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January 16, 2019
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What Are Your Money Rules?

Remember when you were growing up and life seemed to be full of rules? Take off your shoes before coming into the house. Don’t speak with […]
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 […]
September 27, 2018

A Financial Hack to Determine Affordability and Best Outcomes

Most of the time, when we’re considering spending a fair chunk of money on an item or an experience, we look to our bank account or […]
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 […]
January 26, 2018

How to Deal With Multiple Requests for Donations and Money

A reader reached out with the following question: “It seems all people are interested in is what I can do for them financially. I can’t remember […]
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 […]
October 11, 2017

When should you set up a joint account with your partner?

A reader sent me the following question: “What are the indicators that it is time to open a joint account, when couples have been dating for […]
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 […]
February 8, 2017
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What Do You Get To Keep If Your Marriage Fails?

Just before Christmas, I wrote a blog post about the questions people should ask before getting engaged. I wanted to explore how you can protect yourself […]
March 23, 2016
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How to save credit card fees in five minutes

Normally I pay my credit card bills in full like clockwork. The bill comes in, I reconcile all of the expenses to ensure that they are […]
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 […]
June 11, 2015

Plans to Start Saving And Other Delusions

“I’m going to start saving money.”  Ah, the lies we tell ourselves, or rather, the delusions we hold on to. I hear that a lot in […]