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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 best protection against identity theft is you

Identity theft is rampant and it’s important to protect yourself. If you suspect something unusual is going on with your personal information, follow these steps: 1. Report It Identity theft techniques can range from complex computer spywares and viruses, designed to help thieves acquire personal…

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

Nearly 70 per cent of Canadians received a tax refund, making them an easy target for fraud.   Last Tuesday I opened my email to discover a correspondence from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) stating that, due to a miscalculation during my tax filing last…

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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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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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5 Ways Spring Cleaning is Good For You AND Your Bank Account

There is something refreshing about tidying up our home, getting rid of things that no longer serve us and entering the Spring season feeling rejuvenated. We’ve put together our top 5 tips to help you get your Spring cleaning started: 1. Electronics – Take an…

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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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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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The Fight for Gender Parity Continues: Remembering December 6th, 1989

I was in kindergarten when the Montreal Massacre happened. It was December 6th, 1989. In a delusional and violent attempt to “fight feminism”, Marc Lépine, 25 years-old, shot 28 people and killed 14 women, and then he committed suicide. A lot has happened for women…

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Gender-diverse Investing with Raj Lala

[youtube]https://youtu.be/beLynxK0VSw[/youtube] Raj Lala, and his team at Evolve ETFs, recently launched HERS, which is the first Canadian gender-diverse ETF.   It can be a challenge to research the gender-diversity policies and practices of companies in North America. That’s where relying on non-profit organizations like Equileap…

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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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Can You Afford to Own a Clean and Safe Car?

  Affording a clean and safe car is within your reach. So too is getting in on the investment market for automotive innovation. What will it cost you to own an Electric Car? Two of the most popular EV Cars are: The Tesla, starting at…

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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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Recovering From Identity Theft

Samantha’s story of identity theft is one of many thousands. In the spirit of bringing awareness to Cyber Security Month and we’ve got a few tips from our friends at Cytelligence to keep your information safe online. Change your passwords to your online banking at…

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One Simple Way to Protect Against Identity Theft

Last year the most cyber attacked industries were: Healthcare Manufacturing Financial Services Government Transportation   Millions of people had their private information misused or stolen for the purposes of criminal gain. In some instances, that resulted in the hackers creating new identities; while in others…

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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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3 steps to financial adulthood for students

Your student budget is beyond tight; books, tuition, lab fees, residence, food, cell phone, Internet, beer, parties and travel. But, if you don’t want to live on your parents’ couch when you graduate, you’re going to have to grow up financially.   Use your smart…

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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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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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Say ‘No’ to Package Insurance

I know it’s not pleasant to think about illness, disease, death, disability, floods, fires, accidents, and other awful events, but catastrophes can happen and you need to be equipped with the right insurance to get you through difficult times. The last thing you need to…

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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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Ask Smaller Questions and Change Your Life

We’ve been taught that in order to produce great changes in our lives we must apply significant innovations to equally large challenges. For example, we feel stuck in our careers and ask ourselves “why am I not moving up in my organization?” or “why can’t…

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5 Physical Fitness Behaviours that Apply to Your Finances

Coaching people with their money is something I love to do. That’s why I built a business around the concept. But, I’ve also been teaching high intensity fitness classes every week for many years. Though my motivation to teach fitness started with me thinking that…

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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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Want to cash-out on your real estate? Read this.

When times are good in real estate there are plenty of reasons to cash-out. But, the cash-out only works to your financial benefit if you’re actually putting real money towards your net worth. Your net worth is the amount of money you have left over when…

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What’s Missing From Your Tax Package

Even accountants loath tax season. So, it’s not a wonder why the rest of us cringe at the silly little stack of tax forms piling high on our kitchen counters. Get organized Rather than use the forms as a coaster for your coffee mug, gather them…

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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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Should you ever bail on your relationship?

So you find out that your partner is not aligned with you on money matters. Is it okay to bail on your relationship? Yes. Click on the image below to be linked to this important CTV discussion with Marcia MacMillan.

How do I even start investing?

Investing can seem like a scary prospect. As a new investor (or about to be investor), start with what type of investments you want to make: Mutual Funds, Index Funds and GICs (bank products) or Stocks, Bonds and ETFs (self directed). If you want to…

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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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How to Save A Lot of Money in a Short Time

Have a big goal but not a lot of time? Enter 100% spending crackdown. This means taking temporary but drastic measures to reach a short-term goal. We recently bought a new house. While we’ve been saving for a long time for the down payment, there are…

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