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Category: Travel and lifestyle

Use your food scraps to help your garden grow

Read these tips to see how you can grow fresh vegetables and save money using food scraps from your kitchen.

  It may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but you can regrow several vegetables from ordinary kitchen scraps. The cuttings from vegetables including onions, celery, and ginger root to name just a few, can all be used to grow new plants. Little effort is required to generate new plants and most … read more

Tips for staying healthy and positive while in isolation

Tips for staying connected with friends and family and staying healthy and positive during these challenging times.

  As the full scope of the COVID-19 pandemic becomes clearer, it’s also clear that Canadians will be required to maintain the current physical distancing protocols for some time yet. For those already struggling with job losses or who have been personally impacted by this health crisis, you have our deepest sympathy. We know that … read more

Tips to work from home more effectively

Read these tips to help you be more productive when working from home.

  The world has changed in the past few weeks, and, as we work together to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, “social distancing” has become a crucial part of the fight against this outbreak. This has required non-essential business to close and employees to work remotely. With that in mind, here are some … read more

More tips to help sell your home

Check out these tips for ways you can make your home its most attractive for prospective buyers.

A while back we published an article in the Oaken Blog that listed 5 tips to help you sell your home. With a busy spring market expected in several parts of the county this year, we thought it would be helpful to add a few more things for you to consider if you’re planning to … read more

Tips for Snowbirds Heading South

Tips for Canadian Snowbirds preparing for southern destinations.

The annual migration of Canadian Snowbirds heading south in search of warmer weather will soon be underway. These dedicated travellers are not looking for a mere couple of weeks to break up a long Canadian winter; for these travelers, the goal is to avoid winter altogether! If you dream of joining the Snowbird lifestyle, here … read more

All about EVs: Making the transition to electric vehicles

Transitioning to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) is a critical part of Canada’s plan to reduce the country’s green house gas emissions.

The government of Canada has committed to reducing total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below 2005 levels. The timeline to accomplish this is 2030, which may seem like it’s a long way off, but it’s barely a decade away! By 2050, the goal is even more aggressive, with long-term emissions to be reduced … read more

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Did you know that, according to police figures, Canadians reported losing over $120 million to scammers last year? The actual number could be much higher as the Better Business Bureau estimates that the figure jumps to well over a billion dollars when you include all the presumed losses that no one even bothers to report. … read more

10 tips to help you save money on your next trip

Barry Choi shares his tips to help you save money on your next trip.

Please join us in welcoming Barry Choi as a contributor to the Oaken Blog. Barry is a well-known personal finance and travel expert, and a regular guest on some of Canada’s largest media outlets. You can follow Barry on his personal site moneywehave.com or reach out to him on Twitter @barrychoi. In his first article … read more

Simple driving tips to save fuel (and money)!

Help improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and save money with these small changes to your driving habits.

The price of gasoline has been on an upward trajectory for the past few months, and with the prospects of increasing carbon taxes likely resulting in future price increases, motorists are looking for ways to reduce their driving costs. Obviously, buying a more fuel efficient vehicle or even switching to an electric vehicle is one … read more

Travel destinations where your loonie goes farther

There are still many places you can visit where your Canadian dollar can buy you more.

For those planning to travel outside Canada in the next little while, your vacation might now cost you a little more than you’d originally planned. That’s because the “loonie” continues to struggle against most of the major currencies. This includes the US dollar, the British pound and the Euro. What’s even more distressing for travellers … read more