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How to Protect Yourself from Fraud

Nowadays, we are all vulnerable to fraudulent activity occurring within our online banking and the easy access to communicate over the phone or through email.

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Your Mental Health is Important

When it comes to financial stress and worry, the first thing to take a hit is our mental well-being. We often worry about our bills, paychecks, and the day-to-day expenses, but what we don’t realize is how quickly these worries can become more.

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Money Mentors Success Story – 20 Years Strong

When the day comes that I can interview another client who has finished paying off their debt through Money Mentors, it sparks another bit of passion for financial literacy inside of me. There are no other stories that are better shared, better related to, or better understood by another Albertan.

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What is the Orderly Payment of Debts Program?

When you are looking to pay off debt loads, stretch your hard earned money, and explore all of the potential ways to gain financial success, things can become overwhelming.

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Do Canadians Prefer RRSPs or TFSAs?

Ever wondered what your fellow Canadians are doing with their money? We had the same thoughts, which is why we created this infographic telling you where males and females across the country decided to put their savings.

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4 Easy Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

Parents make an effort to teach their children everything they can, like how to shoot a basketball, how to stay away from strangers and of course right from wrong. So it’s just as important to teach them about another integral aspect of life – money.

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10 Quick Changes That Will Save You Money

The best way to save money is by taking advantage of all your options. If that means carpooling to work, buying groceries in bulk, or dining out less, then so be it. Your financial success is more important!

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How To Find the Right Credit Counselling Agency

If you’re only able to make minimal credit card payments, are getting irritating collections calls, or are losing sleep over your financial difficulties, it’s time to seek some advice from a credit counselling agency.

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Our Top Staycation Ideas

What is a Staycation? Well, that's easy! It’s when you stay home and pretend you’re a tourist on vacation in your city or community (and also saves you like, a ton of money).

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Um, What is Refinancing?

Looking for information on what refinancing actually means? You came to the right place. We can break it down for you in the best way possible, and we promise to include all of the appropriate education to help you make the best choice for your finances!

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13 Tips To Spend Less on Your Appearance (But Still Look Great)

Most people want to look great. Whether it comes naturally or it’s socialized is a debate for anthropologists and sociologists. The question we want to deal with is how to achieve great looks for less. And we have some awesome ideas.

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Your Financial To Do List

It's time to get your financial house in order, and we have some ideas to get you there even faster, and even easier than you thought it would be. Take a peek at our financial to do list and see what's left to tackle on your end.

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3 Common Ways to Manage Money in a Relationship

Money can cause conflict in any relationship. It can be a challenge when two people merge into one household. But, with some planning and communication, conflict can be reduced. Here are some tips on how to merge your money to reduce conflict and make a happy home.

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The Key to Living On an Income Rollercoaster

Inconsistent or varying income can be a financial roller coaster with exhilarating peaks and daunting valleys. Common income roller coasters include seasonal work, commission sales, bar-tending, waiting tables, self-employment and overtime.

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7 Steps to Roll Down Your Debts

Try a simple strategy that won’t cost you any more per month and allows you to see real progress. We call it Roll Down Your Debts. This method focuses on eliminating one debt at a time rather than trying to pay down your debts all at the same time.

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This Example Will Help You Save For Your Biggest Financial Goals

Do you have an emergency fund? Is education for your children important to you? Is flying to Paris a big dream? Have you always wanted a Harley? Are you hoping to retire in comfort some day? There is always a way to reach your financial goals.

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Dealing with Finances During Divorce

Nothing can take the wind out of your financial sails faster than a relationship breakdown. If you find yourself trying to navigate through these waters, here are a few things to remember.

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Easy Tricks to Save More Money

Don't get us wrong, saving money can be a difficult task. But if you choose to be creative, there are a lot of simple ways to save more money without sacrificing too much of your lifestyle.

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8 Ways to Manage Your Debt

How can you manage your debt? Here are 8 different ways to do so, and do it in a way that works for you based on the dollar amount you owe.

