Gone Phishing: A Primer on Lending Scam Awareness

You know those fun emails you get from your parents, uncles, et cetera, the ones that might inspire an eye-roll or an attempt at a hilarious viral post? “With this one weird trick, an Ontario mom made $50,000 overnight! Banks hate her!” I was on…

Insert Coin: The Gamification of Personal Finance

Today, your blogger shares a somewhat embarrassing admission: I used to be really good at Street Fighter. Yes, the video game, with dudes and ladies fighting and jumping and kicking and throwing fireballs. It’s the kind of thing where the best players find ways to devote…

Your Debt Reduction Personality: Mathematical or Emotional?

Budgeting like a pro and keeping track of your spending will go a long way to helping your debt reduction plans, and there are a multitude of strategies you can create and follow to manage your money. In comparison, actually paying off the debt you…

Making Progress 3: Travel Fees

From time to time, everyone gets the urge to stretch their legs a bit and venture somewhere different, new or familiar as it may be. Whether across town, across the country, or across continents, travel is part of what makes the human experience enjoyable. In…

Making Progress 2: Fees – That’s Entertainment

In this second post in our series on avoiding common fees and surcharges, we turn to entertainment and leisure. Everyone wants to be able to have a little fun now and again, whether that means taking a trip, going out to a concert or event,…

Making Progress: Avoiding Bank Fees and Service Charges

“Plus Shipping and Handling” In what will be the first of a few posts on this topic covering areas from the bank to the concert hall to the airline ticket counter, today’s blog looks at the numerous ways you can avoid or eliminate certain small…

Demystifying Credit Score Concepts

Show of hands, if you will, readers: Who has checked their credit score in the past year? Statistics recently released by the Bank of Montreal suggest that only fifteen percent of Canadians would be waving their digits in the air in response to this question…