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How to Set New Year’s Financial Goals and Actually Stick to Them

By Jordann Brown on December 27, 2016

As the New Year approaches many Canadians will begin planning their resolutions, and many of those resolutions will be financial in nature. Money-based resolutions are the third most popular type, yet only 19% of Canadians keep their resolutions for the entire year. That’s because setting a goal is one thing, but sticking to it is…

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Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store

By Amanda Reaume on December 15, 2016

Dollar stores are great places for thrifty shoppers, but anyone who has ever used a dollar store cotton swab knows that there are just some things that you shouldn’t buy there. So, what should you buy at a dollar store? As someone who has saved hundreds, if not thousands of dollars by shopping at dollar stores over the…

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Determining Where to Cut Back in Your Budget

By Alyssa Davies on December 9, 2016

As you already know, budgets are important. They are so important, you hear about them every time you ask for information on how to manage your finances, every time you look for information on the internet, and essentially anytime someone mentions the word “money”. However, one thing no one seems to mention when they’re talking…

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The Secret to Crushing Your Debt Before it Crushes You

By Andrew Daniels on December 1, 2016

The Secret to Crushing Your Debt If there is something that I have been asked many times since we paid off our mortgage it’s “What’s the secret to crushing debt?” Is there really a secret formula to crushing debt? In a word: Yes. There are methods that will help you crush your debt that is…

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You Paid Off Your Debt, Now What?

By Alyssa Davies on November 24, 2016

You did it, you finally made that last payment and your debt is paid in full! Now, you are ready to move on to bigger and brighter things. Money management is something you feel you can finally control and understand, which has become an important part of your new financial life. But after all of…

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How Parents’ Debt Affects Children

By Amanda Reaume on November 15, 2016

While they might not always show it, children are incredibly sensitive to everything going on in their parents’ lives. It’s therefore not surprising that the stress that a family experiences from dealing with debt could have an impact on kids. A recent study by Lawrence M. Berger of the Institute of Research on Poverty at…

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The 3 Things You Need Besides Money To Pay Off Your Debt

By Andrew Daniels on November 7, 2016

You’ve decided that you want to break free from debt once and for all. Congratulations! When it comes to paying off your debt there are a lot of things to think about, but deciding to get out of debt is the biggest decision of all. While money is the most important part of debt repayment,…

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How to Talk Debt with Your Significant Other

By Alyssa Davies on October 28, 2016

Talking about finance is important, especially if you’re dating or married. But, the discussion on debt in a relationship can be overwhelming. Sharing financial details with your partner can save you from future money problems that will be too large to move past, and also allow you to find support in someone you trust and…

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Where to Save and Where to Splurge on Halloween Stuff

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on October 19, 2016

Halloween has become big business in Canada. What was once a holiday exclusively for kids has now reached into offices, adult costume parties and themed events at night clubs. A survey conducted in 2015 by digital couponing site RetailMeNot.com found that 68 per cent of Canadians adults now celebrate Halloween. It also found 33 per…

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10 Places You Are Overspending Without Knowing

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on October 12, 2016

Are overspending problems the reason Canadians are suffering from record high levels of debt? The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show in the second quarter of 2016, for every dollar of disposable income Canadians, owe $1.67. The majority of this is mortgage debt, but 1/3 is consumer debt often held on expensive credit cards and…

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