Financial Budget Advisor
My name is Diane Stewart and I will assist you in building your personal budget, show you how to manage your finances and provide you with saving tips and ideas so that you can save up to 33% of your income.
Hello! This is my story.
I’ve worked in the financial industry for over 30 years performing bookkeeping, accounting and tax services for small to mid-size businesses. In 1995 I took up the sport of ice skating and in 1999 I got the chance to travel to Europe for the first time to compete in an international adult ice skating competition in France.
At that time, I wasn’t following any kind of saving strategy or financial planning and I knew I needed to save a lot of money in a short amount of time for this trip as I was going to stay over and tour Europe for three weeks. I started tracking my spending habits on an Excel spreadsheet and what I found out changed my life. That first spreadsheet showed me that I was spending over $1,000 a month on convenience foods such as fast foods and snack foods. Once I saw that, I knew it would be easy for me to make a change and I knew where I would get the money I needed to save for my trip.
For ten years straight, 1990-2009, I was able to travel three weeks a year to Europe for competitions and tours and my personal budgeting spreadsheet helped me manage my finances and pay for the trips all in cash. I didn’t have to use any credit cards at all.
With my budgeting tool I’ve been able to live the lifestyle of my dreams. I’m driving the cars of my dreams, I live in a house and a town that allows me to provide my son with a good education, safety and lifestyle of his dreams so far. Now I’d like to help show you how to achieve your goals.