Tag: finances


My daughter Victoria celebrates her engagement. Money

Wedding expenses can add up pretty quickly. Learn how Kathy used her experience while preparing for her daughter's wedding to save money by cutting unnecessary expenses, and following smart spending tips.


Are Media Headlines Affecting House Buying? Just Ask a Millennial Money

It’s common to hear about houses going for hundreds of thousands over asking price, bully offers and bidding wars especially in large cities such as Toronto and Vancouver. The current housing bubble doesn’t appear to be anywhere near to bursting, and every day we are bombarded with media headlines and reports on the escalation of rising prices for homes. But are the media headlines themselves...

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How To Get a Teacher a Gift Without Breaking the Bank Family / Huffington Post

While gifts for teachers are not mandatory, many parents and kids like to show their appreciation for a hard job well done. However, as families struggle with their monthly budgets, there isn’t always a lot of extra cash for teacher’s gifts, let alone gifts for kids’ favourite teaching assistants, librarians, school secretaries, bus drivers, and others who help make their school experience just a little...

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Booking summer camp late 101: tips and tricks for sussing out a camp fit for your kid Family / Post City

As the days get longer and kids start counting down until school comes to an end, parents across the city start to realize that, if school is out, then the kids are in … in your house and in your hair. In households where both parents work during July and August, summer camp registration happens like clockwork at the beginning of the year, both for...

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How to Make Mother’s Day Every Day Family / Huffington Post

“Because every day is Kids Day,” we all wisely counsel our children when they ask why there is a special day for Mom, and a special day for Dad, but not for them. While this isn’t technically true, the sentiment behind it infers that kids are inherently rewarded every day just by virtue of the fact that they are kids, free from the stressors of...

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Simplify Your Life in Six Steps Family / Huffington Post

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” – Confucius Despite Confucius’ wisdom, it can be hard to bring things back to the basics in our increasingly complex world. We Google everything, research endless possibilities, find everything we need with a few taps of the keyboard, and we’re dealing with new information coming at us 24 hours a day, seven days a...

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How to reduce your banking fees Family / The Loop

Let’s face it, unless you’re living in a cash-based society, it’s not likely you can live without a bank account. In a simpler time, which wasn’t so long ago, banks were places where money was deposited into a savings account. You took out only what you needed to meet your weekly budget. When the money ran out, you physically went back to the bank to...

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All I Want For Christmas Is to Stay on Budget Family / Huffington Post

‘Tis the season to be stressed out, falalalala lalalala yikes. While Christmas brings a lot of happiness to families, it can also be a frantic time, and the biggest causes of stress (according to a recent Leger survey conducted for PCFinancial) are associated with gifts; the buying and the giving. Fourty-one per cent of Canadians surveyed listed budget one of their top sources of holiday...

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Turns Out Canadians Don’t Always Play By The Rules Family / Huffington Post

Canadians are typically known for being polite, apologetic and careful. But when it comes to insurance, a new Leger research study commissioned for PC Insurance, suggests we’re not always following the rules — or playing it safe. While no Canadians would ever admit to driving without car insurance, a quarter of us say we’ve been involved in accidents that we have not reported to our...

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Featuring Kathy! Family / Kathy's News

Kathy’s quoted here – check it out! Vancouver Sun http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Personal+finance+Times+tight+families+face+downturn/7596864/story.html