Creating a Budget

Use our handy Budget Worksheet Some of you have never made a household budget, some of you may have made one a long time ago and need a refresher to get back on track. So, we are going to walk you through creating a budget. Get out all of your documents, a pencil and a…

Affordable Housing

Today’s article in the Vancouver Sun about thousands of low-income families in BC losing federal co-op housing subsidies raises the topic of affordable housing once again. I say it’s time to get a bit more specific. What exactly does government mean by affordable housing? Is it rental accommodation or home ownership? Is it emergency shelters,…


Pooled Pension Plans

Back in the day, people would often spend their entire career working for one company, and retire with the company’s pension plan. These days, only government employees and those who work for large corporations generally receive a pension, while the rest who work for smaller companies or are self-employed must rely on their own savings…


Women and Money Inc. Celebrates International Women’s Day!

Friday March 8th 2013 is International Women’s Day ~ Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures, Improving Lives The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2013 is: “A promise is a promise – Time for action to end violence against women,” and International Women’s Day 2013 has also been declared as “The Gender Agenda – Gaining Momentum”.


Couples Finance: A Game Plan for Your Team

There are many advantages that couples enjoy by sharing their finances – shared expenses, tax benefits, security, etc – which unfortunately single people cannot. However, sharing your finances with a partner is a very complicated issue, which often leads to conflict and even ending the relationship. Marriages, cohabitating couples and other shared finance relationships require…


Budgeting and Taxes

Lots and lots of stuff happening last week. The high point was my community workshop on budgeting. Wow. What a great group!!! When I arrived Thursday night, January 31, there were only two women there. The one lady said, “Are we the only two broke women in Maple Ridge?” We all laughed. Soon the room…


Saving for Retirement

The Canadian Pension Plan pays to all Canadian seniors over 65 who have made a CPP contribution, however the payments are below the poverty line in most cities in terms of the cost of living. Do you want to work all your life only to be impoverished when you are old, and unable to do anything about it?…