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Simple Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

From boxed chocolates and perfume to stuffed animals and ads for bouquets of roses, there is a seemingly endless parade of pink, red and white Valentine’s Day gifts on store shelves, and they often come with a hefty price tag.

The good news for budget-savvy families however, is that you don’t have to break the bank to add a little warmth to the lives of your loved ones on this mid-winter holiday. There are many simple, inexpensive and heartfelt ways for you and your kids to spread some kindness to friends, teachers and family members this Valentine’s Day.

How to save money tips for financial new year's resolutions

People aren’t just hitting the gym to get in shape this year. Improving financial fitness is often one of the top New Year’s resolutions; the promise to create a better plan for the family budget, the determination to spend less, resolutions to make more...the list goes on and on.

Managing money isn’t always easy but taking action and using some of the following strategies to fulfill your financial wishes, can be a step in the right direction!

Set a realistic goal

low cost or no cost ideas for working out and getting active with the family

Are you looking to work up a sweat without wearing out your wallet? There are many ways to get the whole family active, while still being frugal, and pay little or no money at all.

How to teach kids of all ages about money

"Can we buy this, Mom?"

"Dad, I want this! I really need it."

Do these phrases sound familiar? If so, take heart, you're not alone. Walk down any cereal aisle or toy store and you'll hear it over and over (and over!) again.

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:


 

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