Why Do You Care So Much About Your Neighbours Income Levels?

THE TALK OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WILL BE YOU AT SOME POINT AND HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW   A good conversation starter often begins with the weather but in neighborhoods the neighbours talk careers, income levels and the business of everyone around them. Does money really make you happy if you have more than your neighbour does? For some of you reading this, YES and others not so much. There is peace of mind for some people knowing the income levels of their neighbours and for others it’s simply a war on who earns more and who gets the upper-hand on conversations. Have you ever driven down the street making your way home only to notice a congregation of neighbours chatting away. What are they talking about? Probably other neighbours, real estate or general gossip. Perhaps they are just friends planning the next get together but I’ve yet to run into many of those neighbourly conversations. Making more money than your neighbour may make you feel like the happiest person on the block but why do we care so much? You might tell yourself that you don’t and perhaps that is the truth but how often have you wondered what […]

Daddy, how much do you make an hour? : The Saturday Weekend Review #160

IS THE MONEY REALLY WORTH IT TO YOU?   Sometimes kids come up with the strangest requests when talking to their parents but when your child is begging you for attention you know that something must change. Becoming a daddy to a little boy was something I never expected would happen because doctors said we had under a 1% chance of getting pregnant, but we did and my life has changed so much. Our lives have changed, but for the better because we have this amazing little guy in our lives who makes us smile every day. When my wife was in the hospital I took care of our son day and night because of medications she was taking plus she was pumping breast milk around the clock as our son could not latch on because of an upper lip tie and tongue tie . It was a long week in the hospital but in that week I bonded with our son experiencing love in a way I never thought was possible for a child. Those little hands, those big eyes and that smile captured me in a way I never thought possible. What was this love I was feeling? […]

A Workforce shortage is not easy on staff : February 2015 Budget Update

MONEY TALKS IF YOU HAVE TIME TO EARN IT   Have you ever worked somewhere and for whatever reason the organization has a workforce shortage? Some people wish they could get more hours to earn some over-time pay because extra money is always nice in the bank account. Others may cringe at the thought of working more than they have to, especially if they are paid salary with no-overtime pay. Not everyone lives to earn money because there’s more to life than just work. Being tired all the time is tough and for some people working too much can bring on bouts of depression. Some people just don’t know how to say no they can’t work because they have other obligations. It may even break down a relationship. In my line of work we have workforce shortages happen occasionally especially since you can’t just hire anyone to fill such a demanding role. There really is no shortage of work or unemployment in my field because of the options we have which makes it equally as frustrating. This just means there are more vacancies than qualified people to fill the job. I don’t talk about what I do to protect my […]

What pushes people over the edge financially?

FALLING ON HARD TIMES…   We all know someone who has struggled financially at some point in their lives and although it’s not easy to stay above the water how some people handle it is shocking. It seems like each time September rolls around the media is filled with articles about people who are getting into trouble with the law for reasons relating to money. Financially holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a tough time for people who struggle with their money. Many struggle in silence. It’s no wonder talking about personal finance is taboo especially if people are ashamed of their debt load. This time of year it seems as if we hear more about thefts, robberies, fraud and scams leading into the Christmas holiday. Just the other day on Facebook my wife read a message on a group board from a mom advising other moms to make sure they lock their doors and take their gifts inside as someone had broken into her car and she lost everything. It only took me a few minutes online this morning to read another article about a couple who faked a pregnancy so they could steal products from an […]

Is there truth to less stress with financial freedom?

FREEDOM IS DEFINED BY YOU   Financial freedom means lots of things to many people and although everyone has their thoughts on what life is like without any debt for some it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. What would it take in order for you to take your stress financially from one level to the next? Would you have to pay off your credit cards, all of your debt, your mortgage or simply just be able to live a comfortable life while paying off your debts? In a conversation with a colleague the other day he brought up a friend of his who just built a new house that he paid cash for, his wife doesn’t work and they have no debt. Top that off with a well-paying job so that must mean his life is all roses, right? Wrong. We don’t know that. He seemed jealous to be honest especially when he said “it must be nice to live a stress free life” which made me wonder why people think that debt=stress. I’ve had people we know think that I must make lots of money with the careers I hold but what they don’t know is […]

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