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Longer amortization periods are becoming the norm

Bigger mortgage payments have Canadians finding new and creative ways to continue making their monthly payments—even if it means they’re ultimately going to pay more.

Don’t get a private mortgage without an exit plan

If you've tried to get a mortgage through one of the country's big six banks but found yourself unable to meet their strict qualifying standards, an alternative lender could be a solution—but make sure you know the risks involved.

The right to repair could save you a lot of cash

It’s a conundrum almost every consumer can relate to: you go to get something repaired only to find out it’s cheaper to buy a brand new one. That’s why the federal government is looking to make it easier for people to repair their own things. 

Driving the news: The 2023 federal budget introduced a goal to give Canadians the "right to repair" the stuff the buy.

Split brain budgeting has people saving so they can splurge

Is saving 50¢ on a bag of carrots enough to pay for an expensive trip or a luxury item? Probably not—but your brain might be telling you it is. 

Millennials who rent may have to work longer

It sucks when your friend takes off on a jet-set vacation, and you can't join because you've got bills to pay. Now imagine how it will feel when your friends retire earlier than you, just because they bought a house.

Day trading in your TFSA? There might be a tax on that

What’s the holdup with the FHSA?

Have you opened up your First Home Savings Account (FHSA) yet? If you have, you’re in the minority. Most financial institutions say they aren’t prepared to offer the product, despite the official April 1st launch date. 

How inflation is driving the Single’s Tax higher

One isn’t just the loneliest number—it’s also the most expensive, thanks to the "single's tax."

You may need to add a tourist tax to your vacay budget

If 2022 was the year of “revenge travel,” then 2023 is the year of “tourism taxes” as countries and cities around the globe implement fees for visitors to enter, looking to cash in on the surge in travel demand.

How the new federal budget impacts your budget

The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and the birds are chirping, which can only mean one thing—the new federal budget just dropped