Financing Your Kid’s Future With The Canada Child Benefit

Here’s Hoping The New Canada Child Benefit Will Be A Boost For RESP’s   Paying for your kid’s post-secondary education is going to be expensive.  Like.  Really, really expensive. I have a 6-year-old so I think about this a lot. Tuition and books will run you about $7,000 today. But when you add some more on to account for the requisite buses and beers, that number jumps to at least $10,000 – and that’s if they live at home with you. Tack on a modest 3% inflation rate to that, to project 15 years out, and you’re looking at $16,000 a year, for probably four years.  That’s a total of $64,000. Breathe. Just breathe. The $64,000 question:  Is the Canada Child Benefit part of the answer? This is, quite literally, the $64,000 question. And it is better to ask it – and ideally answer it – as soon as possible to give you as much time as possible to save. Perhaps the new Canada Child Benefit will help. The Canada Child Benefit, or CCB, is a new program aimed at helping families with the cost of raising children today and into the future. The cheques (or direct deposits) arrived in […]

Should kids who can’t afford school activities sit out? : The Saturday Weekend Review #124

BUDGET MONEY FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES   Just when you thought you had your finances sorted you realize that you forgot to budget for school activities that you are asked to pay for during the school year. When you send your child to school you have to save to pay for clothes, electronics in some cases as well as supplies. The education system costs money and if there are extra trips for the students most or all of that money might just come from your pockets. The reality is that not every parent can afford to add this category into their budget for one reason or another. Offering the parents who have a low-income the opportunity to pay as much as they can afford is a great way to keep all kids happy included in school activities. The problem is that schools don’t know who is and who isn’t from a low-income family or a family who simply earns a good income but is plagued with tonnes of debt. Budgeting on a low-income can be challenging and when it comes to “extras” it either has to be set aside or saved over time.   Unable to participate in school activities   […]

Peer-Pressured Party boy is failing school with $30,000 debt

POPULARITY CAN BE COSTLY   Graduating from high school and moving on to higher education is life-changing for many young people who then turn to their friends for support. I remember when I was getting ready to move on from secondary school to University  in the UK I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I completed some education research through my school and finally decided on a career path that I wanted to take and a school that I thought I might enjoy going to.   Education or Friends   I had friends growing up but I was never one who was always out partying because my time was very limited. My parents always kept me busy and when I went on to University I kept myself busy with my studies and my part-time job. I needed a balance of friendship but that was small compared to wanting to graduate and find a good job. Some but not all the friends that I did have always wanted to go to the clubs drinking but I was never into all of that. I’d go once in a while but it wasn’t really my thing, thankfully. Personally […]

Retirement investments revisited: July 2014 Net Worth Update (+1.40%)

STAYING ON TOP OF OUR FINANCES   This month we finally sat with our financial advisor to chat about topping up our retirement investments like we’ve been planning on doing once the mortgage was paid in full. Now that we have told all of you that we are expecting our first child very soon our budget and net worth will change but we will worry about that when the time comes. Our finances are not just about us anymore so although we are planning our retirement investments we need to start thinking about Baby CBB. We will be setting up an RESP for baby as soon as we can so we don’t fall behind on any important educational investing. Most of this month’s net worth increase came from our net income because we worked some overtime and combined with last month almost net close to $20,000. The news of us having a baby has really changed our financial mindset but one thing is for sure we will be putting our money to work for us best we can. No, we don’t invest on our own and I know for some of you that is a big no, no but not […]

How far would you go to fund your child’s education? : The Saturday weekend review #75

MAKING SACRIFICES FOR YOUR CHILD   Education in Canada isn’t getting any cheaper and parents are struggling to find ways to help their kids financially. Not all parents feel the need to fund their kids’ education but many would do just about anything. I wasn’t surprised when I read an online article sharing results of a survey of over 600 Canadian families by Abacus Data. The survey was of parents who had children in post-secondary education, on their way to school or have attended in the past 5 years. We know that debt looms high in many Canadian households plus saving for a child’s education can make any budget tight. With over 74% of parents saying they feel financially responsible to help pay for their kids’ education I’m wasn’t shocked to read how far some parents are willing to go to make sure the money is available. I’m not sure if I agree with them all but one thing I am sure of is that if you have a child and can set money aside into a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) as soon as they are born you don’t have to do wild and wacky things to find money […]

How we became mortgage free in five years

THE SECRET IS…THERE IS NO SECRET!   Becoming mortgage free is not an easy task so I won’t make it out to be something that it’s not. In fact many things have led to us becoming mortgage free in 5 years which I want to discuss with you today since many of you have emailed me. Ever since I blogged about wanting to pay off the mortgage early I’ve had fans email me wanting to know if there were any secrets. I thought I’d wait until we actually became mortgage free to fill you in just how we did it. No, we didn’t win the lottery or get money from family or friends we earned every last bit of it. If you read our net worth update for April last week you already know that we were excited to tell everyone that we were finally saying good-bye to the mortgage payment. I promised you I’d let you know what we did and what problems we met along the way. I thought the best way would be to get my good friend Michael Anthony Lloyd a mortgage expert who blogs at www.homehappy.ca and has blogged here before to share a bit […]

Are you envious of others’ success in life?

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 […]

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