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Frugal and healthy fast food options

Frugal and healthy fast food options

The best bang for you buck and belly at your favourite fast food chains

We all know it's bad for us, and that we deserve a slap on the wrist every time we cave, but it's just so damn convenient and tasty! We're speaking of course, of fast food. Low in nutrition, high in calories, fat, and sodium, there are few excuses available to defend these poor eating decisions. However, there are many ways you can limit the bad stuff to cap the guilt.

  • Burger King

 
 

Dude, you hit my car!

Dude, you hit my car!

The five steps one must take following a fender bender

There's a good chance we've all been (or know of someone who has been) in a fender bender. It happens in a flash, and as soon as you hear crunch, your stomach sinks to your gas petal, because you know what happens next. Or do you? Last year, a poll from TD Insurance discovered less than one third of Canadians knew proper protocol after a fender bender. As a result, a Vice President at TD offered up the five steps you should take, starting from the moment it happens.

  1. Keep calm

 
 

Where's your money going when you're gone?

Where's your money going when you're gone?

Addressing the necessary measures one should take when drafting a will

Ben Franklin once (debatably) wrote: "the only certainties in life are death and taxes." It's a morbid sentiment, but it demonstrates why it's so important to prepare for the inevitable. While many would like to avoid the thought of their passing, drafting an official will is the only way to guarantee the financial safety of your loved ones after you're gone.

It's necessary to talk about death

 
 

How to keep your reno on budget

How to keep your reno on budget

Ensure your next home renovation goes smoothly while staying on budget,

Home renovations are actually much more difficult and expensive than they appear on TV. Whether you're aiming to increase the property value of your home or you're looking to upgrade an outdated room, there are a number of ways to stick to a realistic renovation budget-none of which you see on television. Here are five.

  • Separate wants from needs

 
 

Wonga's straight talking Q&A #5

Wonga's straight talking Q&A #5

We address the pros and cons of debt relief, how to get music for free, and how to travel for cheap

Welcome to the series where we ask you, our beloved customers, to ask us your burning financial questions. If you would like to have your questions answered in a future Q&A blog post, simply post your questions to our Facebook page or Twitter! We'd love to hear from you.

G.e. Anema,

Q: What are the pros and cons of "debt relief"?

 
 

Organize your money the easy way

Organize your money the easy way

Three simplified steps to effectively organize financial paperwork

Has your home office become a storage room for bills, receipts and other miscellaneous paperwork? Welcome to the club. While it would be much easier to take a shredder to it all and forget the clutter ever happened, we can't advise you to do that. You've got to get to work immediately and de-clutter that pulpy mess before it gets any worse, because it will. So let's begin, shall we?

What you'll need:

 
 

Wonga's straigh talking Q&A #4

Wonga's straigh talking Q&A #4

We offer tips to save on utilities, provide parents with money precautions regarding the little ones, and better explain a TFSA

Welcome to the series where we ask you, our beloved customers, to ask us your burning financial questions. If you would like to have your questions answered in a future Q&A blog post, simply post your questions to our Facebook page! We'd love to hear from you.

Jamie Bertrand,

Q: What are the best ways to save money on utilities?

 
 

How malls manipulate their customers

How malls manipulate their customers

The mall is a business teeming with seduction and you're their target

The mall is your convenient one-stop shop for retail therapy. It's also a popular spot for 13-15 year olds to gather, purchase some bracelets and maybe an Orange Julius or two. But did you know that malls are strategically designed to make you stay longer and spend more frivolously? It is a business after all, and the billion-dollar industry behind these shopping centers have done everything possible to seize your bottom dollar.

 
 
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