Make Financial Responsibility Your New Year's Resolution

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Every January should be a time to consider where you are financially and where you want your financial future to go. We should always be challenging ourselves to become more financially responsible. Yes it is like the New Year’s resolution, but the results can affect you the rest of your life. Let’s set you up […]

How to Minimize Debt Before and After Retirement

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5 Debt No-Go’s in your senior years Carrying debt into retirement is risky.  An early retirement due to illness or job loss can derail your repayment plans. Making debt payments on a fixed income is difficult. Here are 5 types of debt you should never carry into retirement: Credit card debt Car loans Payday loans […]

How to Minimize Debt As Your Family Grows

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As you enter your 30’s and 40’s, your likely entering a period of many milestones: marriage, family, a new home, perhaps a career change. If you had good financial habits during your 20’s you will have paid down most of your student debt, avoided high credit card balances, built a small emergency fund and set […]

How To Minimize Debt as a Millennial

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Starting out on your own is exciting, but it comes with the responsibility to make decisions. Making good financial choices from a young age will have an impact on your financial health for years. Lesson Plan Save more money Separate needs from wants. Pay off student loans asap Start an emergency fund. Use credit wisely. […]

Are You Prepared to Play the Game of Debt?

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Transcript: Debt. Most people don’t realize how big debt can become even when they think they’re being responsible. Debt usually starts small, with a few reasonable expenses put on credit – but it can grow quickly from there. If you’re a recent high school graduate, you probably just got a credit card. If you’re heading […]

Should You Get A Wedding Loan?

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Posted by J. Douglas Hoyes, CA, CPA, LIT, CIRP, CBV

You’ve been planning your wedding down to the last small detail including the big question – how are we going to pay for this? Should you take out a wedding loan or use your credit card to cover some of the costs of your wedding or honeymoon? Let’s consider the concept of good debt and bad […]

When Is Overdraft Protection A Bad Idea?

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Overdraft protection seems like a good idea. You pay a service fee to cover you for the unfortunate time or two, that your bank account is temporarily short of funds, avoiding costly returned or NSF cheque charges and the embarrassment of having your payment bounce. According to one big Canadian bank “it helps you manage […]

30 Practical Tips To Avoid Debt

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Posted by J. Douglas Hoyes, CA, CPA, LIT, CIRP, CBV

Today’s show is our 100th episode of Debt Free in 30. Since, it first aired in September 2014, Debt Free in 30 has broadcast 100 episodes over 2 seasons to thousands of listeners. To celebrate this milestone, I broke away from my usual format. No guests, no specific topics this time. Instead, I shared my top 30 tips to help you avoid unwanted debt.

5 Ways To Survive Without a Credit Card

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Most people would agree that it’s almost impossible to live without a credit card today. We no longer operate in a cash only society, in fact the use of cash to pay for things is on the decline in Canada.  Without a credit card you can’t easily book a hotel room or make a purchase […]

Planning for Retirement? Pay Off Debt & Start Practicing

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Have you put off saving for retirement? Find out how you can get back on track with today's podcast. My guest, David Trahair discusses his new book, The Procrastinator's Guide to Retirement: How You Can Retire in 10 Years or Less, and shares tips on how to prepare for your retirement.