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Your home can work to your advantage in many ways. But like all things in life, when using the equity in your home it's important to strike a balance between personal and financial goals. Subscribe to the 'Balance' e-newsletter and get great financial tips & strategies delivered to your inbox monthly.
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MAY 2019 - Issue 142 - PRESENCE OF MIND
According to Statistics Canada, 2018 was a stressed out year for Canadians - 73% of all working adults aged 20 to 64 report at least some level of stress. This probably isn't that shocking considering our busy day-to-day lives. Our minds are constantly being pulled from pillar to post. The world many of us live in is quite hectic and can leave us feeling stressed and at times quite anxious. Read Issue 142
APRIL 2019 - Issue 141 - YOUR HEALTHY BRAIN
Stress and anxiety issues are a serious concern for Canadians. According to Statistics Canada, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental health issues in their lifetime. Mental health doesn't mean mental illness. In fact, mental health is just like physical health - we all have it. Read Issue 141
MARCH 2019 - Issue 140 - BEYOND YOUR RRSP
In last month's issue, we shared helpful information about making the most of this year's RRSP contributions. RRSPs can give you a significant financial advantage. In this issue, we'd like to bring your attention to another strategy — paying off high interest debt. It's a relatively simple concept to understand, but can have a tremendous impact on your financial future. Read Issue 140
FEBRUARY 2019 - Issue 139 - ARE YOU MAXIMIZING YOUR TAX SAVINGS?
RRSPs can give the average Canadian a huge financial advantage. The money you contribute to your RRSP is tax deductible. So in addition to putting away funds for your future, you can gain the immediate benefit of reducing the taxes you pay this year. Read Issue 139
JANUARY 2019 - Issue 138 - HAPPY 2019!
Have you started on your New Year's resolutions? Many of us can be very keen about making resolutions, but likewise, for many of us keeping them can be challenging. Read Issue 138
DECEMBER 2018 - Issue 137 - 3 GREAT THINGS ABOUT CHRISTMAS
With Christmas fast approaching, this can be one of the most exciting times of the year. It's an especially fun time of year for kids, and the young at heart. We've been talking to family and friends and here are 3 of the most common ‘greatest things about Christmas’. Read Issue 137
NOVEMBER 2018 - Issue 136 - THE ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD
Winter is here, and with it the inevitable chilly, wet and snowy weather. This is the time to look at winterizing your home. The number one place to start your home winterization is with the roofing system. Here are some tips to follow for winterizing your roof. Read Issue 136
SEPTEMBER 2018 - Issue 134 - STEER CLEAR OF STRESS
September ends summer vacation and ushers in a new year of school. Whether it's the first year at university, or a move from grade 9 to 10, there's no denying that this time of year can be both exciting and stressful too.
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AUGUST 2018 - Issue 133 - SUMMER SAFETY FOR THE KIDS
Summer is in full swing! Here are some tips to help keep your kids safe this summer.
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JULY 2018 - Issue 132 - A HEALTHY HOME
Maintenance is a key part of home ownership. Regular maintenance ensures that your home is a safe and healthy place for your family - it also helps to protect your investment.
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JUNE 2018 - Issue 131 - A HEALTHY OUTLOOK
There's a common feeling that many of us share: being pulled in different directions. In our busy and demanding lives, one area that often suffers neglect is our health. Making healthy choices isn't always easy, and setting aside even 30 minutes a day for physical activity can often be a challenge.
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