How to go about securing the best savings strategy in Canada.
With the March 1 RRSP deadline just a few weeks away, many savers are no doubt asking themselves whether they should be putting money into this stalwart retirement account or if they should be investing in the decade-old tax-free savings account, or their Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), in.... More »
When it comes to debt management, many Canadians are struggling to keep up, with their housing situation being a source of stress. That was one of the key takeaways from the latest episode of CBC Television’s The Stats of Life, which focused on Canadian statistics surrounding savings (or lack.... More »
The Financial Umbilical Cord: 48% of Canadian Parents Still Supporting Children in 30s + MORE Mar 15th
A recent poll from RBC shed light on an interesting dilemma that many Canadians are facing: trying to save for retirement while financially supporting adult children. The poll found almost all parents (96%) with children between the ages of 18 to 35 said they have financially supported their adult .... More »
Last week, Canada’s biggest bank, RBC, cut its five-year fixed rate by 15 basis points. This gave customers the option to lock in their mortgage rate at 3.74 per cent, for a five-year term. And surely enough, TD Bank and BMO Bank of Montreal followed suit and cut their five-year fixed rates to th.... More »
Why is everyone always rushing to contribute to RRSPs this time of year? And does it makes financial sense for you to make extra contributions before the March 1 deadline? This time of year is often referred to as RRSP season, as many of us rush to make contributions before the RRSP contribution.... More »
Growing up, I thought I always had a knack for being financially responsible. My parents constantly lectured me about the importance of spending within my means and saving from a young age, so I would be careful not to spend too much while out with friends, and would throw a few dollars in my savings account here and there.
But as I got older and more expenses kept popping up – phone bills, car payments and maintenance, and insurance, to name a few – the more I realized there is a lot I don’t know about managing money. Moreover, 2018 was a rollercoaster of a year; a lot happened in my life and my bank account was definitely affected.
Sound familiar? If you’re a young adult, you probably understand that turning point when life starts coming at you – fast. And sometimes these growing pains can take a toll on your wallet, that is, until you learn your financial lesson.
Here are three important financial lessons I learned in 2018:
Lesson #1: Your emotions can really mess up your finances
Perhaps one of the most important lessons I learned in 2018 is how emotions can lead to impulse decisions…