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A part-time summer job can teach teens the value of earning a paycheque, but not necessarily how to manage their money wisely. That's a job parents should take on, and the earlier the better, experts say. Teaching teens the basics of saving, following a budget and the principles behind responsibly managing checking and credit accounts can instil healthy financial habits that will serve them well as adults.

Try maintaining a travel budget when hidden fees and added charges dog you from the moment you book a trip until you get back home. Researching airfare, transit, accommodation, food and entertainment costs can pay off, but it means knowing what you're paying for.

According to the Stats Man, the average Canadian will spend $420 a month on food in 2017. This is one of the biggest categories in most families' budgets. And it's one that can jump even higher if you don't watch your spending carefully. Some choices seem obvious; others, not so much.

You fell in love, dated and decided to get married. Congratulations! Now comes the fun of planning the wedding, as well as all the potential stressors and exorbitant costs that can accompany the magical day. But couples on a budget, take heart - the most romantic day of your life doesn't also have to be the most expensive.

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Getting the kids ready for the school year may be a busy and expensive time for parents, but it can be a good opportunity to lead by example and teach your children a thing or two about budgeting and money management.

The annual shopping spree for school supplies doesn't need to be frenzied. As September looms, here's what to buy students - and what to avoid!

If you’re having your first child or adding to your family, you might be worried about the impact doing so will have on your pocketbook. The cost of all the diapers, onesies and teething toys you’ll need to buy in your child’s first year can be enough to overwhelm most parents, but the expense of raising kids adds up over a child’s life. In fact, in 2015 MoneySense pegged the cost of raising a child until the age of 18 at over $250,000 Canadian dollars. To help put your mind at ease, here are some ways to prepare before your new addition arrives.

Adapting to a new country isn’t always easy. You have to find a place to live, get a new job, and figure out the laws and regulations in your adoptive country. Where laws are concerned, insurance is an important way to make sure you’re covered if you run into trouble.

Whether to save a little or simply to enjoy everything nature has to offer, many Canadians go camping. To accommodate them, camping grounds are popping up more and more across the country and the sophisticated gear now sold in outdoor stores can entice even the most reticent campers to embark on this adventure.

Whatever your preference, a rustic or luxury cottage, secluded in the woods or on the lakeshore, extravagant or budget friendly, here are 8 tips to help you find the perfect cottage!

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