for a mortgage Down Payment

A HOME IS A BIG INVESTMENT   Saving for a down payment on a home is probably one of the biggest goals many people set out to achieve when they want in on the real estate market. Are you thinking of making the move into home ownership? Deciding whether you should continue to rent or buy a home is a decision only you can make. People often ask me why I chose to buy a home so young when I was living in the UK. I decided to buy so young because my parents taught me the value of money early. I saved my money because I knew that I should be able to make more money over time if I invested it wisely. I also realized that I didn’t want to rent but that I’d rather own my piece of land in this world. I’m not going to lie and say it was easy as that’s simply not the truth. I worked hard and long hours to get me into the home ownership scene. I had no debt and paid cash for everything I needed. My wife was the same way growing up so we both had an understanding […]

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