How To Be An Adult Part 2: Simple Budgeting Guidelines

Simple budgeting guidelines

How to be an adult part 2: Simple Budgeting Guidelines

Now that you understand how your pay cheques work let’s talk about budgeting that money.

What is a budget?

So what exactly is a budget? Well according to the smart people over at Merriam Webster(the dictionary people) Budget as a noun is defined as:

a :  a statement of the financial position of an administration for a definite period of time based on estimates of expenditures during the period and proposals for financing them
b
 :  a plan for the coordination of resources and expenditures
c
 :  the amount of money that is available for, required for, or assigned to a particular purpose

And as a Verb:
1a :  to put or allow for in a budget
b :  to require to adhere to a budget

2a :  to allocate funds for in a budget <budget a new hospital>
b :  to plan or provide for the use of in detail <budgeting manpower>

So basically, for our purposes of personal finance a budget is the plan you give yourself on how you’re going to allocate your money. It doesn’t have to be spending, if you’re budgeting your pay cheque it should certainly have savings in it. Also you may want to include something towards an emergency fund.

How does one go about making a budget?

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Do you need an Income Tax Checklist? We have one!

Income tax checklist

Do you need an Income Tax Checklist? We have one!

Income tax season is back! It snuck up on me again at the exact same time this year as the last 15 or so. To help people ease the possible pains of their tax returns I’ve prepared this checklist that will hopefully keep track of the majority of items you might need.  Read more

5 Simple financial restraints to change your spending habits

Financial Restraint

5 Simple financial restraints to change your spending habits

What the hell is a financial restraint? Well it maybe a term I just coined. When googled there’s not a lot that comes up! So, my thoughts on what financial restraints are this; it’s anything that keeps you disciplined in your spending. Basically, it’s your sheer determination or habits that prevent you from spending money.  Read more

7 easy ways to replace cable and save money

7 easy cheap ways to replace cable





Ways to replace cable are ALL around us nowadays, I haven’t actually paid for a cable subscription since I think 2008. The only reason I had cable from 2005 to 2008 is because I was living with two good friends at the time and they both wanted cable, so we got cable. We just went with a very basic cable package so it wasn’t outrageous like today’s prices.  Read more

3 simple financial resolutions you need to start

3 simple financial resolutions

Happy New year everyone!  

I hope 2016 was better to you than the media portrayed it to be. For the last few months of the year you’d swear nothing good happened. I think those people just didn’t have time to look at their retirement savings. The year was pretty solid overall for the markets, the Dow Jones was up 14.4% as of closing just before Christmas.

3 simple financial resolutions you need to start

Very solid year for the Dow Jones

For Canadians, the TSX composite index was up 17.8% over the same time period! So, if your investments are close or matching these indexes you’re looking at a possible 14-18% return for one year.  To put that into perspective you’ll double your portfolio in 5 years without any additional contributions! Read more

Q2 2016 Update – An uneasy time with Fort McMurray Wildfire

Q2 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire

Andddd here’s another one! The second quarter of 2016 is over and it seems like time is flying WAY faster than normal. There’s not a whole lot to talk about that happened in this quarter but there’s one major thing you may have heard of.

On May 3rd, my second home of Fort McMurray, Alberta was evacuated. Over the next few weeks 15% of the town was burned to the ground and the majority of the city had major smoke damage. I happened to be extremely lucky and wasn’t in town, was scheduled to fly back the morning of May 4th. Which is now starting to become a trend for me, avoiding major disasters by a day. In 2013 my other hometown of Calgary, Alberta had a major flood that caused billions in damages throughout the province only weeks before their biggest tourist attraction, The Calgary Stampede. Luckily, I wasn’t there for that either, flew out of town for 2 weeks the day before it happened and the evacuation order was lifted just before I got back. I’m like a disaster dodger and I really hope that trend doesn’t stop! Read more

How to NOT become a millionaire

hot to not become a millionaire

There’s tons of websites and guides out there to help you get rich fast. Well here’s another list for you to read, but it has nothing to do with getting rich quick, or even getting rich at all. Here’s 7 ways to NOT become a millionaire as if we NEED more help with that!

