Renting the right way protects career woman

Renting apartment

LOOK OUT FOR NUMBER ONE   It’s that time of year where students are renting apartments, rooms or anything they can get their hands on just so they can go to school. Students aren’t the only people looking at rental listings, it’s everyone who needs a place to stay because they aren’t homeowners. When we are young we don’t think much to the rental game that is out there for those homeowners that want to pay down a mortgage on a rental unit. The game is simple, rent out the house so it pays the mortgage, repairs and city taxes. With the right tenants it’s money in your pocket as a landlord. Some landlords take it a step further and don’t repair homes etc. but that’s an entirely different story. Some people don’t even own homes and try to get rent from unsuspecting people who are looking for a safe place to live. Not every landlord is shady but between landlords who can’t even afford to keep a house going and those renting an apartment online for cash or online fraud with rentals it can be a tough game to play. Real estate scams are a big business especially once […]

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

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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 […]

Couple’s happy retirement on hold until son moves out

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HANDS OFF THE RETIREMENT POT   Enjoying a happy retirement for many couples means that they are able to use the money they saved to live out their retirement dreams and fund everyday expenses. For some young adults living at home can be embarrassing and for others it’s a great way to save up cash, pay down debt and to start life on their own. What happens though when the money you save for retirement is being spent on your kids because they move back home and/or always in need of cash?   Moving back home with the parents   Parenting is a hot topic no matter what age your children are but none the less it’s still a hardship many parents face when they don’t have the answers. Sometimes the solution is easily solved and other times it’s a sensitive matter especially when it has to deal with finances and life in general. I’m pretty sure some parents out there wish that their kids are only sticking around for a short period to save up money to move out on their own. There are kids though that have no intentions but to live off their parents hard-earned money because […]

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 […]

When the sole provider of the house loses their job

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BE ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE GAME   When you are the sole provider of the house and you lose your job you’re now faced with a bigger reality that I hope you are prepared for. I enjoy getting emails from my fans and just this weekend I received one that really was unique and it’s a situation many people fear. I’ve talked about strategies to survive unemployment, job loss and disability when it comes to work and covered everything from emotional well-being, budgeting to emergency savings. A Canadian Budget Binder fan sent me an email the other day telling me her husband who is the sole provider for the family lost his job. She was thankful that she was ahead with the bills and had some savings to get them by but she was not sure where to turn next. They are not Canadians rather live in the USA and so they both took on the only jobs they could find which are commission based. The reality is that no matter where you live this could happen to you. This could happen to a single person, or a single parent with only one income.   Losing your job   […]

Reader Question: Homemade or Store Bought~ Which is Cheaper?

Mr. CBB has paid me the compliment of inviting me to help answer a reader’s question: A question I would love to have feedback on from you and your fans is: How do you know when it’s less expensive to make homemade baked goods or buy it pre-made at the store? I’m on a tight budget and I hesitate to try recipes only to find out it’s more expensive with the ingredients and electricity amongst other things. I am sure it’s more nutritious to make my own but right now it’s financial. The short answer is that bakery goods have among the highest mark up in the grocery store, so home baking is almost always more affordable than an equivalent purchase from the store. In reality, though, there are some factors that need to be considered, especially if you’re on a tight budget. If you are not already a baker, you’ll need to have some basic equipment on hand to bake and you’ll also need the ingredients called for in the recipe. My advice? Do bake at home and make homemade. You’ll recoup your initial investment in ingredients and equipment very quickly. Tips on getting started with home baking inexpensively Keep your […]

Reader Question:Is It Savvy To Cash In My RRSP’s To Pay Off Debt?

A Reader Question about whether it was savvy to cash in an RRSP to pay off Debt was submitted to Canadian Budget Binders Ask Mr.CBB. He forwarded it to me to share my opinion on this topic with all of you. My short answer is that it depends. There are several factors to consider: The age of the person The withholding tax on the funds withdrawn on the RRSP The amount of debt and its’ interest rate The type of investment held in the RRSP The opportunity cost of the withdrawal To keep things simple let me say if you are doing this and are under 30 then it might not be a bad thing. At older ages you have a shorter accumulation period and time and the magic of compound interest work against you. I have always maintained that paying off debt is one of the best investments someone can make. Let’s say you’re carrying a credit-card balance of $1,000 with 18 percent simple annual interest. That’s $180 a year in charges. Pay off that debt and you’ve saved $180. That’s the same as investing $1,000 in something that earns an 18 percent return after tax. Tax Withholding Rates […]