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Do-it-yourself Halloween costumes under budget

Are you, your family and friends still trying to figure out what to wear on Halloween and cutting it scary close to fright night? Don’t worry. Here are some easy, do-it-yourself ways to create costumes for all kids, from the crib to college and beyond, that are creative and will come under budget!

How to make quick easy and healthy meals

By: Jennifer Palisoc


Life is busy. Families are pressed for time rushing from A to B; from school to hockey or dance practice and other activities. Although schedules can get hectic it’s important to fuel ourselves with healthy food, and if we can save a bit of time in the process, even better!

Here are some ideas to help you get lunch and dinner made in a snap!

Tips for new parents buying baby items advice for saving money

In today’s oversaturated “made-for-baby” market, expectant parents routinely feel compelled to buy a whole suite of special items for their newborn, but almost never end up using.

So if you’re shopping for a baby on the way and want to save a few (hundred) dollars, here are three items you can confidently leave on the shelf.

The rising costs of university tuition and fees

We hear it all the time.  “Tuition is expensive.”

The numbers prove it.  Statistics Canada has found in the past 10 years, the average university tuition has jumped from $4347 to $6373 - an increase of 46%!

That’s not the only post-secondary fee that’s on the rise.

Family Grocery Shopping

By Carmen Kinniburgh

I felt a momentary sense of panic recently, after reading that Canadians can expect the price of fresh fruits, veggies and meats to increase again this year; especially for those of us living in more remote and northern communities. Our dropping loonie is mostly to blame, forcing prices as high as $8 for a single head of cauliflower in some places!

Halloween butterfly costume

By Carmen Kinniburgh

With three kids under the age of 10 at our house, there is a lot of anticipation for Halloween every year, and let’s face it, a little dread about the potential cost of costumes.

Thankfully, there are ways we get the kids on board the DIY costume bandwagon, saving a little money and having fun.

Here are three tried, tested and true techniques for having a budget-friendly and Spook-tacular Halloween:


 

kids on a school bus

Getting back to school can be a stressful and expensive time of year.  So, we wanted to help Canadian families de-stress and save money by finding out how parents and kids prepare for a new year of hitting the books.

On Thursday, August 27th 170 people joined CST’s #MyBTSHack Twitter party and took the Twitterverse by storm.   If you missed it here’s a snap shot.

Colleagues looking at computer

The headlines about recent stock market challenges may be raising some concerns out there.

Hearing about slumping Chinese stocks may spark some fears about the global economy.

If you've invested in a CST RESP, you can rest easy.

"Our focus is not volatility in the short run," said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Chief Investment Officer with CST Consultants Inc. "Our client's money is invested with a long-term horizon."

Family in grass

By: Marjorie Cullen

Parents across Canada will be enjoying a bit more wiggle room in their budgets this month thanks to an increase in the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). 

The UCCB program is not only being extended to include children ages 6 through 17 but will also see an increase of $60/month per child for those who were already enjoying the  benefit.

Happy Familiy

Plan in advance to make sure you don't burn out your budget

What better time to take a road trip than the summer?  Load up the car, pack snacks and games for the kids and head out on your family adventure!  Admittedly along the journey, it can be easy to spend more than you planned.   Unexpected expenses come up – everything from surprise treats to a flat tire can be costly.  Here the top 5 tips from our CST family to keep your family's road trip on track!

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