How Will The Federal Budget Affect Your Personal Finances?

The new federal budget is here, and with it come a slew of changes affecting the nation at large. But what about the individual? Where does the new budget change your day to day spending patterns – your budget? As it turns out, it will do…

The Consumer Price Index: Are Hipster Trends Changing The Economy?

Could small-batch booze and other “artisanal” or so called “hipster” goods have an effect on the way a country measures its citizens’ financial success? This is the question a British report is asking as economists across the pond have revised their consumer price index to reflect changing…

By The Numbers: The 50-30-20 Budget

Budgeting effectively is one of the most important parts of a personal finance plan, and there are about as many budget solutions out there as there are weight loss solutions. Much like the get-trim-quick advertising that accompanies the latest workout fad, there can be a…

How Couples Can Work Together For Financial Success

Valentine’s day is fast approaching, and all you lovebirds and couples out there are sure to spend it with that special someone. However, the way you spend – and manage – your money all year long is important to consider in the maintenance of a…

Things to Consider Before Financing A Car

For many Canadians, it’s simply unavoidable to need to drive – from home to work, to school, or to access necessary utilities and daily tasks. Canadians have registered over 33 million vehicles as of 2015. Vehicle purchases or leases and upkeep costs (including insurance) can…

How To Change Jobs Without Financial Stress

It’s a lot of work to find the job that’s perfect for you. Ideally it will have some combination of doing what you enjoy, providing for your financial needs, and helping you develop a career path. And not everyone sticks the landing on the first…

Burn Rate: Turning Down the Heat on Your Finances

In the startup world, the metric “Burn Rate” is often applied to help potential investors look at the viability of a new company. Put simply, how long (in months) would it take for a company to “burn” through all its cash reserves? A startup that’s…

Alternative Lending: Closing the Debt-to-Income Gap

We’ve talked a fair bit about the importance of debt-to-income ratios here at the Progressa blog. This fundamental ratio shows the relationship between how much you make, and how much you owe: for Canadians, it has leapt to historically high levels in recent years of…

Personal Finance for Kids: Reimagining the Allowance

The working world has created a mental cycle among those of us who ply the nine to five: put in your hours, and anticipate the weekly, biweekly or monthly deposit from our paycheques. It’s a simple pattern, and it can unfortunately cause us to think…

So You’re Debt Free – What Next?

With hard work, perseverance, ingenuity, and help from the right groups of support and advice, we can eliminate the pressure of debt in our day to day lives. For many individuals, the road to eliminating long-term debts and all of their negative effects on personal…