Are You Headed Towards Bankruptcy or Is There a Better Way? #FLM2018

With interest rates rising in Canada, with apartment rental rates skyrocketing in Toronto, many of us are taking on more and more debt. Less saving is getting done.  More and more Canadians are spending on things that don’t really matter. Are you headed towards bankruptcy or is there a better way?

Sometimes you need to look at the numbers

In this world of hustle and bustle, where many of us have a full-time gig and at least one side hustle to pay the bills many Canadians have no balance in their lives.  We are eating out more. Grabbing more coffees in cafes. Did you know the average Canadian family spends $300 on eating out or on take out? How much are you spending and could it make a difference in reaching your long-term goals? Are you able to reach for your dreams?

A number of years ago, I had racked up a huge sum of consumer debt. I declared bankruptcy. I am asking a hard question. Are the spending choices you make today leading you are towards bankruptcy?  Are you one step away?

Take a hard look at where you are spending. Have you ever tracked your daily spends for a month? It can be an eye-opening experience. Simply write down every penny you spend for a month. It may lead you to make some changes.

Invest in Your Financial Well Being

Sow seeds that will make you money smart.

Many years ago I started Common Cents Mom as a place where my readers could come and get smarter about money. I even started the very first personal finance chat in Canada. Now there are many resources. One of my favourite resources, one that helps everyday Canadians is actually put out by the federal government.

If you want to get a handle on your spending habits, learn more about money, use a budget calculator perhaps for the very first time, learn about the differences between a TFSA and a RRSP, and learn about your rights and obligations when it comes to financial institutions, this site gives you the resources that you need.

This week the theme is all about good habits, one of the best habits you can have when it comes to financial literacy is to have a budget and stick with it. It is a foundation ground that you can build on. Financial literacy is important not only for your well being for that of your family and the economy. The more we know the more we can invest in our futures.

Eight years ago, I started talking about financial literacy. I talked about my bankruptcy and through the #Cdnmoney chat encouraged Canadians to get money smart. That is still my goal. I was proud to participate in the first Finacial Literacy Month in 2012 and every year especially in November, I share ways for you to get money smart.

We all need to understand this financial ecosystem and how even our little spending choices can make a difference.

Let me know if you are participating and watching for the #FLM2018 hashtag and what you are learning.

 

 

It’s Financial Literacy Month and Its Time to Talk Finances with Tangerine. #FLM2018

November is Financial Literacy Month (FLM). Perhaps you have seen tweets with the #FLM2018 or #FLM in my social feed. The topic of financial literacy has always been important to me. It is the reason I started Common Cents Mom.

In Canada, the  Financial Literacy Leader is the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC). They coordinate the organizations from the private, public and non-profit sectors to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians.  Their mandate is to make Canadians financially literate aka money smart.

Program Theme

This year’s theme is “Invest in your financial well-being”. The goal is to encourage Canadians to take control of their finances and reduce financial stress by making a budget, having a savings and debt reduction plan, and understanding their financial rights and responsibilities.  For years I talk about these topics during the #cdnmoney chats.  I am thrilled that there has been a whole month dedicated to helping Canadians take control.

Now this month, I have partnered with Tangerine Bank, who are bringing those important money conversations to Twitter with not one but 2 Twitter parties this month. Circle your calendar for both!

To participate in this one use the hashtag #RetirementPlanning!

 

Retirement Planning Twitter Party

  • You need to start preparing today so that you will have enough money to spend during retirement. To participate in this one use the hashtag #RetirementPlanning!

 

Date: November 15, 2018 at 8:00pm ET
Host: @TangerineBank
Guest: Caroline Cakebread @CCakebread, Pension Expert
NO RSVP | $500 in Prizing | Anyone can participate but only Canadians excluding those in the province of Quebec can win prizes

Caroline Cakebread is a pension expert who has researched and written about retirement security and financial literacy for nearly two decades. She’s been a personal finance columnist for Chatelaine and the Toronto Star and is the author of Back From the Brink. She is a contributor on the Tangerine blog https://bit.ly/2qAGIoG.

If you are wondering how much you should save by age 40, you should read this blog post https://bit.ly/2PJqeJa by Caroline Cakebread.

You might think that the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is an actual “pension plan” – after all, that’s what it’s called. But if you’re relying on government benefits like the CPP to fund your retirement, then you probably need to rethink that plan. Caroline Cakebread explains in this blog post. https://bit.ly/2RHRLYG

 

Control of Your Finances Twitter Party

  • Start investing now so that your money works harder for you. Use the hashtag #ControlYourFinances for this party.

 

Control Your Finances Twitter Party
Date: November 26, 2018 at 8:00pm ET
Host: @TangerineBank
Guest: @RobinTaub, Financial Literacy Advocate
NO RSVP | $500 in Prizing | Anyone can participate but only Canadians excluding those in the province of Quebec can win prizes

Robin Taub is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CA) and currently works as a financial literacy consultant, speaker and blogger. She is also the best-selling author of A Parent’s Guide to Raising Money-Smart Kids. She is a contributor on the Tangerine blog. https://bit.ly/2QyGLMU

Interest rates are rising. If you have credit card debt, a line of credit or a mortgage, higher interest rates mean you’ll be paying more to service your debt. It may also take longer for you to pay off your loans. Robin Taub shares why it is time to take control of your finances. https://bit.ly/2PJ03Ch

Financial literacy is being talked about and shared all month long so watch the hashtag and jump into the conversation.

*this post is paid for and sponsored by Tangerine Bank. I have partnered with them many times over the last number of years and am happy to share these important parties with you, my readers.