25 Jul 2017

Why I treat debt like a four letter word

Why I treat debt like a four letter word

I remember being a young twenty something, laying awake at night too anxious to sleep because of my debt. Agonizing over a number that felt so large to me. I’ve always felt very uneasy with the idea of debt. The only thing that ever seemed to work at easing the anxiety over it was rationalization. The inner dialogue would go something like this: “Everyone has debt. This […]

15 Jun 2017

Crappy insurance you don’t need

Crappy insurance you don’t need

It seems like at every turn in life, there is an option to buy insurance. From cell phones to your trusty canine companion’s health care. There is insurance for everything. Almost every time I purchase something I’m asked to insure it for a “low” monthly fee, and I have to hold myself back from rolling […]

14 May 2017

4 Things farm life taught me about financial planning

4 Things farm life taught me about financial planning

Don’t let the blazer fool you. I may clean up ok, but my home’s entryway is filled with more muddy boots than heels. Country life runs deep into my bones. Farming and financial planning probably aren’t two subjects you would normally associate with each other. In fact, it’s more likely you relate financial advisors with […]

21 Apr 2017

I’m the kid whose dad died without life insurance

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I’m the kid whose dad died without life insurance

Everyone has defining moments in their lives. After the years pass, it gets easier to pinpoint these moments as they remain the clearest memories and you can trace back the sequence of events like a storyline. At the age of five, I had the first vivid and defining moment of my life. I can follow […]

26 Mar 2017

Are you keeping up with the Insta-Joneses?

Are you keeping up with the Insta-Joneses?

We all have those friends on social media. The ones who’s highlight reel is nothing but beautifully angled photos with perfect lighting of their fabulous new renovation, vehicle, or vacation. You know the ones. They are always so #blessed. Let’s call them the Insta-Joneses. It’s tempting to get caught up in the comparison game, but […]

15 Feb 2017

Should you DIY your financial future?

Should you DIY your financial future?

We live in a YouTube, Pinterest, do it yourself world. The ability to figure out how to do almost anything is at the click of a button. Most of us have either seen or experienced a “Pinterest fail”, where little Suzy’s unicorn birthday cake looks more like a three eyed cookie monster. While the failed cake […]

27 Jan 2017

Does your spouse know about your (financial) affairs?

Does your spouse know about your (financial) affairs?

A couple years ago I was leaving on a business trip to Winnipeg. As is usually the case, my wife drove me to the airport. Just prior to leaving the house though, we had ourselves a pretty good little tiff! Needless to say, our ‘farewells’ were not exactly what you’d call ‘loving’ – no hugs […]