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Reduce your tax bill with these end-of-year tips

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Reduce your tax bill with these end-of-year tips

Around this time of year I create my annual tax folder in Google Drive and begin loading up relevant documents such as my charitable receipts and medical expenses from the year. As new tax forms start rolling in, I keep them all organized in my…

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The rise of subscriptions could be squeezing your digital wallet

Subscriptions are like paper cuts. If you get too many of them, they can harm your financial and physical well-being. The nastiest part is they’re so darn small, they often go undetected for quite some time.     In the past five years, the subscription…

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Stretch your grocery budget by shopping online

Today on @BTtoronto we talked about how technology is revolutionizing the way we shop for groceries and why that's saving Canadians money. @WinstonSih @rogerfpetersen Full story: https://t.co/Lel9bUpukB — MeVest (@MeVestMoney) July 31, 2018 One of my pet peeves is buying something and then finding out…

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How to Host a Barbecue on a Budget

The summer season is the perfect time to get-together with family and friends, celebrate the beautiful weather and enjoy each other’s company over delicious food! We know that hosting a backyard barbecue can also get expensive, so we’re sharing three tips to keeping your party…

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Should you join your money with your honey?

When the dust settles after the ceremony, reception and second helpings of tiered wedding cakes, newly married couples in Canada must decide whether to join their banking. Technically speaking, so long as the couple works together to achieve their goals as a team, they can…

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Daydreaming about a joint vacation? Set some boundaries first

  Sharing vacations and vacation properties with family and friends is a fabulous way to shave off costs. But, even the best laid plans can sometimes backfire both financially and personally, without clear boundaries. Here’s how to do it right. Pick a travel partner with…

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The six best summer side-hustles for students

One summer job just isn’t enough anymore but there are money-making opportunities out there, from freelancing to festivals. The summertime can be a financial pressure cooker for some students as they scrounge, mooch and save for their next round of tuition payments, often due by…

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Re-imagine Your Budget to Stop Overspending

Remember, fancy spreadsheets and apps won’t save you. Better behaviours will.   As a certified money coach and personal finance author,  I’ve seen just about every version of budgeting that you can imagine; families with an entire section of their kitchen countertop full of jars…

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Ladies, start saving 20 per cent for retirement

Women can unlock their financial potential by growing their financial confidence. The Wealthy Barber was the very first book I read about personal finance and the most important rule I learned was to save 10 per cent of everything I earned towards retirement. When I…

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Here’s How to Take Advantage of Scholarship Season

Millions of post-secondary scholarship dollars are left on the table because Canadian students don’t bother to apply for the money.   Post-secondary students across Canada are preparing for final exams — but carving out time during the next 60 days to investigate scholarship opportunities could…

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How to Empower Yourself in Business

To ultimately get ahead in business, you’ll have to push yourself to achieve more every year. This can feel uncomfortable at times, but that’s a sign that you’re learning and growing. We have four important steps you can take to get ahead, and to feel…

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The Financial Benefits of Going Green

The start of 2018 brings opportunity for change and reducing your carbon footprint is definitely on the top of the list for many people drafting up their New Year’s Resolutions. But, did you know there are financial benefits of living a “green” life? Our Homes…

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Goodbye Costly Cable TV, Hello Savings – Week 9

For its ninth challenge, Metro’s Small Changes, Big Win series gets you to save by cancelling your cable television subscription. Small changes to the way you spend can add up. We’ve pulled together weekly tips that will add a minimum of $10 to your savings….

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5 Ways to Pay-off Your Holiday Bills Faster

If you’re reeling from an expensive holiday shopping season, you’re not alone. Most Canadian households spent an average of $1,000 on gifts and entertainment throughout the season. That amount might seem reasonable if you’ve planned for it. But, most people did not save in advance and…

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This Year, Restrict Holiday Drinks to Half-price Happy Hour – Week 2

For it’s second challenge, Metro’s Small Changes, Big Win series gets you to scope out discounted drink specials. Enjoy responsibly and bank those savings. Small changes to the way you spend your money can really add up. We’ve pulled together weekly tips that will add…

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Parents, check your mailbox!

