The leaves are falling and the air is crisp… and that means shopping (and eating) season is upon us! For many, the Thanksgiving long weekend kicks off the yearly holiday spending spree – complete with heaping portions of credit card debt.
Don’t let a bloated budget knock your finances off track. Follow our holiday spending survival tips and you could find your wallet stuffed with savings.
Smart and Early: Holiday Online Shopping Tips
If you recoil in horror at the thought of malls during the peak holiday rush, online shopping may be the key to keeping your sanity this season.
While the perks of shopping online abound (zero crowds anyone?), a few misguided clicks could lead to serious gift gaffes. Check out our tips for navigating that online shopping cart with ease.
Read Diane’s Blog | Smart and Early: Holiday Online Shopping Tips
Save Money on a Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner
Are you the host of your family’s Thanksgiving shindig? Don’t let serving up the big bird take a big bite out of your wallet.
From cranberry sauce to stuffing (and side courses too), we have ways to save on your holiday feast. Gobble, gobble!
Read Allan’s Blog | Save Money on a Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner
How to Talk About Money With Your Family
Thanksgiving offers the chance to catch up with loved ones over dinner – and in today’s dire economy, finance is sure to be the topic du jour at tables across the nation… and for some, that’s hard to stomach.
Don’t dread the conversation – prepare yourself with our etiquette guide to gabbing about money.
Read Melanie’s Blog | How to Talk About Money With Your Family
And in this week’s news headlines…
What a Lower Deficit Means for Canadians
Canada’s deficit levels have considerably decreased since 2011. But how does this translate to jobs, services and security for Canadian citizens?
Read Rubina’s Blog | What a Lower Deficit Means for Canadians
7 Tips to Spend Less This Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is almost here and we wanted to share some tips and tricks to make sure you save the most money this year! Check out these 7 steps to spending less on your family gathering.
Read Lina’s Blog | 7 Tips to Spend Less This Thanksgiving
Proof it Pays to Compare Mortgage Rates
A new Bank of Canada study finds mortgage customers who fail to compare their mortgage rate options end up paying far more than those who do – between $759 to $1,617, to be exact.
Read Penelope’s Blog | Proof it Prays to Compare Mortgage Rates
Spend Less On Your Electronics
Let’s face it – we’ve all gone digital. Our lives are filled with tech toys and trinkets, from iPods to flat screen televisions. But technology isn’t cheap – and getting ahold of the latest electronics comes with a price tag that often can break the bank.
Read Andrew’s Blog | Spend Less on Your Electronics
This week on Money Wise, we asked Canadians:
Does Thanksgiving kick off your holiday shopping season?
41.1% of you are savvy out-of-season shoppers, saying you avoid the holiday rush by scoring deals year-round.
32.9%, however, consider Thanksgiving weekend to be the official start of the holiday shopping races.
26% of you shop on the wild side, tending to hit the mall at the last minute for their holiday needs.
Check out this week’s question for your chance to WIN a $25 Tim Horton’s gift card!