Two for One isn’t always cheaper

Bulk buying discounts to stretch your budget only work if you have extra cash to spend

Two for One isn’t always cheaperDoes your heart skip a beat when you see a skid full of ‘buy one get one free’ grocery items? Maybe the words ‘deep discount while supplies last’ gets you filling your cart with three times as much of the stuff as you’d normally buy? Or, do you head straight for a bulk discount store…

3 first steps to cleaning up your finances

A financial housecleaning is at least as important as getting rid of old newspaper and kitchen crumbs

3 first steps to cleaning up your financesDo you have a hard time keeping track of bank accounts and bills? It may be time to clean up your finances. If you're like me, you clean the pantry and toss out old newspapers and flyers every week or so, but you may go several months without de-cluttering your finances. Our priorities may be…

Enjoy a glittering Christmas that stays within your budget

Whether tough times force your hand or you just want to start January without a credit card bill, you can still enjoy a glittering, happy holiday season

Enjoy a glittering Christmas that stays within your budgetWhat if I told you that ‘cutting corners’ can transform Christmas from a hectic, stressful money drain into a joyous, energizing experience? I understand if you are skeptical, but let me show you how it is possible to save money at the same time you enjoy a sumptuous, all the trimmings holiday season. The secret…

Is there power in positive thinking?

The idea that you can think your way to financial success is a staple of both business books and the self-help movement

Is there power in positive thinking?If you’ve ever picked up a motivational book or attended a wealth building seminar, you’re probably already familiar with terms like “Positive Thinking” and “Create your own destiny.” Ever since Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking hit New York Times’ Bestseller List in 1952, the idea that you can think your way to financial…

Save money, avoid outrageous phone bills when travelling abroad

New CRTC rules mean Canadian providers must now unlock your phone, making it easier to use a different SIM card

Save money, avoid outrageous phone bills when travelling abroadFor many people, smartphones have become 24/7 appendages. However, worried about outrageous phone, data and roaming fees, many people reach for the off switch when travelling. This is particularly true when going out of country or overseas. No one wants to return home to massive cellphone bills. But rules and regulations are starting to change,…

Getting free HD TV channels without cable

By attaching an HD antenna to your high-definition TV, you may be able to pick up many cable channels over-the-air and in high definition

Getting free HD TV channels without cableSome folks just can't live without cable TV, with its hundreds of channels and seemingly endless program choices. But for others, it's getting harder to justify the ongoing expense that can easily exceed $1,000 per year. You hear of people "Cutting the Cord," dropping traditional services and opting to get their entertainment from popular services…

New strategies to keep food costs down this summer

Don’t despair when your frugal habits don’t seem to keep costs down

New strategies to keep food costs down this summerDownload this column on food costs for your publication or website. FREE or Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use CALGARY, AB Jul 31, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Has your grocery bill increased at an exponential rate this summer? You’re not alone. According to Statistics Canada’s June 2015 Consumer Price Index, Canadian consumers…

The best wedding fits the family budget

Tailor your wedding budget to ensure your family and friends can actually afford to be there

The best wedding fits the family budgetDownload this column on planning a wedding for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use CALGARY, AB Jul 20, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Celebrations – birthdays, marriages, christenings, graduations – used to bring families together. These days, they are just as likely to cause discord and financial stress. Weddings,…

How to look good for less

Don’t get shaved on your haircuts

How to look good for lessDownload this column on ways to look good for less for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use CALGARY, AB Jul 8, 2015/ Troy Media/ - I remember it well. Back when I was flush with cash – or wanted the world to think I was – I forked…

Turning cutting corners into an adventure

Living within your means can be fun

Turning cutting corners into an adventureDownload this column for your publication or website CALGARY, AB Jun 5, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Have you ever thought that paring your budget meant giving up on travelling to places you haven’t been to before? Gritted your teeth and grimaced as you sat down to pare fun from your cost of living? Worried that…
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