Canada Budget

Lovebirds Are Spending Less Due To The Low Loonie

Kristen Larrea | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Kristen Larrea

While Valentine's Day is meant to be a celebratory holiday, many Canadians may be scaling back on showing their affection this year due to the state of the economy. Luckily for those in love, there are out of the (chocolate) box ways to save on Valentine's Day gifts and activities.

Investing At The Local Level Helps Build A Stronger Canada

Raymond Louie | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Raymond Louie

In Ottawa, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) will once again convene a meeting of its 21 big city mayors. FCM is assembling the Big City Mayors' Caucus in advance of the federal budget, building on discussions which have been underway ever since the new government took office in late 2015.

Pledge To Balance Budget 'Very' Cast In Stone, Trudeau Says

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Politics

"You can spend a lot of time talking about hypotheticals and I'm not going to engage in that."

Make The Most Of Your Holiday Budget

Sandra Hanna | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

Recent data from RetailMeNot.ca predicts that Canadians will spend an average of $1,425 per household during the holidays. To help keep your budget in check, check out these six tips for holiday spending this festive season.

Canada's Top 10 Best Value Cities For 2016

Trivago.ca | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

As trivago's best value cities list shows -- calculated using the annual average price of a standard double room and the city's average hotel rating -- planning a Canadian getaway in the New Year will not only be fun, it'll also be affordable.

Black Friday 101: When To Spend And How To Save

Sandra Hanna | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

A recent survey reveals that while 65 per cent of Canadians think Black Friday is a great way to score a deal, only 28 per cent plan to shop that day.

Student Hacks For Avoiding A Holiday Shopping Hangover

Mandy Mail | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Mandy Mail

From buying a new winter coat and gift exchanges with friends, to purchasing a ticket home and celebrating the end of exams, there is no doubt that the holidays and New Year's Eve can put stress on a student's finances.

How To Save Room In Your Holiday Budget For Yourself

Sari Friedman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Business
Sari Friedman

Body butter for mom? Check. Grilling cookbook for dad? Check. Discounted boots on sale for myself? Don't mind if I do... More and more Canadians are shopping for themselves over the holiday season in addition to purchasing gifts for family and friends, according to a recent poll by our company.

Tips To Save Thousands On A New Car

Andrew Tai | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Business
Andrew Tai

One of the worst mistakes you can make when purchasing a car is to neglect negotiating the price. Taking the opportunity to negotiate with a dealership can save thousands of dollars off the price of a car.

This Year, Make And Stick To A Holiday Budget

Wade Stayzer | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business
Wade Stayzer

For most households, the holiday season is an enjoyable time of year to spend with friends and family but it can also be one of the most stressful -- with travelling, hosting and gift-buying all being a major drain on the household finances. Follow these tips to have an enjoyable holiday season while keeping your wallet intact.

6 Tips For Saving Big During Black Friday

David Lester | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

Black Friday is on November 27 and Cyber Monday is on November 30 this year, and I'm pumping up to win on savings! As you already know, I love me a deal, and I wanted to share with you all of my tips and tricks on getting the best item for the best price. It's a retail battle weekend and you need to be suited up.

Growth On Horizon As Canada Enters Era Of Deficit Spending

Darren Sissons | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Darren Sissons

Spending one's way to growth is nothing new. What is new, and what is a first for almost any developed country is that Canada will be using both monetary and fiscal policy as a way to get the economy growing again at the expense of a balanced budget. For the economy as a whole, it is unequivocally good news.

Why Drivers Hate A Lot Of New In-Car Technology

Andrew Tai | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Business
Andrew Tai

With technology growing at such a rapid pace, car manufacturers are always trying to stay ahead of the times by bringing us the newest advances in automotive technology. And why wouldn't they want to when modern cars look, sound and feel far better than their older counterparts, and are reported to be more safe and secure? However, this doesn't mean that modern technology is always useful.

The Best Thanksgiving on a Budget

David Lester | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living
David Lester

Here are my tips and tricks to make a yummy bird and Thanksgiving day, but still on a budget. This year why not stop the turkey tread mill and decide that this will be the best holiday so far! We want to give thanks to everything we have and here is the way to do it on a budget!

Why Students Should Take Time This Thanksgiving to Re-Evaluate Their Finances

Mandy Mail | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Living
Mandy Mail

After six weeks at school, students may be surprised by how much it actually costs to live independently. When I first moved out on my own, I was amazed by all the hidden costs. Living at home, my parents covered most expenses -- from groceries to toiletries -- and I never gave it a second thought.

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

With the first day of school well behind us, and students settling into new routines, now is a great time to take up some learning outside the classroom. Many school curricula don't include financial literacy, so demonstrating the value of money in real world situations has extra importance.

Why the Liberal's Fiscal Plan is the Most Sound

Ralph Goodale | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

With almost all of our 2015 election commitments now in the public domain, the Liberal Party published on Saturday the fiscal plan that will guide the implementation of our platform over the next four years.

Althia Raj

'Thin' Fiscal Plan Put Mulcair On Spot: Ex-Budget Watchdog

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 09.19.2015 | Canada Politics

“I told them, ‘Yeah, there are repercussions when you put out a document that is thin. You put Mr. Mulcair on the spot.'"

How to Financially Prepare for Parental Leave

Wade Stayzer | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Wade Stayzer

Don't let the lack of preparation add more stress to an already chaotic life as a new parent. Having a financial plan in place before the new bundle of joy arrives will allow you to focus all your attention on enjoying the precious moments without worry of making ends meet.

Liberal Plan To Scrap Balanced Budget Law Slammed By Tories

The Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics

“Justin is clearly unwilling to meet the requirements of the law because he has no plan nor intention of ever running balanced budgets.”

Running Government Like a Business Means Looking Beyond Costs

Justin Beach | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

If we were running things "like a business," we would be doing something like a cost-benefit analysis. Somehow, we became obsessed with cost and swept the other half of the equation under the rug. Everything that government does, or does not do, has consequences that go beyond the number of tax dollars spent.

How to Design a Budget That Works for You

Andrew Tai | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Andrew Tai

Perhaps all we really need is an ability to follow a proper budget. You may have one already but if it's not informing your financial decisions, then it's worthless. The sooner you admit that, the better.

How to Achieve Your Ideal Life

David Lester | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
David Lester

A great way to focus your money and efforts is to set solid goals for yourself. This time, instead of just writing down the same old stuff like going to the gym and reading more -- blow out your ideal life. Plato wrote about his theory on true forms and I've applied it to people's lives.

Keep a Money Diary and Become Better With Your Spending

David Lester | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

I have had a money diary for as long as I can remember. I like to write down things like new investment ideas, work ideas, my goals and net worth target for the year. When I'm on vacation I use my diary to write down everything that I want to see and what I've spent that day.

5 Tips to Stretch Your Dollar This Summer

Sandra Hanna | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

With the unlucky loonie continuing to drop, Canadians are pinching their pennies and watching their savings. According to a recent survey from digital offers site RetailMeNot.ca, 73 per cent of Canadians are worried about the nation's economy. However, a little savvy spending will help to satisfy needs and wants.