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Top Tips for First Time Home Buyers

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on April 26, 2017

This is the busiest time for real estate transactions in Canada. If you’re out shopping for a home it’s easy to get caught up and spend more than you wanted too. For first time homebuyers it can be an overwhelming experience. Before setting out to buy your first home here are a few ways you…

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The Cost of Breaking Up

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on March 23, 2017

We all know the cost of getting married is expensive. But have you stopped to think about how the cost of breaking up can be even more? Many couples don’t consider the financial consequences when they call it quits on their marriage. Without a doubt, you should never stay with someone just to save money,…

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Having the Money Talk with Your Romantic Partner

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on March 16, 2017

Money is one of the major reasons couples fight.  A study out of Utah State University found that couples who fight frequently about money are more likely to get divorced. That’s compared to any other issue they might fight about, child rearing, their love life and household chores (as an example.) Before your relationship moves to…

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TFSA vs. RRSP: Where to Start Saving for Retirement

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on January 23, 2017

After landing your first full time job the advice is often to start saving for retirement. Now it can be hard to convince a young person to put money away for an event that’s 40 years in the future. But what can be even more difficult is understanding where to save that hard earned cash….

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Tackle holiday debt now

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on January 13, 2017

The holidays are expensive. We know that. According to a recent survey from savings destination RetailMeNot.ca, the average Canadian spent almost $1000 this past holiday season on food, drink, travel and gifts. Another survey by PC Financial finds 77 per cent agree the holiday season tends to be more expensive than planned. If you went over…

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Where to Save and Where to Splurge on Halloween Stuff

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on October 19, 2016

Halloween has become big business in Canada. What was once a holiday exclusively for kids has now reached into offices, adult costume parties and themed events at night clubs. A survey conducted in 2015 by digital couponing site RetailMeNot.com found that 68 per cent of Canadians adults now celebrate Halloween. It also found 33 per…

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10 Places You Are Spending Without Knowing

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on October 12, 2016

Canadians are suffering with record high levels of debt. The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show in the second quarter of 2016, for every dollar of disposal income Canadians owe $1.67. The majority of this is mortgage debt, but 1/3 is consumer debt often held on expensive credit cards and on a line of credit….

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Teaching Your Kids About Debt

By Rubina Ahmed-Haq on June 9, 2016

Teaching kids’ financial literacy is important. Knowing how to manage money is an invaluable skill that will be used for life. But what about teaching young people more about debt? No matter how good you’re at making a budget, saving money and scoring the best deals, if you can’t manage your debt you’ll never build…

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