Family life

Household and Lifestyle – Staycations (2009)

This document is one of a series developed by Money Mentors, a not-for-profit credit counselling and money management organization based in Alberta.

Here, the focus is on saving money by having a staycation, which means staying at home and pretending to be a tourist on vacation in the community.

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2014-03-20

Saving Towards Goals (2009)

In this brief document, the authors offer tips for achieving goals by saving over a relatively long time frame.

They use as an example a couple whose current monthly spending includes a large amount for dining out and entertainment. They want to maintain part of this lifestyle, and save for their children’s education, a big vacation, and their retirement.

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2014-03-17

Dealing with Divorce Financially (2009)

This short document offers tips for dealing with both the emotional and financial fallout of divorce.

The authors encourage people to reach out for help; educate themselves; protect their own financial situation and their credit reports; meet with a money coach; protect themselves legally; and get ready to start fresh.

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2014-02-13

Couples and Money (2009)

This brief document is one in a series developed by Money Mentors, a not-for-profit credit counselling and money management organization based in Alberta.

The authors note that money can cause conflict in any relationship, and it can be a challenge when two people merge into one household. But, with some planning and communication, conflict can be reduced.

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2014-02-05

Tips for returning to work after maternity leave [Video - 3:26] (2011)

This document is housed on the Sun Life Financial server, under Brighter Life.

This video is part of a series dealing with a variety of money-related or career matters. In this case, the issue is easing the transition back to the workplace once maternity leave is over.

The video includes both advice from a psychiatrist who specializes in postpartum mental health and tips from real-life mothers.

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2013-10-03

Bright ideas for back-to-school savings [Video - 3:35] (2012)

This document is housed on the Sun Life Financial server, under Brighter Life.

In this video, Amrita Singh of the Frugalista Files website offers advice for saving money on school supplies, clothing, and lunches. She summarizes her tips in the acronym TASKS: Take inventory of what you have; Avoid buying snacks from the store; Shop the sales; Know how to stretch bulk buys; and Swap items.

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2013-08-15

How to host a budget-savvy holiday party [Video - 4:29] (2012)

This document is housed on the Sun Life Financial server, under Brighter Life.

This brief video features Amrita Singh of the Frugalista Files website, offering tips on hosting a holiday party on a budget. She provides recipes for pizza appetizers and a festive punch, along with ideas for decorations and tips for organizing music for a party.

The Frugalista Files can be found here: http://www.frugalistafiles.ca.

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2013-08-06

Bright ideas for travelling with kids [Video - 4:18] (2013)

This document is housed on the Sun Life Financial server, under Brighter Life.

This video features two mothers who have developed websites that offer practical advice for parents travelling with children.

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2013-07-26

The wealth and finances of employed low-income families (2011)

Perspectives on Labour and Income, Vol. 23, No. 3 - July 22, 2011

This Statistics Canada study examines the wealth, financial security, and retirement plans of individuals living in employed low-income families, compared to those in not-employed low-income families, and those in employed non-low-income families.

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2013-05-01

Healthy Pregnancy: Jenny's Story - Teacher's Guide (2010)

This guide accompanies a fictional story about a young married woman, pregnant for the first time, who relies on both her doctor and her grandmother for guidance. The doctor offers a scientific view of birth while her grandmother provides nurturing support based on First Nations traditions.

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2010-10-19

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