Yearly Banking Fees of $1000 Seniors Could Have Avoided : Net Worth Update 2018 March (+0.51%)

MONEY OUT THE WINDOW OR MONEY WELL SPENT- THE CHOICE IS YOURS!   You might be paying banking fees for every bank account you own whether it’s with the same financial institution or not. I know plenty of people who bank with several Big 5 banks and I’m not sure if they understand the costs of monthly banking fees and how it may be affecting their overall yearly savings power. Banking in Canada seemed fairly straight-forward to me when I arrived as a permanent resident. I was fortunate to set up my bank account at the time through President’s Choice Financial since my wife banked there but before I moved to Canada. It made life far easier for me especially when I needed to transfer money from my UK bank account to my Canadian bank account. What I loved about PC Financial what is now known as Simplii Financial Canada was that there were no banking fees. We didn’t have to pay for cheques either. If we had any issues we could make a phone call or visit any Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada (CIBC) for help. In total since I moved to Canada over 10 years ago now we’ve […]

10 Wealth Strategies: How To Train Your Brain To Think Rich – Net Worth Update Feb 2018 (+0.69%)

TO THINK RICH YOU NEED MORE THAN JUST IDEAS! We went from nothing to simple millionaires in 40 years by going to work and saving our money! It took us a long time with plenty of ups and downs but with the wealth of knowledge available today YOUR rich can be done even faster. Can you remember a time when you earned (first job, first career, extra cash), won (Bingo, Jackpot, Contests etc.) or was given money? I can. Perhaps you can recall the feeling that electrified throughout your body as if you had just eaten the biggest most delicious dessert in the world. (that would be brownies for me) Some may describe it as a money high filled with excitement or thrills that lasts until you do something with that money. It’s almost as if a bit of stress is allowed to fall from your shoulders depending on the situation it is feeding. This is the feeling you want to have every day and it’s called financial peace. In order to get to this point you have to train your brain to think rich. This type of mindful financial education comes with a full buffet of rules set out […]

Financial Empowerment Tips For International Women’s Day : February 2018 Budget Update

EMPOWER YOUR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE AND CONTROL YOUR MONEY   Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day and it just so happens to be perfect timing that a report was released by a national survey commissioned by the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC). Financial empowerment is so powerful that only YOU can help start and grow your knowledge. Survey says…Women need to do some serious financial homework. After surveying 1000 Canadian women last month about financial struggles it revealed that roughly four in ten women don’t even know their credit score.  Also uncovered was that a majority of women have at least one struggle when it comes to their finances. What this means is that you may be knowledgeable in one area but fall short in another. Related: Get your Credit Report, It’s Free Canada. Never rely on anyone but yourself when it comes to your money.   Learning finance the hard way   Just this past week my father-in-law passed away and to say that their finances were even a smidge in order would be an understatement. Both of them have little to no knowledge about finance and budgets, never negotiate bills or interest rates, over-draft is in full-swing and […]

How To Go Broke Quick In 5 Easy Steps : Our Net Worth Update Jan 2018 (+0.39%)

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS STILL HAS TO PAY THE BILLS   If you want to learn the secrets about how you can go broke quick, I’ve got you covered. It’s not about wanting to earn more money it’s about understanding why you don’t have any. Often it’s easier to see outside a pane of broken glass than it is through a foggy window that seems like it will take forever to defrost. Instead of waiting some people decide to jump out the hole where others will wait for the heat. Why on earth would you want to read about how to go broke quick on a blog about frugal living and budgeting? One simple answer The only way up is making sure you’ve got a ladder that is on solid ground. This means understanding what NOT to do even if you think it’s financial common sense. You might be saying, “I don’t need to find out how to go broke quick, I am broke“. That’s fine and dandy but do you really understand what you got you to this point? I’m not talking about excuses either because those people you pay your bills to, don’t care. It really is painful […]

The Ultimate Guide Of Frugal Living Ideas To Increase Savings : January 2018 Budget Update

INCREASE SAVINGS BY LEARNING WHAT SUCCESSFUL SAVERS ARE DOING   There are tonnes of frugal living ideas saturating the online market so today we wanted to create an Ultimate Guide of Frugal Living Tips that we successfully use. The importance of this guide is to highlight what has worked for us to help us become debt free so young. Well, if you consider 40 young then we’re young. If you consider it old then we’re old. The verbal savings plan Mrs. CBB and I created back in 2012 was simple, “It’s not about how much money you make it’s how you save it” and from there we took off. I know you are thinking that it’s easier said than done, trust me I know especially when there are so many goals you’d like to tackle at once.   Don’t stress yourself out – One step at a time will help keep you motivated   I’m not going to list a million ways you can apply frugal living ideas to your life but rather keep it simple by discussing ideas that work for us. We didn’t go overboard like some frugal fanatics because that wasn’t the route we wanted or needed […]

3 Money Smart Strategies We Applied In Our 30’s To Erase Debt

DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR MONEY THAT YOU NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE   It’s still hard to believe that we managed to become debt free including our mortgage before the age of 40. We credit our success by applying simple money smart strategies in our 30’s that got us over the hump. You don’t have to have a degree to become a money smart consumer especially when tackling debt is a matter of choice. You either do it, or you don’t but the end results will be in part the actions of your willingness to erase debt and get the hell out of the rat race. Did you know that Canadians are world leaders in debt. Not something to be proud of really. A report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Canadian households are among the most indebted in the world. In fact, Canada tops the list of countries surveyed.   Debt never sleeps   If you’re one of those people who can’t sleep because you’ve got debt on the brain, you’re not alone. Debt freedom opening hours are all day every day especially when you’re dealing with your financial future. You may sleep but your money […]

Forty Year Old Millionaires Explain Their One Million Dollars : Final Net Worth Update December 2017 (+0.34%)

PEACE OF MIND WITH MONEY SHOULD BE A FIRST STEP TO FINDING YOUR RICH   It’s just one million dollars that bridges the gap, not that big of a deal really. Or is it? As your wealth grows the less attractive previous money goals become only because society has groomed us to believe that more wealth is power. For the average person It just buys more shite, that’s all. Last night I watched Drug Lords on Netflix and not only did it open my eyes to the billions of dollars in the drug cartel but just how fast wealth can create a power so terribly wrong that everyone suffers. Greed is a nasty evil that will always come back to bite you in the arse. You don’t have to be a drug dealer to become that powerful person who makes people around you suffer because they are less fortunate or because you believe you’re entitled to be that way. We have more than enough high-society snobbery to  handle that part of the problem but we interests me the most is how many people we’ve met that aren’t that way. How much money you need to live your rich life is […]

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