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Single and the City: Buying a first home at 51

Friday, January 20th, 2017  |  Doug Watt  |  Borrowing Articles

Approaching the age of 50, Margaret, a single woman living in Toronto, had nearly given up on her dream of owning property in the city. All around her, home prices were skyrocketing in the uptown neighbourhood where she rented a small apartment. She had substantial savings, but worried if she didn't act soon, she'd be [...]

I lost my job. Now what?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017  |  Preet Banerjee  |  Savings Articles

Losing one's job can be an emotional experience, which makes it hard to be financially focused when you really need to be. Here's a quick overview of some of the things to consider at this critical time. Things to sort out now * You'll want to see if you qualify for Employment Insurance, [...]

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 [...]

How to do good on a budget

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017  |  Zehra Abbas  |  Culture & Community

Sometimes we see world events unfold and we want to act, but we feel helpless to enact change. Often we feel the pull to get involved and do some good on a local or global scale, but time, money, distance and busy schedules keep us from achieving these goals. If you're in that situation, here are [...]

5 things to do with your side hustle money

Monday, January 9th, 2017  |  Cait Flanders  |  Savings Articles

If you read a lot of personal finance blogs, you're probably no stranger to the term "side hustle." A side hustle is the work you do on top of your full-time job, in order to make extra money. And typically, you'll read that the work many people do for their side hustle is whatever they're really [...]

Four realistic financial resolutions I'm making for 2017

Monday, January 9th, 2017  |  Christine Sharma  |  Savings Articles

For many people, the beginning of a new year means the beginning of a new version of themselves. New Year's Resolutions are a way to set goals, learn more, and work towards a life in line with one's own expectations. Whether you've decided to commit to a healthier lifestyle, go back to school, or travel the [...]

Paying off your student loans in a hurry

Friday, January 6th, 2017  |  Sheryl Smolkin  |  Borrowing Articles

Three personal finance bloggers who paid off their student loans in record time after graduation say careful budgeting, working multiple jobs and continuing to live like students were the keys to their success. Cut costs and add a part-time job Krystal Yee (Give Me Back My Five Bucks) lived with her family when she was in college, [...]

Tips for getting financially fit

Friday, January 6th, 2017  |  Janine Rogan  |  Savings Articles

Ringing in the new year is probably one of my favourite things to do. It's the start of new beginnings, and everything seems so incredibly optimistic and filled with potential. A new year gives us the opportunity to pause and hit the restart button. The new year is a great time to set goals, create [...]

Money lessons I learned after four years of university

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017  |  Christine Sharma  |  Savings Articles

When I think back on my time at university, I often reflect on the things I wish I could tell my first-year self. Throughout my four years, I learned important financial lessons that will remain with me now that I've graduated. I only wish I'd known them sooner to save myself some time and money. If [...]

The true cost of #FOMO

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017  |  Alyssa Furtado  |  Insights & Perspectives

In the age of social media, the fear of missing out (FOMO) has become a real thing. It starts off slow: First, you get the travel itch when you see your friends post about their epic adventures. Nothing wrong with wanting a little adventure in your life, but are you ready to commit thousands of [...]

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