Bank Error Cost Us BIG NSF Charges- Don’t make this mistake!

SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT YOUR SLIP-UP WITH A SMILE   A bank error and oversight can happen to anyone and if it hasn’t happened to you the consequences can be a devastating financial blow. Imagine the sun is shining, you’re enjoying your first cup of coffee for the day and all seems to be going well. Then you sign into your banking app only to see a negative number flash before your eyes when you know you have money in the bank. How could this be? What is going on? The questions start rolling through your head like thunder and a take-charge attitude ensues. You might be the best of the best when it comes to your finances but even the pros make mistakes and so do the banks as we recently learned from a simple bank error and oversight on our part. This mistake almost cost us near $200 in Non-sufficient fund fees which at the time was a huge blow to our perfect score of never paying a lick of interest to a credit card company let alone being hit with bouncing funds. Before I get into the story I want to let all of you […]

How to handle a billing rate increase on a tight budget

IN ONE DOOR OUT THE OTHER   Ask almost anyone about their “spare cash” and I bet they laugh and say, What spare cash? The difficult part with a tight budget is there’s not much wiggle room for most people especially if there is a billing rate change, interest increase or price hike such as groceries or living expenses. It’s been a while now that we’ve paid off our mortgage and living debt free which has opened up some avenues for us financially. Our budget is lean and any savings left at the end of the month gets distributed into our savings account. I received an email from a guy who uses our family budget and wanted to know how to go about adjusting the budget when the net income he earns along with any income from his wife covers just about everything they have to pay every month. Hey Mr.CBB, I just wanted to shoot you a quick email to ask you a question about your budget and how I go about making changes to accommodate rate increases such as the current Hydro pricing increase. I’m not sure what more we can do so we could free up some […]

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