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Students, there’s help for you too during COVID-19. Here’s how to access it

Budgeting, Debt, Education, Parents, Personal Finance, Students

What is fraudulent loan stacking?

In this day and age, it’s not uncommon for Canadians to have multiple types of credit products listed on their credit report. Many borrowers have one or more credit cards, a car loan, a mortgage, maybe even a few personal loans to take care of. There is…

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Are you a loan stacker? Here’s how to break the cycle

If you weren’t able to cover the balance owing on your credit card in January, or perhaps you’d like to borrow money for an upcoming investment, chances are you’re looking for a more efficient way to borrow.  One option that some people choose is called…

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How to get the latest student technology for less

The hottest technologies for students don’t need to bust your budget. Follow these tips to get the latest and greatest tech gizmos for less. Computers and tablets – First, clarify what’s actually required; a computer, tablet or both. If you need both, consider a machine…

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How to afford to go back to school as an adult

If the thought of paying tuition as an adult is giving you heartburn, it’s time to look at the best options to afford the costs. I went back to school in my late 20s as a “mature” student. To tackle the massive costs of my…

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Five simple ways to save on back-to-school

Back-to-school shopping can get out of control. Rein it in with these five tips. According to the Huffington Post, parents of school-aged children spend an average of $650 on back-to-school supplies for their family every year. Approximately two thirds of that goes towards clothing and…

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Co-working spaces with child care are saving parents money

For parents with non-traditional careers, there’s a new trend of co-working spaces that include childcare. They best part is it actually saves money!   In just a few weeks, I’m going to have a sidekick with me, a brand new baby boy, and how I’ve operated…

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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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Are you being scammed? Here’s a quick guide to find out

Scams cost honest Canadians over $100 million in losses every year, according to the Better Business Bureau. They are getting more sophisticated and convincing with sleek digital interfaces, impeccable use of language (and psychology) by email, text and voice communication and by having just enough…

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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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Six Ways to Get Your Scholarship Applications Across the Finish Line

Some of Canada’s largest scholarships have application deadlines by the end of May, but Canadian students aren’t bothering to apply for the money. Here are six tips to get your scholarship applications across the finish line: Know where to look: Your school’s financial aid office is a great…

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Are You Behind on Filing Your Taxes?

Missing the April 30 deadline could lead to a colossal waste of money. Here are some details to keep in mind.   Mark your calendars: Canada’s personal income tax deadline is April 30. That means weeks of fear, procrastination and guilt. The biggest worries 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 save…

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