Should You Have More Than One Income Source? : Our August 2017 Budget Update

MORE THAN ONE INCOME SOURCE DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO TRADE HOURS FOR MONEY PROVIDED YOU KNOW YOUR OPTIONS. Someone asked me the other week how I was going to adjust to having only one income source now that I’ve resigned from one of my full-time jobs. I responded by saying that it won’t bother me one bit, at least not right away. Why? I can finally breathe and try to get my life back on track because I felt like I was on autopilot for all those years even though I enjoy what I do. Thankfully we have income sources that earn us some extra income such as this blog and our retirement investments, but are they enough? That depends on how much money we’d like to make and without much effort. Unfortunately the blog does take lots of effort so we do have plenty of room for improving our income source options. Having more than one income source sounds draining especially when you’re already working full-time and any available overtime. Some couples only have one income source because either/or become a stay-at-home parent until their children are in school full-time. My mum did this while my father worked in […]

Thrift Store Back To School Clothes Are Still New Clothes

Back To School Shopping: In With The Old Out With The New   Back to school is typically associated with buying new school clothes and supplies only because we’ve been sucked in by a mass marketing system. The further we get pulled the more we believe and want rather then simply spending money because it’s a need. As soon as August rolls around the Back to School deals start showing up in the local flyers and media because they want parents to get ready ahead of time. With many families struggling to get ahead financially spending a fortune on school clothes is just out of the question. Then again you might be a parent who buys a new wardrobe year after year to go to work. Why is there this need to always wear something new or different? I’m pretty sure most people spend their time worrying about other things rather than what John or Suzie wore to work. Maybe clothing is the next step up the career ladder and if Suzie dresses better than Sarah she’s a shoe-in. Sounds daft BUT this really does happen. We put too much emphasis on what people wear rather than what their skills […]

What Are Your Sources For Financial Stress?

MANAGING MONEY PROBLEMS DOESN’T START WITH EARNING MORE.   How many of you are in a state of financial trouble? I don’t want to know because that is a question for you to tackle possibly signaling time for a financial stress test. If you really want to fix your financial stress it takes more than just earning more money. Let me explain. If you answered yes to my question you might want to take a bow, raise the curtain on your debt show and start a new chapter. If you can’t make ends meet don’t sit around waiting for collapse get ahead of the game because if you suffer from financial stress now it will only get worse. Unfortunately not everyone may be able to get ahead especially if living on a fixed income. For those who are and can manage the bills with what they get financial stress looms over them just as much as the next person. If you believe you can’t get ahead because your income doesn’t cover the bills and you’re debt free then something must change. We can all say no to credit and creating debt we don’t need but we can’t all rush out […]

How To Avoid Turning One Dollar Into A $29 Credit Card Fee

A CREDIT CARD HAS ONE MISSION-TO MAKE MONEY.   Would you open your window while driving and empty your wallet out? Laughable, however too many of us do this without even knowing it. Never ever just open a credit card bill or any bill and just pay it. If you do this then you run the risk of throwing money out the window. This almost happened to us but thankfully we DO read our statements and found a surprising credit card fee that was not expected. Related: Why you should always read your grocery receipt Besides earning rewards some people they pay a heavy price for holding a credit card balance and paying the minimum. That’s really not what I’m going to talk to you about today though. Quite the opposite actually which not only sent us to the telephone with our jaw dropped but to find out almost all credit card companies do this. Credit Card Fees…. there’s more than 1. We’ve never once paid any interest to a credit card company and don’t plan to begin but this isn’t an interest charge it’s an over credit limit charge. If you thought that your credit card would send out […]

How A Life Changing Illness Shaped Our Financial Future

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS GOING WELL YOU’RE HIT WITH AN ILLNESS THAT WILL FOREVER CHANGE YOUR LIFE.   I’ve been writing about money for much of the past decade but I didn’t always have my act together, financial speaking. In fact, I spent most of my twenties deep in debt, and it took a big, scary, life-changing event for me to have my financial awakening. I’ll never forget the day when my world changed. It was 2008, and my wife had complained of a headache – a pain behind her right eye, to be exact. She was in excruciating pain and nearly went blind, temporarily, seeing only red spots out of her affected eye. An ophthalmologist confirmed it was optic neuritis, an inflammation that affects the optic nerve. After prescribing an incredibly high dose of prednisone to bring down the inflammation, the doctor referred my wife to a neurologist who diagnosed her with Multiple Sclerosis. We were devastated. At the time, we didn’t know much about MS and how this disease would impact our lives. All we knew was that each flare-up of the disease caused nerve damage, which would gradually get worse over time and lead to […]

7 Facts about Credit Card Loans That make them Overshadow Bank Loans

FROM TIME TO TIME YOU MAY BE FORCED TO MAKE FINANCIAL DECISIONS WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE AVAILABLE SAVINGS.   There are options with-in reach for those of you who are struggling to get ahead provided you find one that works with your budget. In this era of digital transactions, credit cards have a myriad of uses ranging from cashless transactions, reward points to special deals. In fact Mrs. CBB and I typically only use our credit cards to make purchases because of the perks. We pay our credit card in full at the end of the month and hardly ever have to step foot into our bank. Credit cards offer the convenience of shopping almost anywhere across the globe with a swipe, tap or insert payment option. If handled correctly credit cards can be a source of freebies and financial help in the event you are stuck without emergency savings as back-up. Even if you do have savings, sometimes they are just not enough depending on the circumstances. In addition, you can access a fast pre-approved loan within and sometimes over their credit limit. The company advances you the amount that you can pay at a later date with a […]

How to Save Money on Airfares Using A VPN

TRAVELLING WITHOUT THE HIGH COSTS MEANS A BIT MORE WORK SOURCING DEALS BUT WORTH THE EFFORT.   We often do a lot of traveling, whether it is for business ventures or vacations. In fact, we’re heading to the UK next month for the first time since I moved to Canada 10 years ago. Travelling to Europe isn’t as cheap as it was when I lived there. I was able to score some great deals and travelled to many countries for cheap and vacationed like a king on a budget. In today’s technologically advanced world, we can hardly spend time away from our digital gadgets. We need to check our Facebook accounts, watch the trending videos and keep our friends updated about our whereabouts — even when we are traveling. But in doing so, we often risk our online security. Especially when we use the public or semi-public Wi-Fi at the airports, train stations, cafes, and hotels. Related: How I budgeted my travel expenses for work and for play Anybody using the same network can track your activities and fetch the information (usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, etc.) you send over the Internet connection. However, a VPN can be your savior. […]

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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