CBB’s 2014 Top Posts and Blog Review!

This year on Canadian Budget Binder has been one of the best years to date and for that I want to start this post with a huge thanks to all the fans. The highlight of my year on the blog has been networking with so many personal finance bloggers and getting to know more fans through social media outlets. As you all know it’s been a super busy year for the CBB as we welcomed our baby boy into the family and I’ve worked my butt off to shift my career to new heights. With that came some changes to the blog where I had to decrease my everyday blog posts to a few each week. I take blogging seriously and when I write I spend hours on each blog post. I was worried that I might see many of you leave but to my surprise the blog kept going strong and my fans supported me along the way. I can’t tell you how much that support means to me. Thank-you! If you are a fan who has sent in a question that I’ve replied to in the form of a blog post, thank-you. I appreciate all the fan questions […]

How spending money requires time: Our Family Budget June 2014

SPEND WISELY AND STAY ON TRACK   Sure spending money sounds pretty easy to do but it’s not that easy when you just don’t have the time to spend. If you have kids and work full-time, appointments, chores etc. finding that time to spend becomes smaller and smaller. Many people spend out of boredom which means they roam the mall or shops looking for things that they might need as opposed to what they actually need. I try to get out to pick up what I need and get out although that’s easier said than done.   Spending money is not that easy   Yes, I know you can spend money online without leaving the comfort of your home or job but if it’s not something you normally do it’s likely no big deal to you. You probably don’t even think about spending money buying products online. If you’ve ever asked yourself how you can stop spending money I have the answer. The answer is to fill your day with activities that don’t cost you a cent. The other answer is to be mindful of your budget so you aren’t out blowing money that you simply don’t have. I suppose […]

Updating the budget breakdown after paying off debt: Our family budget May 2014

BUDGET MONITORING IS ESSENTIAL   Now that we are debt free since paying off the mortgage updating the budget breakdown is something we need to consider for July. We never gave much thought to making changes to the budget breakdown until we both sat down to put the numbers together for the budget update today. Scratching our heads and not knowing what to do next was pretty much what we had left sitting on our financial plates. We’ve talked about getting rid of the budget and net worth updates altogether since we no longer have a mortgage. That may be a possibility or we will combine the two posts and have percentages instead of monthly figures or a scaled down version with less personal financial detail. I’m not sure how much benefit the readers get from this post due to lack of feedback so if it’s not something the fans care for I won’t spend 8 hours per post putting it together. For all you readers who read behind the scenes and not comment, thanks I appreciate your support. The fans that do comment, thank you as well because this is one of the ways I can tell what you […]

Why you need to review automated bill payments: Our family budget April 2014

DOUBLE CHECK ALL OF YOUR BILLS   No matter what payment methods you choose to pay your bills with especially if it’s an automated bill payment you must review them. If we didn’t do just that with we would have paid around $594.96 extra per year for our auto insurance. I can think of many other areas of our finances where that money could be used. Whether you use a budget or a bill payment spreadsheet if you’re not careful you may be paying more for that automated bill payment like we just did. If it wasn’t for our budget and reading all of our bills and receipts we may not have caught the error. I know people who have any bill they possibly can set up so the bill payment is an automated bill payment directed that way mainly due to convenience. What is an automated bill payment? Well, it’s simple. It’s where you don’t have to do any of the work because the company that is billing you for a service they provided will debit your bank account for the amount of the bill. It’s that easy all you need to do is authorize that bill payment and […]

Our mortgage amortization schedule is going in the bin: March 2014 Net Worth Update (+0.75%)

 NO SWIFFER NEEDED JUST A FIRE PIT   Yes, that’s right no more checking the amortization schedule on our mortgage to see how far we have come and costs involved with our mortgage. The time is very near where we start the fire and light up those mortgage papers to say good-bye and good riddance. Although the last few months of our budget have been filled with unexpected expenses we are still on target to say goodbye to our mortgage, for good. Next months Net Worth update should be titled, Mortgage free at last…. or something to that effect lol. It’s been a long 5 years in this house but it was worth the sacrifices of using the budget (which is free if you want to download it) to save the money for all the necessities we’ve needed so we can be mortgage free before 40 years of age. Although we’ve had the money for close to a year to pay the mortgage the exchange rate for the UK is at an all-time high since I moved to Canada back a few years ago now. I’m pulling the money I have over there while I can. The last thing I […]

Unexpected expenses and savings: Our Budget March 2014

SAVINGS ARE IMPORTANT   We’ve talked about having emergency savings and the budget over the years here at Canadian Budget Binder and for good reason. You need savings for unexpected expenses that pop up. Savings whether a small amount or a larger amount are important not only to keep stress levels down but also so you aren’t creating debt. Debt is created because one doesn’t have the cash to pay for a service or product that they need. Just this month as you will read down a bit further we have purchased a product for our home and required emergency services which were paid from our projected expenses account. The reality is that things happen whether it’s this year or the next and being prepared for expenses with some savings in the bank is much better than creating debt. Some people as I wrote about the other day don’t mind carrying debt as they see it as a number on a piece of paper and others like us despise it. I don’t mean mortgages, student loans and car payments because the majority of people do carry debt to pay off some of the largest debts most people will ever have. […]

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Is one cent a grocery price savings? : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Mar 31- Apr 6, 2014

DEAL OR NO DEAL?   Pack it in for the one cent day coming to a grocery store near you. Now if it were the million dollar penny that might be a different story but it’s far from it. We always have our eyes peeled on grocery prices when shopping but this was one deal that had us a bit stumped. Now normally a good deal is too good to miss so when I saw this latest deal I was more than a little confused. It’s not only grocery stores posting one cent savings we’ve seen it on Facebook with airline bookings as well. While out shopping with my wife at the supermarket I came across a deal that looked strange to begin with. The small pack of donuts in the picture above were originally marked for $1 but there was a one week sale on that no one could resist, What was the deal? Well it’s clear from the photo that you could save a whole 1 cent. Wow I hear you cry, that’s not a particularly good deal at all. That’s what initially thought until I got thinking about and then realized that there is NO DEAL, or […]

Finances are like moon phases: February 2014 Net Worth update (+1.25%)

WATCHING INVESTMENTS GROW   Like moon phases, our finances including Net Worth is constantly changing and this month is no different. There will always be ebb and flow in everyone’s finances, sometimes purely by the choices we’ve made. In the CBB household we didn’t have an awful lot left over as spare cash from last month as we had city taxes and pet costs leave the bank. However, there was positive news on the finance front in the form of yet another increase in the exchange rate due to the falling dollar. This increase has led to our UK funds exceeding the total of what is left to pay on the mortgage and with quite a chunk of money left over.   Moon phases   We are definitely moving into our Waxing Gibbous phase where our finances and what we have set up are starting to fall into place. The Full Moon phase will be when our mortgage is paid off and we can move on knowing that fact that we will be carrying zero debt. In the very near future we have to decide what we will be doing with the spare cash that is left over once the […]

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