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Cut Down on Monthly Bills with These Smart Saving Tips

Cut Down on Monthly Bills with These Smart Saving Tips

Cutting spending and increasing savings is an admirable goal, especially during the holiday season when many of us are spending much more than normal.
Life Insurance 101: What You Need to Know

Life Insurance 101: What You Need to Know

Life insurance can be a confusing, and, let’s face it, even morbid, thing to think about, but these policies can be enormously helpful for children or other dependents down the line. By learning a few basics about these policies, the forms they take, and the benefits they offer, you can take the initial steps toward finding the right policy for you and your family.
How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Identity theft is a rapidly rising crime in Canada, with thousands of Canadians falling prey to it every year. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your finances. By keeping your information safe and being smart online, you can keep would-be identity thieves at bay.
What You Should Know About Credit Card Reward Programs

What You Should Know About Credit Card Reward Programs

Credit card rewards can be a great way to earn perks in the course of your everyday spending — from cashback to airline miles. But before signing up for a new credit card, make sure you know all the details of these rewards programs, including how you earn them, how they can be redeemed, and how long they last.
Go From Big Spender to Big Saver With These Tips

Go From Big Spender to Big Saver With These Tips

We all know how important it is to save money, but it can be difficult. Bills pile up and the temptation to make new purchases gets in the way. But with a little planning, some effort, and some willpower, you can create a healthy savings account for a rainy day or for a big purchase.
Car Insurance 101: How to Get the Best Rates

Car Insurance 101: How to Get the Best Rates

Car insurance is both necessary and smart, but it can also be expensive. This doesn’t have to be the case, though. With some research, smart shopping and adopting good habits, you can cut your car insurance rate to make it fit into your budget while still getting you the protection you need.
Here’s What to Do If Your Wallet Is Lost or Stolen

Here’s What to Do If Your Wallet Is Lost or Stolen

Having your wallet or purse stolen is a terrifying situation. After all, that’s where you keep some of your most important and sensitive documents. But with the right tips and a little help from various authorities, you can set things right again — and hopefully not lose anything too important or costly in the meantime.
How to Fly High With a Travel Loyalty Program

How to Fly High With a Travel Loyalty Program

It’s time to get back out there and start traveling again, but if you’re looking for a way to save some money on things like flights or hotels, you might want to consider a travel loyalty program. These tools can be very handy and save you money, but there are some basics to know before you get into one, as well as some potential risks to look out for.
12 Ways to Cut Down Your Energy Bill

12 Ways to Cut Down Your Energy Bill

The weather is turning colder, but that doesn’t mean anyone wants to start paying the sky-high energy bills that come with heating a whole house. If you’re trying to cut down on some expenses and want to figure out how to lower your energy bill, take a look at these tips. You’ll save money, and it’s good for Mother Nature too.
Credit Scores 101: What You Should Know About Yours

Credit Scores 101: What You Should Know About Yours

Credit scores have a big impact on our lives. They affect our ability to get a loan for a car or mortgage and impact the interest that we’ll pay on those loans, which can make a huge financial difference. These scores are a little difficult to understand, but knowing a few simple tips can make a big difference when it comes to your credit.