Back To School At A Bargain

Head back to school for less

Labour day is coming up quick – and it’s accompanied by the ring of tills across the country. Back to school shopping is a huge spending event – second only to the winter holiday season as parents everywhere outfit their kids for the playground.

If you dread school shopping more than an algebra test, never fear – our back to class spending guide will keep your wallet out of detention.

How To Budget For After School Activities

Joining after school activities like clubs, sports teams or social groups is vital for healthy physical and social development – but finding such outlets can prove challenging (and pricey!) for parents.

Want to enrol your child in activities, but still feeling the back-to-school squeeze on your budget? Check out our tips for saving money and keeping your kids busy after classroom hours.

Read Allan’s Blog | How To Budget For After School Activities

Save Money On School Night Dinners: A Parent’s Guide

The return of September means swapping laid back summer days for the whirlwind Monday to Friday grind of school, work and activities. With time at a premium, parents can attest how tricky it can sometimes be to get a nutritious meal on the table.

It’s no wonder many families turn to quick convenience meals on busy nights – but that route can get pricey, quick. Check out our tips for keeping your grocery costs down while keeping it fresh.

Read Diane’s Blog | Save Money On School Night Dinners

5 Tips To Find Cheap Back To School Supplies

The first day of school is just around the corner, and you’re looking to send your kids back to class in style. But is shelling out for supplies, clothes and accessories leaving your budget a bit deflated?

Learn your lesson from back-to-school seasons past, and take a bargain hunter approach to school supplies shopping – read on to learn how!

Read Melanie’s Blog | 5 Tips To Find Cheap Back To School Supplies

Check out this week’s hot finance headlines!

Switching Your Credit Card? Consider These Top 5 Travel Credit Cards

Stuck with a slow earning rewards credit card? With so many new options on the market, there’s never been a better time to trade in for a card with quick reward return, easy redemption and, best of all, the sweetest perks.

Read Penelope’s Blog | Consider These Top 5 Travel Credit Cards 

Verizon In Canada: Will Mobile Be More Affordable?

Talk of U.S. communications giant Verizon entering the Canadian mobile market has the big three – Rogers, Telus and Bell – calling foul. Would the entrance of a new mobile company really shake up the smartphone provider pool and create more affordable options for Canadian consumers?

Read Rubina’s Blog | Verizon In Canada: Will Mobile Be More Affordable?

The Not-So-Golden Years: Credit Card Debt Rises Among Seniors

A new survey shows credit card debt is rising among seniors, who are turning to borrowing when savings funds fail.

Read Andrew’s Blog | The Not-So-Golden Years: Credit Card Debt Rises Among Seniors

Tighter Lending Rules Mean Better Credit Card Options For Consumers

Consumers may soon benefit from better credit card options as banks shift their focus from mortgage lending as a main profit source.

Read Sean’s Blog | Lending Rules Mean Better Credit Card Options For Consumers

The Pros And Cons Of Investing In Bank Stocks

Considering investing in bank stocks? They’re traditionally seen as safe investments – but they can also be impacted by our shifting economy, particularly the housing market. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of bank stocks, and whether they’re a good fit for your portfolio.

Read Andrew’s Blog | The Pros And Cons Of Investing In Bank Stocks

5 Money Wasters Students Should Avoid

As if tuition wasn’t a big enough money drain – turns out many Canadian post secondary students are burning their funds without even realizing it! Are you guilty of one of these student money wasters? Here are the top 5 to avoid.

Read Gordon’s Blog | 5 Money Wasters Students Should Avoid

Target In Canada: Bullseye Or Off The Mark?

While shoppers initially welcomed Target in Canada, numbers show that satisfactions and earnings are down. What does this say about Canadian consumer behaviour, and the popularity of discount retailers?

Read Sean’s Blog | Target In Canada: Bullseye Or Off The Mark?

6 Months In: What First Time Home Buyers Have To Say

Six months into making the home ownership leap, two first timers share their experiences so far – the ups, the downs, and the expensive!

Read Andrew’s Blog | What First Time Home Buyers Have To Say

You Answered!

This week, our readers were asked:

What are the priciest back to school preparations for parents?

43.4% of respondents say budgeting for any extracurriculars and sports throughout the year can be costly.
38.7% say shelling out for the new back to school wardrobe is the biggest financial shock.
17.9% say equipment such as textbooks and supplies are the biggest back to school expense.
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