Fixed Income Seniors Struggle To Learn How To Budget

DON’T LEAVE YOUR FINANCIAL DREAMS SCATTERED ON THE GROUND   Learning how to budget after never using one has caused two seniors we know anxiety over their financial future. If they could do it all over again they would change so much about the way they managed their money. They know they can’t turn back the clock and must face the reality of living on a fixed income with little to no retirement savings and lots of grandchildren. They are not alone as many Canadians on a fixed income struggle to make ends meet and must juggle their money to balance their budget, if they use one. Living on a fixed income is a big deal especially for seniors or individuals who rely on money from sources other than from an employer. Cost-of-living increases can cripple those who live on a fixed income especially if they have no other sources of extra money to take from. People are talking about finance and income so much these days particularly in Ontario because most people are struggling with soaring utility costs and high debt loads. Comparing a Hydro bill to a mortgage payment is not unusual for some homeowners these days. If […]

Stop Blaming The Government For All Of Your Debt Problems

DEBT= Don’t Ever Buy Things On Credit   Debt for most Canadians is still a reality and likely will be for a long time unless something changes but not necessarily from a political aspect but a personal one. Is the Canadian government to blame for all of our debt problems or should we start taking responsibility for the way we are spending and saving money? The past few days I’ve spent what little free time I have in between working 7 days a week, family responsibility and blogging to catch up with what’s happening in the world of Canadian Finance. With the internet flooded with resent for the Wynne Liberal government who are under fire right now especially with the increase in hydro costs that are creating energy poverty for Canadians who simply can’t afford to pay these price hikes. Our hydro has more than doubled in the past year and our habits have not changed which means we continue to be conscious of utility usage. What’s even worse is there are plans in the works to phase out natural gas, homes will need an energy audit when put up for sale and renovations based on energy efficiency. This is […]

I Doubled My 20% Savings Rate By Cutting Out These 5 Things

YOU CAN ALWAYS SAVE   By: Des from Half Banked One of the fastest – and safest – ways to reach your financial goals is to increase your savings rate. I say that as a millennial who isn’t making the “big bucks”, so this is a widely applicable concept. Increasing your savings rate isn’t just for people looking to retire early! Related post: A Beginners Guide To Early Retirement Let’s say you’re saving $100 a month, and your goal is to build a $5000 emergency fund. At $100 a month, it will take you just over 4 years to hit your goal, assuming you’re saving your emergency fund in a high-interest savings account that pays 1% interest, compounded monthly. If you were to double that savings rate, and put $200 towards your emergency fund every month, you’d reach your goal in just over two years. You’ve just slashed the time it will take you to reach your savings goal in half, just by increasing your savings rate. You didn’t need to rely on any high-risk investments, and your emergency fund is good to go a lot sooner.   Why did I increase my savings rate?   As a millennial, I’m […]

Why I No Longer Hate Making a Budget

YOU EITHER LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM   Fifteen years ago you could not have twisted my arm enough to make a budget. It wasn’t going to happen. My wife had tried several times making a budget but I hadn’t given any input and I certainly didn’t think one was necessary. It’s safe to say I hated them. Budgets were for “those people” who were in massive debt or who wanted to control an overspending spouse. They weren’t for normal people like us who lived off our paycheck from week to week and could afford pretty much everything we needed. Some months we’d have some money left over at the end of the month to put into our savings account. Other months we wouldn’t. Things seemed fine to me so I didn’t see the big deal. Then came the first kid. Suddenly spending patterns changed. No longer was it just my wife and I. We had another person to account for, one who would have some very expensive habits. Can anyone say 10 diapers and 6 meals a day? So we set out again to tackle the monthly budget. We actually managed to make a budget that we thought would […]

Will the Ontario minimum wage hike help? PF Friday Grab a brew #57

IN ONE POCKET OUT THE OTHER   Surviving on minimum wage is not easy in fact when I moved to Canada the only jobs I could find were minimum wage jobs although that was still a struggle at times. Living in the UK was equally as difficult because prices for petrol and food not to mention housing accommodations were astronomical compared to what we earned. I was already used to living on a tight budget and working hard to make ends meet to stay ahead of the game but I guess I expected more moving to Canada but knew I would have to work my butt off no matter what challenge I was given. No road is an easy road unless it’s all handed to you on a silver platter but even then those people still fall. Unless you haven’t heard the Liberal government is giving a $0.75 boost to the minimum wage in Ontario raising it to $11.00 an hour. They say this is in line with inflation but is it really enough to get by on?   Finding a job   I struggled to find work even with my University Degree from the UK because it wasn’t fully […]

Do You Really Need Cell Phone Insurance?

Cell phone insurance is a waste of money right, who needs it? Just two months ago I was so excited to have my new cell phone, a Samsung Galaxy SIII, it was an awesome  phone. First thing I did when I got home was logged into Amazon and looked for a hard case to protect the phone. I was trying to save money out-of-pocket by using my gift-cards from Swagbucks. You with think with modern cell phone technology that they would figure something out so cell phones were protected from the average clumsy person dropping them. Even worse a child getting their hands on a cell to play pass the puck or toast the cell phone for breakfast. I guess I’m just dreaming of the indestructible cell phone but we all know that will never happen, nothing seems to last like the good old days. It’s more about short life span and getting the customer to fork out more cash because they get so used to having technology at their fingertips. That just seems too easy though because accessories make up another chunk of profits for these organizations as if the ridiculous high costs of cell phones weren’t already a lucrative enough business […]

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 […]

Canadian Students College or University Bound Prepare Your Finances NOW!

I remember when I was a young bloke and on my way to University the world was in the palm of my hands (so I thought).  I truly believe I had my head on straight back then and today given the way I continue to pay myself first. That doesn’t’ ring true for most of my school mates, at least what I witnessed even here in Canada. I went back to school for 5 years and learned that debt is debt no matter  what country you live in. Most of my mates who did work while attending University simply blew the money on pints of beer down at the pub and buying crap they didn’t need. I was a simple guy who just wanted an education and a good career. Before cutting the umbilical cord from me mum and dad to start what would be a journey of reality I set some clear goals for myself. I knew I didn’t want to come out of school with any debt. I was young when I started to learn about the value of money so this was a must. I worked on weekends and in the evening to save money for University. I […]