Yearly Banking Fees of $1000 Seniors Could Have Avoided : Net Worth Update 2018 March (+0.51%)

MONEY OUT THE WINDOW OR MONEY WELL SPENT- THE CHOICE IS YOURS!   You might be paying banking fees for every bank account you own whether it’s with the same financial institution or not. I know plenty of people who bank with several Big 5 banks and I’m not sure if they understand the costs of monthly banking fees and how it may be affecting their overall yearly savings power. Banking in Canada seemed fairly straight-forward to me when I arrived as a permanent resident. I was fortunate to set up my bank account at the time through President’s Choice Financial since my wife banked there but before I moved to Canada. It made life far easier for me especially when I needed to transfer money from my UK bank account to my Canadian bank account. What I loved about PC Financial what is now known as Simplii Financial Canada was that there were no banking fees. We didn’t have to pay for cheques either. If we had any issues we could make a phone call or visit any Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada (CIBC) for help. In total since I moved to Canada over 10 years ago now we’ve […]

10 Wealth Strategies: How To Train Your Brain To Think Rich – Net Worth Update Feb 2018 (+0.69%)

TO THINK RICH YOU NEED MORE THAN JUST IDEAS! We went from nothing to simple millionaires in 40 years by going to work and saving our money! It took us a long time with plenty of ups and downs but with the wealth of knowledge available today YOUR rich can be done even faster. Can you remember a time when you earned (first job, first career, extra cash), won (Bingo, Jackpot, Contests etc.) or was given money? I can. Perhaps you can recall the feeling that electrified throughout your body as if you had just eaten the biggest most delicious dessert in the world. (that would be brownies for me) Some may describe it as a money high filled with excitement or thrills that lasts until you do something with that money. It’s almost as if a bit of stress is allowed to fall from your shoulders depending on the situation it is feeding. This is the feeling you want to have every day and it’s called financial peace. In order to get to this point you have to train your brain to think rich. This type of mindful financial education comes with a full buffet of rules set out […]

How To Go Broke Quick In 5 Easy Steps : Our Net Worth Update Jan 2018 (+0.39%)

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS STILL HAS TO PAY THE BILLS   If you want to learn the secrets about how you can go broke quick, I’ve got you covered. It’s not about wanting to earn more money it’s about understanding why you don’t have any. Often it’s easier to see outside a pane of broken glass than it is through a foggy window that seems like it will take forever to defrost. Instead of waiting some people decide to jump out the hole where others will wait for the heat. Why on earth would you want to read about how to go broke quick on a blog about frugal living and budgeting? One simple answer The only way up is making sure you’ve got a ladder that is on solid ground. This means understanding what NOT to do even if you think it’s financial common sense. You might be saying, “I don’t need to find out how to go broke quick, I am broke“. That’s fine and dandy but do you really understand what you got you to this point? I’m not talking about excuses either because those people you pay your bills to, don’t care. It really is painful […]

Forty Year Old Millionaires Explain Their One Million Dollars : Final Net Worth Update December 2017 (+0.34%)

PEACE OF MIND WITH MONEY SHOULD BE A FIRST STEP TO FINDING YOUR RICH   It’s just one million dollars that bridges the gap, not that big of a deal really. Or is it? As your wealth grows the less attractive previous money goals become only because society has groomed us to believe that more wealth is power. For the average person It just buys more shite, that’s all. Last night I watched Drug Lords on Netflix and not only did it open my eyes to the billions of dollars in the drug cartel but just how fast wealth can create a power so terribly wrong that everyone suffers. Greed is a nasty evil that will always come back to bite you in the arse. You don’t have to be a drug dealer to become that powerful person who makes people around you suffer because they are less fortunate or because you believe you’re entitled to be that way. We have more than enough high-society snobbery to  handle that part of the problem but we interests me the most is how many people we’ve met that aren’t that way. How much money you need to live your rich life is […]

Don’t Make Money Problems Your Daily Obsession : Our Net Worth Update November 2017 (+0.27%)

