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6 Ontario summer trip ideas

As the summer kicks into gear it’s time to finalize those plans. You don’t want to miss out on the fun as there’s plenty to do in Ontario. Here are some ideas for what to do in Ontario this summer. 

3 improvements that increase the value of your home

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As much you love your home and neighbourhood, there may come a time to move on, whether you’re upsizing or downsizing. With so much of your net worth tied up in your home, you’ll want to make sure you get top dollar when you put it on the market. That’s when home renovations come into play. If you watch a TV channel like HGTV, you'll find endless home renovations you can do to spruce up your home. But if you’re on a limited budget like most of us, which do you choose?

The benefits of buying travel insurance for your honeymoon

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No one likes having to buy travel insurance. Spending money to protect yourself just in case the worst should happen is not all that encouraging. Even more than usual, spending money to insure your honeymoon just in case your dream trip turns into a nightmare is not something any couple wants to think about. However, there are serious upsides to paying a little extra for the peace of mind.

4 tips for buying a vacation home

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With summer just around the corner, many families are considering buying a vacation home. A vacation home can be a great way to get away from the city and enjoy cottage country – when it’s done right. Buying a vacation home doesn’t come cheap, though. You’ll want to consider how buying one will affect your overall finances. Here are four tips to consider when buying a vacation home.

Cars, vans, trucks, and SUVs: is one more to insure than the other?

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Insurance companies use all sorts of factors to determine the cost of your auto insurance, and one of those contributing factors is the type of vehicle you are trying to insure. Providers take into account a number of statistics pertaining to your vehicle including those of theft and safety ratings. But, how do these various statistics stack up against each other when comparing cars to vans, or trucks to SUVs?

Important money lessons my dad taught me

Most of us still have a lot to learn about finance, but getting a head-start as a kid helps set good financial behaviour as an adult. Being smart with money, using credit wisely, saving a portion of each paycheque and investing for retirement can help you live a long and happy financial life. Having a good credit score can help you be approved for a mortgage, buy a car and get a job. Saving for retirement can help you eventually stop working someday.

5 Ontario travel ideas for Father’s Day

June is here, which means our days are getting longer, the sun is shining, those pesky bugs are back in full force, and Father’s Day is just around the corner. This year, instead of giving him the typical gift of a patterned necktie or a “World's best dad” mug, try showing your dad how much you care by spending some time together instead. You don't have to explore the whole country; there is so much to do and see in Ontario that you hardly need to travel too far to find some adventure.

What you need to know before becoming a Mortgage co-signer

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Are you contemplating being a mortgage co-signer? Deciding to become a mortgage co-signer is a major financial decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly. In a best case scenario, if everything works out, you can help someone qualify for a mortgage that wouldn’t otherwise. In a worst case scenario, your credit score could be damaged if the co-signer fails to repay their mortgage based on the terms of the agreement. It’s important to understand the risks and responsibilities before signing on the dotted line to be a co-signer.