Thursday, November 10, 2011

Your Money & You - Part Two - The Cost of Learning

(This is part two in a five part CBC Radioactive series. Catch part one here and the audio interview from CBC Radioactive here).

Whether you're saving for your kids' education, putting yourself through university going back to school later in life, it all takes a large sum of money!

Let's start with the kids

I often get asked, when is the best time for parents to start saving for their children's education? And of course, the logical answer is as soon as possible. But how realistic is that? Considering what an expensive time it is in one's life to raise kids, now couples have to fret not only about paying down debt, starting an emergency account, topping up RRSPs but now school too?

I think a better question parents should ask is how much are they willing to save for their children's education and in balance with their own goals. That's a personal one up to your individual family needs. The second question should be, what's the best way to go about saving those dollars?

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Your Money & You - Part One - LOVE

I've been doing a series this week with CBC's RadioActive on your money and you. Welcome to part one of the series - LOVE! Does love and money mix? Listen here to the audio of the piece.

Whether you're single, married, divorcing or co-habitating - it all involves money. Let's start with the biggie - marriage and what's the most important things people need to keep in mind?

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Is Cash Still King When it Comes to Reward Credit Cards?

Welcome to the confusing world of reward credit cards. Some have annual fees, some don't. Some charge ridiculous interest rates for carrying a balance yet others offer enticing benefits. And now, there's a newer cash rewards player on the market. Might this type of card be right for you?

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Secrets to Save More Money Now - Part Two

Marilyn Denis show

Catch part one of my article here and the second part of my interview with Marilyn Dennis the other week here.

The second part of the show featured an extreme couponer and an extreme contester. Sure, these can be great ways to shave big dollars off your budget, but they should be ventured at in moderation and with balance (I know an executive making big bucks that drives for 30 minutes to save a few dollars on gas). And with coupons, always make sure that the retailer isn't leading you to spend money on goods and services you wouldn't make if it wasn't for the coupon. We've all had friends in the past that would only dine if they had a deal from their Entertainment book, right?

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