MONEY ON THE BRAIN WILL LEAD YOU TO A DEAD-END   Are you that person who constantly thinks about your money problems? Do you have a friend who can’t stop talking about their money problems? I’ve been in both situations over the course of my life and I’ll tell you from experience that it’s not a fun place to be. Everyone has had money problems at one point or another unless they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Many of the rich and famous grew up in families with money problems yet went on to become multi-million dollar actors, actresses and musicians. 15 Rich Celebs Who Grew Up Poor Leighton Meester Jewel Hilary Swank Sarah Jessica Parker Jim Carrey Demi Moore Eminem Leonardo DiCaprio Tom Cruise Stephen King Mariah Carey Jay-Z Sean Combs Celine Dione Oprah Winfrey  Estimated Net Worth 2.9 Billion Money problems can happen to anyone but constantly worrying about what you must fix instead of living your dreams will harm your financial future. Most people when they get down in the dumps about their money problems they want to do nothing and look to support from anyone that will listen. Some people are super […]

A Wage Increase Is Only Instant Gratification On Paper : Our Net Worth Update October 2017 (+0.79%)

BUILDING WEALTH AND DEBT FREEDOM GOES BEYOND A WAGE INCREASE   Unless you get a wage increase that is far beyond your norm the only gratification most people get is seeing the bigger number on their pay cheque. Even then if you’re not putting that wage increase to work you’re hiring and firing your own staff costing your more money in the long run. Reality is that without doing something with that money to help increase your net worth it won’t make a blind bit of difference. This perspective of a wage increase simply leaves you right back where you started. November is financial literacy month and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about why a wage or salary increase isn’t always the answer to our financial problems.   You have to start somewhere   ** Let that be your motivation for the day, month, year ** You may not be in debt but you’re certainly not going to get ahead financially if you aren’t making changes to the way you manage it. The key: Financial Literacy. If you’re in the negative you may still be in the negative but climbing out from the hole. You’re still […]

Happiness Has Become My New Rich : Net Worth Update June-Aug 2017 (+0.43%)

BE THAT ONE PERSON WHO PUTS HAPPINESS FIRST AND YOU WILL FIND THE GOLD YOU TRULY SEEK.   The richest man or woman is the one who believes that happiness comes before money. In a sea of unhappiness because of job loss, minimum wage, health and all things related to money be that ONE person who puts happiness first. I knew the time would come where I’d have to write a post like this and tell everyone, we spent a large amount of money. Don’t worry I’m not crying over financial loss rather I’m jumping for joy because I understand more than ever what happiness is. I talk to many people daily while networking on social media many of which are not rich in numbers but seem to be content. They don’t have everything they’d like to have but they get by and still manage to have a laugh and create fun instead of buying it. You don’t have to sail around the world to be happy, only YOU can do that. Money doesn’t buy happiness, bla, bla, bla. I know you’ve heard that and it is the single most smartest thing I can agree on in personal finance. My […]

How To Build Your Wealth Without Earning Big Bucks : April Net Worth Update (+1.96%)

YOU MUST BE EARNING BIG BUCKS IF YOU’RE DEBT FREE- Not exactly.   The misconception that you must be rich and earning big bucks if you’re debt free is SO WRONG. The first thought that comes to mind when a young person says they are debt free without a mortgage is that they must have inherited money from someone. Typically the parents are the first target of interest, but does that really matter? Not really. It helps but it’s not often parents have the spare cash to dish out but for those that get that kick-start if they aren’t money-wise they could lose it all. Buying a house depending on where you live in Canada is becoming out of reach for many people especially millennials looking to get into the real estate market. A recent house sale on our street went for nearly $700,000 at just under 1400sq feet. Have a look at how much we value our house at in our net worth chart below and you’ll see what I mean. Manulife Bank issued survey results on Tuesday that suggest 45 per cent of millennial home buyers received a gift of money or a loan from family. That compares […]

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