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Do you know where your money goes?

If you are like most people, you have no idea where your pay check went. Often you have more month left after all your money has gone.

Let me ask you, when you get paid do you pay yourself first? Do you do something fun then try to pay your bills or do you have a plan?

If you are not successfully budgeting and are frequently struggling with your personal finances then I highly recommend that you take a look at YNAB. Yes it stands for You Need A Budget.

It has 4 key rules;

  1. Give every dollar a job
  2. Embrace your expenses
  3. Roll with the punches
  4. Age your money

Do yourself a favour and check them out here, and enroll in one of their classes ( they have several). There is always something to learn. Or you … Read more

5 Ways to Avoid a Personal Financial Crisis

Here are some tips on what you should do to avoid a personal financial crisis:

1) Have an emergency slush fund

You should have at least 3 months of living expenses put away in case the worst happens. I am not talking about putting it in your mattress or in a coffee can. These funds should be liquid and fairly easy to access quickly but not so that you can dip into them & buy something if the whim strikes you. My wife and I have used an ING investment savings account, you could do something similar or open a Tax Free Savings account, that way your emergency fund is tax protected.

2) Know your income and expenses

Most people might know how much they make but have no idea how much they are spending. When I got out … Read more

Sales Pitch

We all love to buy, but generally we don’t like to be sold. I like to compare it to driving, unless I am in the driver’s seat it’s just not the same. Let’s just face it we have all been sold to at one time or another. It’s just the experience of the sales process that some of us have trouble with.

You have to admit that you are almost pre-programmed to say that “Thanks I am just looking” when a sales person comes up to you at a retail store and says “May I help you with anything”?. Think of it for a minute, would your response be different if their approach was different?

When I first started as a broker almost 7 years ago now, my first branch manager (who was more of a bull in a china … Read more