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October 16, 2018

Why Living Within Your Means Isn’t Enough

Sally was frustrated. She reached out to me because she is worried that she’s not saving enough for retirement, nor does she have much in terms […]
April 3, 2018
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Paying Off Debt: An Effective Budgeting Approach

If a woman is trying to pay off debt, should she let the cleaning lady go? Is that a superfluous cost? What about expensive hockey team […]
March 22, 2018

Where do you cheap out?

Have you ever done this: You sit down for a restaurant meal and the waiter hands you the menu, asking if you’d like something to drink. […]
November 2, 2017
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Two important steps to minimize financial worries

*Janet is a disciplined person. She earns a good salary and is careful not to spend too much. She has some debt, and while it’s not […]
March 8, 2017
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How to Burn Your Mortgage in Three Years

No, that’s not a typo – I do mean three years. And that’s precisely what Sean Cooper did: He bought a house in the Greater Toronto […]
February 14, 2017
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Are You Really Living Within Your Means? Four Key Areas To Consider

Jack and Lee-Ann* are careful with their money. They pay all their bills on time, make more than the minimum credit card payments every month and […]
April 26, 2016
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What to do if you can’t pay your income tax bill

Ahhh, tax time, everyone’s favorite time of year. April for most adults in Canada and the US means that it’s time to pay personal income tax. […]
April 26, 2016
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What to do if you can't pay your income tax bill

Ahhh, tax time, everyone’s favorite time of year. April for most adults in Canada and the US means that it’s time to pay personal income tax. […]
March 8, 2016
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The genius of financial simplicity

When Mark and I moved in together after buying our first house, it became apparent that we would need to purge. Do we keep his sofa […]
January 13, 2015
Money maze

Rebuilding Your Finances

What should I say to these women? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself ever since I was asked to speak at the Royal Ottawa Mental […]
November 27, 2014
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How to Get Through Christmas Financially Intact

When I opened my front door this morning I was greeted by a mini mountain of flyers for Black Friday. In case you’re wondering, it would […]
October 1, 2014
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The Myth of More Money

Just imagine how nice it would be if someone sent you a gift of $20,000. Wouldn’t that be great? Even better, what if they magically increased […]