Young adult teaches us about being house poor in 15 minutes

House poor

DON’T GET CAUGHT SINKING YOUR SHIP   Being house poor doesn’t necessarily mean that you simply have no money but it can mean that you have too much house you can’t afford. House poor can also mean you have too much stuff, no money and/or piles of consumer debt that you are struggling financially to make ends meet. The term “poor” means so many things to everyone that the only way to describe it from a financial perspective would be lack of money. Some people may not consider themselves poor until starvation kicks in and they have to go to the food bank or when they reach the point of bankruptcy. Others may take on a different view but no matter what poor means to you it’s not a place that people “dream” of.   House poor is not easy living   You might consider yourself house poor when you can’t pay your mortgage which could be for a variety of reasons. There are also plenty of poor people living in the ritzy part of town who are struggling to take control of their financial situation. I think there are many misconceptions of the word poor and the only person […]

Are aftermarket accessories for your vehicle worth it?

Aftermarket car accessories

THAT BLING THING   Maintaining your vehicle is just as important as maintaining your house, even if it’s with aftermarket parts rather than OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. For instance, the wheel nuts on our vehicle started to bulge and become distorted because corrosion had built up between the actual nut and the alloy coating on the outside. The price for the new parts were $8+ each so I picked up aftermarket plain nuts for $1.25 each. The vehicle now has new wheel nuts and they didn’t cost me the earth. Not only that but the vehicle still functions the same and it’s safe. I’m an avid fan of maintaining what you have because it will last longer and cost you less in the long run. In the last few weeks I have definitely noticed more and more people taking some time to give their vehicles a little TLC. We are no different, in fact our vehicle will be taken to the car wash place for a shampoo and blow dry too. Not only is it getting cleaned inside and out to get rid of all the salt that has hit it over this particularly nasty winter period, but the tires will be […]

Does having debt mean you have too much money fun?

Money fun

FUN MONEY STILL COSTS YOU   Having fun and having debt is no laughing matter but not everyone sees debt through my eyes. Sometimes debt is just a piece of paper that comes in the mail for someone who says oh look it’s gone up again and heads out for a night on the town. My theory is you need to earn money before you can play the cash out game depending on what you are spending it on though. Keep in mind not all debt happens because of having fun. Debt for some might mean they go to the grave owing people money and they don’t have a care in the world. Those are the people who live in that financial la la land that I talked about earlier. Learning about money saving habits and paying off debt first is not easy for some people and for others it’s a no-brainer. My friend at My Money Design talks about why it is important to save money and now and when he says “because things will happen” he’s nailed it. Not only do things happen most of us will continually want more stuff over the course of our lives and […]

Are you envious of others’ success in life?

Envious of success

STOP THE GREEN EYED MONSTER   Envious definition for me means that someone wishes they could have your success but they just need to find their own path to reach their goals.  The minute your friends Facebook status goes up and says they got a new job, a new car or are in a new relationship do you get upset that it’s not you? Do you question why nothing good ever happens to you? Are you feeling jealous of other people’s success? Don’t be but if you answered no I’d say you are telling a lie because every one of us a tiny bit of envy towards something. It’s how we handle that envy that matters the most. No one likes to feel as if they failed at life and that they have no other options but to accept what they have been given. I think that we can do anything we want with this one life we are given if we find a way to make our dreams come true. Sometimes all you need is a positive boost from a friend or someone who believes in you and before you know it you will land your dream job. Never […]

Finances are like moon phases: February 2014 Net Worth update (+1.25%)

net worth update February 2014

WATCHING INVESTMENTS GROW   Like moon phases, our finances including Net Worth is constantly changing and this month is no different. There will always be ebb and flow in everyone’s finances, sometimes purely by the choices we’ve made. In the CBB household we didn’t have an awful lot left over as spare cash from last month as we had city taxes and pet costs leave the bank. However, there was positive news on the finance front in the form of yet another increase in the exchange rate due to the falling dollar. This increase has led to our UK funds exceeding the total of what is left to pay on the mortgage and with quite a chunk of money left over.   Moon phases   We are definitely moving into our Waxing Gibbous phase where our finances and what we have set up are starting to fall into place. The Full Moon phase will be when our mortgage is paid off and we can move on knowing that fact that we will be carrying zero debt. In the very near future we have to decide what we will be doing with the spare cash that is left over once the […]

Time to get serious with numbers: Our budget Feb 2014

February 2014 Budget Percentages

CRACKDOWN HAPPENS NOW   The numbers in this months budget update were a bit scary for us as we just made it with a bit left for our savings account. It truly is more about how much you spend when it comes to the final numbers. Although we earned a bit more this month with my new job the money went just as fast. We did have to pay property taxes which took just over $900 but that money came from the projected expenses account. When that big bill comes due we’re happy the money is ready and waiting. For others they would rather not deal with any more numbers than they have to so a portion of their city tax bill comes off their mortgage payments each time they are paid. That seems simple enough although I’d rather keep our money in the bank to earn some interest rather than it sitting in someone else’s bank account doing the exact same thing. Do you pay your own city taxes or do you have a portion paid each time you pay the mortgage?   Where the money went   This month was a particularly busy month for our budget and […]

Do you need financial motivation?

motivation

PUSH YOURSELF TO SUCCEED   Financial motivation doesn’t normally just jump into your head when you wake up in the morning. Motivation for many typically happens because something is either wrong or you want to make changes to your life. Some people need personal motivation to get through daily, weekly, monthly and yearly tasks and if that’s what it takes, go for it. Asking for help is not easy to do especially if you are a strong, independent person who struggles with showing weakness in any form. I know plenty of friends especially my male friends who won’t even ask for directions because they don’t want to look like they don’t know where they are going. These days we combat that with the GPS but there’s only so much a GPS can do. The same goes with letting our finances ride out on their own. You can’t expect to see optimal growth in your savings account if you aren’t focused on growing it. Same goes with paying your bills on time and earning enough money to pay cash for something you want rather than putting it on credit. Motivation to have patience and wait until you have your feet on the […]