How We Designed our Budget Step 5- 5S Organization

Welcome to Step 5 in Designing our Budget. Now this step might sound a bit stringent but really take it for what it’s worth, think outside the box. It’s merely a way to keep you on your toes, not a means to turn your home into a production line. So far together we have all learned: How much money you Gross and Net We gathered all the important documentation-pay stubs, banking info etc. We know what bills to pay every month and when- credit cards, mortgage, rent, etc We categorized the budget and assigned an amount to each “need” we have to pay for monthly. We learned the importance of  Note Taking and Documentation In Part 5 of the Budgeting Series you will learn about Organization and why it is crucial to the success of your budget. What does Organization mean to us? We firmly believe in “A place for everything and everything in its place.” In Japan they call this 5S in all aspects of the workplace. In adopting this mindset we have been able to achieve greater goals, save time, effort and money. Although 5s finds its home in manufacturing and is successfully implemented all over the world […]

February 2012 Canadian Budget Binder Budget Update

$ How much did you spend this month? Well here we are again folks at the end of another challenging month for us. We have worked hard at making changes to our budget as we had found some flaws in our 2011 budget. We also went ahead and simplified the budget so we are putting away money each month for purchases we KNOW will happen this year. That way the money is saved bit by bit monthly and no surprises when it comes time to pay it. We also don’t want to use our emergency savings for bills that are not an emergency. So here are our last figures for February 2012.  I thought we would be over budget after the 20x points event at SDM but we are on track. These darn events are amazing but can put a dent in our grocery budget. The good thing though is we only buy items we WILL need and WILL use so our future grocery bill will be less. You can’t deny that  Shoppers Optimum Points is the best loyalty program out there. One reader asked about our grocery budget and what it includes. My answer was all household cleaning products, pet […]

How We Designed Our Budget Step 4-Notetaking

Hi there Folks~ Mr.CBB here… If we’ve learned anything about budgets over the past year it’s that you need to learn how they work before you carry out one.  I admit we jumped in feet first and have learned along the way. This tactic hasn’t been so bad but it can get frustrating, especially if budgeting is a new world for you.  Learning first then proceeding step by step is what we should have done. What we’ve learned over the past couple months is that there were ways to simplify our budget. We found errors in our budget and now realize that we need to have a completely separate Emergency Savings account. You will see all the changes when I post our February 2012 Budget Update. The one thing that has helped us to make these changes is that we kept such detailed notes. This is why I am taking you to this topic in Step 4 Notetaking. Notetaking is an essential part of budgeting. Why you ask? Let’s take a look together here: Scenario: When you were in high school and the teacher taught you a subject did you take notes? Probably, right? Why? So you could take the notes  home and study them to answer questions on a test […]

Top Seven Budgeting Mistakes

Budget, Budget, Budget- Only families with children and the white picket fence need one of those, right? WRONG…everyone should use a budget. Did you know that many people don’t even know how to budget? You see most people don’t talk about finances let alone chat about where their money is going. Try telling my old school parents about budgeting and you better duck as hands will be swinging. Whether your plan to start a budget is to get out of debt or stay ahead of the race don’t linger around the Jones’ pad as you might be calling on Uncle Jed to bail you out. Did you Know? In 2011, the Vanier Institute of  the Family released data claiming the debt-to-income ratio is a record 150% noted at yourmoney.ca. Seven Common Budgeting Mistakes You don’t have a budget- If you are wondering why you can’t get that new toy or why you can’t sleep at night it’s because you don’t have a budget. Designing a family or personal budget will keep your spending and saving on track. You don’t save your receipts– It’s so important to keep all your receipts so you enter this data into your budget binder spreadsheet. If you […]

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