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How to Maximize your Spending Plan (AKA Budget)

Maximize Spending Plan

Get the Most for the Least by Shopping Carefully

Budgeting can be like strong tasting medicine – it’s one of the most challenging remedies to take, but its effectiveness cannot be denied.  Whether you’ve got money troubles or not, a budget will help your finances.  You don’t make a budget just to fix problems – you have to do it all the time.

A spending plan is more than just a list with numbers.  It’s a willingness to do things that may seem inconvenient at the time, but add up to a considerable advantage when you’re looking to cut costs, without sacrificing quality.

Here are some everyday actions you can take that will make your bottom line look better:

Check Prices
Ok, so you’ve decided to make a purchase, and you’ve budgeted for it.  Before you expend precious funds, make sure you’re getting the best value for your dollar.  Ask yourself the following:

“Can I save money by buying used?”  A lot of times, a used item will serve just as well as a new one.  Appliances, for instance, are often available used, many from dealers who will offer a warranty.  Clothing, too. Many discount stores offer name brand clothing, gently worn, at a fraction of the original cost.  If you’re ok with previously enjoyed clothes, you’ll find that you can start dressing really well for really cheap.

“Is another store having a sale on this item?”  Is the sale good enough to justify the extra travel time and expense?  Try to avoid paying more just for convenience.

“Is it less expensive online?”  Sometimes it’s worth having to wait a few extra days for delivery.

Prepare your Own Meals
We can’t stress enough just how much impact this one simple act can have on your bottom line.  Take out or delivery costs several times as much as preparing a similar item at home, and when you make it yourself, it’s how you like it.  Compare the savings to the time spend preparing meals, and it’s like you’ve got another job that pays really well.

Clip Coupons
There are often coupons and manufacturers discounts on items, especially groceries.  Watch the flyers that come to your house (you have to pick them up off the porch anyway).  Very often, you can find some pretty valuable discounts (dollars, as opposed to cents) on items you were going to purchase anyway.  Many grocery stores now “price match,” which means that they will honour competitors sale prices.  There are apps for your phone you can use on your phone to collect sale prices and get them all at a single store.

Store Brands
Very often, the grocery store-branded items are processed in the same plants that turn out the national brands.  The money you save is a direct result of the lack of advertising for the store brand.  Experiment, and find the ones you like best.

Feeling overwhelmed by debt?  Do you need help with budgeting and other financial control measures? Contact Creditaid for a free consultation today!

How to Set Up an Emergency Fund for 2019

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Another year has come and gone. For some, it’s been magical, and for others, a little less so. The new year is a time for retrospection, to look back at what’s happened, evaluate where we are, and make preparations for the coming year.

Let us offer you one piece of advice – a few simple steps can give you a whole lot of peace of mind when it comes to securing your financial future. Make 2019 the year that you prepare for unforeseen financial challenges with an emergency fund. The security you’ll feel when you know you’ve protected yourself from an urgent home or car repair, a “blip” in your employment, or any one of a million other unforeseen circumstances is one of the best goals to attain.

How Much is Enough?
The amount of money you need in your emergency fund is really up to you. We’d say, the more the better, but in the end you’ll have to make your own decisions. How much will get you over a rough patch – a month’s salary? Six month’s salary? A thousand dollars? Ten thousand dollars? It’s unpleasant to imagine all of the bad things that can happen to your finances, but it’s important to determine a worst-case scenario to help you set a savings goal.

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Let’s Connect with Keith Macpherson

Creditaid’s Brian Denysuik share his financial wellness tips with Keith Macpherson, renowned motivational speaker and author of Making Sense of Mindfulness.

Listen to discover, connect and be inspired by Keith’s positive energy and open mind around finances.

Are You Cutting Back on Spending?

Listen to Brian Denysuik, President of Creditaid, discuss Manulife Bank’s survey that shows Canadians cut back spending on extras as interest rates rise CJOB’s Hal Anderson.

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Provincial Budget versus Household Budget

The Province of Manitoba just released Budget 2018. Listen to 680 CJOB, Winnipeg’s news talk radio, Hal Anderson and Creditaid’s, Brian Denysuik, discuss how the provincial budget can be managed like a family household budget.

New Couples and Money

As published in the January/February 2017 issue of Balance, a Manitoba Teachers’ Society publication.

Balance Jan Feb 2017 - New Couples and Money

You’ve just moved in with your current love or maybe you’ve just got engaged. This is a happy, exciting time in your life. The two of you may have discussed where to go on a honeymoon, whether or not to have children, how many or where your dream house will be. But have you had a conversation with each other with regard to your finances? Everything listed above costs money and both of you need to be honest with each other regarding your finances in order to have those things.

As you begin a new, permanent relationship, it is time to set your financial goals as a couple and to be honest about your money values.

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