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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Max out Benefits, Tax Credits and Renewals

Benefits: We pay into employer or self-funded benefit plans all year long. So, before they re-set for 2017, squeeze the most from your 2016 benefits. Tips: Call your provider to determine your remaining coverage for dental work, vision care, chiropractic, massage, physiotherapy and prescriptions. Make appointments…

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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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Is your cash flow dipping and spiking?

Remember when you were a child and your mother would sit at the dining room table balancing her chequebook? A bank reconciliation is the modern day version of that activity. Whether you are an entrepreneur or simply managing your household finances a bank reconciliation is…

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Why Travelling is Worth the Price

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous You’ve probably seen quotes like this printed on cute note cards and mugs, but how many of us really GET what these brilliant minds are saying? Travel became my passion in 1998…

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Identity Theft: Due Diligence Required

Break-and-enters are so 20th century.  Today’s criminals are trading in crowbars for keyboards, and they’re using your identity to steal your money, apply for credit cards in your name, and even forge passports. Identity theft is growing in Canada, with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) reporting 5300…

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Ease your spending this summer

Summer is in full swing. Heatwaves are a regular occurrence with home and office air conditioners running over time. The hot humid days of summer are also time to enjoy the outdoors while you soak in the sun.   Invitations to various summer events from…

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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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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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Metro’s Money Makeover: You Can Be Too Frugal

Being a super-saver can backfire. It’s important to allow for small splurges so you don’t end up using savings for impulse buys. The challenge: Metro’s finance guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie is on a mission to transform the finances of two young women; Annick, who is heavily…

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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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