What Is A Bare Bones Basic Budget? : May 2018 Budget Update

BUDGETING FOR THE FIRST TIME DOESN’T HAVE TO BE AGGRESSIVE WITH A BASIC BUDGET. LET ME SHOW YOU HOW EASY IT IS TO GET THE NUMBERS YOU NEED TO START SAVING AND PAYING DOWN DEBT TODAY.   Yes, yes, yes a basic budget is important and I will say it until I’m blue in the face. Don’t believe me? I don’t care because what you do with your money is your business and I can assure you that this blog is for the people who want money control and the weight of debt lifted from their shoulders so they can go on living life without financial burdens. It may sound unrealistic but if we don’t have anything to believe in then there’s no point budgeting in the first place or setting goals for that matter. If you already plan to fail then you’ve failed. If I  could go back 10 years now and tell myself that budgeting would allow us to live debt free in our 40’s including wiping out mortgage I might have laughed but certainly listened to what advice I had to give. My money mindset has changed today compared to then and it’s because I have experienced […]

Why A Second Income Sometimes Isn’t Enough: April 2018 Budget Update

MORE THAN ONE INCOME STREAM DOESN’T MEAN YOU’LL BE RICH!   When people tell me that they earn a second income I’m impressed and nosey at the same time. Who wouldn’t be? I’m always keen to understand why people choose to earn extra money whether it be to get ahead or to stay afloat. A few months back I had a gentleman send me an email to ask about a third income stream because the money he earned wasn’t enough to make ends meet. As you know I worked two full-time jobs for many years just to get my foot in the door to where I am now a permanent employee but it’s not something that was easy. Sometimes I dread thinking back to all the time it took away from my family but it was something I did for all of us. A second income however doesn’t mean a second full-time or even part-time job it simply means earning extra money aside from your main money source. There are many of you reading this right now who probably have multiple money streams and YES that is awesome but as we all know the best money earned is that where […]

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 […]

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 […]

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