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 […]

How To Prepare Yourself Financially For a Union Strike

A UNION STRIKE AFFECTS EVERYONE FINANCIALLY WHO ARE DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY INVOLVED   When a union goes on a legal strike not everyone is prepared financially especially when the union strike lingers on for weeks and in some cases months. I’ve followed current College strike news in Ontario as the teacher’s head into the third week on the picket lines and wanted to learn more about the financial plight that everyone suffers, including students and businesses. The last thing you think of when you start the College year whether you’re away from home or not is how you will survive a union strike. Listen, I’m not union expert but what I am certain of is the financial impact a union strike can have and I’ve got some critical financial planning tips today for those of you who work for a union or are directly involved with a union. Most of the post will revolve around the current Ontario Colleges Union strike as an example. What does it mean to go on strike? A union strike means that the union and management are unable to come up with negotiations that meet each others needs. After this the workers walk off the […]

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20 Basic Baking Essentials To Power Up Your Frugal Kitchen : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Oct 30-Nov 5

STOCK YOUR KITCHEN WITH THESE MUST-HAVE BAKING ESSENTIALS   If you want to become your own frugal baker consider these 20 Basic Baking Essentials which I believe every kitchen should own. Today, I’m going to show you where you can find the best deals and even better deals if you’re down and ready for some old-fashioned thrift shopping. Bakery products such as muffins, cookies, cupcakes, squares and even cakes are expensive to buy because they are made outside of your kitchen. That’s obvious. This means that morning muffin you pick up at the local coffee shop might be costing your wallet big bucks. Probably just as obvious. If I asked customers who buy their coffee and baked goods from a coffee shop nearly everyday why I bet the reasons would go something like this. It tastes so good I don’t have time to bake I don’t know how to bake I don’t have room in my kitchen I don’t have an oven or it’s broken I don’t have the proper baking supplies to bake Baking is too expensive It will go bad before I eat it all if I bake at home It won’t  break the bank You might also […]

How Tracking Expenses For One Week Can Change Your Life

BLINDING DEBT IS THE WORST WAY TO GET AHEAD FINANCIALLY   All it will take for most people is one week of tracking expenses to stop, drop and roll because alarm bells go off and someone has to call 911. The only problem is that no one is going to put out your financial fire but yourself. Skip the I’ll pay tomorrow, next week, next month or forgetting about bill payments all around. This has to stop and if you can’t get your sh** together then there’s no point whining about money. Even someone who is on government assistance, working minimum wage jobs sometimes even two to get by can be better savers than the person who earns a higher income but doesn’t have a damn clue how to save it. I’m tired of people who have it all and can’t get it together and it’s the people who hit rock bottom that are climbing the financial ranks because they teach themselves about money and how it all works. You know, spend less, save more. It’s a simple way of looking at money even if you only have $5 to spare every month BUT that $5 surplus is going to […]

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 […]

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