This Simple Living Concept Allows Us To Save Thousands

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MOTIVATE YOUR FINANCIAL VENTURES BY MOVING FORWARD   Simple living doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy all the frosting that life has to offer in order to live a better today for an amazing tomorrow. You can! Just about everything we do today will in part affect the outcome of our financial future and some people worry about whether they have done enough to get them to the finish line. I’ve blogged for a few years now and ever since the beginning there has been one simple living concept that I have encompassed our entire financial path around because it works, a budget. The concept of budgeting for us revolves around this saying which I created years ago which is also pasted on our refrigerator door. It’s not about how much money you make it’s how you save it – Mr.CBB I received an email from a reader who is looking for some insight about investing and her financial future and motivation about not finding this blog earlier. Dear Mr. CBB, About 9 yrs ago I moved from Europe to Canada. It was always a big dream for me to live abroad and when I turned 30 I realized my […]

Is It Better To Buy Life Insurance or Fund Your Retirement?

An Important Choice-Buying Life Insurance

WHICH CHOICE IS BEST FOR YOUR SITUATION?   There is only so much money to go around right? We all have things competing for our hard-earned dollars. Often we have debt, medical expenses, food, shelter, kids, and a hundred other things that all require some amount of money to keep them afloat. But when it comes to protecting yourself by buying life insurance or funding a retirement that is 30 years away, the decision on which is choice makes more financial sense deserves some deeper thought.   Buy Life Insurance Or Invest For Your Future?   If you have kids, a spouse, a mortgage, or other financial commitments you need to ensure that money is available in the event that you unexpectedly die. Where would this come from? Well, a life insurance policy is the best choice if you are under the age of 50 and don’t have liquid money to cover your debts and care for your loved ones. Perhaps the best way to consider the need for life insurance is actually based on your age. For this reason we will go through some typical stages of life, and determine what if any, life insurance should be purchased. You […]

Saving for retirement on a lower-income

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EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS Let’s face it, saving for retirement is tough work. I mean, the concept is not difficult for us to wrap our heads around but finding the money, putting it away consistently and not spending it is challenging stuff. I suspect this is the case because money is an emotional subject and it’s easy to become attached to it; we work hard for it and want to reward ourselves with it. Saving for retirement takes discipline. When you’re not relying on paycheque to paycheque for living expenses, saving some money should be easy enough. You also have options on where to put your money for retirement, into Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), real estate properties, Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), non-registered brokerage accounts and more. High-income earners are often advised to contribute to their RRSPs in their highest-income earning years, and rightly so. This RRSP account is optimized when you contribute money when your income taxes are the highest, so monies can be withdrawn in the future when you’re in the lowest (or lower) income tax bracket, presumably in retirement. Low-income earners probably shouldn’t follow this advice, and they probably need different financial advice altogether. Today’s post will […]

To Take Or Not Take Early CPP

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CANADA PENSION PLAN DILEMMA   My husband just turned 62 and we’ve been in a quandary about whether he should take his Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) early (before 65) with penalty or not. We’re both still working and plan to be for the next 4 years while we pay off a whack of debt. Because of penalties introduced in 2012, the amount you receive by taking your CPP early is less than before this legislation was introduced. Let me try to walk through the peculiarities of our situation and how we reached our final decision.   The CPP Rules   While I can’t walk you through all the rules, I will highlight the key ones or ones that were relevant for us but refer you to the CPP website which is actually pretty clear. I just want to point out that the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) has a different set of rules, up front. Normally CPP was collected at 65, with penalties and premiums if you elected to take it anytime from age 60 to 65, or from age 65 to 70. Contrary to popular belief, with the new rules introduced in 2012, the age for CPP has not changed […]

Is there truth to less stress with financial freedom?

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FREEDOM IS DEFINED BY YOU   Financial freedom means lots of things to many people and although everyone has their thoughts on what life is like without any debt for some it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. What would it take in order for you to take your stress financially from one level to the next? Would you have to pay off your credit cards, all of your debt, your mortgage or simply just be able to live a comfortable life while paying off your debts? In a conversation with a colleague the other day he brought up a friend of his who just built a new house that he paid cash for, his wife doesn’t work and they have no debt. Top that off with a well-paying job so that must mean his life is all roses, right? Wrong. We don’t know that. He seemed jealous to be honest especially when he said “it must be nice to live a stress free life” which made me wonder why people think that debt=stress. I’ve had people we know think that I must make lots of money with the careers I hold but what they don’t know is […]

Work more to work less with a compressed work week

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DEPENDS ON THE PERSON…   Many of you might agree working a compressed work week would make your life easier but for others it’s not a perk they care too much about. Factor in the possibility that you might have to retire later in life because you aren’t working the amount of hours you are used to and it might deter you further. If you can picture yourself living the retired life how old are you when that happens? Getting up and going to work for everyone around the globe is a part of life as is earning an honest living. We all have employers with different missions and values and even some who look after their staff with such care that they worry about how their days outside of work will impact their productivity when they come back to work. Sounds too good to be true but some employers want their staff to come back to work refreshed and able to give them 110% rather than 50%. I know that what happens behind closed doors no one may ever know but if your employer takes extra steps to ensure they make your working days easier they may see a […]

Can you picture yourself living the retired life?

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DREAMING OF YOUR FUTURE I’m not sure everyone can picture themselves retired because we base it on what we think we know and what we want to believe will happen during the supposed best years of our lives. Planning for retirement almost seems as if you are writing a guide about a future time and what your life will potentially be like. Don’t be envious of others’ success create your own but that starts with a plan of action and a will to want something that suits your own needs and not those of others. For some people their book is so big they struggle to get hold of it without the help of others, some don’t care and others take minimal interest in life after working for a living. I don’t know how much I agree with it being the best years but I’m certainly not one to judge because I’m not retired. In fact, I’m quite a few years away from retirement. Although I may be able to retire early I still struggle with what I will do when I no longer have to get up to wanting to throw my old cell phone from the UK […]

A Payday loan cost me double time

Payday Loans, Easy Money = Big Problems We have all run into situations where we need fast, easy money and if you have no access to a financial institution or a credit card where do you go? While Payday loan companies market their business as a convenient and quick way to get some easy money when you’re in a bind, they do not go into much detail about how hard they can be to repay. When I was married, money got tight pretty quick when my husband got hurt at work while I was on maternity leave. Bills were falling behind and every week just seemed like a struggle to get through. Money was always on my mind as I was always figuring out how I was going to buy diapers and milk, and pay the phone bill, among everything else. One day my husband suggested a payday loan and looking back now I wish he hadn’t. Convenience of a payday loan The Internet makes almost everything easy these days, including getting a loan. If you have online banking and your pay is direct deposited, getting a payday loan online is as easy as filling in an application, stating your personal […]

A Beginners Guide to Early Retirement

Early retirement is simply the process of retiring before the standard retirement age and often refers to retirements that start decades before the typical age. An early retirement aims to provide the maximum free time during our best years of life. After all, what is the point of saving bucket-loads of money for retirement only to be too old and frail to use it properly? My aim in life is to rapidly save enough money to allow me to permanently retire from paid employment. This is not to say that I won’t continue to work after I reach the point of financial independence, just that I won’t have to. The process for doing this is to drastically reduce expenditure so that you can save a large percentage of your salary (50% or more) for your early retirement. The very basic steps are: Live on 25% of your salary Invest the 75% Reach the point at which passive investment income exceeds expenses and Retire early! They are the steps and they are easy to articulate and difficult to argue with, but incredibly challenging to implement well. Let’s start with common objections at this stage: I can’t live on 25% of my wage! […]