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Why having multiple savings accounts has kept me on track

You could easily argue that money management is the hardest thing to take care of when trying to get your finances in order. With so many expenses and different saving goals, how exactly do you ensure that you have enough money for everything? I personally find that having multiple savings accounts is the easiest way...read more

How I’m making my TFSA work for me

On January 1, 2009, the Canadian Government introduced Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA). The concept was “simple”; every year, any individual who is 18 years old or older and who had a valid Social Insurance Number could contribute/invest a set amount of dollars. For the first year, the maximum allowable contribution was $5,000. I put simple...read more

Money rules I live by

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

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

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

10 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

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