This week, the Government of Canada mailed out letters to more than 85,000 families who are eligible for the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) – consisting of a $500 grant at birth and an additional $100 per year until a child turns 15, as long as…

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Parents, Stop Leaving Money On the Table

  Recent survey results from Ipsos and Knowledge First Financial indicate that over half of Canadian parents are leaving money on the table when it comes to saving for their child’s future education costs, and they regret it later. Parents are simply not taking full…

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3 Reasons You Should Not be Lazy When Saving for Your Child’s RESP

  Like most things in life, good things don’t last forever. This certainly applies to free grants for your child’s Registered Education Savings Plan. Every year you have access to some form of free grant whether through the Federal Government or the province where you…

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Don’t Be ‘That’ Parent Who Misses RESP Grant Windows

Parents are leaving money on the table when it comes to saving for their child’s future education costs and that’s a bad financial move! A recent survey from Ipsos and Knowledge First Financial confirm that over half of Canadian parents simply aren’t maximizing available government…

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Frugal Summer Upkeep

In the summer, there’s a lot of personal upkeep that goes on like pedicures, bikini waxes and summer workout bootcamps. How do we keep up with all of this stuff without breaking the bank?     Tips: You can get your pedicure done at a…

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Rates are likely going up and it could be a good thing

WATCH: What the interest rate hike might mean for you – @Lesleyscorgie's interview with with @aartipole on #CBCNN https://t.co/9sc2bm5cd6 pic.twitter.com/L9t7UAgDgM — Jeffrey Sze (@jeffrey_sze) July 3, 2017   A rate increase in Canada could actually be a good thing because it can have a slight…

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Wallet, Waistline & Wellness Challenge

If you’re feeling a little drained and need to reset it could be because you’ve got some anxiety about your finances, body image or mindset. But, there is a way to shred that anxiety with “tweaks” to your daily routine. It’s the Wallet, Waistline and Wellness…

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The bogus budgeting myth when buying local

There’s a common misunderstanding that local choices for food, art, crafts, entertainment, clothing, furniture and services cost more. That simply isn’t the case. But, if you are an unaware shopper, not paying attention to prices or what’s in-or-out-of season, you could definitely stumble upon an…

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How to Create a Meal Plan (& save money too!)

Wholeness is just one of the three pillars MeVest is built on. When we’re in good physical and mental health, this pillar stands to have a positive effect on your wallet and your work too. What you put in your body affects your physical and…

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Squeeze Savings from Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday are comparable to Boxing Day, which is excellent if you’re looking to load up on holiday presents and big-ticket purchases. But, a good deal that you can’t afford is never a good deal. To avoid overspending, shop with…

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Avoid the Vortex Effect as a New Entrepreneur

Designing your business in isolation is dangerous. Big ideas tend to have vortex effect where the entrepreneur gets caught-up in their own thoughts; often missing important factors that impact their profitability and growth. For example, an entrepreneur developing a new hang-over medication could miss changes…

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Traveling on a Budget with Kids

My husband and I love to travel. It has always been something that we truly enjoy and now as a family, something we want to share with our children. Having kids hasn’t changed our love of travel, but it has changed how we plan for…

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What’s my coffee worth?

It’s really easy to get in the habit of buying a coffee on the way to work. It doesn’t seem like a big expense either. What’s $2 in the grand scheme of things? Turns out it’s worth a lot, at least I think so. Let’s…

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Metro’s Money Makeover – how to save and pay down debt

Metro’s finance guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie has only 10 weeks left to tackle Annick and Yolanda’s largest financial burdens and teach them to allocate resources. The challenge: Metro’s finance guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie has 10 weeks left to get Annick, 24, and Yolanda, 27, to change their spending…

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Metro’s Money Makeover: Yolanda’s Surprise Discovery

The challenge: Metro’s finance guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie has 11 weeks remaining to transform the finances of two recent graduates — Annick, 24, and Yolanda, 27 — by helping them get out of debt, save money and track their spending. This week we’ll focus on Yolanda. A…

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Metro’s Money Makeover

The challenge: Our participants have set their goals, rolled up their sleeves, and committed to tackling their largest financial obstacles. For the next 12 weeks, I’ll be helping Annick and Yolanda to improve their financial fitness and pushing them to reach new money milestones — just…

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Tip Tuesday! Run Your Household Like a Business

One of the most powerful ways to improve your financial fitness in 2016 is to start running your household like a business. That’s right – entrepreneurs watch every dollar of revenue and even the smallest expense. Their bottom line will only grow if they stop wasting money…

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The Frugal Foodie

We’re big frugal foodies here at MeVest and we love affordable and delicious recipes. One of the smartest ways to enjoy great food without busting your budget is to plan for the week ahead. Download a free meal-planning template (or app) or make one up…

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MeVest Money Tip: Affordable Fitness

You’ve got high fitness hopes for this year and so do we. But, for the MeVest team, our fitness plan spans beyond bicep curls and squats; we’re firm believers that your financial fitness is as important as your physical fitness. If you want to balance between…

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