Why Live A Frugal Life If You’re Always Going To Be In Debt?

JOKES ABOUT BEING CHEAP AREN’T FUNNY TO MOST PEOPLE   I’ve never heard anyone say that they LOVE living a frugal life. Carrying debt is not something to take lightly so choosing to watch where the dollars go is better than the stress of  debt collectors calling. Nobody wants to struggle with their finances. Nobody wants to budget but many of us do it so we can make ends meet and save for the future. We do what we believe we must do to get ahead, but not everyone thinks this way. Anyone that can add and subtract should realize that if you continue to spend money that debt will mount, especially if it’s not being paid in full every month. I’ve had the painful luxury of listening to a conversation between two guys who said there’s no point saving money because we’re all going to die before we can spend it. I’ve also been in the middle of a conversation where an acquaintance was saying to his wife that he doesn’t care about debt because he will never pay it off before he dies. I’ve come to the conclusion that some people are clairvoyant and can see into the […]

Buy the least expensive house in the most expensive neighbourhood

BE PICKY WHEN HOUSE SHOPPING   Typically we like to buy quality when we shop which included shopping for our home. This is why we scoured every available neighbourhood around our city for the best deal. The only thing we don’t like is paying full-price which meant we had our work cut out for us. Thankfully, it worked out in our favour. When buying a house you want to make sure that if you are buying a $400,000 house that the neighbourhood matches the price tag or you might struggle to sell as fast as you’d like down the road. This is why we hear over and over not to over-renovate but then again a smaller house in a bigger neighbourhood might have more luck finding a buyer than a house that costs far more than smaller surrounding homes. Today I have an email from a guy who is a first-time home-buyer with his wife and wants to know if they should spend the money and get the biggest house they can or a smaller house but in a more expensive area. Note: If you have a question for me please send me a detailed email similar to below so […]

Woman Confesses Shopaholic Game Helped Pay $10,000 Debt : The Saturday Weekend Review #128

WINDOW SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP   If you are scratching your head wondering what on earth the Shopaholic Game is trust me, I was too No, I did not invent another game to help all of you save money however I certainly realized just how a challenge can motivate someone to save money and pay off debt. Not everyone can create success alone but when there are a few people involved with the same goals in mind it becomes a challenge of who’s going to make it to the end victorious. It’s not everyday someone drops the term “Shopaholic Game” into a conversation BUT this is what happened to my wife this past week while we were coincidentally out shopping. I don’t know what it is about when we get together with friends BUT money always seems to pop into the conversation and we aren’t the initiators. Trust me when I say we don’t talk much about finance with family and friends however we are always more than happy to hear what’s happening in their financial lives. Since we went home for the Canada Day Holiday this past week my wife decided to meet up with a friend at the […]

Couple on the Debt Binge Train to rid of $40,000 : The Saturday Weekend Review #120

THE GIFT OF DEBT FREEDOM   I’m excited to share this amazing journey about a couple who are 18 months away from paying off $40,000 worth of consumer debt. Do you want to know how they are getting rid of their debt? It’s easy…they spend less than they earn and they are budgeting. I hope you weren’t expecting some wild formulas or the easy way out because there are none.   Couple tackling debt   Canadian Budget Binder fans Jen Peacock, 36 and Ken Blowes, 35  from Georgetown, Ontario shared their debt payback story with the world in a video at the The Globe and Mail online. I was humbled to hear how much I had influenced their budgeting journey but as you all know I worked pretty close with the Jen and Ken to help them along because I knew Jen was serious and needed the help. This is probably a Mother’s Day she won’t forget because it’s been an on-going battle with debt where they can now “finally see the light“. Since Jen first chatted with me at CBB she has written “Budgeting with Mr.CBB got us Back on Track” as well as their struggle with infertility. Jen […]

Parents ask son to save money after they were homeless and poor

SAVING MONEY IS YOUR CHOICE   If you want to save money then don’t wait until things come crashing down and you need that money, do it now! Being homeless and poor is not something to take lightly because it happens all around us. For those who have survived and experienced this life many go on to motivate others how NOT to land themselves on the streets. Today’s fan question shares some deep secrets about the time his parents found themselves living on the streets with no savings and nowhere to go. It’s either the parents writing to me or their children because for one reason or another money is a big problem. It doesn’t matter whether you are a student or have a high-profile job if you don’t know where your money is going it’s your own fault when you don’t have anything at the end to show for it all. I’m not talking “stuff” either. I’m talking about cash and investments. If you earn money you should have some sort of system to save money and budget or in the least know your expenses and track them.   Life Choices   It seems from my experience with fan […]

Would you put your wealth plan on hold for the kids? : November 2014 Net Worth Update (+1.91%)

WHAT’S YOUR FINANCIAL STRATEGY?   A wealth plan to me is exactly what it sounds like or just a fancy way of saying retirement savings but not everyone views retirement savings equally. When CBB fan Mary pointed out an online article about a retired Maritimes couple who were digging themselves out of $145,000 worth of debt I knew I wanted to read this debt story. The couple who are both retired civil servants earned a  combined income of $90,000 and over the years paid off their $45,000 mortgage. Now, I’m the first to say that you don’t have to live the extravagant life to blow through your money. Why? Because even the small amounts of money we spend all add up. It’s very easy to go broke spending little bits here and there as opposed to losing it all by making larger purchases. You never win no matter what way your swipe the credit card. The couple had $75,000 in credit card debt which snowballed into 16 maxed out credit cards and a refinance on their mortgage for $70,000. So where did all the money go? I’m not sure if they really know but what they do know is where […]

Does Buying Secondhand Leave You Out of Touch with Real Prices?

PRICING MONSTER ON YOUR SHOULDER   Over the years as a couple, we have come up with ways to save money in our budget by buying things we need secondhand. More Canadians are finding bargains and are realizing that they too can save money without having to go broke. We buy clothing secondhand when we need to although we are picky with what we buy because not all secondhand prices are equal these days. Some thrift type stores are taking advantage of the secondhand pricing wars of used items and prices are becoming over the top. They see more people buying so they boost the prices to the point of craziness, considering they got it free. Pretty soon they may find some people will head back to buying new because it’s worth it if you know your prices. It’s always hit or miss but it’s not just clothes on our secondhand hit list. Clothing only scratches the secondhand surface as we tend to look for everything we need that is new to us or never been used. Why? It saves us money and it’s not just us, many people do it. You only have to look at the hordes of […]

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