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A Budget: The Foundation for Dreams Becoming a Reality

In Budgeting Tips, Grandma's Jarsby Phil McGilvrayLeave a Comment

Just after we were married, my wife Lianne and I were fortunate enough to spend some time with a financial advice group. They helped us shape our thinking regarding our finances and our future. Like all young couples, we wanted to be able to travel, buy a home, have a family, for Lianne to be a stay at home Mum, send the kids to good schools and to be debt free as early in life as possible. We knew that being debt free would afford us so many more options in life but to achieve it we would have to be purposeful in the way we managed our finances.

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I Don’t Need A Budget – She’ll Be Right Mate!

In General Budgeting, Grandma's Jarsby Phil McGilvrayLeave a Comment

I’ll admit it, as a financial adviser and budget coach I do tend to manage my finances on the conservative side. I don’t mind taking risks but I take calculated risks. By calculated I mean that when faced with a major financial decision I objectively considered what could go wrong, what I would lose if things did go wrong and weigh this up against what I believe I have to gain.

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But a Budget Coach Will Tell Me I Can’t… Or Will They?

In General Budgeting, Grandma's Jarsby Phil McGilvrayLeave a Comment

One of the biggest concerns people have about taking on a budget coach is that they are fearful that when going through learning how to budget, they will be told they can no longer spend on something that is really important to them. Fortunately, this is rarely ever the case. As a personal budget coach at Grandma’s Jars, my primary concern is not so much what you spend your money on, but how much you spend relative to what you earn. The Golden rule of money management simply states – you cannot spend more than you earn. This is the mantra of every good budget coach.