Mapping My Money

Mapping My Money

There has been a trend going around in the personal finance community recently, and that’s creating your money map. This all stems back to two bloggers (Apathy Ends and Budget on a Stick) who published their money maps and inspired the rest of us to do the same. Today I’m jumping on the bandwagon and sharing mine. So what is a money map? For any of you who haven’t already seen one of these posts somewhere else, you’re likely wondering ‘what the heck is a money map?’ Simply put, it’s a fun little graphic showing where your money comes from […]

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Is Your Money Protected?

What protection do you have if your financial institution fails?

Do you know what would happen to the money you have invested with an investment advisor or in your savings account at the bank if the institution were to go under? Chances are this isn’t going to happen, but you just never know. Large banks and investment firms have gone insolvent in the past and will in the future. The good news is there are forms of coverage out there to protect you and your money in the unlikely event that this does happen. Today we’re going to look at what protection is available to you across five different sectors […]

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Would You Move Back In With Your Parents?

 Have you ever had a moment as an adult where you’ve seriously considered moving back in with your parents? This could have been because of a job loss, or a break-up, or because you just wanted to get serious about paying off debt or saving money. Or maybe you’ve never jumped ship to live on your own. With the increasing costs of renting or buying a home, it’s becoming more and more common for millennials to live with their parents. According to US data, 15% of 25- to 35-year-olds were living with their parents in 2016. That is an increase […]

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10 Steps to Organized Finances

Maybe you’re sitting there looking through credit card statements and bank transactions wondering how the heck you got yourself into this financial mess. Or maybe you think you’re on the right track but not quite sure what you need to work on next. Today I’m going to break your finances down for you into 10 steps, so you have a coherent plan (and a fun little infographic) to follow. The system is straightforward, but I’m not going to tell you it will be easy. Paying off debt, saving money and applying for insurance require you to do some work and […]

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Should You Dip Into Your RRSP?

Is it a good idea to withdraw money from your RRSP to cover debt?

Life is anything but predictable, and sometimes a curveball will come flying out of nowhere. Maybe you’re coasting along quite nicely when, all of a sudden, your furnace bites the dust or your dog swallows a tennis ball and needs emergency surgery. Whatever it is, you are now stuck with a big bill and aren’t sure how you’re going to cover the cost. The question you might be asking yourself is whether or not you should consider withdrawing money from your RRSP.  Short answer…No. Don’t worry, I’m not going to just assume you’ll accept the short answer so, long answer time.  […]

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5 Money Lessons I Wish I Learned Sooner

What I Would Teach My Younger Self About Money

Through my 30 years of living, I’ve had moments where I’ve been great with money and moments where I’ve been down right bad. I don’t have any big ticket purchase regrets, but I’ve bought loads of small items that were a complete waste. And you know why? I didn’t realize the consequences of irresponsible spending until I was much older (and I even had good financial role models in my parents). I was lucky to not get myself into more trouble because of my lack of knowledge. When you’re a teenager you don’t necessarily concern yourself with the future but […]

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Keep your Food Budget in Check

Lower your Food Budget without Wasting Time

 Today we’re talking about food…whoop! Eating takes up a lot of my time. That’s kind of embarrassing to admit, but it’s the truth. Not only because there’s the meal planning, shopping for food, cooking and the actual eating part but a lot of my social activities also revolve around food in some way. Whether that’s going out for dinner with friends or going to a baseball game and getting a hot dog (because you can’t not do that). This also means that food makes up a sizable portion of our monthly budget. So, how do we keep that in check? […]

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Financial Literacy is Your Responsibility

Take responsibility for your financial well being by using some of these resources.

I hate the fact that you go through 12 years of school and come out the other side knowing little to nothing about finance. You’ll be taught how to solve complex algebra equations but have zero clue how interest rates work and how detrimental credit card debt can be. I promise you, the ability to do algebra has never once helped me get a job or complete a work project, but knowing how to balance a budget sure has. There has been some movement to correct this, but not fast enough. You know what that means though? You are in […]

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What to do with Windfall Income

What to do if unexpected income comes your way.

You’re going along, living your life, and then all of sudden something happens, and you find yourself with extra income you weren’t prepared for. This can occur for a variety of reasons, some great (bonus from work) some horrible (a loved one passing away). Whatever it is though, you should take the time to plan your best course of action and know any tax consequences that might be coming your way. Inheritance Let’s get the hardest one out of the way first. If you are getting an inheritance it means that someone close to you has passed away, so not […]

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Small Changes, Big Gains? The Avocado Blame Game

Is avocado toast really eliminating home ownership as an option for millennials?

If you’ve been on the internet at all in the last week you’ve likely heard the debate over millennials, home-ownership and avocado toast. Small sidenote, you know it’s a thing when you can so easily find a free stock photo 😉 Australian millionaire, Tim Gurner, did an interview with 60 minutes and spewed some advice and threw avocados under the bus as the reason millennials can’t afford houses. (Ahem, millennial homeowner over here) He was quoted as saying:  “I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop and more. I […]

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