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Reduce your tax bill with these end-of-year tips

Budgeting, Education, Financial plan, Holiday Savings, Organization, Personal Finance, Real Estate, Saving, Spending, Taxes, Wellness

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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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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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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Three Steps Toward a Better Sleep

Do you ever wake up from a less than ideal sleep and then as your day unfolds many things from your mood to work tasks just feel ‘off?’ Sleep is one of THE most important pieces of our wellness routine. We hear this all of…

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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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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: A Morning with Diana van Maasdijk

Earlier this month I sat down with Diana van Maasdijk, co-founder of Equileap, while she visited Toronto from Amsterdam; where Equileap’s head office is located. Q. What does Equileap do? A. Equileap creates a financial index for gender-diverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs). What that means is that…

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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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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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Women-focused Businesses are More Profitable

During the month of November, organizations in Canada like WXN and Women of Influence, celebrate the career accomplishments of women.  The subject of gender diversity and women in the workplace is active around the dinner table, but not only that, the subject of has been influencing the markets and investment decisions made…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Gratitude

Gratitude is the only word our team can use to truly express how we feel about your engagement, support and business this past year. We’re thankful for your bright ideas and bold financial moves. But most important, we’re humbled by your willingness to share your…

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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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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.

Metro’s Money Makeover – how to save and pay down debt

Metro’s finance guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie has only 10 weeks left to tackle Annick and Yolanda’s largest financial burdens and teach them to allocate resources. The challenge: Metro’s finance guru Lesley-Anne Scorgie has 10 weeks left to get Annick, 24, and Yolanda, 27, to change their spending…

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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 Frugal Foodie

We’re big frugal foodies here at MeVest and we love affordable and delicious recipes. One of the smartest ways to enjoy great food without busting your budget is to plan for the week ahead. Download a free meal-planning template (or app) or make one up…

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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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