“Pay yourself first.” This is a mantra that is used to help personal finances.What does it mean? This means putting money away for emergencies. Pick an amount – any amount – and put it in a separate account every month. Make this non-negotiable. You can put it in a regular
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Would you like to save for your child’s education but struggle to find space on a tight budget? The Canada Learning Bond can help. Many people have heard of the matching program, the Canada Education Savings Grant, but are not aware of the Canada Learning Bond. This program does not
If you have debt and collection agencies are calling constantly, its hard not experience anxiety and stress. Choosing to ignore debt may seem like the right thing to do at the time but left unchecked, your debt could grow and you may experience negative effects on your mental and physical
Did you know…… you can make income tax payments in installments!? If you owe taxes to the government, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will work with you to make a payment plan that works for you. Because of the financial hardships people are dealing with because of COVID-19, the CRA
Our Financial Literacy Program relaunched in June 2020 and this week marked the 250th person accessing the program. 62% of those who accessed the program completed a budget with our Financial Literacy Program Coordinator. A budget is an important tool for understanding your current financial situation and making a plan
During the lockdown, we are spending more time together than if the kids were at school throughout the week. Children are sponges and are learning from watching us. One of the things we are teaching them, purposely or accidentally, is our own beliefs about finances and our personal habits with
Are you feeling like debt is weighing you down? Unable to pay the debts you owe? Struggling and not sure where to turn? The latest MNP Consumer Debt Index found that as much as 53% of Canadians were $200 or less away from not being able to pay their monthly
What is a nest egg you ask? A nest egg is a sum of money that has been saved for a specific purpose. This savings is generally designated for longer-term goals. This is a good time to think about your goals and what it will take to reach them. Before
#FinancialFridays: Credit – it can help build your dreams and it can come down like a hammer. Learn more here.
Credit is like a hammer; it can help build our dreams or it can leave us in ruins – it’s all in how we use it. What a wonderful feeling to have that envelope at the door shouting “Congratulations, you’ve been approved for a $10,000.00 loan!”. We all love to
#FinancialFridays: Are you 65 years or older? You may qualify for the Canada Guaranteed Income Supplement.
Have you heard about the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)? The GIS is a federal monthly payment which is based on income and is available to low-income Old Age Security pensioners. It is not taxable. You may qualify if… You are a senior 65 years or older. You receive the Old