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The Hidden Cost Of Small Town Living

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My wife and I are raising our three kids in a small town, about 40 minutes drive from my work in the city. We chose small town life many years ago for several reasons; family supports, proximity to schools & church, general peace and quiet, that kind of thing. The lower cost of living, town vs. city, was also a …

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The $1500 Rule For Car Buying

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Is there a financial decision that people agonize over more than buying a vehicle? A house is undoubtedly a bigger purchase, but it isn’t one that comes along as often, at least not for most people. I often find myself in conversations with friends and colleagues who are trying to figure out how buy a car without it breaking their …

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Helping Your Child Buy Their First Car

first car

For any teenager, buying a first car is a big deal.  Not only are there a lot of important decisions to make, it’s often the first major purchase of their young life. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the factors your child needs to consider prior to buying a first car, and how you as their …

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AFFORDABLE WINTER TIRES: HOW I SAVED OVER $600

affordable winter tires

Winter is on my brain this week, thanks to a major frugal win! Before I fill you in on all the money saving goodness, let’s address the years coldest season! I know what you’re probably thinking; it’s far too early to be mentioning snow and cold! If you live in Canada or the northern U.S. however, the reality is setting …

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WOULD YOU BUY YOUR CHILD THEIR FIRST CAR?

first car

It’s a question many parents ask themselves.  Should you purchase a first car for your child, versus having them save the money on their own. My son turned 16 about six months ago, and is currently shopping for his first car. Naturally, this has led to many conversations with other parents about their own experiences. What I’ve found, somewhat surprisingly, …

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ALL CAR REPAIRS FALL INTO THESE 3 CATEGORIES

car repairs

Hey everyone, hope your weekend is going well! I’m coming at you with a short post today, regarding one of my favourite topics…cars! I actually haven’t written nearly as many vehicle-related blog posts as I would have expected when I started out blogging.  Of course, you may view that as a good thing, depending on your interest level on the …

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5 OF THE MOST DANGEROUS FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS YOU CAN MAKE

Dangerous financial commitments

Hey everyone!  In today’s post I explore  five potentially dangerous financial commitments many of us are confronted with at some point during our lives.  While I’ve summarized them below, I will take a closer look at each one in the coming weeks. Enjoy!   I made a relatively small, (yet somewhat difficult for me) financial commitment this month.  A no-spend January!  The experience has …

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THE GREATEST CAR I’VE EVER OWNED

The Toyota Corolla turned 50 this week. On October 20th to be precise, according to the  Automotive News article that appeared on my Twitter feed.  This piece of news likely didn’t register with most people, simply disappearing into the Twitter abyss along with countless other morsels of information tucked neatly inside 140 characters. But I noticed.  In fact, there was …

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Your Pickup Truck Is Driving You To The Poorhouse

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When searching for ways to spend less money, you might want to start by taking a closer look at how much you are shelling out to get from point A to point B. Because if you’re like most families, transportation costs are taking up a significant portion of your budget.  And while all vehicles tend to be a money pit …