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Teaching Children about Finance – Part 1

Well. Well.  Your Child is Asking You for Some Money? What to do? - Part 1  Frequently, a youngster asks a parent for money to pay for something vital to that child. The plea goes like this, “Dad (Mom), I need _______, can you give me the money?” plea. Fill in the blank with any of many things the kid is pleading for: a skateboard, a football, to go skiing, etc. Each plea is an opportunity to incrementally shift from simply giving the child the money - to having the kid commit part of the money from his or her own savings – to loaning the kid some or all of the money. Done right, the parent gradually instills learning about effectively accessing money. For a young child, the blank will be things like a sports cap or an ice cream cone. For a well-behaved young child, it is proper…
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Going Broke…..

Nobody knows you when you’re broke          What does it mean to be “broke”? Privately, one of your buddies shares “I’m broke!” What are you to make of his admission? Seems straight-forward, he doesn’t have any money. Definition-wise, a Merriam-Webster dictionary agrees, going broke means “to spend or lose all of one’s money”. At closer look, it’s more vague than specific. Exactly what is “one’s money” that has evaporated? There are lots of possibilities: He’s living paycheck to paycheck and has entirely spent the most recent one. And, he has no other monetary resources (savings). The next paycheck will provide relief only for whatever time it takes to spend it. His broke is monthly passing through being penniless and scared. Or, your buddy was terminated from his manual job due to technology replacing him. He’s broke because there’s no incoming money. He’s worried how long his savings will last and if…
12 Lessons I’ve learnt on my blogging journey and what you can learn from them to!

4 Legit Ways To Make Money While Blogging

Everyone loves the idea of a passive income. Loosely, it means earning money without actively trying to do so, and who doesn’t love earning money? You’ve probably heard of the many ways that you can do it, from owning and renting out a house to running a side hustle business alongside your main job. You’ve also probably heard of the bloggers who are raking in the cash in their sleep, which always sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? However, if you want to get a piece of that blogging pie, I can help. Blogging is a full-time job for some people. For others, it’s used as a means to supplement their income while completing an online marketing masters degree. The beauty of this? Blogging and social media can teach someone who is studying marketing exactly how trends and digital media works. It’s a bonus, then, that you could…
The Budget Planning Retreat_ Dialing Down the Stress Level in Money Matters

The Budget Planning Retreat: Dialing Down the Stress Level in Money Matters

Developing a personal budget and annually adjusting it is a mentally taxing, sometimes frustrating process. Every cubicle of expenses requires some portion of the given funds available. For fixed expenses, the allocations are set to known amounts and the only frustration is how much is left over after making those allocations. Setting the variable allocations requires judgment and the month by month and annual tracking of expenditures in those categories. In my preceding blog post Creating an Accurate Monthly Budget – On the fly! I explained how to go about that effectively. Discretionary allocations cause the most challenge as those expenses are in a tug-of-war for the limited remaining funds. They also involve some degree of emotional pull and wishful thinking. One would like to set all the discretionary expenses at the highest allocations possible. The reality is most of them must be set at allocations much less than one…
Creating an Accurate Monthly Budget – On the fly!

Creating an Accurate Monthly Budget – On the fly!

“Life in the city can make you crazy for sounds of the sand and the sea. Life in a high-rise can make you hungry for things that you can't even see. Fly away, fly away, fly away.” These John Denver lyrics sung by him, with accompaniment by Aussie Olivia Newton-John, express the urges we all feel to get away from life’s daily routine. To do so often enough, most of us have to be patient and save money religiously. Maintaining expenditures consistent with an accurate budget accomplishes that. Unfortunately, a lot of people procrastinate in developing an accurate budget needed to do that. In my preceding blog post, I explained how to get one’s feet on the ground in budgeting. The result was a budget for the first month of your take home pay. However, your monthly expenditures are not identical each month. Some fixed expenses will be, but others…

4 Hacks That Make International Adventures Easily Affordable

Have you ever dreamed of going on an international trip, but shut the idea down because you think that it's too expensive? I mean, who wouldn't want to visit Paris or the Mediterranean? But, honestly, where does the extra cash come from? You probably think because you have so many bills to pay every month, you'll never be able to afford that international trip you've dreamed about for so long. But it turns out that travelling internationally doesn't have to break your bank. Just like there are surefire ways to lower the cost of a domestic vacation, the same can be true of international trips. From maximizing rewards points to timing your vacation smartly, I've decided to share with you four of the main hacks I use to explore the world on the cheap. Travel Internationally Without Breaking the Bank Maximize Your Credit Card Points Most Americans have at least one…

5 money lessons from a seasoned international traveller

Since 2014 I’ve spent more than two years overseas, spanning a total of 25 countries. This has meant I have had to be careful with my money, both in saving prior to leaving and when on the go. But there were a number of occasions where I was caught off guard and parted with more money than I would have liked to. To help spare you from experiencing the same, I’ve devised my top five financial lessons from my travels. 1)     Read the fine print In 2015 I had an extended trip planned through the United States. I hadn’t locked in an exact end date, I just knew it would be a three-month adventure, starting in Hawaii and making my way to New York before flying to the United Kingdom. I arrived at the airport the usual two hours prior to departure with my luggage and paperwork organised, including my…

Budgets and Budget Busters

Are you a person who just never gets around to preparing a budget for your income?  If so, you are not alone. Because it takes work, lots of people treat it like a birthday wish. They blow out the budget candles and the wish never materializes. And if two people are involved, creating and using a budget is prone to contention, even angry disagreements. With a proper approach to the task, you can develop a personal budget gradually over time. If there are two you doing it, you can minimize or avoid stress over competing needs and perspective as well. In subsequent articles, I’ll be showing and explaining how to accomplish both. For now, let’s just look at the make-up of effective budget format. A budget is a tabulated plan specifying how some particular amount of money will be allocated or spent during a particular period time. For household budgeting…