Think twice before dumping your landline

What you need to consider before you opt to cut the cord

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Life-long learners more mentally fit to navigate daily life

Working a MOOC or two into your lifestyle may also improve your financial health

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Sewing your way to savings

But be warned, the costs can add up

Sewing your way to savingsPurchase Sewing your way to savings CALGARY, AB, Mar 28, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Can sewing your own stuff save you money? The short answer is, ‘maybe.’ Let’s look three scenarios to see where sewing cuts costs. Scenario One: You’re scanning for deals in a designer clearance outlet, hoping to spot a new winter coat…

Cutting Corners on your cup of coffee

Even the inventor of those little pre-packaged coffee pod thingies believes they are too expensive

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It pays to check that store receipt

A few tips to ensure you get the deal advertised on the store shelf

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Quick cash from a payday loan not worth the cost

Banks are now making it easier for marginalized Canadians to open an account

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Tips to achieving a luxurious lifestyle

It all depends on how you define it

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How to enjoy your summer on a budget

Short of cash? Here are our 4 tips so you can still enjoy your time off

How to enjoy your summer on a budgetCALGARY, AB, Jul 11, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Summer sunshine might be free, but we sure can rack up a ton of bills trying to cram every ounce of enjoyment into the nine weeks between Canada Day and Labour Day. It seems that anyone who can heads to the cottage or squeezes the kids into…

The truth about coupons

Couponing hype is often more 'urban legend' than reality

The truth about couponsCALGARY, AB, Jun 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Mega-corporations throw a daily cartload of kitchen coupons in our direction. We find them in our mailboxes, online, and in our newspapers. But do grocery coupons really save us money? I have always been a skeptic when it comes to couponing dogma. But I am clearly in…

Cutting Corners at the car lot

Don’t settle for anything less than a car that gets you where you want to go on the money you make

Cutting Corners at the car lotPrevious columns in our series Stay focused when buying a car Is the car sharing option right for you? CALGARY, AB, Jun 6, 2014/ Troy Media/ - You've done your research. You know exactly what vehicle you want, and you know what you want to pay for it. Good job. Now you're ready to rise…