It doesn't matter if you're a saving machine or live paycheque to paycheque, we all need a budget. Financial writer and TV
Do you have a budget? It is one of the most fundamental steps in making your money work for you. A personal budget is a basic estimation of the revenue and expenses over a specified period of time. Whether your goal is a down payment for a new house, saving for your child's education, a dream vacation or simply retirement, a budget is the answer to helping you reach your financial goals.
Most people have a strange relationship with money; even with good budgeting, there rarely seems to be enough to go around
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As I try to change my own views on money, I thought I'd share some of the insights that have helped me create a more positive relationship with it. In my experience so far, it can be as simple as switching your thought patterns, so you see the glass half-full rather than half-empty. Here are a few examples.
For most of us, spring on the horizon means it's time for our annual spring cleaning. But, if you are like most Canadians, it may be more important to focus on spring cleaning your finances rather than washing the windows or cleaning out the garage.
Today, I'm the girl who is up before 6am to start her crazy, workaholic routine. I'm a perfectionist -- scared to submit any piece of work that isn't up to my ridiculously high standards -- and those are just the changes I've made in school/my career. As for my finances back then, I'm sure you can imagine what that looked like.
Recently we travelled with World Vision to Brazil to see the work they're doing there. We got to meet kids who were involved with a variety of different programs that help build their skills and confidence. One of the programs we were really impressed with was a financial literacy program.
Shopping on Black Friday and on the weekend was a frenzy as retailers advertised huge discounts to part people from their money. So, I want to know, was it worth it? Did you get what you were looking for? Did you find the best bargains and save money on Black Friday? Let's pause. All right, how much did you REALLY spend? If you are like most of us you probably spent more then you planned and are now looking through your receipts to tally up your spending for the BIG REVEAL.
Have your childhood experiences with money impacted your relationship with it later in life? If you answered "yes," you would be falling in line with some recent research from Australia where they found that these factors underpin or influence how women make decisions about money.