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What's the best way to manage all the 401K accounts I've accumulated from my past jobs?

I should be managing my retirement money better and one problem is the number of accounts I have (4). Would it be better for me to consolidate and what's involved in doing so?
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Is it financially-beneficial (tax-wise) for couples to be married, or to remain common-law, in Canada?

Which is more beneficial to your bottom-line (disregarding the cost associated with actually getting married, and assuming no children are involved).
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Does there exist a website that lists manufacturer of generic, store-brand items? Are private label brands worth it?

For instance, I'm certain that Shopper's Drugmart in Ontario, Canada does not manufacture its own shampoo, conditioner, diapers, tissue, kitchen spray, room deodorizer, etc. for its "Life Brand" ...
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How can I reduce the cost of having a cell phone?

In terms of cell phone plans the U.S. is the worst followed by Spain and then Canada. Besides the obvious get rid of the phone option what other strategies can be employed to keep the costs down?
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I'm building a family budget. What is a realistic and reasonable amount to set aside each week for “entertainment/misc.”?

(Finally) building a budget. I know it would be unreasonable to say that I won't spend anything on frivolities, but I have to be honest with myself and build a budget that is realistic and attainable....
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How can I save on banking charges?

What tips and tricks do people use to keep the cost of banking down?
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What is my % return on investment for various home renovations upon resale of my house?

For instance, I've heard that there is a minimum 75% return-on-investment ("ROI") on bathroom and kitchen renovations - is that an accurate figure? What about the other rooms in my home? Are there ...
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Is Real Estate ever a BAD investment? If so, when?

Even in a bad market, over 30 years won't the value of Real Estate always go up? Is it always a sure bet? If not, what should an investor or buyer consider?
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Are there any services/sites/organizations/clubs at which video games can be traded?

My family plays a lot of video games (PS3 and Nintendo DSi) - are there cheaper alternatives to buying the games new? Library service of sorts? Wishful thinking?
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5answers
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How can I reduce my home's monthly electricity and water expenses?

Are there gadgets I can buy which can help me measure consumption and reduce use? What are some good habits I can get my family into starting to help reduce our costs?
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11answers
906 views

What is a good way to save money on car expenses?

What are good ways to save on maintenance/fuel and prolong the life of a car?
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7answers
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How can one get their FICO/credit scores for free? (really free)

TV and the web are filled with ads promising to give you a free copy of your credit report. Unfortunately, instead of being wholly free, they are actually free trials, which means: You only get them ...
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What does Chapter 11 Bankruptcy mean to an investor holding shares of a Chapter 11 Company?

If I currently have shares in a company that has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection what impact does this have on me? Does this mean the shares stop trading? If the company successfully ...
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How do you save money on clothes and shoes for your family?

I feel like I'm constantly buying clothes, shoes, boots, jackets, hats, etc. for my kids, because they grow so fast! I try to re-use via hand-me-downs, but are there other ways I could be saving ...
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How do you make sure your child's birthday party doesn't break the bank?

I've been to childrens' birthday parties that clearly cost in excess of $500 when the price of the venue, activity, food, cake and loot bags are factored in. I don't want to spend a lot in order to ...
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993 views

What are good games to play to teach young children about saving money?

I've heard that giving allowance is one approach to develop an understanding of money management. What other ways are available to teach kids about the benefits of savings?
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What's the best way to get cash for an old car? [closed]

If I am not going to trade in my car what are other good options to convert it into cash?
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What are futures and how are they different from options?

As a form of investment there are contracts to buy commodities at a specific time in the future or at a specific price. How is this different from an option to buy a share?
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Should you co-sign a personal loan for a friend/family member? Why/why not?

I know someone who was recently asked to co-sign a hefty loan by a family member. I don't know what I'd do if I was put in the same position as the one asked. What are the risks? What are things to ...
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Thinking of doing an MBA: Is an $80K top MBA school better than a $24K online MBA school?

Would I be better off with Rotman, Richard Ivey, Queens, etc. or an online MBA school such as Fredericton?
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How can I avoid going deep into debt during the holiday season?

The holiday season is just around the corner. The shopping malls are especially eager – Christmas trees, lights, and decorations have been up for weeks, all to get us in the mood to spend, ...
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How exactly do dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) work?

And where can I find out what companies offer them? Are there good resources for information on these plans?
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When buying expensive electronics is it worth getting the extended warranty?

When shopping for big budget items like TV's and appliances, the resellers (e.g. Best Buy, FutureShop) will often sell an extended warranty that covers the product well beyond the manufacturer's ...
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I've heard that it's never a good idea to go with payment protection plans offered by credit card companies. Is this true?

I'd like to think my bank isn't trying to swindle me when they call and try to sell me one.
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Should I finance a new home theater at 0% even though I have the cash for it?

My wife and I are considering buying a home theater - plasma TV & new stereo - on Black Friday this year. We do have the cash for it, but Best Buy is offering 0% financing for up to 3 years on ...
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What are some tips to help avoid impulse-buying?

My husband and I are both impulse buyers - not a good pair now that our combined income has been reduced! How do you stop yourself from making an impulse purchase? I need some help to improve our ...
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What is the best way to go about cleaning up a poor credit rating?

