What’s Your Sign? Mine Is Debt Free Forever Through Financial Discipline : September 2017 Budget Update

YOU CAN EITHER BE A DREAMER OR A DOER BUT ONLY ONE OF THEM WILL GIVE YOU THE FINANCIAL SUCCESS YOU CRAVE   How do you teach yourself financial discipline? Easy but let me tell you one thing, don’t waste your time if you aren’t ready to make this a life-long change. Have a look at the photo above. If you’re the person who always dreams from the background and wishes that could be you in the canoe then you need to ask yourself why you’re not and what you need to do so you can change that. You can’t just turn on your money-saving mode one month and turn it off the next. It doesn’t work that way. What happens is you’re not being consistent and you may just find your financial hole a bit deeper. Today’s post is to remind you about the importance of a clear-mind and solid plan when beginning your money journey whether it be to pay off debt, earn more money or invest. None of this can be possible until your mindset is in drive. Imagine for a minute that you went on a diet and you did well for the first two months […]

How To Lower Household Expenses Without Guilt : Our March 2017 Budget Update

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT ESPECIALLY WITH YOUR FINANCES.   Giving up something doesn’t have to mean giving it up for good. One comment I often hear when I offer budget help is that it’s so hard to reduce household expenses without feeling guilty. This guilt often leads to even more debt being created because of letting people down, including themselves. The provider(s) may feel they are not good enough to support their family which creates inner turmoil and struggles. No one wants to say you have to give something up, especially to a child. Anyone who has direct access to money or that is affected by the money will feel loss when something has to be chopped. A reader asked me how to deal with guilt while I was assisting them behind the scenes with their monthly budget. I know she will read this but now she’s in a better place and has her budget under control and her family is on board.   Guilty or not guilty   How do you deal with financial guilt? You don’t- You jump over it and move on. You need to keep things under control and by doing so you’ll gain support by […]

How To Create A Simple Budget Organizer : Our January 2017 Budget Update

IF YOU ARE DETERMINED ABOUT GETTING OUT OF DEBT GET SERIOUS ABOUT THE WAY YOU BUDGET.   Your budget relies on you to report the financial information needed to ensure it balances at the end of the month. Having a budget organizer should be an important step on your to-do list when you begin to budget your money. I’ve never really shared what our budget organizer looks like on Canadian Budget Binder so today I will give you insight into our budget office. I briefly described what we’ve used in the past as our Budget Binder although we’ve since swapped over to a colourful blue sleek portfolio. Colour does matter when you choose a budget organizer. Think happy colours such as green, blue and yellow. You could be using the best budget app or budget spreadsheet available but if you aren’t keeping your documents stored in a budget organizer you’re failing before you begin. Not only is there potential to lose important documents you’re going to be tearing your desk or house apart looking for them. Even worse, you miss the expense and can’t balance your budget. As Mara points out below in her email to me she is wasting […]

3 Advantages Of Starting A Monthly Net Worth Calculation : December 2016 Net Worth Update (+1.88%)

THERE’S ONLY ONE ACTION YOU NEED TO TAKE WITH YOUR MONEY AND THAT’S CONTROL.   It amazes me how many people want to know the net worth calculation of everyone else but themselves. It seems that unless you know you’re doing well financially seeing a net worth summary is pointless. Hardly the case, let me explain. The first thing Mrs. CBB says to me when I bring her our monthly net worth calculation is,”How did we do this month?” Since I’m the one who completes the monthly net worth calculation I have to break the news to her whether our net worth went up or we took a hit. The next question is always, why? If the number decreased I get a sigh but if it increased she smiles which is likely the response from most people. Money and emotions can run high especially if you’ve invested lots or you grew up in a financially struggling household. One thing I noticed is that no matter what the monthly net worth calculation displays she wants to know, Why? The notion that net worth must increase when you spend less and balance the budget is misleading. These are not the only financial […]

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How To Curb The Fast Food Temptation After Grocery Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Jan 9-15

YOUR BUDGET WILL CHANGE IT’S COURSE IF YOU’RE NOT WATCHING HOW MUCH YOU SPEND WHEN YOU’RE NOT LOOKING.   Let me show you why you’re eating out after grocery shopping and how to beat the temptation that could send your budget into an unbalanced mess. The idea of spending $200 at the grocery store to fill a shopping cart and then buying fast food straight after seems absurd but we’ve all done it. If you want to slash your grocery budget this year it’s important that you look at all the inside and outside factors that influence the way you spend money. The temptation or the idea to cut the time you’ve just wasted in the grocery store seems appealing especially when you’re not in the mood to cook. Eating out means less time doing stuff you don’t want to do after a grocery shop. I am guilty for getting take out after grocery shopping, After all the shopping I’m tired and don’t want to cook- Ami K (Facebook) Eating before you go grocery shopping so you don’t spend more money at the supermarket is a well-known fact. Depending on what you eat and how much you’ve eaten you might […]

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 […]

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