Working Towards A Debt Free Lifestyle In 8 Steps

Working towards a debt free lifestyle is possible, that is if you really want it bad enough. I’m sure you all know that the 8 steps are only stepping-stones, meaning one step leads to another. Perhaps you may learn that our steps differ from what your ideal steps are but learn to create your own. You may only need 1 step but the first step may be the most important of all. You can make that happen. There may be some of you who didn’t start saving early like we did but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the road to debt freedom. Start today. If you take a sincere interest in wanting to learn how to pay off all your debt and start saving for all the things you’ve wished for in your life, it can happen. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices to get ahead especially if you are in a relationship. Getting rid of our mortgage was one of our top goals when we bought our home so instead of investing in renovations like we wanted to with the extra money saved, we backed away from them. We didn’t invest all of our savings into our home down-payment because […]

PF Weekly Reading List #16- I Give Up……………

What? I give up… it’s probably one of the hardest things I would have to decide to do or anyone for that matter. A part of us shatters when we are forced to make the decision to give something up in order to get out of a financial mess that we created or for reasons beyond our control. When times are tough and it’s hard to make ends meet or we simply are drowning in debt we have to give something up. Sure we may NOT have to give something up and could keep juggling money from credit card to credit card or consolidating debt in order to ease the pain but is that enough? If you answered “that’s all we have left to do” the you need to find a way because you can’t live your life like that. It won’t last forever, the walls will crumble down on you eventually. For some credit cards and consolidating debt over and over seems like the right thing to do but for others its way out in left field. For those that would do just about anything to get out of debt they would rather ‘give up’ something than to incur more debt […]

My Debt Story: How I Paid Off $100,000 In Debt (And How You Can Too)

I’m not done paying off all my debts yet, but I recently hit the century mark and wanted to share with you all how I did it. I have paid off $100,000 in debt in 17 months, and am a few months away from being debt free for the first time in 20 years. My Debt Story I am a musician (a trombone player) who found myself making quite a bit of money doing something I love. I read all the time about people who make a lot of money but hate their jobs; that was not me, which made my predicament a bit tricky. When I got into debt and spent more than I earned, I would justify it by saying to myself that I would work forever. It still got old, and I still got tired of being in debt. Even though I love the work I do, my debt left me “trapped” in certain areas of life. Sometimes I would rather stay home with my kids than play a concert…I did not have the latitude to say “no”, since I needed the money. My debt pay-off has really allowed me to follow my passions, and only my passions. Here […]

What My Life Is Like With Terrible Credit

I am a person living with debt that I can’t pay and terrible credit. I am a single mother of a now 17-year-old son soon to be 18. Over the years there was never enough money and debt just seemed to keep piling up and I wasn’t sure what to do about it. I needed the car to get my son to daycare, then me to work. It  seemed every time I turned around there was a repair that needed to be made on it. My one credit card with the highest balance which is now in collections was typically used for repairs to my vehicle at the time. I was working full-time to pay some of the mechanic’s bills as well as to keep paying my everyday bills and putting food on the table which was hardly enough. That meant that the repair bills often ended up on the credit card. I eventually refrained from using that credit card because the balance was just too high but luckily had a low-interest rate of only 10%. What’s worse is the car had to be junked as it was no longer in a state of repair. I haven’t had a vehicle since that time […]

New Year’s Resolution:Canadian Debt and Tackling Personal Finances

This year’s New Year’s resolution: Tackle my personal finances in the face of Canadian debt. This should be what many Canadians are planning for 2013 but are they really? Just about everybody goes to the doctor or walk-in clinic if there’s something wrong with their health, and they take their car to the mechanic if it breaks down. If you ignored these problems your health would deteriorate and your vehicle wouldn’t run, so why would you ignore your personal finances? Statistics Paint  A Picture….. In a recent study initiated by Sun Life, 55% of  1,277 people surveyed ranging in age from 18-55+ stated they weren’t happy with their personal finances for the year 2012. Of those 1,277 people, only 30% wanted to do something about it- and yet 68% stay strangely optimistic. How can you be so optimistic for the forthcoming year and have financial woes at the same time without ignorance? Are people in denial over the amount of their debt or the fact they have debt altogether? Statistics from various sources including top Canadian banks suggest that the average household Canadian debt is somewhere in the region of $114,000, though most of that will be mortgage. I can’t see how the […]

Too Many Bills Not Enough Money Each Month

Some Canadians are faced with the reality that they simply can’t get to the end of  the month before running out of money. We humbly turn to credit cards, lines of credit or even borrowing from family and friends to make ends meet. For some Canadians having a high debt load and spending more than they earn spells disaster and for some debt denial is better than acknowledging it. This ends up leaving no room for  retirement savings, the kids RESP let alone an emergency savings account. With grocery prices slated to increase in 2013 it’s time to buckle down and make a game plan before the going gets tougher. Do you feel like your hands are tied and you don’t know where to turn? You’re not alone but there are ways to tackle this problem so don’t give up. What do you need to do? You need to either improve your income or reduce your expenses meaning that you have to take a hard look at your finances. Do you know your net worth? You should. Do you use a budget? You should. Budget, but why should I budget when I don’t have enough money each month? That’s OK, you still need […]

What Are Bad Credit Mortgages?

