Relationships, Engagements, and Weddings – Say “I Don’t” to Debt

Between 40% and 50% of divorces happen because of money-related issues depending on what survey you read.  Do we really need any more proof that this personal finance thing is important?

$32,358 Average wedding cost Wedding Bells Magazine

Average bride thinks engagement ring should 4K, still need wedding bands there too buddy

Pre Nup?  Breaking off?  Common law?

Cohabitation Agreements and Living Together Common Law

The Cost of Canadian Weddings Today

How to Ask for Money Instead of Gifts Tactfully

Joint or Personal Accounts for Couples?

Would You Buy an Engagement Ring on Amazon?

Alternatives to Diamond Engagement Rings

How to Split the Costs of Dating

Eloping vs a Destination Wedding

The Cost of Destination Weddings vs Traditional Weddings

How Much is That Wedding in The Window?

10 Financial Tips for Newlyweds

A Love Letter To Financial Planning (from an opera singing farmboy)

A few years ago I can honestly say I had given zero thought to what constituted a ‘financial planner’. I honestly didn’t care.  A financial planner seemed like something for other people. People with tons of money and complicated financial situations. They were for...

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The Complete Guide to Canada’s Best Online Banks

Canada’s online banks are growing not only in number of competitors, but also in services offered, and ease of use as well.  This is great news if you: Hate driving to a bank branch. Can’t stand waiting in lines. Don’t enjoy paying ever-increasing fees to access your...

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What Spending Years of Savings Feels Like (Don’t Panic!)

Sure, saving is all the rage in the world of personal finance nerds, but here’s a fun fact: Even if you’re saving for retirement, you’re going to spend that money someday. I learned that the hard way when three of my biggest savings goals all needed to be spent in a...

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How to Gracefully Say No to Expensive Plans

Summer is the season of sun, fun, and expensive plans with friends. But what if you need to say no to expensive plans, for reasons from affordability to straight-up not wanting to attend? Between festivals, patio drinks, brunches, camping trips, vacations and more,...

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Money Earned While on Maternity and Parental Leave in Canada

In Canada we are pretty darn lucky to have a great maternity (and paternity) leave system, although surviving on 55% of your income for much of the year can be pretty daunting.  Some of my friends in the United States are not so lucky and have 12 weeks of leave after...

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How to Ask for Money Instead of Wedding Gifts (Tactfully)

According to the Globe and Mail the average wedding costs over $25,000 these days.  It doesn’t make much sense to go into debt when you’re just beginning your new life together (especially considering that financial stress can be so destructive to relationships). ...

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Mixing Social Norms and Market Norms with Dating

I recently read this great book by Dan Ariely (a researcher in behavioural economics) called "Predictably Irrational" and one of the chapters was especially interesting: The Cost of Social Norms: Why we are Happy to Do Things but Not When We are Paid to Do Them"...

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4 More Marriage and Money Tips

"For better or worse, for richer or poorer" The sad reality is that many marriages do not survive the for "poorer" especially if there is a significant difference between the spending habits of the individuals within the marriage and when there is irreconcilable...

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