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Homeownership

Homeownership

Does homeownership seem to be out of reach for you? Homeownership means different things to different people. There are a variety of reasons people give for wanting to buy a home. If you live in fear of renovictions and rent hikes, homeownership means having stable housing.Some people want the...

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When Bill Payments are Missed

When Bill Payments are Missed

When bill payments are missed, financial woes can be brewing. Interest charges and late fees may be payable.If the money isn't in the bank to pay a bill, what will you do? Will you take a cash advance on a credit card? Will you use a payday loan to get the money to make the payment? Cash advances...

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Interest Rate Hike & the Cost of Groceries and Gas

Interest Rate Hike & the Cost of Groceries and Gas

There has been an interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada and there has been a dramatic spike in the cost of groceries and gas. You are not alone if you are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet. I bought groceries yesterday and paid over 15% more for some of my food than what I paid a...

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Budgeting Tips

Budgeting Tips

Here are practical budgeting tips to create a budget you will want to stick to. Have goals that are meaningful to you.Listen to the voice in your head.Be in a positive frame of mind when you create a budget.Build in the "oops factor". You have money. Ultimately, budgeting is about how you plan to...

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Create a SMART Budget

Create a SMART Budget

With personal finances, my thinking around creating a SMART budget is that you will live well on the money available. To create a SMART budget, goals should be: S = specific M = measurable A = achievableR = relevantT = time bound Setting realistic goals that are meaningful to you will keep you...

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Early Retirement Package

Early Retirement Package

It's RRSP season. I'm thinking about people who have accepted or are considering accepting an early retirement package. I'm reminded of someone who accepted an early retirement package because the time was right and he knew money wouldn't be an issue. For this blog, I will refer to him as "Joe"....

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