Category Archive: Finance

Saving for a Downpayment? Some Advice Along the Way!

Saving for a Downpayment? Some Advice Along the Way!

If you are looking to purchase a property in the next while, you probably already know that you need at least 5% of the purchase price as a downpayment. Saving a bigger downpayment, let’s say 10%, certainly increases your chances of securing financing. While...
If You’ve Ever Tried and Failed at Budgeting

If You’ve Ever Tried and Failed at Budgeting

This article was written by Sandi Martin from Spring Personal Finance and was originally published on Spring the Blog July 21st 2015, but it was so good we wanted to share it on our blog as well! If you’ve ever tried and failed at budgeting, or if you’ve...
Prime Rates? Not Apples to Apples Anymore.

Prime Rates? Not Apples to Apples Anymore.

Although the recent changes to mortgage qualification introduced by the government were intended to create stability in the Canadian housing market, the unintended consequences might have been to make the waters a little muddier. For the first time, it looks like...
How (Not) to Consolidate Debt

How (Not) to Consolidate Debt

By Sandi Martin of Spring Personal Finance. The point: it doesn’t matter what method you use to pay off debt, or if you use any method at all. What matters is that you stop creating new debt. It’s out there: the mathematically precise, strictly rational formula for...

How a 5% Increase per Year in Savings Can Double Your Money

Here is a video published by Canadian finance expert Preet Banerjee that discusses the impact simply increasing your annual contributions by 5% per year can have to your savings. Transcript How small increases to your savings can make a big difference to your...

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