How to make a budget that works

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A lot of people I know have been starting first jobs lately.  And first jobs means… more beer first budget!  Well, maybe it doesn’t mean that to most people and certainly not to me way back when – but getting started on a good solid budget right from the beginning will set you up for future financial success. Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/twon/ When I had my first...

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Drip drip drip…

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It’s the sound of the Vancouver rainy season in full swing but also the sound of my first dividend purchase now being able to take care of itself.  Brian posted a while back about our current investments and mentioned that I bought some SunLife stock.  The stock is currently tanking (like everything else in this economy) so I took the opportunity to pick up some more shares and send in my dividend...

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Mortgage transfer to TD Bank

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Over the last month, we’ve been going through the process of transferring our mortgage from Vancity to TD Bank. Our five year term with Vancity is not due until 2015, and we pay three months interest in penalty to Vancity for breaking the terms of our mortgage. Why are we doing it? TD was able to offer us a rate that was 0.85% lower than Vancity. When you’re talking about a mortgage worth...

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A back to school NON-deal

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While I was walking to the bus loop on campus earlier this month, I noticed that there were lots of companies with booths set up outside the student union building.  They were doing back-to-school promotions on everything from newspaper subscription to phone plans.  September is often a great month for getting deals because companies are targeting students who may have just moved out on their own...

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