What Basic Money Skills Should Be Taught In High School?- The Saturday Weekend Review #216

PERSONAL FINANCE IS MORE THAN JUST BUDGETING YOUR WAY TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM.   Teenagers may find out the hard way in the world of personal finance if they don’t understand finance basics. In the past parents were the financial leaders responsible to teach their kids about money. They still are but things are about to possibly change in Ontario. Personal finance for teenagers has slowly been easing its way into the education system because it’s not just a need it’s critical. This is something that we should all be happy about because not all kids get taught about finance basics at home. The other thing to consider is that the kids are getting taught enough about money or aren’t getting the hands on experience. There’s the learning and then the doing and this is how we build a stronger understanding of what is right and wrong and how to prevent financial disaster or at least avoid it. Personal finance education has long been discussed in Ontario and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter will be announcing the plans for rolling out a Pilot Project teaching 700 teenagers in 28 local high schools about Basic Money Skills in the next week. Personal finance […]

Top 6 Retirement Mistakes To Avoid [$1000 Give Away!] : The Saturday Weekend Review #214

STEER CLEAR OF THESE 6 RETIREMENT MISTAKES THAT CAN THROW OFF YOUR PLAN TO RETIRE COMFORTABLY.   We all hope that by carefully planning for retirement we will not have to worry about anything in the future. While making a plan does make you more comfortable and prepared, there are still ways that cause your retirement plan to derail.   Getting divorced   No one plans on getting a divorce, but life happens. Divorce is something that can have a lasting impact on your finances and subsequently on your quality of life. Even if divorce is amicable, legal fees can quickly spiral out of control in dividing the family assets. You probably saved money and made a retirement plan based on the assumption that there will be two people enjoying the family nest egg in the golden years. However, in divorce the savings will end up being divided among two households, which means less money for both of you. Marriage and Common-law partnerships needs to be looked after and time need to be spent nurturing the relationship and taking care of each other. Since at the end of the day it is both a romantic and a business relationship. This […]

How To Make Fast Money In Canada Using The 3 Z’s Of Finance : Our February 2017 Budget Update

WHEN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NEEDS MONEY YOU NEED 3 SPEEDS OF EARNING POWER.   What would happen if your pay cheque was short $100 and you needed fast money to pay the bills? For many Canadians a small financial loss such as $100 is a huge hit to their monthly income. I know what it’s like to have an almost empty bank account in Canada. I’m the type of guy who likes to rely on myself so after Mrs. CBB and I got married I got down to business trying to figure out my earning potential. Starting from scratch in a new country is difficult just as it is for those who are already living here and have been for some time. It’s not about just who you know it’s also about the art of negotiating, communicating and networking. Living pay cheque to pay cheque is reality for many Canadians as prices soar in just about every budget category imaginable. Lately I’ve had some inquiries from readers who are either new to Canada, been here for some time or born here wanting to know how they can earn fast money. My first response would typically include me asking why they […]

6 Strategic Money Management Motivators To Keep Us Focused : October Net Worth Update (+0.55%)

THREE M’S THAT CAN CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT YOUR MONEY FOREVER.   Budget your money, Budget your money, Save, Save, Save we are told, but that’s only a portion of the solution to what so many people are feeling when it comes to feeling the financial crunch. Financial affairs should always be part of your daily routine however just because you use a budget doesn’t mean you will become successful at running it. It takes far more work than just budgeting to achieve your financial goals. In fact it takes a hell of a lot of work outside of the spreadsheet and whether your committed or not will show in the numbers. Let’s talk about the numbers for a moment especially since November is Financial Literacy Month across the globe. Numbers aren’t the only way you’re going to become rich. Come on now we all want to have money in the bank and being rich to you might mean you are debt free or have more than $100 in the bank. Whatever the case may be always remember that those numbers didn’t become what they are magically. They had to come from somewhere, somehow and most likely that […]

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 […]

When You’d Rather Be A Fortuneless Genius Than A Rich Fool

THE TALE OF TWO FINANCIAL MINDSETS   Not everyone aspires to be wealthy because although money can take away the stress of everyday financial obligations it can turn a somewhat happy life into a dull miserable daily routine. Then again the rich fool has no interest in becoming a fortuneless genius when they are motivated to build wealth. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Neither…   Meet the rich fool   Life should not be about gathering wealth nor having an abundance of possessions as described in the Parable of the Rich Fool. There are plenty of wealthy people who may have all the luxuries they need but daily living becomes somewhat of a low-budget movie. It’s easy to put up walls and blinders to those struggles that are happening around the world when money is no object. The rich fool may not survive life on the other side of their bank account especially if they grew up in a life of luxury. Related: How possessions ruined us and minimalism gave us freedom Having lots of money to travel the world, buy fancy toys, big houses, fast cars and all the things that will frost your life with luxury doesn’t make you […]

Investing Returns Pave The Way To Financial Independence

  KNOW WHAT YOU WANT NOW SO YOU CAN PLAN FOR THE FUTURE   Reaching financial independence, the point where your investments cover your lifestyle and then some, is the ultimate goal if you want to retire comfortably. And in a perfect world, you would like that to happen sooner rather than later. I have good news for you today: it is absolutely feasible if you put in the right amount of effort and dedication. Yes, even on a small budget. Take a look at the CBB household for instance. They’re worth over $800,000 and on track to pass the million dollar mark by this time next year. And as a faithful reader, you know Mr.CBB is just your regular guy, who started a bit above minimum wage 8 years ago. He has worked two jobs for years and carefully budgeting every cent to make sure his family is safe financially. Related: 5 Simple Rules We live By To Stay Debt Free There you have two of the three steps to financial independence: earning as much as you can, and spending as little as you can. The third part is where you can actually accelerate the process quite a bit: […]

16 Action Steps We Use To Get Ahead Financially : The Saturday Weekend Review #185

YOU WILL NEVER FIND A MANUAL FOR SUCCESS THAT IS WRITTEN FOR YOU- YOU ARE THE ONLY AUTHOR OF YOUR LIFE.   Everything stops for a cuppa tea in our household because it’s during those minutes that we are able to relax, regroup and think about our next action steps. In essence we take a few moments to relax from the stress of our day to see where we are on our path. We’re a family of 3 and debt free including our mortgage and it certainly wasn’t an easy road to get to this point of freedom. One of the most important mindsets that we adopted early in our marriage was that we would partially sacrifice today for our future riches. That meant that we didn’t go out partying nor did we buy things we didn’t need. We were all about frugal living and still are but the emotions we felt when we burned our mortgage papers made us realize that it was all worth it. The smiles and gut-busting screams of relief made it all feel real to us. No more debt, no one can take our life away from us now, we own it. Except for death […]