Now that the New Year has come and gone, it's time to start thinking about how you are going to improve yourself in 2017. Maybe you want to return to a regular gym habit or start eating healthier, but have you considered making a commitment to improving your finances first?
No matter what age you are, it's always a good idea to start investing. You will always benefit from putting money away, whether it's intended for a purchase that's a couple years away, or for your retirement forty years down the road. While it may be ideal to start saving for retirement early, there is no reason you can't start later in life and still maintain a good nest egg. On a similar note, putting money aside on a new-grad salary will benefit you in the long-term, no matter how much you have to start investing.
Being a first-time parent is an exciting time, and the nine months leading up to the birth of your first child are filled with preparations to make sure he or she will have everything they need once they arrive. A large part of this preparation is financial, and it requires some adjustments to your budget.
When it comes to saying I do, love isn’t all you need. When the average cost of a wedding in Canada is $30,000, tying the knot requires a big financial commitment, if you’re going the traditional route. There’s no doubt about it: weddings are expensive. We share 9 tips to save money on your wedding.
The value of saving money was ingrained in me by my parents at a young age. Cash gifts would go into my bank account and chores were happily accepted so I could buy my own treats at the dollar store. When the time came to splurge on an electronic or the hottest new toy, I had my own stash to dip into. Parents are the biggest influencers on their child’s financial habits, so here are our 9 ways to teach kids to save money, and they all start with you!
Last year, you thought ahead and contributed more towards your taxes than required. Now, you get to reap the rewards of your tax refund! It’s exciting to get some extra cash in your pocket, especially when you see the positive result of your contributions and the profit you have created. While the cash may be tempting to spend, you know you want to be smart about how you spend it. And, since you feel good about the final amount of your refund, you want to feel equally good about where that money goes. This is a great opportunity to reward yourself by taking care of your finances, buying smart, and maximizing the benefit of your refund. Here are some important ways to think about paying yourself first, and ideas on how to get the most out of your purchases.
While one of the most common stressors on a relationship is finances, budgeting as a couple doesn’t have to be complicated if you’re both on the same team. There’s no such thing as a “normal” budget; each couple’s budget is designed specifically for their family’s goals, income, and spending habits. Budgeting for couples requires open communication and the discipline to track your spending. We can help you identify your long and short term goals to find a plan that works for you, starting with these 7 tips on how to create a budget you and your spouse can follow.
For some, February 14 is the most romantic day of the year. For others, the obligation of Valentine’s Day spending is an inconvenience. Whether you’re looking forward to getting showered with affection and gifts or dreading this retail holiday, if you’re in a relationship, there’s a good chance you’ll be celebrating V-day in one way or another.
With the economy continuing to struggle, markets fluctuating, and job security in jeopardy, it is no wonder that many people are concerned about their financial futures. In such uncertain times, feeling out of control – especially when it comes to finances – can lead to unnecessary stress. To take back control and alleviate anxiety, here are five tips to help you manage your household finances.