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Tag: budget

Money rules I live by

Read the latest from financial expert Barry Choi in the Oaken Blog.

Growing up, I was fortunate that my parents taught me some of the basics when it comes to finances. It’s not like they had a ton of money or worked in the financial services industry. They were immigrants who understood the value of a dollar and passed those values down to me. The truth is, … read more

6 ways to start saving on your monthly bills

Check out these ideas for how you can save on your monthly budget.

Creating a monthly budget is one of the best things you can do to help you successfully save for a goal. A budget not only tracks your spending each month, it also makes it easier to review each individual expenditure. When reviewing your monthly budget, be sure to take a close look at those recurring … read more

How my wife and I saved a $200,000 down payment

Saving the required down payment can be a major obstacle for first-time home buyers. Here’s how one couple did it.

A couple of years back, my wife and I became first-time homebuyers. This itself isn’t anything special since many Canadians own their homes, but what people are shocked to hear is that we had a down payment of $200,000. Most people assume that we had help from our parents (which we did), but the majority … read more

Maria on distinguishing needs versus wants

Prioritizing needs and wants is an important part of budgeting and saving for your future.

At some point or other, almost everyone struggles with the sensation of feeling a little “out of balance”. For those experiencing this phenomenon, the source can often be traced to some form of conflict or external stress. Not surprisingly, financial concerns are a frequent source of this conflict. And whether it’s managing your household expenses, … read more