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.

Keeping the house clean, tidy and show-ready can seem like a never-ending task. Yet, that's exactly what you're expected to do once you list your house on the real estate market. Realtors champion the value of home staging, in which you remove clutter and personal items, and organize the furniture in a way that highlights the home's best features. Staging your home helps sell the house quickly, and for top dollar.

It’s time we formally expanded the list of parental financial obligations to include saving for a child’s postsecondary education. The cost of university or college, even for children who stay in town, is too expensive to be covered by typical part-time and summer jobs. Student loans can make up the difference, but heavy reliance on them can result in debt that delay financial independence after graduation.

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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.

Almost every renovation project will come with some disruption to a homeowner. But there are a number of things you can do to minimize the disarray. Some people will opt to live elsewhere for part or all of their renovation. But for most people, living elsewhere for several months is not financially viable and instead they must find ways to live in a home under construction.

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.

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.

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