It’s the happiest time of the year! The trees are budding, the flowers are blooming, and your income tax returns are due. Ok, tax season may not seem like a good time, but hear me out – there are plenty of positives associated with filing your taxes.Read More
Budgeting Tips from Your Mother
This weekend was the big day: Mother’s Day. The day all moms look forward to as their annual chance to live like queens… or the day they don’t have to do quite as many household chores. Let’s be realistic, that’s probably what happened.Read More
Helping First-Time Home Buyers
As temperatures rise in Niagara, For Sale signs are popping up faster than daffodils in muddy gardens. You may see more traffic as potential buyers comb the streets looking for new listings. Your mailbox may be filled with flyers from realtors excited to tell you that they have “buyers looking for homes in your neighbourhood”.
Truly Local Banking and Totally Awesome Results
Niagara is a vibrant and diverse region. We are filled with fruit trees, fresh markets, and fun festivals that support and celebrate our awesomeness. The Niagara Food Festival, the Niagara Folk Arts Festival, the In the Soil Festival, I could go on and on! We are filled with a million bazillion wonders! Sure, that’s pretty good, but I believe there is always room for growth. Sky’s the limit, right?Read More
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March: a time of great commitments. Commitment to spring breaks. Commitment to cold weather complaining and spring dreaming. Commitment to shamrock headbands and “Kiss me — my father’s second cousin was Irish!” shirts. But you don’t need to rely on the luck of the Irish to save for your retirement.
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The winds in Niagara are blustery this month, and they were really whipping around as I attended the International Women’s Day event on March 4, 2016. I braved the winds because I was excited to attend this annual event put on by the Women in Niagara council. The event is a great opportunity to empower, educate, and celebrate women. Kind of like I do everyday, but in this venue with a room full of inspiring women.
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March: the month that Niagara residents carry spring coats and parkas in their cars because the weather changes hourly. The month when green occasionally appears on the ground and more often in local pubs on the 17th. The month when debt worries become overwhelming because it is well past Christmas and you still haven’t paid down what you’d hope to on your credit cards. Ok, that last one may not appear in your Facebook feed, but take a gander at the bankruptcy trustee billboards that sprouted like dandelions on your neighbours lawn. Debt is a big issue in Niagara and you are not alone if you count it among your daily struggles.
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What does relaxation look like to you? Perhaps this looks familiar: you sit back comfortably and exhale as your shoulders dislodge from your ears. You sip your cappuccino and kick your feet up as you discuss your day. Laughter rings out as you say, “Can you believe I did that?” You’ve been looking forward to this stress relief all week.
It sounds great — doesn’t it? But it isn’t a visit to your salon. It’s a visit to your credit union. Wait. What? I know what you’re thinking: since when did discussing my finances reduce my stress level? Go with me on this one.
No doubt, a visit to your hair stylist is a nice experience: you enjoy a connected conversation, let go of your weekly worries, and relax. Imagine coming into your credit union and having the same experience. Ok. Maybe you won’t enjoy an aromatherapy head massage, or walk out with a stylish new do worthy of a selfie for social media. Actually maybe you could do that last one! Throw your arm around your advisor for a great thumbs-up photo! Sorry. Back to the analogy. Stick with me, here folks.