What are Bad Credit Mortgages? Before you look at any type of financing you need to make sure it’s right for you, and bad credit mortgages are no exception! Here we’re going to go over the benefits of these kinds of mortgages. Bad credit mortgages are great for people with bad credit, no credit, or just people who need to work on their credit. Just because you have bad credit doesn’t mean you can’t get a mortgage. What is Bad Credit? Bad credit can be a highly subjective term, but for most mortgage lenders it will be a FICO score under 600 points. If you have anything less than that you could have trouble getting a mortgage, even from bad credit mortgage lenders. You’ll want to first think about credit repair like debt consolidation; even if you do qualify for a bad credit mortgage you could wind up paying much more in interest where it doesn’t make sense to take the mortgage. Is a Bad Credit Mortgage Right for You? You’ll need to talk to a mortgage broker to make sure that this is the right kind of financing for you. There are many ways that a bad credit mortgage can go wrong; you’re going […]

My Biggest Money Mistake-Co-Signing and Taking On Debt

Money Mistakes aren’t always in your face but we learn from these mistakes to make it right the next time. There are many reasons people fall into debt but there are more reasons about why they should get out of debt even if that means fighting for your legal rights. You don’t need to make millions to use a budget but you do need to see the numbers. One of my fans contacted me with a story she wanted to share about her biggest money mistake. Not everyone is willing to step up to say “this is what happened” and “this is what I had to do to fix it“. Julie took steps to get back on track and I hope others can learn from her story and not be taken advantage of. Take your failures and make them a success story like Julie. Here is Julie’s Story…… Hello Mr. CBB! When I separated from my ex-husband, I had to file for bankruptcy. I wasn’t mismanaging funds but what landed me in hot water was failure to protect myself from love and money. This chapter in my life has taught me to become fairly self-reliant whilst living on no credit. Great lessons learned […]

Are You In Debt Denial?

I’m no stranger to debt denial but it’s not me who has the problem. Every once in a while I get this chill that goes down my back when my mate, let’s call him “Bobby” rings me up. I know he is broke and always wanting to borrow money so he can go to the club, pay his bills and whatever else he does with his money. The problem is he doesn’t look or act like he is broke and drowning in debt. He makes close to 6 figures a year, drives a fancy car, dresses exceptionally well, takes good care of his grooming and body and he is in his early 30’s.  He’s one of those guys you love to hate because you just don’t get him. He rolls with it, has many friends, lots of girls and not a penny to rub his nose in… but he does have credit and lots of it. As a matter of fact his credit card company just gave him an extra $3000 to spend on his already maxed out credit card. He’s the type that wants to get out of debt fast but is rubbish at managing debt. While this scenario is […]

5 Reasons You Won’t Get Out of Debt

Alright, “5 Reasons You Won’t Get Out of Debt” is sort of negative and off-putting title, especially since I’m usually a very positive person.  But the main reason for the tone of the title is to highlight some of the typical “reasons” I hear from people who are unhappy about their debt situation but never seem to really do anything about it. Probably just about everyone with a functioning brain knows that when it comes to money, being debt free is always better than being in debt, but when I ask them why they have not made a sincere effort to erase that debt from their lives, I start hearing pretty common list of “reasons” (excuses) why they haven’t done it. So if you DON’T want to get out of debt and you don’t want to change your financial life, here are some excuses you should probably be using: I Tried it But it Didn’t Work for Me So once upon a time you finally convinced yourself that paying off your debt was a good idea and you even decided to try it.  Well, if you really didn’t want to get out of debt, then you probably did not to […]

The In’s and Out’s Of A Debt Reduction Plan!

Photo Credit According to Statistics Canada the ratio of household debt to personal disposable income in 2011 was 150% up from 66% in 1980. Did you know that in 2009 two-thirds of Canadian households had outstanding debt that averaged $114,400. Is a debt repayment plan right for you? Do you need to think about credit card debt consolidation? If you have debt, then the answer is YES to a debt repayment plan more importantly if you are struggling to pay back debt to potentially consolidate. If you are struggling it is very important to let the people you owe money to know that you are working on paying them back. Let them know you have  a plan of action. Creditors want to know they will get their money so communicate with them and tell them. If you don’t they may sell your debt to another company who may charge you a bigger interest rate. Some creditors would rather make something than nothing but the third-party will stop at nothing to get it out of you. It’s also a good time to mention that at least once a year you should order your free Canadian credit report so you have it in front of […]