Is it true that poor decisions you make now can affect you for up to seven years? Can they negatively-affect one beyond then? What are some steps one could take to repair the damage?
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How can we use up our Flex Spending Account (FSA) before the end of the year?

My husband and I signed up for a Flex Spending Account for the first time this past year. We've got about $100 left over now, in mid-November, and I've been told that money will disappear if we don't ...
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How much is college / university projected to cost in the U.S. in 18 years?

[Moderator note: A similar question was recently asked with respect to Canada. This is an important enough question warranting treatment for the U.S. as well.] How much is college / university ...
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When negotiating a compensation package with a prospective new employer, how can I determine what element is worth more?

i.e. is there a way to "normalize" value and future-value of compensation components such as: annual bonus, commission, pension contribution, health benefits, vacation days, company car, etc. so that ...
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If I have a pension with my employer and then leave, is the pension mine to take with me?

Is the answer to this different if I choose to leave, versus if my employment is terminated? Are the funds my employer contributes towards my pension fund treated differently than the ones I ...
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Should I have an RRSP on top of a pension?

I am a teacher and automatically contribute into the Teacher's Pension Plan every paycheque. This pension plan is considered to be one of the best in the country. Do I need to have an RRSP as well? ...
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How much is university projected to cost in Canada in 18 years?

I don't know how much I should put into an RESP for my son. I have $1000 to start and plan to put $100 / month into it. Will this be enough to pay for university when he turns 18?
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Is an RESP the best investment option for my young child?

I recently had a baby and am thinking about opening an RESP to save for his education. Is this the best way to invest my money? Is there a chance of losing money this way?
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What type of investments should be in a TFSA, given its tax-free growth and withdrawal benefits?

What does an optimal TFSA portfolio look like? What type of investments should be in it given its tax-free growth and withdrawal benefits?
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If I buy a property in an underage dependent's name am I exempt from capital gains (losses) on my income tax?

If I purchase a property in an underage dependent's name (son or daughter), and then sell it before they reach the age of majority, do I need to claim the capital gains (losses) on income tax if I ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of leasing out a property or part of a property (such as a basement apartment)?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of leasing out a property or part of a property (such as a basement apartment)?
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Are TD e-Series Funds worthwhile, or am I better off with ETFs? Why or why not?

I'm looking at e-Series funds offered by TD. They have low MERs and seem to offer a good low cost alternative to traditional mutual funds. What do you guys think? Am I better off with ETFs? Why ...
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Getting on the property ladder: mortage, downpayment, fees? [UK]

Once I've got my finances straight I'd like to think about getting my own place, but what sort of money am I looking at to have under my belt before I can begin thinking? Is it right that the UK ...
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346 views

How much does it cost to buy mutual funds? Where can I find about about the charges?

Regarding investing in mutual funds: How much does it cost to buy mutual funds? Where can I find about about the charges?
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We get receipts from our child care provider. Can we still claim a tax benefit even though they're not licensed?

We get receipts from our child care provider. Can we still claim a tax benefit even though they're not licensed? [Note: This is my paraphrased version of a similar question I answered at moms4mom.com....
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Are quarterly earnings released first via a press release on the investor website, via conference call, or does it vary by company?

Are quarterly earnings released first via a press release on the investor website, via conference call, or does it vary by company?
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I'm 23, living at home, and still can't afford my own property. What could I do?

Most of my friends have their own places, either rented or mortgage. Should I be concerned that I still live at home? I bring home around £1300 after tax, £400 of that goes on car finance+tax, £200 ...
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If I have some old gold jewellery, is it worth it to sell it for its melt value?

TV, radio, and print ads make it look easy to get cash for gold jewellery. But, really, is it worth it to sell jewellery for its melt value or is there a better alternative? Do places that offer to ...
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How many days do I have to hold a stock before it is considered a capital gain by the CRA?

I want to sell a Canadian stock from my investment account that I bought a month ago. The stock makes about 20% gain and I am afraid it might go down in the future. If I sell it now, will Canada ...
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How many credit cards is it reasonable to have?

Is there a right number of credit cards to hold? (Please don't say zero :) What would be the excessive number of credit cards, or how else would you judge enough is enough? If I have some cards I do ...
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Are there any viable alternatives to Paypal for a small site?

I don't want to have the hassle of dealing with credit card or direct payments directly on my website, the volume and amount of transactions don't justify the effort. I've set up Paypal on the site ...
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If there's no volume discount, does buying in bulk still make sense?

If I'm buying household items that get used up (e.g; furnace filters, soap, etc.) is it still worthwhile sometimes to buy a bunch, even if there is no volume discount, or am I wasting money? p.s. ...
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What is “financial literacy” and how does one become “financially literate”?

How does one become "Financially Literate"? Also, on a side question; what does "Financially Literate" even mean?
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How and where can I deposit money to generate future payments / income?

My Question. What do I deposit now, today, to pay myself $300.00 per week,i.e. $15,600.00 annually at 5% interest for 10 years? What kind of or type of financial institution do I deposit the in? A few ...

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