Bank Error Cost Us BIG NSF Charges- Don’t make this mistake!

SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT YOUR SLIP-UP WITH A SMILE   A bank error and oversight can happen to anyone and if it hasn’t happened to you the consequences can be a devastating financial blow. Imagine the sun is shining, you’re enjoying your first cup of coffee for the day and all seems to be going well. Then you sign into your banking app only to see a negative number flash before your eyes when you know you have money in the bank. How could this be? What is going on? The questions start rolling through your head like thunder and a take-charge attitude ensues. You might be the best of the best when it comes to your finances but even the pros make mistakes and so do the banks as we recently learned from a simple bank error and oversight on our part. This mistake almost cost us near $200 in Non-sufficient fund fees which at the time was a huge blow to our perfect score of never paying a lick of interest to a credit card company let alone being hit with bouncing funds. Before I get into the story I want to let all of you […]

What would you do with $100,000 in savings? : January 2015 Net Worth Update (+2.53%)

SPEND MONEY TO MAKE MONEY   If you are new to Canadian Budget Binder welcome to our monthly Net Worth Update post. I’ve posted our losses and gains for the past 3 years and this is the start of year 4 for us. This year however will be much different for us as we have some decisions that we should make with the $100,000 in bank savings which we have accumulated. At first you might think that’s a large amount of extra cash to be kicking about but as you will see by the end of this post that number will dwindle down in size with our projected expenses. There’s not going to be as much as you think by the time I’m done chopping down the pile. It was never out intention to keep long-term savings in the bank of this amount but in talking with a banking representative it’s certainly not uncommon. What I mean is keeping more than $100k in one bank account which is not necessarily the smartest thing to do. If you think about it money has to sit somewhere until it is invested. Some people have no intentions of doing anything with their money […]

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