How to Pay Cash For What You Need The Right Way : The Saturday Weekend Review #186

JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE CASH TO BUY SOMETHING DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD.   Believe me when I say there is a right way and a wrong way to pay cash for something. Choose the wrong way too often and you’ll soon know why you should have chosen the other option that many people forget, savings. If the ice-cream cone in the above picture caught your attention make that a reminder just how easy we are swayed by things that tempt us. Wouldn’t it be nice if that was you enjoying that ice-cream cone? You deserve it, but can you afford it? Related: I can buy it but can I afford it? Not everyone can get credit but if given the opportunity it’s just as easy to burn a hole through plastic as it is to empty your bank account of cash. Just because you pay cash for purchases doesn’t make you a super-saving, shopping super-hero. What you are is someone who knows the difference between cash and credit but even then that won’t stop someone from spending more than they earn if they don’t care about their financial freedom. All of my life I’ve been surrounded by people who […]

How To Become Financially Secure So You Forget It’s Payday : June Net Worth Update (+0.74%)

FOCUS ON LIFE NOT JUST YOUR BANK ACCOUNT   I know people who count down the hours before payday when their bank account will be back in business. It’s not the best spot to be in financially because you are living payday to payday but the struggle is real for so many Canadians. It becomes a vicious circle until you find a way to put the brakes on a stress that is probably weighing you down. Becoming financially secure is a dream for just about everyone so we can forget the daily worries of car payments, mortgage, credit card bills and a host of other debts that cause stress-related issues, relationship issues and potentially depression. No one likes to feel that they are not in control of their lives especially where money is concerned. What does financially secure really mean? Well, I can tell you that it doesn’t mean that you have a job that pays you big bucks. That misconception is what gets people into financial trouble in the first place. This just happened, check it out.   It takes more than an income to stay away from debt   While chatting to a colleague at work briefly the […]

Family Sacrifices For Financial Freedom Pays Off

BEING ABLE TO SLEEP AT NIGHT WITHOUT DEBT WORRY FOR YOUR FAMILY IS ONE OF THE BEST FEELINGS IN THE FINANCIAL WORLD   I want to earn money fast, I want to earn money now, I want financial freedom so I don’t have to worry about money down the road. There are people who constantly strive to set goals, budget, work long hours at home or away from home to make sure their retirement years are golden. What this means is that the family will make sacrifices to achieve such financial goals sometimes at an unbalanced cost. Is it really worth being away from your family for 6 or 7 days a week? For the past 2 years I’ve been that guy who is working 6-7 days a week at two full-time jobs. One is my dream job that is currently contract and the other is full-time in my field of expertise but on a different playing field. What keeps me going is my family and the fact that I can retire early if I want to and with a defined benefits package, investments and no mortgage. That fuels the frugal fire. Related: How to retire early- A Beginners Guide […]

5 Housing Options To Consider As We Age – The Saturday Weekend Review #170

THERE IS NO HARM IN PREPARING FOR FUTURE HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS     No matter what generation you were born in eventually you will age and with that comes options especially housing needs to fit your lifestyle and budget. When we first bought our house in 2009 we were practically the youngest couple on the street with no kids. We looked high and low for the perfect house for us which meant we let house prices influence our real estate budget. We were fortunate to have so many houses to choose from at the time as prices took a steep dive. It was imperative for us to buy the least expensive house we could find in the most expensive neighbourhood. We knew eventually that this housing decision would come back in our favour and it has although we’re not quite sure we are ready to take the plunge and move just yet. Since then housing prices in our neighbourhood are through the roof with multiple offers over asking price that would shock any seller (in a good way). Some of our friends have had huge celebrations after the sale of their house as they scored big. This kind of housing windfall […]

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 […]

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