Simplify the Holidays by Narrowing your Christmas List

Holiday Budgeting

Does your Christmas usually look like frantic shopping sprees, high credit card bills, and wondering how you’ll get it all done?

That’s not what the holidays should be about, and it’s time to consider simplifying things so you can enjoy the season with your loved ones.

One of the easiest ways to simplify the holidays is to narrow your Christmas list. This doesn’t mean you can’t give gifts, but give fewer gifts that mean more, and don’t worry about being ‘better’ than anyone else.

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Christmas is a Time to Focus on Family

Christmas quickly became a time of frantic shopping, overspending, and thousands of dollars in credit card debt, but the pandemic changed things for many people.

Without the ability to spend time with loved ones over the holidays over the last few years, we’ve all learned how precious life can be.

This year, why not make Christmas about focusing on your family rather than spending money?

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Financial Literacy is an Investment in your Future

Financial literacy is the key to successfully reaching your personal finance goals. It doesn’t matter how much you make; it comes down to how you manage it. This is why financial literacy is one of the most important topics you should learn.

Unfortunately, most Canadians aren’t well-versed in financial literacy, most importantly, building a solid credit foundation and managing debt.

Financial literacy not only helps you now but, in the future, too. For example, when you learn how to save to spend, you’ll reach a level of financial security that most think is unachievable.

How can you learn? Try our Build Learn Save Program.

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Teach your Kids these 4 Things about Debt

If there’s one thing you should teach your kids, it’s how to manage their money. Unfortunately, this isn’t something they’ll learn much about in school, so it’s on you as parents to make sure they understand how to manage their money and more importantly, stay out of debt.

Tailor what and how you teach your child to their age, but here are 4 things every child should know about debt.

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Is Your Gas Tank Bigger Than Your Cheque?

Budgeting for Increased Gas Prices

Inflation has hit almost every aspect of our lives, especially at the gas pump. When gas prices are high, it can make it harder to afford other essential costs, such as housing, utilities, minimum credit card payments, and groceries.

Since gas is necessary unless you can take public transportation, it helps to understand how you can save money at the pump.

Here are 5 great ways.

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Back to School on a Budget

It’s that time again, can you hear the bells ringing? That’s right, it’s time to head back to school. This year more than most represents a return to the familiar after the last two years of uncertainty and continually changing requirements.

School brings with it the need for new in the form of supplies and clothing which can really add up and stretch your budget to the max. With the proper planning, going back to school doesn’t have to cost a fortune as retailers understand and offer some great deals to help you save. You’re probably wondering how you can possibly navigate all these sales and take advantage of savings without getting pulled into buying what you don’t need while wondering how you are going to afford it all.

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Non-Cash Financial Help Options – Helping your Family without Giving them Cash

Helping Your Family with Debt

If you have family members in trouble financially, you may want to help them, but giving them cash may not feel right. If you’re worried your family members will just squander away the money you give them, here are 5 non-cash ways to help family members with financial troubles.

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How to Stay Motivated when Getting out of Debt

Starting a plan to get out of debt and keeping that plan are often two different things. It’s a lot like starting a diet when the New Year starts. You start off good, but then a week or two into it, you quickly fizzle and go back to your old habits.

So how do you stop this from happening when you’re trying to get out of debt?

Here are many ways to stay motivated to get out of debt.

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How to Manage Debt with Inflation on the Rise

Debt Management with Inflation

You’ve likely felt the effects of inflation already. Your grocery and gas bill probably felt it first. Suddenly it costs a lot more to feed the family or fill your gas tank, but these are things we need so we have to adjust elsewhere, right?

One area many people struggle is managing debt during inflation. If your wages don’t keep pace with inflation (most don’t), then keeping up with your debts may feel impossible.

Here are a few ways to help you manage debt with inflation rising.

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