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What is National Patriots’ Day?

What is National Patriots’ Day?

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on May 14, 2019

If you live in the province of Quebec, you most likely celebrate National Patriots’ Day. The annual holiday falls on the Monday before May 25th. It is a statutory holiday that many Canadians outside of Quebec may not be aware of. National Patriots’ Day coincides with the Victoria Day holiday that is observed in the…

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Apple Card: Apple wants to make it even easier to charge

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on May 7, 2019

Digital shopping is great for convenience, but for those who tend to shop too much, Apple Card can be a dangerous tool in the palm of their hand. Here is what we know about Apple Card, digital wallets and the dangers of over shopping.

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Activity-Based Budgeting: Time is Money

By Sean on May 2, 2019

Activity-based budgeting is a method associated with business: it’s when you figure out all the costs for all your products and services. After you have a list of those costs, you then make a budget based on all your business’s activities. Usually when you’re budgeting, you look at the previous year’s budget and make changes…

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When buying a car, does leasing or financing make the most sense?

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on April 25, 2019

Buying a car is an expensive proposition. You want to do your research and make sure the vehicle you’re purchasing is best for your needs.  The decisions don’t stop there, though. Once you’ve chosen the car that best suits your lifestyle and budget, you must decide how you’re going to pay for it.  There are…

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Discover the best budgeting apps for Canadians

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on April 18, 2019

If you want to learn about the best budgeting apps available, now is a perfect time. Canada is moving towards an increasingly cashless society. Eighty-five percent of Canadians don’t pay with cash regularly. While there are many benefits to a cashless society – safety, convenience and reward points, restraint of spending isn’t one of them….

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Incremental Budgeting: Gaining Capital Over Time

By Sean on April 16, 2019

Incremental budgeting is a budget type where you add a specific amount of capital to a previous quarter’s or period’s budget to permit slight increases. This method is mostly used as budgeting for businesses. Although this budget method is simple (much simpler than activity-based budgeting), most financial professionals won’t recommend it. The main reason is…

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Zero-Based Budgeting: Every Dollar Matters

By Sean on April 4, 2019

Zero-based budgeting is when you allocate every dollar of your monthly income for budgeting purposes. In other words, your income minus expenses should be equal to zero. To do that, you need to ensure your monthly expenses match your monthly income, and that every dollar is being given a purpose. Here’s an important distinction: A…

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Disability Tax Credit

By Sean on March 25, 2019

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a tax credit to help lessen the tax burden of those with a disability and their supporting person. In this article we’ll look at who is eligible for the DTC and what happens after you send in Form T2201, among other things. What is the disability tax credit? The…

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Dealing With Debt: The Avalanche vs Debt Snowball

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on April 5, 2018

Face it, when it comes to debt, no matter how big or small, it can be a major source of anxiety for Canadians.  Paying debt off is a priority for most people but many worry how they will do it. According to the most recent MNP Consumer Debt Index, Canadians are increasingly worried about their…

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How to Become Debt Free Before Getting Married

By Amanda Reaume on March 16, 2018

Are you planning on getting married, but worried about how the credit card debt, auto loans, or student loan debt you or your partner currently carry will affect your relationship? It’s no secret that money is one of the things that couples fight about most. According to a study by Money Magazine, 70% of couples…

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