There’s a BUMP in our budget: July 2014 Budget Update

A BUDGET FOR THREE   I know this is a blog post update I’ve wanted to do for a while but I’ve put it off. There is a bump in our budget, a baby bump! Mrs. CBB and I are expecting our first child soon. YAY! We are thrilled and excited for the arrival of our baby and are working through everything like any new parents would. Now is the time we need to get our baby budget in gear to make sure that we are budgeting the appropriate amounts.   Baby bump   With the baby bump news we will be seeing some changes to our life and budget. I can’t really give accurate numbers until baby is here but for now we are keeping it simple and you will see changes in the budget as we move forward. We’ve added in the RESP for baby so it’s ready to rock and roll. We don’t want to miss any opportunities to put money aside for baby’s education. I’m sure I’ll be yapping about our baby bump and progress in upcoming posts and life updates so keep on reading to see how things are coming along. In the meantime please […]

How spending money requires time: Our Family Budget June 2014

SPEND WISELY AND STAY ON TRACK   Sure spending money sounds pretty easy to do but it’s not that easy when you just don’t have the time to spend. If you have kids and work full-time, appointments, chores etc. finding that time to spend becomes smaller and smaller. Many people spend out of boredom which means they roam the mall or shops looking for things that they might need as opposed to what they actually need. I try to get out to pick up what I need and get out although that’s easier said than done.   Spending money is not that easy   Yes, I know you can spend money online without leaving the comfort of your home or job but if it’s not something you normally do it’s likely no big deal to you. You probably don’t even think about spending money buying products online. If you’ve ever asked yourself how you can stop spending money I have the answer. The answer is to fill your day with activities that don’t cost you a cent. The other answer is to be mindful of your budget so you aren’t out blowing money that you simply don’t have. I suppose […]

Unexpected expenses and savings: Our Budget March 2014

SAVINGS ARE IMPORTANT   We’ve talked about having emergency savings and the budget over the years here at Canadian Budget Binder and for good reason. You need savings for unexpected expenses that pop up. Savings whether a small amount or a larger amount are important not only to keep stress levels down but also so you aren’t creating debt. Debt is created because one doesn’t have the cash to pay for a service or product that they need. Just this month as you will read down a bit further we have purchased a product for our home and required emergency services which were paid from our projected expenses account. The reality is that things happen whether it’s this year or the next and being prepared for expenses with some savings in the bank is much better than creating debt. Some people as I wrote about the other day don’t mind carrying debt as they see it as a number on a piece of paper and others like us despise it. I don’t mean mortgages, student loans and car payments because the majority of people do carry debt to pay off some of the largest debts most people will ever have. […]

Bust our budget September 2013: Free Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet

A Money Smart Budget Begins With You   If you’ve been waiting for my free excel budget spreadsheet for the past 2 years the time has come that you can now download it free. If you have been following Canadian Budget Binder and have read my budgeting series and are still not sure if you want to budget then at least download it and give it a shot for one month. I often talk to fans who email me for budget help but they don’t use a proper budget or one that gives them the data they need to make informed decisions. You don’t need a budget that is so detailed you get lost with all of the information, at least we didn’t. There are so many free budget spreadsheets available on the internet it’s not a one size fits all system. I don’t think there is any one “perfect budget” out there but you can customize an existing budget to fit your lifestyle. I’ve used many online budgets, printable budgets and the pen and paper version so if at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up. You can’t win the battle if you hang up the towel at the […]

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