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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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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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Merging your accounts with your honey? Read this.

MeVest founder, Lesley-Anne Scorgie, hosts guest contributor, Janine Rogan.   Merging your accounts with the love of your life has pros and cons. For starters it makes things easier at the end of the month when you don’t need to tally up who owes what….

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Using digital tools to automate your financial plan

Set it and forget it. Automating your budget and savings for things like groceries is one of the best ways to stay on track financially. I’m envious of people that have a long memory. My granny can recount names, addresses, birthdays, anniversaries, outfits people wore…

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Is mortgage-freedom your goal? Tackle it in these three ways.

Not everyone can visualize a future without a mortgage. But, Sean Cooper did. Before he was 30, Sean eliminated his mortgage on the home he purchased in Toronto nearly eight years ago. In our latest episode of LA TV, with MeVest founder and host, Lesley-Anne…

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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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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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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…

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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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Closing the Clean Car Affordability Gap

When the calendar rolls over into 2018 my car, a peppy crossover with low kilometres, will officially be ten years old. In the world of cars, that’s considered a milestone birthday. In the world of consumers, however, that’s considered time for change.   Here’s the…

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Apartheid is Over, But Socially Responsible Investing is Not

Throughout the 1970s and 1990s, companies, pension funds, and individuals around the world stopped investing in South Africa. Since 1948, South Africa had been under Apartheid, a system of legal racial segregation enforced by the ruling National Party. Apartheid encouraged other human-rights violations such as…

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Millennials Eager to Invest in Combatting Cyber Security Breaches

I love free stuff perhaps even more than my granny. But, here’s the catch. Over the years I’ve registered for dozens of loyalty programs, downloaded coupons and signed up for services online. All I had to trade to get my precious ‘perks’, was my private…

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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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5 Reasons You Should Save For Your Child’s Education

You know it. The cost of education has increased by more than 100 percent since the 1980s, making it difficult for parents to save enough. Thankfully, the federal and provincial governments across Canada offer Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and grants to help you save…

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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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4 Budgeting Hacks for Parents to Afford RESPs

  You’re maxed, right? Between mortgage payments, groceries, gas, haircuts and sports registration fees, it seems next to impossible to scrounge up money for your child’s Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). A recent survey from Ipsos and Knowledge First Financial revealed that four out of five…

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Bizarre Scenarios Aren’t Always Covered by Insurance

  What happens to your insurance coverage if your neighbour’s kid starts a fire and the fire leaps the fence and destroys your deck? What if your tenant brings a lawn mower into your living room, starts it and accidentally chops off his foot? What…

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4 Questions to Ask Your Insurance Advisor

As an insurance advisor, I find that people are not familiar with the insurance they bought and the associated features.  Below are the four most important questions to ask your insurance advisor before you make changes to your existing policy or sign on the dotted…

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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 Cost of Your Tribe

Everyone belongs to a tribe, and sometimes more than one. These are the communities of people that we identify, play and congregate with. Some of us have a mission such as community work, physical fitness or support systems, while others are simply groups of friends….

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5 Steps to Keep Your Financial Plan Alive

We don’t want you to fall off the financial planning wagon so follow these tips: Put a reminder in your calendar. Every quarter your friendly reminder will pop-up and this gives you the chance to review your plan, see where you stand and course correct for…

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Metro Money Makeover: The benefits of a buffer

Metro’s finance guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie is almost out of time to help the women tackle their largest financial burdens and teach them to allocate resources.   The Situation: Yolanda has two expensive months ahead — $500 for movers, a truck and packing boxes as she moves…

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Metro Money Makeover: The benefits of a buffer

Metro’s finance guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie is almost out of time to help the women tackle their largest financial burdens and teach them to allocate resources.   The Situation: Yolanda has two expensive months ahead — $500 for movers, a truck and packing boxes as she moves…

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Metro’s Money Makeover: Turning Beyonce Into Big Bucks

Two young women want to change their lives by transforming their finances and creating a plan to achieve their top goals. For 27-year-old Yolanda, that is eventual home ownership and for 24-year-old Annick, that’s getting out of debt. Metro’s finance guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie is almost…

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MeVest Money Tip: Top Ways to Earn Free Money

There is no such thing as a free lunch. But is there free money? YES! Perhaps not completely free of effort, but so close that it’s worth taking advantage of. 1. Rewards and Loyalty programs. Most retailers offer some sort of rewards or loyalty program,…

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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 Team Approach to Solving Your Relationship and Money Issues

Picture this: you’ve just tied the knot with the love of your life and are planning your home renovation together. When it comes time to pay the contractor, Mr. or Mrs. Right shrugs his/her shoulders in an “I can’t really afford this, can you cover…

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