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Accidental Intentional Lifestyle Inflation

Before I went full-time self-employed, all of my finances were automated. I had a DB pension and stock plan with my employer. I also made automatic monthly transfers towards all my savings goals. Life and money were “easy,” but then I quit my job. This was new to me. After nearly two decades of stable…

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How to Earn More Travel Rewards Points

**This article contains affiliate links People are constantly asking me how to earn more travel rewards?  You see, I travel 3 – 4 times a year and for every trip I take, there’s a good chance that I’m claiming points in some capacity. Earning points is easy when you have one of the best travel…

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Is Your Kids’ FOMO Ruining Your Finances?

We all know what FOMO is right? If not, it’s an acronym for fear of missing out. FOMO has become a huge thing as of late – okay, maybe it’s just a popular term to describe Millennials, but it really is the new keeping up with the Joneses. Many of us simply see what our…

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3 Ways to Manage Your Money This Summer Without Sacrificing Any Fun

Tips to Help You Manage Your Money This Summer Without Sacrificing Any Fun

**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kijiji. All opinions are my own. Forget the holidays, summer is the season where I spend the most money. There are vacations (although we took ours in May this year), weekend trips, weddings, meeting up with friends, and much more. In addition, this year…

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What Not to do When You Get a Raise

As some who has never really been into lifestyle inflation, the idea of blowing my raise has never appealed to me. Sure, I might buy something for myself or maybe treat myself to dinner, but it was unlikely that I would all of a sudden go on a spending binge. However, I’ve realized that I’m…

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How Much Does IVF Cost in Canada?

So I’ve got an announcement, my wife and I are expecting! Our due date is early July so I’ve kept this news on the down low for quite some time. We’re really excited about this life changing event and you can probably expect a few more baby/parenting related posts in the near future. I really…

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How the Second-Hand Economy Can Help You Save Big

How the Second-Hand Economy Can Help You Save Big!

**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kijiji. All opinions are my own. Last year I took part in a #KijijiFind challenge and I managed to save just over $500 in three months. This was pretty impressive not to mention how easy it was for me to source baby accessories on…

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5 Ways to Save Money Over the Holidays

**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Express. All opinions are my own. Christmas is exactly three weeks away. That’s right; you have 21 days to get your holiday shopping done. If you’re like most Canadians, there’s a good chance you haven’t even started, but that’s okay. Retailers are ready…

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Be Happier and Richer by Keeping Things Simple

I recently watched the movie, The Minimalists on Netflix. If you’re unfamiliar with the film, it follows Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus who pursue the minimalist lifestyle. As a result of this change in lifestyle, their quality of life improved and now share journey to whoever will listen. I’m going to overly simplify things…

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Would You Buy a Used Car Over New?

When my wife and I bought our car five years ago, we weren’t sure if wanted to buy new or used. I had bought a new car previously and I quickly realized the depreciation costs were killer. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my new Mazda 3, but saving money was rather important as we…

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