• Money Matters

    Money Master Class: A Year of Financial Guidance

    If you’re looking to learn more about your personal finances, get your finances in order, get out of debt, save more, or any combination of these, bookmark this page! This Money Master Class will take you through a year of financial tasks, advice, and times of reflection–all with the purpose of getting your personal financial life in order. At the beginning of 2020, Gail Vaz-Oxlade came out of retirement to share her wealth of financial advice with the world one last time. She launched her Money Master Class on Twitter, sharing daily tweets with advice, homework, and, questions to start conversations. I’ve summarized all of these tweets into weekly recaps…

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    #MoneyMasterClass Recap-Week 52

    The year has come to an end! Believe it or not, we’ve made it through 2020! It was a full year of thinking of finances every day and examining how our money is working for us. If you’ve made it through–even partway–CONGRATS! You’ve put in work to get yourself in a better position financially. A Year’s Worth of Lessons This year Gail took us through so many aspects of our lives. Some of my highlights from the year’s lessons were: Focusing on my core values and goals (Week 1) Making my money work harder by choosing better High Interest Savings Accounts (Week 10) Learning about concepts such as Curveball Accounts…

  • Simple Living

    Five Good Things We Experienced in 2020

    We’re almost at the end of 2020 and likely many of us aren’t sorry to see it go. However, in the midst of the anxiety, loss, and uncertainty of the year there were moments that showed we aren’t defined by our circumstances but rather by our responses to them. Below Krista shares a few of the positive things that happened in the midst of this difficult year. Dedication of Front Line Workers There were many instances in which we cared for each other through this pandemic, but those on the front lines gave (and continue to give) their all, risking their safety to care for us. In my area we…

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    #MoneyMasterClass Recap-Week 51

    This week was a short one and it really does feel like things are starting to wrap up for the class. The brief topics touched on were helping others and taking care of our stuff. Helping Others Gail has focused a lot on helping others this year–so much so that her requested “payment” for the #MoneyMasterClass was for donations to women’s shelters and food banks. She carries this message through the end of the year, talking about helping others this week. Stuff and Things Are you a part of any barter groups or neighbourhood groups? They are a great way to connect with others for items to borrow and share.…

  • Simple Living

    Your Guide to Christmas Entertainment Online

    This year we will be spending a lot more time at home for the holidays and, since we’ve had all year to watch everything on Netflix, here’s a list of some different Christmas-y things to check out online. Nutcracker Ballet I love going to the ballet! It is so beautiful to watch and amazing to see what the dancers can do. If you’ve never seen The Nutcracker in person, I highly recommend it! It’s a fun Christmas tradition and thanks to Ballet BC and Simons’ Art for All campaign, it can be affordable at only $15 per ticket. Something to keep in mind when in person performances re-start. In the…

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    #MoneyMasterClass Recap-Week 50

    Budget! It’s one of my favourite words! And in this week’s Money Master Class, Gail had us looking over and refining our budgets. Budgeting Gail started by getting us to check how our budgets are balancing. It’s important to review your budget–especially if there are changes in income–to make sure the budgeted amounts for each category is realistic. I am a huge fan of keeping a spending journal. It can sound like a lot of work to write down every single purchase you make, but once you get into the habit, it takes no time at all. The spending journal helps me to track my spending, ensuring I don’t go…