Feb 17: Best from the blogosphere

February 17, 2014

By Sheryl Smolkin

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Whether you are saving for retirement or for other long-term goals, the key is that you have to spend less than you earn.

In What is “Saving?” Gail Vaz-Oxlade says it’s also important to distinguish between saving to buy a car or go on a vacation which is planned spending and saving for another chapter in your life like retirement.

Big Cajun Man says in I did my RRSP and TFSA Now What? that opening accounts and depositing money are just the beginning. Unless you develop an investment strategy and make sure you aren’t paying exorbitant fees, your money won’t grow the way it should.

The Toronto Star’s Ellen Roseman recently wrote a great column about How to plan for retirement on a low income. She says people who expect to receive the guaranteed income supplement (GIS) to top up their old age security (OAS) pension after age 65 should save in a TFSA and not an RRSP because TFSA withdrawals will not impact GIS eligibility.

First Foundation is an Alberta and Saskatchewan based financial services company. In their owngrowprotect blog they have started a 52 week money challenge. The author of Go To Disney Land or Pay Bank Fees, Your Choice! calculates that his family can save over $500 per year by shifting to no-fee banking which in ten years will add up to a family visit to Disneyland.

And Mark Seed from My Own Advisor asks the million-dollar question how much money do you need to retire well? He says that the magic number is indeed $1m or more. Even if some costs disappear in retirement like saving for retirement itself and mortgage payments there are costs in your future like property taxes, utilities, gas and food that are going to grow over time.

For those of you who think saving $1m before you retire is an unattainable goal, frugal lawyer Dave explains how he reached $1M net-worth by the age of 34 in this post on the Million Dollar Journey blog. It helped that he rode his bike to work instead of buying an expensive car like many other young lawyers in his firm.

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