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Should we repair more of our stuff instead of throwing it out?

In the News   |   December 12, 2019

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We have an 11-year-old car and every now and again it needs a repair. We take it to the garage, pay the bill and keep driving the car. I’m not sure there’s anything else we... read more

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SUVs and your money problems

In the News   |   December 2, 2019

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SUVs are flattening everything in their path, including the finances of people who buy them. In both Canada and the United States, sales of cars are declining while demand for SUVs and pickup trucks rises.... read more

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An answer for those who think credit cards are the only way to collect loyalty reward points

In the News   |   November 29, 2019

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A message to the 42 per cent of credit-card holders who do not pay their balance in full every month: Stop using your card and switch to debit. Credit cards have become the most popular... read more

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It’s a Canadian value for parents to help pay for their children’s university or college education

In the News   |   November 20, 2019

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If there’s a student debt problem in Canada, don’t blame parents. Postsecondary tuition fees have generally been rising faster than inflation in recent years, and the average grad who borrowed owes roughly $26,000 to $28,000.... read more

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Our overspending problem explained: We don’t say ‘I can’t afford it’ any more

In the News   |   November 15, 2019

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If you’re feeling anxiety about your personal finances, Kelley Keehn feels your pain. Ms. Keehn, an Edmonton native, has spent the past 15 years writing and talking about money. She has a positive, practical style... read more

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Got $4,000? This might be the best guaranteed return you’ll get anywhere

In the News   |   November 13, 2019

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High up on the list of lamest money mistakes is keeping a high balance in a chequing account. Chequing accounts pay trace levels of interest, at best. Better to keep big balances in a high-rate... read more

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This is how much time you should carve out of your busy schedule to look after your personal finances

In the News   |   November 6, 2019

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Among the ways to shame people into paying more attention to their money is to question how much time they spend on matters of personal finance. This leads to comparisons of how much time people... read more

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Taking a vacation? Think twice about relying on your credit card’s travel medical insuranc

In the News   |   November 1, 2019

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Your most expensive vacation ever could be the one where you got sick while away and relied on your credit card’s travel medical emergency insurance to pay the bill. If you have a health-related emergency... read more

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Six ways the Liberal election win will change your family finances

In the News   |   October 23, 2019

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We will find out shortly whether government can fix what’s wrong with your finances. The Liberals won the 2019 campaign with a platform focused on helping ease the financial strain of everyday life. We used... read more

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‘There’s no point in credit card points’

In the News   |   October 18, 2019

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There was a surprising twist when a personal finance newsletter called The Lean House Effect recently pitted credit card travel points against cashback for the title of best reward program. Cashback won, but that’s not... read more

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Should you tip when buying coffee or a sandwich?

In the News   |   October 9, 2019

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Some readers are going to freak when they read the headline on this edition of the newsletter. They already question current tipping customs in restaurants and bars. Now, they’re having to confront the idea of... read more

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