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Give a Different Kind of Gift This Christmas

As we get closer and closer to December, the stress of shopping, spending, and staying on budget can start to creep in. The holidays can be tough on your budget if you’re not prepared financially.

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Money Mentors Podcast - Episode 2

As the holidays approach, we need to start analyzing our spending habits and prepare a budget.

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Halloween During a Tough Economy

Halloween can unintentionally become a costly holiday. After purchasing your child’s costume, decorations for the front step, a pumpkin, and over 100 candies for the neighborhood kids (as well as a few for yourself) – the price could be steeper than you predicted.

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8 Tips To Avoid Spending Money on Wants

Some of the takeaways and tips we gained from a spending diet on how to better prepare yourself for a lower budget or less spend, made the challenge worthwhile in more ways than one. Here are some of our favorite money-saving tips, or ways to avoid spending money on wants.

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How Do I Rebuild My Credit?

After paying off debt, you may need to rebuild your score from the ground up. There are a few ways to start to build and rebuild credit that don’t require very much work other than good financial management.

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Supporting Local Albertans

We were recently featured in the Alberta KidSport newsletter for one of Money Mentors initiatives involving our local communities. We are proud to support all those in need. Check out our other partners and contact us if you would like to connect.

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Money Mentors Podcast - Episode 1

Alberta is changing. Listen in as we chat with personal finance bloggers Jaymee Sison and Bridget Eastgaard.

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The No-Spend Weekend Challenge

Getting through one weekend without spending money might seem like a joke to you. I mean, you’re probably thinking the following: “What am I supposed to do? Lock my door, turn off my phone, and sit in the dark?”

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Success at the 4th Annual Free Stampede Breakfast

A little Throwback Thursday today as we reminisce on this year's perfect and fun 4th Annual Stampede Breakfast. Thank you to all those who attended, enjoyed the delicious food, danced to the entertainment, and soaked up the sunny Saturday morning.

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Boring Summer Be Gone

Nobody wants a boring summer, and sometimes money can get in the way of that. Try out these tips to avoid breaking your budget.

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Dear Debt

I will take my life back for the opportunity to retire early, experience dreams of travel, and save for my child’s education. My financial life will no longer be riding in the backseat, because I have promoted them to driver. Losing control of something that holds so much power in my life was never the intention, but without proper knowledge, I did.

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Debt & Your Mental Health

At Money Mentors, we encourage our clients to come forward and talk about their financial situations, both good and bad. Speaking with a counsellor that is unbiased and non-judgmental can be exactly what anyone experiencing the side effects of debt may need.

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Here to Help – Albertans Serving Albertans

Since summer 2014, over 65,000 jobs have disappeared from Alberta, “2015 worst year for Alberta job losses since 1982” (Statistics Canada, January 2016). One of the most affected areas in Alberta’s current economic downturn is the Wood Buffalo region specifically, Fort McMurray.

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How Small Things (Like Coffee) Are Hurting Your Budget

Small spending is in part, reason for all of our large purchases becoming overwhelming. When you give yourself little wiggle room for going over budget on something important, such as groceries, you are leaving yourself at risk for living outside of your means.

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2016 Staff Awards

Congratulations to the two Money Mentors staff who were celebrated at last evening's Annual General Meeting. Glenn Zandboer for his 10 years of service award, and Laurel Wyton for her 5 years of service award! We thank you both for your dedication and achievement.

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Saying “No” Can Save You Money

It can be difficult to tell those you love that you cannot afford to do something, but that difficulty comes with the ideology that talking about money is taboo.

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Swipe, Tap, or Confirm - A Cashless Society

As a fast forward society, most people are all for technology and efficiency, but this often makes you wonder, has the increasing adaptation of cashless transactions detached us from our money?

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What Is A Side Hustle, And Why Do You Need One?

A side hustle is starting a small business on the side of your full time career to make a small amount of extra cash each month. You need one because it’s a great way to make money, enjoy a hobby, and explore your other interests.

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5 Fresh Ways To Save Money

1 – Use discount websites to find out the latest deals in your area. 2 – Going on vacation without breaking the bank. 3 – Swap the night out with friends, for a night in hosting an event!

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