5 Simple Money Rules We Live By To Stay Debt Free

Working Hard To Pay Off Debt May Be Challenging But Staying Debt Free Is Smart Money Management.   If you start by reading this post believing that you will never become debt free not only will succeed but you’ll also carry the burden of debt with you wherever you go. Creating Money Rules are not just for people who are debt free but they are for everyone. It’s important to stop being so negative and start believing that you can pay off debt, save money and become financially free. How else do you think people slay the debt dragon? That’s right they do it by themselves. An email from a reader prompted Mrs. CBB and I to reflect on our life of debt freedom that we achieved just over 2 years ago when we burned our mortgage papers in the back garden. It was a party of two adults carrying on like kids while grilling steak, drinking beer and listening to music. Our lives were about to change but there were no maids, drivers, mansions, private jets, gold credit cards and unlimited sources of income on the agenda. What we were left with was a clean money slate waiting for […]

How To Make Easy Money When You’re Broke : The Saturday Weekend Review #180

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR FINANCES IS TO NEVER GIVE UP TRYING.   Over the last 6 months I’ve read article after article about increases in household expenses with Ontario Hydro in the spotlight. I’ve had a few fans contact me with questions about using our budget who then confide in me that they can’t keep up with rising costs and they don’t know what to do. It’s always hard for me to read personal stories because I wish I could take the financial stress away that people are feeling which is why I started this blog in the first place. Not everyone is struggling because they spend too much or have piles of consumer debt either. Sometimes financial struggles are beyond our control so we have to find other ways to make ends meet. If you’re not earning or saving enough money there are options for you to help keep you on your feet. Falling on hard times is a wide-spread problem for some people who end up moving to a smaller city with cheaper rent or renting a room instead of an apartment or condo. If you are a homeowner struggling to pay the […]

Stealing Outdoor Christmas Decorations Is The New Money High : The Saturday Weekend Review #148

IF IT’S NOT NAILED DOWN YOU’LL LOSE IT   Just when you thought your home was safe because you installed a home security system now you have to worry about theft outside your home, including Christmas decorations. We’re told to lock our doors before we retire for the evening and to never leave valuables in our vehicles. These days homeowners are faced with not leaving anything worth value outside the home because their house might be the next target for thieves. Don’t think that something won’t be stolen because it’s too heavy or just not realistic. There’s always a plan if someone wants something bad enough. The world is filled with people whose only goals in life are to come up with ideas on how to commit crimes to earn money. Many are good at it too because they never get caught but one day they might. Maybe that’s all part of the risk or the thrill for them. Just last week our neighbour put out his Christmas decorations as most of our neighbours had. He typically has Christmas lights around the house and this year he put out some ornaments that he picked up during the end-of-season sale last […]

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11 Ways to Feed Your Family When You Have Little to No Money : The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Aug 17-23, 2015

I’LL NEVER LET MY FAMILY GO HUNGRY BECAUSE I LOVE THEM   We hear it more on the news these days about parents who have no money and feel that shoplifting is their last resort to put food in the stomachs of their children. It shouldn’t be this way. There is so much food on this planet that no one should ever have to starve, but they do. A CBB fan emailed me looking for tips about how she can feed her family of 4 during the months she has no money and the cupboards are bare. She is a single mom who relies on social assistance for money every month but that money is met with bills and earlier credit card debt she is still trying to pay off. Her comment about not letting her kids starve because she is poor pushed me to talk about this topic because it’s real. It’s heartbreaking to see children go without food for days or parents who give up eating for their children. They get shunned for not having a decent paying job (what is decent these days?), an education or for having habits that cost big dollars. Let’s not forget parents […]

How we cash in on unused clutter in the winter

EVERYTHING HOLDS VALUE   Don’t underestimate the value of an item because what you may consider junk another may consider a treasure. It’s cold outside especially if you are living in Canada like us. There’s no denying the temperatures in 2014 are by far the coldest we’ve had in a long time.   Clear the clutter   It seems almost everyone is complaining about being stuck indoors and having nothing to do so how about winter pre-spring cleaning around the house? Yes you read that right! I’m always getting emails or fans asking, “How can I make extra money to pay down debt?”. Well sometimes the easiest and fastest answer is right in your own home. There’s no point sitting around the house this winter doing nothing if you have piles of potential cash in unused clutter sitting around your house. Make the most of your clutter and sell it for a nice profit that you can put into your emergency savings or use the money you earn for whatever financial decisions are important to you.   The clear-out   How do you begin to clear out clutter? That’s easy. Every successful clutter clear-out starts with a plan so know […]

The Saturday weekend review #37: Stashing cash, is it worth it?

Only You Know What’s Best For Your Situation I think stashing cash is worth it but whether people have the cash to stash is another story. I don’t think it’s hard to believe that many people do have about $10,000 stashed away for a rainy day but on the other hand I can completely agree that many people don’t have the money to do that. Debt for Canadians is a big problem and in reading this article on Yahoo about a survey conducted by the Bank of Montreal it’s no surprise that the writer is saying that most people don’t have the means to sock away 3-6 months of income just in case an emergency would come up. You know last week we had an emergency where I managed to spill liquid on my computer. Since I blog full-time my computer is a huge necessity in our household and that to me was an emergency where I was thankful that we had money in the bank to cover. We didn’t just hide away the money overnight either and I don’t think any personal finance blogger I’ve come across who talks about emergency savings says it has to be done in […]

Summer Jobs For Students: Tips For Finding The Perfect Job

By: Katrina Now that school is over, at least for College and University students, it’s time once again to find those perfect summer job opportunities.  For the majority of students, the summer means 4 solid months of money-making time that should not be wasted. So, what can you do to make the most of those months to save up tuition money and expenses for the following school year or to start paying down OSAP loans or other school debts? If you are University or College bound prepare your finances now rather than later because money can mount up fast when you don’t have a plan. It’s also a great way to plan ahead for your student budget before heading back to University or College if you know how much money you have earned over the summer months. Below are some tips that I’ve learned over the years which worked for me or others that I know to find summer season jobs to make money. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, after all most employers are looking for employees that are creative, go-getters and want to work hard for their organization. Seasonal Jobs Many landscaping, painting, and window washing companies as […]

How I Changed My Life- I Won The Debt, Divorce, Drugs and Drinking Jackpot!

I won the debt, divorce, drinking and drugs jackpot because I wanted to take back what I gave away, me. My name is Cindy and in 2008, I decided to change my life and today I’m going to share with you my most compelling years in hopes of motivating others who believe there is no way out. I went from a single mom of 2 boys with a drug and alcohol addiction with no job and $10,000 in debt to debt free in less than 5 years. How I Changed My Life It all started when I was in a toxic relationship while living in the Southern United States. I quickly became addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs and driven into a life that seemed like it had no end in sight. We had every earthly possession that two people could want and a thriving real estate business, but it was never enough. We were toxic for each other. I didn’t have the strength or self-esteem to break away. He told me over and over I would never make it on my own. I felt trapped yet I kept telling myself I need to change my life. I needed a quick escape of the life […]