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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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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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 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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You can Conquer your Debt

Conquer Your Debt

If you’re sitting on a lot of debt right now, first know that you aren’t alone. The pandemic wreaked havoc on most people’s finances. Now that we’re seeing life get back to somewhat normal, you may wonder what you should do with your debt or if it will just hound you the rest of your life.

The good news is there are ways to conquer it. Here’s what you can do.

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Canadians are Postponing Retirement to Help Their Adult Children

Couple-postponing-retirementHalf of Canadians surveyed are willing to postpone retirement for their children according to a study by BMO Wealth Management. Even more worrying is that 24 per cent said they’d be willing to go into debt to help their children succeed. Ironically, one of the top reasons parents cited for their financial concern about their children is that they will incur debt that they can’t manage.

According to Statistics Canada, today’s youth are more educated, staying at home longer and putting off their entry into a treacherous labour market where unemployment rates for young adults are twice the national average. This is daunting information but not insurmountable. Parents and their children can find a way through the morass by learning about how to manage their money better.

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