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Stretch your grocery budget by shopping online

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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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Spending more than $1,000 on children’s activities? Think again.

When I started my career in finance in 2006, I attended an event with the author of The Wealthy Barber, David Chilton. He kicked off his financial pep talk by recounting the time he reviewed an Alberta family’s spending who claimed they were completely broke…

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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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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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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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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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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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The Swap Life

Remove selling your body from this scenario and let’s say you challenged yourself to 30-days of swapping, rather than paying, for goods or services. Do you think you could do it? There are three types of swaps that don’t involve cash. 1. Services for Services…

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5 easy ways to get your finances in shape

A new year means new goals and for many people, getting their finances in order is at the top of that list. Personal finance expert Lesley-Anne Scorgie shares her tips and tricks for improving your finances. If you can make one simple financial improvement this year… Raise…

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3 Naughty Financial Habits to Break in 2017

  In January we adopt new and healthy habits like eating better, losing weight, learning a new language, making more time for family, drinking less, having better sex and saving more money. If you’re ruthless and consistent with making these changes a priority, after 12-weeks…

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How to throw a holiday party on a budget

The holidays can very quickly add to your expenses and take you off your budget. We all want to ‘host to impress’ when throwing a party or holiday soirée. And this makes it easy to spend more money than needed to impress our guests. However,…

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The Financial Procrastinator’s Checklist

There is still time to end 2016 on a strong financial note. Tackle these ‘must-do’ activities. 1. Increase your bi-weekly contributions to your RRSP by $20. That’s the equivalent of two lunches and it adds up to just over $500 per year. If you keep…

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Homemade hostess gifts that won’t break the bank

Showing up to a party with a hostess gift is a great thank you and practice to start. When you go to a family or friends place for dinner we tend to gravitate towards gifts of chocolates of wine. Sometimes we can go a bit…

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5 Ways to Entertain for Less

For most of us, entertaining season happens during the fall months. Between Thanskgiving, holiday parties, Christmas celebrations and New Year’s Eve….it can be exhausting and expensive. But, it doesn’t have to be. This week we’re sharing our best tips for entertaining that you can use…

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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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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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5 Steps to Building Wealth for Women

It’s dangerous and frankly irresponsible for any woman – rich, poor or anywhere in between – to not actively participate in managing her own money. Far too often I’ve seen powerful smart women put financial blinders on and defer to their partners or financial advisors…

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Frugalize Your Wedding (and no one has to know)

Weddings, almost without question, are expensive! And it seems like sometimes when you speak to vendors just saying a rental or service is for a wedding doubles the price of every aspect of the event. Here are a few tips to keep your dollars in…

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7 Smart steps couples can take to build wealth together

Justin Sullivan / Staff / Getty Images Money issues are indifferent to your age, gender, sexual orientation, life stage, and upbringing. And, despite the material wealth and bright smiles we see on the outside, money issues affect rich couples, poor couples, and those in between….

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New York City on a Budget

I think everyone can agree that New York City is a special place. It’s amazing how much life and excitement can be packed into such a compact island. Unfortunately, sometimes this life and excitement gets translated into an expensive trip budget. It doesn’t have to…

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Metro’s Money Makeover: Will Beyonce Ruin Annick’s Financial Plan?

The Challenge: At the start of January Metro’s financial guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie started performing a financial makeover on two young women. Annick, a Calgary-based 24-year-old, and Yolanda, a Mississauga-based 27-year-old, have just 12 weeks to get their financial houses in order and drastically improve their…

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Metro’s Money Makeover: Will Beyonce Ruin Annick’s Financial Plan?

The Challenge: At the start of January Metro’s financial guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie started performing a financial makeover on two young women. Annick, a Calgary-based 24-year-old, and Yolanda, a Mississauga-based 27-year-old, have just 12 weeks to get their financial houses in order and drastically improve their…

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Metro’s Money Makeover: Will Beyonce Ruin Annick’s Financial Plan?

The Challenge: At the start of January Metro’s financial guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie started performing a financial makeover on two young women. Annick, a Calgary-based 24-year-old, and Yolanda, a Mississauga-based 27-year-old, have just 12 weeks to get their financial houses in order and drastically improve their…

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Fashionista on a Budget

  In today’s less-than-stellar Canadian economy, a lot of us have started to look for creative ways to spend less and save more. This is especially hard when you love fashion and you covet beautiful things – like your shoe collection. A lot of advice…

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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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What’s Your Side Hustle?

What’s Your Side Hustle? Feeling the January financial pinch?Sure, you can cut back on spending and we are big believers that a fiscal diet is pretty darn important to getting ahead financially. But, equally important is “side hustle”. Side hustle isn’t doing anything illegal like robbing a…

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Tip Tuesday! Barter

If you’re in a financial pinch, a business owner or simply frugal, swap products or services for free stuff. Bartering is alive and well!

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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Monetize Your Stuff

“Stuff” costs money and let’s face it, most of us collect a lot of “stuff” in our homes over the years – old vacuum cleaners, computers, duplicate printers, first-generation GPS systems, DVD players, sports equipment, books, bed frames, baby toys, etc. As a part of…

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