Is It Better To Buy Life Insurance or Fund Your Retirement?

WHICH CHOICE IS BEST FOR YOUR SITUATION?   There is only so much money to go around right? We all have things competing for our hard-earned dollars. Often we have debt, medical expenses, food, shelter, kids, and a hundred other things that all require some amount of money to keep them afloat. But when it comes to protecting yourself by buying life insurance or funding a retirement that is 30 years away, the decision on which is choice makes more financial sense deserves some deeper thought.   Buy Life Insurance Or Invest For Your Future?   If you have kids, a spouse, a mortgage, or other financial commitments you need to ensure that money is available in the event that you unexpectedly die. Where would this come from? Well, a life insurance policy is the best choice if you are under the age of 50 and don’t have liquid money to cover your debts and care for your loved ones. Perhaps the best way to consider the need for life insurance is actually based on your age. For this reason we will go through some typical stages of life, and determine what if any, life insurance should be purchased. You […]

How Should We Budget $5000 of Discretionary Income?

PLAYING WITH SPARE CASH   Not many people can say they have extra discretionary income kicking about every month where they have to drum up ideas about how to spend it.  For those of you that do you can still manage that money with a budget if you want to stay on track with your financial goals. When Mrs. CBB and I paid off our mortgage in April 2014 it was a grand time for us. We managed to break down our mortgage into pieces and pay it off far sooner that we had ever dreamed of. The reason that happened was due to perseverance and a drive to be successful at whatever we did. I guess in a way we were pushing ourselves to earn more money but we knew in the back of our minds that it was all stepping-stones for our dream career roll. Now that our mortgage is paid we have lots of discretionary income which we just recently worked into our budget. Lots of people would be more than tempted to start spending money especially if they’ve hit it big time and the money is rolling in.   What is Discretionary income vs. Disposable Income? […]

How a recent car accident opened my eyes

CAR CRASHES CHANGE YOUR LIFE   I was reading statistics on car accidents recently that says most drivers will be involved in at least 2 car accidents throughout their lifetime.   At the age of 31 I now fall into this statistic, being involved in my second car accident just a couple weeks ago now. I am hoping it will be the last. Being an experienced driver with over 14 years on the road neither of the car accidents I was involved in was I behind the wheel. I was the passenger both times and that has changed the way I feel about being a passenger. Read on. My first car crash was when I was 15 and was unavoidable. What happened was that some local livestock got loose from a farm and the dark country roads made for a crummy ending to my mother’s and my day. The most recent car accident I was involved in could have been avoided and was caused due to inexperience and panicking due to poor road conditions. Both car accidents have left me a cautious driver behind the wheel but the lack of control being a passenger in a vehicle has left me […]

How Smoking Affected The Cost Of Our Life Insurance Premium

We all know the health risks of smoking followed by the dent it can put in the budget just to buy cigarettes. Did you also know that it costs smokers more money when they apply for life insurance, like it did for us? Who knew there would be such a significant cost difference for life insurance for a smoker and non smoker as you will later find out. It’s been over a year now that we butted out (January 29, 2102) and are both still smoke-free today. We will always give thanks to all the support along the way from not only each other but external motivation such as family, friends, our family doctor, the pharmacy team and of course The Smokers Helpline. The Smoking Memory As time went on smoking became less of a habit for us and more of a memory and now we don’t even think about it. We won’t lie and say that if someone sparks up a smoke that the smell is captivating because it still is. We smoked for quite a long time and every smoker knows that the first inhale is the best of a newly lit cigarette. When I’m at work it no longer bothers […]

Understanding Mortgage Insurances

There are a number of misconceptions in the world of mortgages when it comes to the word “insurance” let’s cover the various meanings off.  High Ratio Insurance: Also known as CMHC, mortgage default insurance, Portfolio Insurance In Canada, all Banks must have this insurance on any mortgage they lend on with less than 20% down payment.  It is a one-time premium paid by the borrower (normally included into the mortgage)to the insurance company that insures the lender if the borrower ever defaults on the mortgage, the lender gets all of their money back. Three companies in Canada offer this insurance, CMHC which is owned by the Government, as well as Genworth and Canada Guaranty.  CMHC insurance is backed 100% by the Canadian Government, the other two are 95% backed by the Government.  This has been a source of discussion recently as CMHC has neared it’s legal insurable portfolio limit of $600 billion in mortgages. If your mortgage is insured, what does that mean for you?  Very little unfortunately…the benefit is to the lender, though as long as you pay your mortgage, that insurance will never need to be used.  The one benefit to having a insured mortgage is that it […]

The What If’s in Life with Life Insurance- Staring out the Canadian Glass Window

What if I lose my job, What if I get injured, What if I die,What if this What if that.. blimey, are you tearing your hair out? Are you thinking about life insurance yet? Sometimes preparing for the future seems like it’s silly but perhaps it’s just a way to put off the inevitable. Some people I know didn’t think they needed life insurance or thought it was only something senior folks think about. Scenario:  Older Couple who never purchased Life Insurance Little Savings Age 50’s with children/grandchildren Mortgage until they are in their 70’s Little Investments Health Status- bad Heart Condition, Diabetes Source: EverydayHealth.com What we do know for sure is: We WILL all DIE! Face it mates, it’s going to happen whether you like it or not. ** Note: if you are reading this and have some sort of secret potion to prolong this send me a quick email so we can meet up** If you plan to remain single and childless for the rest of your life and have money put aside for your funeral costs then you can sweep the insurance idea under the mat. Do you really need to pay for Life Insurance when there […]