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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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5 Ways to Reinvent Your Social Life While Paying off Debt

By Alyssa Davies on August 22, 2016

For those of you who are just starting to pay off your debt, I’m sure you’ve realized that changing your lifestyle to reach your goal of financial freedom is difficult. Your friends and family are still planning outings that you would at one point, never turn down. But now you have to. So what does…

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Lifestyle Inflation: A Wake Up Call

By Amanda Reaume on June 25, 2016

When you get a raise at work, do you immediately think about what you’ll buy with the extra money? When you find out that you’ll be getting an income tax refund, do you plan a trip or a special outing? If it seems that no matter how much money you make you have a hard…

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The Real Reason I Paid off $38,000 in Two Years

By Jordann Brown on June 16, 2016

There are so many reasons to pay off debt. Maybe you want to be free from creditors. Or you want to increase your disposable income. Maybe you want to save more for things you care about like travel or a home, or maybe you straight up just want more money in the bank. These are…

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Teaching Your Kids About Debt

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on June 9, 2016

Teaching kids’ financial literacy is important. Knowing how to manage money is an invaluable skill that will be used for life. But what about teaching young people more about debt? No matter how good you’re at making a budget, saving money and scoring the best deals, if you can’t manage your debt you’ll never build…

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