The dog days of summer have arrived – and for many, that means taking off some well deserved vacation time. Whether you plan to road trip, jet set to new destinations, or even just kick it local, all play and no work can be pricey.
Read on for our ways to keep your cash cool this summer, while having an absolute blast!
6 Mouthwatering BBQ Savings Tips
Summer means firing up the grill on the regular – and what could be more fun than having the gang over for a few backyard burgers?
While the eating may be good in the warm weather months, throwing a bbq bash isn’t exactly cheap. Here’s how to cut down on your grocery and entertaining costs this summer.
Read Allan’s Blog | 6 Mouthwatering BBQ Savings Tips
Awesome Staycation Ideas That Save Money
Can’t muster the funds to get out of dodge this summer? Don’t fret – sticking close to home doesn’t have to be a drag! Turn your vacation into a staycation by putting a new spin on local favourites. Not only will you still have a blast – but you could save a bundle, too.
Read on for ways to create an enjoyable day on the town, and how to keep your costs low while out and about.
Read Diane’s Blog | Awesome Staycation Ideas
Must-Know Vacation Money Saving Tips
You’ve suffered through the cold winter months, and the nine-to-five office slog – now it’s time for that much deserved vacation! Whether you’re hitting the open road or taking to the skies, stop to consider your budget!
All those restaurants, hotels and shopping while on vacation can really add up. Here’s how to have a blast while being kind to your bank account.
Read Melanie’s Blog | Must-Know Vacation Money Saving Tips
And on the newsstand this week…
July Mortgage Rates Rise With Summer Heat
High government of Canada bond yields point to continuously high July mortgage rates, according to RateSupermarket.ca’s expert panel.
Read Kelvin’s Blog | July Mortgage Rates Rise With Summer Heat
Is Your Vacation Properly Insured?
Taking off for summer vacation? Don’t leave home without the right car or travel insurance. The right coverage can save you literally tens of thousands of dollars in case of injury or illness, loss of baggage and flight cancellations.
Read Penelope’s Blog | Is Your Vacation Properly Insured?
Loblaw Shoppers Drug Mart Acquisition: Good News For Bargain Buyers
The recent acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart by Loblaw Cos Ltd. is a move that challenges the onslaught of American big box retailers in Canada. Does this mean lower prices for Canadian consumers?
Read Rubina’s Blog | Loblaw Shoppers Drug Mart Acquisition
Are Canadian Debt Levels Better Than The U.S.?
The Department of Finance has long warned against the hazardous debt levels reached by Canadian households. After all, current debt-to-income ratios rival those of the U.S., right before the economic downturn. However, a new report by TD Economics suggests the situation calls for less doom and gloom than previously thought.
Read Andrew’s Blog | Are Canadian Debt Levels Better Than The U.S.?
How To Get An Online Shopping Refund
Looking to get an online shopping refund? The process can be tricky when returning to stores cross-border. Check out these tips for getting your money back, including a new company that’ll deal with the red tape and legwork on your behalf – for a price.
Read Andrew’s Blog | How To Get An Online Shopping Refund
Trimming Teen Car Insurance Costs
Teen car insurance costs are often higher than those of mature drivers as their lack of experience poses higher risk on the road. Here are a few ways to save on insurance when you teen is behind the wheel.
Read Gordon’s Blog | Trimming Teen Car Insurance Costs
Couples Not Always Truthful About Finances: TD Poll
A recent TD poll found that 22% of couples stretch the truth when it comes to their finances, as it remains a taboo topic for many.
Read Sean’s Blog | Couples Not Always Truthful About Finances: TD Poll
This week, we asked our Money Wise readers:
What do you spend most on in the summer?
43% say travel – whether heading to the cottage, or jetting to a more exotic locale, gas or plane costs can take a big bite out of your wallet.
35.9% say entertainment – family and friend bbq costs can really add up.
19.8% say home and car maintenance – keeping cool can cost big bucks, especially if energy efficient upgrades are needed.
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Until next week!