The Canada Child Benefit

Canada Child Tax Benefit

This was the month the new Canada Child Benefit came into effect, and a whole bunch of parents got to go on a shopping spree 😉 The Liberal budget (I talk a bit about that here) introduced this revamped program as a replacement to the existing Universal Child Care Benefit and the Canada Child Tax Benefit. The goal of the new program is to eliminate the tax break for the wealthy while increasing payments for low-income families. Payment amounts will now be based on income instead of being standard across the board; the less your family earns, the higher your […]

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Money for Memories

Why I spend money on experiences instead of things.

You might have read my rant last week about the less than stellar service I had received from AMA Travel but they’ve redeemed themselves, and we are officially booked to go to Barcelona in November. Hooray!!! We’ll be spending 8 nights (7 full days) taking in all the sights, food and sangria that Barcelona has to offer. If any of you have any tips on what to do or where to eat while we’re there feel free to let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for good tips!   This trip is all thanks to my parents who […]

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Summer Work Wear

Work Wear for the Summer

I don’t know about you guys but my motivation for getting dressed up for work takes a nose dive when the hot weather hits, and it becomes way more of a challenge to put together professional looking outfits. Here’s a few of my favourite items in my summer wardrobe that get a lot of wear and keep things easy.  Relaxed but Polished Sleeveless Blouse Here is the sleeveless version of the same Portofino shirt, which is perfect for summer. It looks good on its own, or you can layer it under a blazer or cardigan. I usually size up in […]

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Combining Finances

Combine finances as a couple or keep things separate?

Do you have a joint bank account with your spouse? Combining finances is one of those things that you’ll have to make a decision on if you are married or in a long-term relationship. I’m in the ‘no’ camp…at least for now. I’ve been with the bf for over 10 years, but we’ve never taken the jump to going joint. Honestly, I don’t really have a good reason why not. We bought a house together (6 years ago), have pets together, and while we may not yet be married, we are pretty darn committed. Our mortgage is in both our […]

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