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Budget-friendly date ideas for Valentine's Day

Friday, February 10th, 2017  |  Christine Sharma  |  Spending Articles

Dating can be expensive, especially when you can't think of much else to do than the typical dinner-and-a-movie. You want to have fun and connect with your partner without breaking the bank on a pricey dinner, drinks and a weekend movie ticket every time you go out. It's great to treat yourself, but you [...]

Free marketing avenues for new entrepreneurs

Monday, January 30th, 2017  |  Zehra Abbas  |  Spending Articles  |  Insights & Perspectives

Starting off a new business venture is terrifying enough, even before looking into marketing costs. Or, perhaps you're completely confident in your new entrepreneurial adventure. Either way, who doesn't appreciate free marketing ideas? Here are a few ways to help get the word out about your product or service for free: 1. Define your business story Everyone loves [...]

4 first-year university money mistakes you can avoid

Friday, January 27th, 2017  |  Hazel Pankratz  |  Spending Articles

The better prepared you are for your first year at school, the easier it'll be to juggle classes, your social life and your personal finances. But that doesn't mean you might not make a few mistakes along the way. Here are four first-year money mistakes and how you can avoid them. #1 Mistake: Paying for student [...]

How to eat healthy and get fit on a slim budget

Friday, January 13th, 2017  |  Zehra Abbas  |  Spending Articles

We all want to look and feel our best, but a tight budget can feel like a nasty speed bump on the road to fitness. Fortunately, there are many ways to get fit without using your wallet as a punching bag! Here are a few tips to help you get started. Eating healthy on a budget This [...]

Top 10 Tangerine stories of 2016

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016  |  Tangerine  |  Savings Articles  |  Spending Articles  |  Investing Articles  |  Borrowing Articles

In 2016, Forward Thinking covered just about every financial topic under the sun, from bathroom renovations to filing taxes online to family squabbles over money. Our goal was to cover subjects Canadians have questions about it, so thank you for following us this year, and we hope we were able to help answer a few [...]

Going back to school...for mature students

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016  |  Annastasia Liu  |  Savings Articles  |  Spending Articles

When you're a kid, going back to school is a part of life. But for working adults thinking of going back to school or pursuing further education, the prospect of returning to the academic world can be daunting. You may not know where to begin. I found myself in this situation last year. After working full-time [...]

Are you a shopaholic? (quiz)

Friday, December 2nd, 2016  |  Cait Flanders  |  Spending Articles

Would you define yourself as a bargain hunter? A collector? Full-blown shopaholic? Or does the thought of spending money make you cringe? Take our quiz to find out what type of shopper you are!

Are you shopping for the real you or the ideal you?

Friday, December 2nd, 2016  |  Cait Flanders  |  Spending Articles

For the last two years, I've been on a complete shopping ban. That means no new clothes, no shoes, no books or electronics. Nothing for two full years. I originally started the ban in an attempt to both save money and learn how to appreciate what I already had. While challenging at times, it ended [...]

Things to know about gift cards this holiday season

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016  |  Sheryl Smolkin  |  Spending Articles

Chances are you'll give and receive gift cards this holiday season. They're an easy solution when you're short on time and don't know what to buy for the people on your list. However, in order to get full value as a purchaser or a recipient, it's important to understand the three main types of gift cards [...]

The etiquette of tipping

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016  |  Rita Silvan  |  Spending Articles

In the film Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett plays a formerly wealthy woman who tells her working class nephews: “Tip big boys, tip big because you get good service and they count on tips." Tipping has shifted from being a bonus for a job well done to an expectation. And as the service economy keeps expanding, so [...]