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Welcome to the MyMoneyCoach.ca blog where we share our best strategies and information to help you make smarter choices with your money. If you're coming back for an older article, you can find it here.

Smart Back-to-School Shopping Tips That Can Save You Money

Smart back to school shopping tips to save money & stick to your budget.

There’s no shortage of smart back-to-school shopping tips for 2017 when you look online. From blogs to Facebook posts, back to school shopping articles in the news, Pins and other social shares. But if you’re looking for more ideas to save money, or new ideas to make back to school shopping easier on your finances, here are a few tips that won’t work for everyone, but are still worth considering...

Could You Survive a Financial Emergency Like a Forest Fire?

Whether it’s a financial crisis caused by a forest fire, a flood, or a more common crisis like unemployment, unexpected emergencies happen and usually at the worst possible time – or so it seems. The best way to manage through a financial emergency is to follow the motto of the Boy Scouts "Be prepared." This means having a well thought out emergency plan to minimize any potential risks. To help you get through an unexpected crisis, we've outlined a number of action steps to take.

New Surprising Things Most People Don’t Know about Life & Health Insurance

New Surprising Things Most People Don’t Know about Life & Health InsuranceLife and health insurance are important tools to protect your family, yourself, and what you’ve worked hard for and should be included in almost everyone’s financial plan. The interesting thing is that life insurance is no longer what you remember your parents talking about. Things have changed dramatically to help more Canadians get the coverage they need at a price they can afford.

Serious About Paying Off Debt? Here are Three Things to Avoid

There are countless tips and tricks to help cut credit card debt down to size, but the most important tip is one that’s often overlooked - adjust your approach and align your spending with what is most important to you. What does this mean day-to-day? Credit card debt doesn’t typically happen overnight. It’s lots of small purchases that add up over time. As a result, paying it off has as much to do with your mindset as it does with how you manage your money.

If you seriously want to pay off your debt, read on to find out about 3 things that you will for sure want to avoid…

Payday Loans: What You Need to Know Before You Borrow

What you need to know before borrowing payday loans in Canada.On the surface, borrowing a few hundred dollars to solve a cash crunch might seem like a good option, however, payday loans are an expensive form of credit. If you live pay cheque to pay cheque and have considered taking out a payday loan, a better strategy is to determine what’s causing your cash crunch and finding ways to better your situation.

From getting into a payday loan cycle or being faced with high interest charges, read on for what to know before you consider taking out a payday loan….

Is a Free Credit Score Really Free?

Credit reporting in Canada is a bit of mystery to most consumers, however it doesn’t have to be that way. From learning about what is on your credit report, how to get your own credit report for free, or how to improve your credit rating, to the complexities behind the credit scoring system – we lay it all out for you in plain English.

Getting your credit score for “free” can be legit, but it may also be too steep a price to pay. Here’s why….