How do you like my new (previously owned) table?

    It is a sunny Saturday morning and I am sitting at the kitchen table at my cottage. What struck me on my morning’s bike ride around Winnipeg Beach was the number of garage sales that I came across and the number of people out and about shopping for a bargain. We all know that Manitobans […]

    Family Matters Investing4 min read
    Three Key Real Estate Rules That Effect You in 2022

    As a kid I recall rules being a pain. It made no sense to me that I needed to go to bed at 8:00 PM in the summer when it was still light out, I wasn’t the least bit tired and all the other neighbourhood kids got to stay up. Nor did it make sense […]

    Family Matters Home Ownership3 min read
    How to Protect Your Money In Less Than Five Minutes

    I receive calls every week from across Manitoba from people of every age who have lost money to investment fraud. Some have lost as little as $250 and some as much as $600,000. Regardless of the amount, the bottom line is that once you hand your money over to a fraudster, it is very unlikely […]

    Family Matters Fraud3 min read
    Is life insurance right for you?

    Recently my mom and I were talking about estate planning and the topic of life insurance came up. As a single person without any dependents, life insurance has not been something that I have contemplated. She and my dad on the other hand, purchased a policy when they had their first child. Their primary concern […]

    Family Matters Insurance4 min read
    My basement flooded. Five reasons why home insurance is so important

    It was the Friday night of the August long weekend and I was all ready to step out the door for the start of my summer holidays when I surprisingly stepped in to a large puddle of water… in my basement. Looking further, I discovered that my three-year-old hot water tank had been leaking and […]

    Family Matters Home Ownership Insurance4 min read
    Who Can You Trust? Four steps to naming a TCP

    You’re likely familiar with the ‘Trust Fall’ – a team-building exercise that has been around long enough now that it’s already been parodied to death in film and television. More recent research into the nature of workplace community and productivity has shown the exercise itself is not all that effective in building real, long-term trust […]

    Family Matters Helping Seniors6 min read
    Money Matters at Your Library: Popular Reads on Personal Finance

    A MoneySmart Guest Blog Your public library is an incredible resource for free information and entertainment. You can borrow books, movies, magazines and video games, use the computers and WiFi, enjoy a concert, or simply meet up with a friend. The library has something for everyone. Libraries are also budget-friendly with expert staff to help […]

    Family Matters Guest Blog5 min read
    Budget Friendly Food Tips for Non-Coupon Clippers

    Do you clip coupons, browse flyers or use money saving grocery apps? If so, you’re already using some great strategies for saving money on groceries. Keep doing what you’re doing! If you’re like me and can’t get into the routine of clipping coupons or scanning flyers, don’t worry, there are other ways to stay on […]

    Family Matters Guest Blog7 min read
    5 tips to help you explore Manitoba for less this summer

    A MoneySmart Guest Blog There are so many adventures to be had close to home in Manitoba. And when you’re close to home and exploring the land around you, it’s easier to find ways to save while still having a summer adventure that’s worth every penny. Here are just a few tips to help you […]

    Family Matters Guest Blog6 min read
    10 budget-friendly ways to embrace the best of Manitoba this summer

    Are you ready to get out and about again? Or are you still wanting some armchair experiences?  Here are 10 ways for all Manitobans to experience some budget-friendly activities and some of the best our province has to offer. We have all been cooped up for the last 16 months through the pandemic, but with […]

    COVID 19 Family Matters4 min read