  1. Don’t take advantage of your employer matched GRRSP contributions – This is an instant return on your investment, but you probably don’t want to do it because it’s a hassle or the management fees from the designated broker might be a little higher than your own Canadian Couch Potato Portfolio and you can do better without their money weighing you down. Turning down a 100% return to save 1% is a sure fire step to ensure you do not become a millionaire.
  2. Don’t negotiate a salary – Employers are ALREADY offering you more then your last job AND they said that’s as high as they’ll go, so you don’t want to make them angry by asking for more. In my day to day work I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing and sending job offers to people and they almost never negotiate their salary. This is fantastic from my point of view because I just got an employee on sale for that project.
  3. Stay in one job miserable job – After all you should be thankful you have one right? Some say that if you stay in your jobs for more than 2 years you can make about 50% less than those who don’t. So that’s a pretty quick way how to not become a millionaire just by staying put.
  4. Don’t teach yourself about personal finance – They don’t teach us anything in school for a good reason, right? Public school boards totally have our best interests in mind when it comes to teaching us life skills. I constantly use Pythagorean’s theorem and dissect small animals at my job.
    You’ll probably want to write down these books to make sure you never accidentally read them: The millionaire teacher, The Wealthy Barber Returns and well really just anything about money, don’t bother with it. School taught you enough, after all you came out of high school knowing how to file your taxes right?
  5. Keep up with the Joneses – They’re financing everything and so should you! After all it gives everyone the impression you’re doing so much better in life then they are and that’s how you want to live right? Leverage every purchase you make so the majority of your income is going to interest payments and while you’re at it make sure a few of those purchases are on credit cards. The quickest way to never be a millionaire is to always carry a balance from those designer goods on your credit cards so you rack up that 18-21% interest. If you’re paying enough interest each month that’s an excellent way to not become a millionaire!
  6. Invest in highly volatile stocks and trade with your gut – There’s people that study the markets and world trends for a full time job and they can’t predict how the markets will go, so trading with your gut is the best way to not become a millionaire, right? Just buy and sell as you see fit, you don’t need any training but if you’re going to take some training make sure it’s those from one of those get rich quick guys you might see paying models to promote on Instagram and on some YouTube channels. They’re definitely a scam, so they can certainly help you to not become a millionaire.
  7. Don’t learn from your mistakes and accept responsibility – Once filed for bankruptcy? It probably was just bad timing in the markets and will never happen again! Definitely repeat those same steps to ensure you’ll never become a millionaire.

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3 ways I discovered how to reduce my taxes

Reduce my taxes

3 ways I discovered how to reduce my taxes

I remember a few years ago I read this article online that I now cannot find. It was basically an explanation on how the rich pay much less in taxes as a percentage of their income.  I didn’t think too much about trying to reduce my taxes at the time because I had recently graduated university, and was starting my new career in another province.  I had too much to worry about before I could worry about trying to reduce my taxes…like getting enough income to start paying taxes. I thought that would be the best place to start!  But I think it really stuck with me subconsciously because over the next few years I started to think of multiple “hustles” to help reduce my taxes as I felt this could be another avenue for retaining more money.
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9 Great tax deductions for income properties

tax deductions for income properties

9 Great tax deductions for income properties

Tax season is just about over for everyone and I was able to get a pretty nice return thanks to my tax deductions for income properties. You may know by now that I have two income properties. If not, go and read about my first one which became an income property by accident. When you’re done there you can check out my search for a purpose bought income property.  Go ahead! I’ll wait right here!

Why so many income properties?

Well besides the fact they can make you tons money in four different ways, any accountant (always helps to check with an accountant if you’re going this route, they can save you lots of money!) could tell you all about the tax deductions for income properties.  Read more

7 ways to spend your tax return

spend your tax return

7 ways to spend your tax return

In case you haven’t heard all the radio ads about how scary your income tax is SUPPOSED to be(it isn’t) in order to scare you into paying money to have someone file your taxes, you may not have realized that it’s tax season.  An exciting season for a lot of people because it’s the one time of year they get “paid” from the government.  Unfortunately, your tax return isn’t getting paid from the government but only getting your money back that you’ve loaned them interest free.

If you’re like the majority of the population you’re probably getting some money back in the next few weeks and I’m going to share with you some ways how to spend your tax return. Some of these will be great for future you, others are going to be instant gratification for present you. It will be all your choice; I can only pass along the ideas. Read more

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