6 Eye-Opening Strategies To Help Transition You Into A Budget Master : Our December 2016 Budget Update

IF THERE’S ONE LIFE SKILL YOU WANT TO MASTER IT’S HOW TO MANAGE YOUR FINANCES.   Every January social media lights up with posts about debt, money, savings, retirement, divorce, marriage and spending habits. Magically I see an influx of traffic to the blog that is out of the ordinary with searches always leading to budgeting, debt reduction and how to make money fast. Mrs. CBB had her friend over this afternoon and while she was making a tea in the kitchen the budget discussion came up. My wife lifted up a large Ziploc bag filled with our monthly receipts and said that she was working on adding the last few into the budget spreadsheet. When Mrs. CBB dropped the bag her friend said that she just finished writing out her family budget the other day.  With a second baby on the way and price hikes hitting Canadians hard at the start of 2017 she wants to make sure that they can continue to afford living where they do. Keep in mind this is the first time they’ve used a budget before so writing it out is sometimes an easier way to transition into a budget master. Baby steps are […]

How To Handle The First Blank Page Of Your 2017 Budget: The Saturday Weekend Review #205

MANAGING YOUR MONEY AND PAYING OFF DEBT STARTS NOW!   Tonight is the night where New Years is celebrated and the next day is when financially savvy people like us turn to the first blank page of our 2017 Budget. This isn’t one of those blog posts that tells you how your financial world is going to crumble if you don’t use a budget. Not at all, rather it’s more of a reminder about just how important your money is and why taking care of it is the best option. First things first, breathe and understand how important of a step you are taking for your present and future days ahead. You are not alone at Canadian Budget Binder with lots of reader support and myself here to help guide you. One of your New Years resolutions may be to Budget and to work on your finances in 2017 which you’ve never done before. Whatever the case may be it’s important to not think that a budget is going to tie you down or get stressed about using one. It should be the opposite feeling of empowerment. Yes, you need a budget but it’s entirely up to you how you […]

11 Habits To Help You Budget Better In The New Year : Our November 2016 Family Budget Update

IT’S TIME TO RAMP UP YOUR BUDGET PLAN SO GRAB A PEN AND START TAKING NOTES.   If you want to budget better and stop stressing over your money issues accept that you must give up something to get something. With the new year approaching many of you might not be thinking about budgeting in 2017 but waiting until the bills start coming due is probably not a smart way to get a fresh start. Household expenses are expected to rise in 2017 and we’ve been warned in part about a few coming our way. With the average Canadian debt load up 3.6% or $22,081 (excluding mortgage) compared to last year it’s critical that we continue to budget better than ever. We will definitely see grocery expenses escalating up $420 per family, carbon tax introduction and other developments that will work their way into our budget. The great news is that budgeting has become a household name and not as frowned upon as it once was considered for people who couldn’t manager their money.  No, No a budget is for everyone even the rich who have proven it’s easy to lose it all when they should have been comfy for […]

Become Debt Free By Asking The Mirror These 3 Questions : The Saturday Weekend Review #192

FIRST YOU NEED TO STOP GOING INTO DEBT BEFORE YOU CAN GET OUT OF IT.   Now is the best time to become debt free and unleash yourself from the daily stress that accompanies owing money for stuff you’ve bought or already enjoyed. Debt is a dark place because you always feel attached to someone who can make or break you financially. Some people feel vulnerable because of money and having to take out loans or putting purchases on credit and they should be. We all are susceptible to the dark alley that accompanies debt if it’s not paid back to whom it may concern. As fast as it’s given everything we own can be taken away. That’s terrifying. Focusing on ways to work harder for ourselves so we don’t have to rely on credit or creating unnecessary debt is possible but without your support you’ll never succeed. Having a student loan or a mortgage is just as important as consumer debt however these are debts that most people have. We take these debts on in hopes of getting ahead financially with a solid career and having equity in real estate. If you want to become debt free and wipe […]

3 Budget Preparation Steps Not To Be Missed : Our April 2016 Budget Report

YOU CAN’T BUILD A BUDGET WITHOUT BLUEPRINTS   Budget preparation is an essential action step that if you pretend you don’t need you’ll never get past GO with your finances! Creating a personal budget doesn’t have to be complicated however the fine details certainly help to assess where existing or potential problems may sneak up.  Using a financial spreadsheet to document everything to do with money coming in and going out of your life is in my opinion an essential tool for everyone, even if you think you don’t need it. You do! Every month before you sit down to figure out your finances there are budget preparation steps that you don’t want to miss. The reason for this is because if you put half the effort into your monthly budget you’ll only get partial or potentially inaccurate results. Like you, budgeting was new for us years ago and took time for us to get to familiar with but over time we can safely say we are in a place where we confidently collect the monthly data we need. If you are one of those people who think you can search the web for a free budget template and think […]

When should you evaluate your monthly budget? : August 2015 Budget Update

EVERYTHING TO DO WITH MONEY CHANGES   When should a monthly budget be evaluated? This seems to be the hot question the last few months of every year in my inbox. I wish I had all the right answers for those fans who want to become debt free and put all their financial worries behind them. In all honesty money concerns never end but what I do have is our experiences to share. If you haven’t realized it yet you will notice that everything to do with your money will change as will the way you think about your finances. Over the years we have found that we change the way we think about our money and how we manage it. If you rely on a monthly budget to manage your finances a serious evaluation must be done at the end of the year. What does this mean? It means you look at every budget month for the year to see where you can make improvements. You will also be armed with numbers which is critical to the success of building a monthly budget for the new year. The first year we started our monthly budget we realized that we […]

CBB’s 2014 Top Posts and Blog Review!

This year on Canadian Budget Binder has been one of the best years to date and for that I want to start this post with a huge thanks to all the fans. The highlight of my year on the blog has been networking with so many personal finance bloggers and getting to know more fans through social media outlets. As you all know it’s been a super busy year for the CBB as we welcomed our baby boy into the family and I’ve worked my butt off to shift my career to new heights. With that came some changes to the blog where I had to decrease my everyday blog posts to a few each week. I take blogging seriously and when I write I spend hours on each blog post. I was worried that I might see many of you leave but to my surprise the blog kept going strong and my fans supported me along the way. I can’t tell you how much that support means to me. Thank-you! If you are a fan who has sent in a question that I’ve replied to in the form of a blog post, thank-you. I appreciate all the fan questions […]

The Most Common Family Budgeting Mistakes to Avoid

A BUDGET PLAN IS PART OF THE SOLUTION   Trying to stretch your family’s income to cover the full month can be a tough task. However, you can give yourself the best possible chance of doing so by avoiding some of the most common budgeting mistakes. These mistakes can range from being too optimistic, to not being optimistic or ambitious enough. You could make your family budgeting schedule too rigid, but you could also make it too complicated. Simply put, if a budget is unrealistic then it simply won’t work. With this in mind, let’s look at some of the potential problems or mistakes mentioned above and see what we can do to avoid them.   Being Too Optimistic   It would be fantastic to be able to put a big lump sum into our saving accounts every month, wouldn’t it? This way we could very quickly build up a very nice sum of money in our accounts. Having said that, for most of us it simply isn’t possible to put away as much money as we would like to each month, so if you try and save more money than you can really afford then the risk is that […]