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 […]

3 Budget Guidelines That Fuel Our Financial Success

TAKE WHAT MONEY YOU HAVE AND TURN IT INTO FINANCIAL FREEDOM   If you think setting budget guidelines are financial over-kill than let me tell you how good debt freedom feels–damn good. You can do this too! The idea is to start somewhere small to get to where you want to go that’s far bigger than you have ever imagined. It may not happen as fast as it did for us, but you’ll get there. So go ahead laugh or say you don’t need to push the limits with your budget because I will shout from the highest mountains (right now that’s the snow pile at the end of our drive) that you get out of budgeting what you put in, full-stop. Creating a budget should be the least of your worries when it comes to budgeting because most people don’t even get past the first stages, “thinking about budgeting” As soon as the new year hits this blog gets power-housed from readers all over the world looking for budget tips. That’s refreshing to see but I’d like to see this happen not just in January and February, but all year-long. There are so many free budgets online including our […]

How To Create a Results Driven 2018 Personal Budget Plan

A BUDGET IS NOT JUST ANY BUDGET, IT’S YOUR BUDGET   At the end of each year and during the first month of the new year I often get social media bombed by readers of this blog about creating a personal budget plan. This is great news though because it tells me two things; You want to learn more about budgeting You care about your money It is often this time of year when debt weighs heavy on people because we’ve just finished Christmas and the new year signifies fresh beginnings. I feel as a finance blogger who specializes in budgeting, debt and frugal living that I should always send out a yearly reminder about the importance of budgeting for everyone. This is why financial and personal goals start at the beginning of the year for most people at which time they are 100% committed, for a minute and then forgotten. Don’t lump yourself in that pile because you’ll never get ahead without that drive to succeed. By all means you don’t need to use a budget to be successful but I fully believe that using a budget will always outweigh not using one. Not everyone who wants to start […]

Santa, All I Want For Christmas From A to Z : The Saturday Weekend Review #246

NOT EVERYTHING FOR CHRISTMAS COMES WRAPPED IN A BOX   I often reflect on just how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family and know that I don’t need anything more but happiness in my life. Money is nice too BUT it won’t make or break what it is inside my heart. This has become my new rich and because of the way my financial mind has changed over the years no one can stop me from putting family first, not even money. I won’t make this a long post today because I realize most of you will be out doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, baking, drinking, partying and maybe even catching up on sleep.   Just more smiles   Funny how the mind of a child works. Perhaps adults could learn a thing or two about looking outside the box, literally. Yesterday as the doorbell rang and Mrs. CBB opened it to find more Amazon deliveries waiting to be brought in the house. If you’ve ordered from Amazon Canada you know that every box comes with the signature arrow from A to Z. Our son can’t understand why Amazon keeps sending us boxes of smiles. […]

Easy Cherry Almond Cake

A FESTIVE CHERRY ALMOND CAKE SURE TO PLEASE EVERYONE   Cherry Almond Cake is a must-have fresh-baked cake in our household for the Christmas holidays. I, like lots of other people do quite a bit of home baking for Christmas but prefer to do more easy cakes and squares rather than cookies. Last week you might remember my Frosted Apple Cinnamon Rolls drenched in a silky glaze, perfect for Christmas morning with a cup of tea or coffee. You can make that too but first let’s talk about this simple Cherry Almond Cake that even a novice baker can make. Each year around November I pull out my collection of traditional Christmas recipes to start preparing the ingredient shopping list. You’re always sure to save money on your grocery bill if you plan your Christmas baking needs ahead of time. Related: 20 Basic Baking Ingredients to Power Up Your Kitchen Over the years I’ve collected recipes from just about any outlet that I can. Sometimes, I will take a recipe and add my twist to it which I think most people do. That’s the great thing about easy recipes or those that you can add or take away some of […]

3 Foolproof Savings Tips For One-time Expenses : November 2017 Budget Update

TAKE THE STRESS AWAY FROM ONE-TIME EXPENSES THE EASY WAY   Over the years I’ve had many fans email asking me how to budget for one-time expenses when using a budget. This is no surprise as we’ve made our fair share of mistakes during our newbie years of budgeting. Let me explain. If you’ve never used a financial budget before for your expenses and are contemplating ringing in the new year with a fresh look on money, you’ve come to the right place. You won’t find any hard-to-understand information here as I tend to keep it simple. The key to budgeting is to start slow and to remember that your first go at budgeting might need tweaking. You may find that using budget jars works for you or stashing money in envelopes for the month. Some readers would not dare keep cash at home for fear of dipping into the jar here and there. Everyone IS different the way they handle their money. What’s important to remember here is that it really doesn’t matter what budgeting platform you choose as long as it’s working for you and not against you. How do you know if you’ve found the right or […]

One Simple Habit You Need To Help Beat Budget Anxiety : October 2017 Budget Update

YOU HAVE THREE SCOOPS OF ICE-CREAM-WHICH FLAVOUR IS ON THE BOTTOM AND WHICH IS ON THE TOP?   Simply believing that everything will work out for the best financially is comparable to telling a child money grows on trees. Near the end of each year I receive emails from fans who complain of budget anxiety for a variety of reasons. I often reply back with making one simple habit change to ease the pain a bit to help them move forward. No, I’m not Doctor Budget but close. Financial burden placed upon anyone is a weight that you either work hard to build the strength to lift it or will cripple you. Those of you who have been to financial hell and back know exactly what I’m talking about. The journey is never pleasant and comes with a myriad of emotions that can sometimes take over your world. Controlling anxiety no matter what the cause is and it can be multiple things is not easy to do especially when you don’t know where to begin. One of the best resources for your anxiety is yourself and others who are going through what you are experiencing or have surpassed this with […]

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