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Your pain-free savings plan

Your pain-free savings plan

Saving money can often feel like going to the dentist. We know we have to do it, but we often put it off for too long. Saving money early creates a good habit,” says Bianca Selby, Branch Manager at Assiniboine Credit Union Garden City. “It’s much better than spending everything you earn. It gives you […]

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Federal Budget

How could the federal budget impact average Canadians?

The 2019 federal budget brings a financial boost to homebuyers, workers and low-income seniors. Here are some important highlights. While the 2019 federal budget may have been overshadowed by other headline-grabbing politics, a healthy majority of Canadians approve of some of the budget’s key policies. This isn’t too surprising, given that there are some considerable […]

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Condo or house: Should you buy a house or condo?

Which should you buy: Condo or house?

It’s the modern riddle for today’s urban dwellers — should you buy a condo or go with the traditional house? Condo or house. Of course, there are pros and cons for each option. These include the practical side of things (think maintenance and floor plans) versus the financial considerations. So, what would tempt a buyer […]

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10 steps to buying your first home

10 steps to buying your first home

Buying a new home can be an exciting time. After all, you can finally move into a place you can call your own — whether you’re leaving that long-term rental property, an apartment, or your family’s home. Although there are plenty of potential pitfalls for first-time homebuyers, you can avoid many of the issues with […]

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Mortgage do's and don'ts

Mortgage Do’s and Don’ts

Most people are unaware of the potential roadblocks they could come up against when applying for a mortgage — until it’s too late. This list of mortgage do’s and don’ts are designed to save you from mortgage application headaches.   Check your credit score in advance Your credit score is an essential ingredient in the […]

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How to finance a home renovation

How to finance a home renovation

While carrying out renovations on your home can be a daunting task, finding the money to finance it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of financing options available to help with your home renovation. The right one for you will depend on how much you need to borrow and how quickly you want to […]

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5 ways to grow your savings today

5 small changes to grow your savings today

A guide to reinventing your “spending” self and becoming a “saver” Canadians are pretty accomplished spenders. Last year, we increased our consumer debt by 4.3%, and on average, each of us owes $29,312 — not including our mortgages.   When it comes to saving, however, we’re not quite so successful. Only a quarter of Canadians […]

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