There’s no denying it – winter is officially here. And while you’re likely wrapped up in holiday shopping madness, it’s the cold weather incidentals that can really cost you. Perhaps your home is proving to be a heating bill hazard – or you’re tempted to splurge on that new down parka. Whatever the expense, we have ways for saving you some cold, hard cash.
Save On Heating Bills With Home Winterization Tips
Quick, shut the door – you’re letting all the warm money out! Heating costs can skyrocket as temperatures plunge – and while there’s always the “put on a sweater” argument, sometimes drafts are due to energy deficiencies around the home.
It may take some up front investment to properly cold-proof your home, but the savings are often worth it. Here are the top ways to tell if your home needs some work.
Read Allan’s Blog | Save On Heating Bills With Home Winterization Tips
Winter Car Maintenance Tips That’ll Save You Money
Other than a home purchase, cars are one of the biggest monetary commitments you’ll make – and cold weather poses all sorts of costly pitfalls for your wheels.
From road safety kits to picking your snow tires, these car maintenance tips will save your car from an icy breakdown – and your wallet from pricey emergency fixes.
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Winter Clothing: When To Splurge, When To Save
With Canada’s frosty weather, upgrading your winter wardrobe isn’t a fashion statement – it’s a necessity! Stocking up on cold weather gear can get expensive, quick – but it’s hardly an area to skimp on quality.
Check out our save or splurge winter wardrobe checklist!
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And in this week’s finance headlines:
Historically Low Mortgage Rates: A Holiday Miracle?
Home buyers have good reason to feel jolly – RateSupermarket.ca’s expert Mortgage Rate Outlook Panel calls for low fixed and variable mortgage rates.
Read Kelvin’s Blog | Historically Low Mortgage Rates: A Holiday Miracle?
How To Reduce Holiday Spending Stress
Holiday spending stress is common this time of year – 41 per cent of shoppers report anxiety over their financials, according to a PC Financial report. Check out our tips to worry – and spend – less at the mall.
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5 Ways To Cure Your Spending Hangover
Suffering from a Black Friday / Cyber Monday spending hangover? If you overdid it on the spending this holiday season, check out our top tips for making your wallet feel better.
Read Melissa’s Blog | 5 Ways To Cure Your Spending Hangover
Stronger Protection Needed For Debt Resolution Consumers
Consumers desperate to reduce their debt can be a vulnerable group, targeted by some debt settlement companies, and entrapped in a snare of fees. Now, a new act in Ontario has been put in place to protect consumer rights.
Read Jaclyn’s Blog | Stronger Protection Needed For Debt Resolution Consumers
Rogers NHL Deal: Score For Investors
The Rogers NHL deal, a $5.2-billion agreement, effectively gives the communications giant full control of Canadian hockey access. Here’s why investors are cheering on the move.
Read Sean’s Blog | Rogers NHL Deal: Score For Investors
How I Ruined My Credit Score: 3 Debt Truths You Need To Know
Anyone can find themselves with debt – even if you believe you’re responsible with money. Editor Penelope shares her story of how she fell into the debt hole – and the steps she’s taking to fix her credit score.
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Will CMHC Risk Fees Hurt Homebuyers?
Last Friday, it was announced that the CMHC must pay risk fees to the Canadian government in exchange for backing 100% of the high risk mortgages they cover. How will this impact tax payers – and will it lead to higher costs for home buyers?
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StatsCan Q3 Report: Canadian Economy Beats Growth Predictions
The latest StatsCan numbers show the Canadian economy performed better than expected in Q3, as conditions improve post-recession. Here’s a breakdown of the biggest positive contributors.
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RBC Economics: Q3 City Housing Prices Remain Out Of Reach
The latest RBC housing market report finds urban home prices continue to be out of reach for many buyers, particularly single detached homes.
Read Jaclyn’s Blog | Q3 City Housing Prices Remain Out Of Reach
How Grey Divorce Is Leading To Senior Poverty
Senior poverty is on the rise in Canada, according to the latest report from the OECD. One of the biggest factors affecting seniors’ living standards: grey divorce. As splitting later in life becomes more common, some are finding their retirement savings to be negatively affected.
Read Sean’s Blog | How Grey Divorce Is Leading To Senior Poverty