May 8, 2017
Last Father’s Day, we asked our Forward Thinking contributors to tell us how their fathers shaped the way they think about money. Their personal stories made us realize our parents can be a great source of knowledge and inspiration, so for Mother’s Day, we once again turned to our contributors to share how their mothers set them on the right financial path. We hope you enjoy their stories. Have a happy Mother’s Day!
You Are Your Best Investment
You’re planning to pop the question, but you aren’t quite sure of the best way to do it. It used to be that flowers, dinner at a fancy restaurant and a nice ring were enough. But now, social media has made a big deal of viral marriage proposals and suitors who jet their lovers off to exotic places to propose marriage. There are even companies that plan lavish proposals.
But you don’t need to spend big bucks to set the scene for the event. There are lots of other romantic...
Three personal finance bloggers who paid off their student loans in record time after graduation say careful budgeting, working multiple jobs and continuing to live like students were the keys to their success.
Cut costs and add a part-time job
Krystal Yee (Give Me Back My Five Bucks) lived with her family when she was in college, but when she graduated her parents told her she had a year to get established in a career before she had to move out.
“I owed just over $20,000 in student loan and...
May 29, 2o17
I got married in November, but the fact is that the spring and summer are the prime season for weddings. Whether you are planning a wedding or have been invited to attend one this year, it probably didn’t take you long to realize that weddings are not cheap.
Of course, the all time classic budget wedding story that went viral is Kerry K. Taylor’s How to get married for $239.00. This is based on the cost of a marriage license and services of a marriage commissioner in B.C....
By Sheryl Smolkin
May 22, 2017
It’s that time of the month again. We present a series of personal finance videos for your viewing pleasure.
First of all, don’t miss Kerry K. Taylor aka Squawkfox’s two part TEDx Talk. “What do you collect?” can be viewed above. You can also watch “Is it worth it?” here where she discusses whether you should pay $700 for a Canada Goose coat.
In an interview with Breakfast Television, personal finance expert Lesley-Anne Scorgie puts together a...
By Sheryl Smolkin
May 11, 2017
My Mom will be 90 this year and we recently moved her to a private retirement home that specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. In her prime, she was a feisty, fashionable businesswoman. In fact she sold registered educational savings plans well past when most people retire and her employer finally made a retirement dinner in her honour when she was over 80.
As we sorted through her condo to get it ready for sale, I realized that my mother taught me many...