Free Money: $100 Gift Card And Up To 5% Cash Back On Gas & Groceries

It’s time for another one of those posts where I talk about some company giving away practically free money for doing something that requires very little effort. Last time it was Aeroplan and it worked out VERY well! This time it’s time it’s in the form of a free $100 gift card for signing up for a credit card with no annual fee that I heavily endorse all the time and that is a great addition to your wallet anyway.

Anyone who has spent any time on my site knows that I highly recommend the Smart Cash Mastercard by MBNA because it was the best cash back credit card in Canada for a long time. It used to give 3% cash back on your gas and grocery purchases (5% for new cardholders in the first 6 months) and 1% cash back on all your other purchases, which is a great deal. Unfortunately, MBNA recently announced some changes to the card (you can read about them here) so it isn’t quite as good anymore. But, it is still well above average as far as credit cards go and I currently have two of them in my household and still use them for all our gas and grocery purchases.

How To Get The Free $100 Gift Card

Our friends over at are putting on a holiday promotion where if you apply and are approved for the Smart Cash card I mentioned above, they will send you $100 gift card to your choice of, Toys R Us, Futureshop, or Boston Pizza. Here’s how it works: Keep reading » about Free Money: $100 Gift Card And Up To 5% Cash Back On Gas & Groceries

Plan Ahead: My Best Financial Tip!

 Planning ahead is my best financial tip

November is financial literacy month and in honour of that occasion, Glenn Cooke over at Life Insurance Canada decided to organize a large group of personal finance bloggers to each publish an article on their best financial tip and this is mine.

Lack of planning is one of the biggest and inconspicuous drains on your personal finances there is. Think about it. A little bit of planning goes a really long way in almost every area where money is concerned. If you don’t do at least a bare minimum of planning, I guarantee you are going to overspend 99.99% of the time and most of the time it is 100% avoidable with just a little bit of extra work.

It Pays To Plan Ahead

There are so many way that it pays to plan ahead, but I always find that concrete examples help people understand things better so here are a few thoughts to open your eyes about just how much a difference this can make in your everyday life.

Plan Your Groceries

Adding a dash of planning to your groceries makes for one of the best financial recipes you could hope for! Taking a few moments to glance at the sales flyers for several of the nearby grocers and jotting things down on a grocery list will help focus your shopping trip so that you purchase mostly items that are on sale and that cost a lot less. After doing this for a short while you’ll get to know the regular and sale prices of the items you consume most so you easily spot what is a good deal on a particular food item and what isn’t. This will help you save even more as you hone your skills!

In contrast, if you just walk into the grocery store, you’ll likely just buy whatever looks good at the time and be oblivious to how much you could have saved through buying that product elsewhere for less or by neglecting to buy another product that is just as good for half the price. Even better, if you take a second to be smart and eat a good meal before you go to the grocery store, you’ll also have better self control to choose only those items that are on your shopping list and avoid the expensive indulgences your rumbling stomach tells you to buy that you don’t really need. Keep reading » about Plan Ahead: My Best Financial Tip!

Ultra Cheap Designer Prescription Glasses Tutorial (VIDEO)

Most people need glasses at some point in their lives and one thing is for certain, designer prescription eyeglasses don’t come cheap. Most glasses retailers that have an in-house optometrist will charge at least $400 a for mid to high end set of frames and lenses with the usual coatings on them. That’s why I’ve put together a video tutorial that shows you how to get these same designer brand glasses for a fraction of the cost, literally as little as $20 and almost always less than $50.

I’ve also included a picture of actual glasses I’ve purchased using this process along with a transcript of the video below for those would would rather read instead of watch. The video itself is about 10 minutes long and I promise it is worth the watch for the savings you will get!

Tutorial Video

Watch on YouTube!

Actual Glasses I’ve Purchased Using This Method

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The Best of Canadian Personal Finance

Canadian FinancesThere are so many personal finance writers in the wild these days flooding the internet with an abundance of words that it can be easy for the best personal finance articles to be lost in the clutter and never garner the attention they deserve. I follow most of the Canadian personal finance bloggers out there and read a ton of content every week. Not everyone has the time to do this, so my goal is to hand pick some of the best articles I read every week, both new and old, and compile them here for all to see.

As the list continues to grow, you can jump in any time and catch up with all the great content you’ve been missing! I’ll also point you to some of my own recent articles in case you happened to miss them. Kick back, relax, and enjoy reading these quality articles that will save you money and keep your life and finances on track.

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