2015 TFSA Limit = $5,500

The CRA has announced that the annual TFSA contribution limit for 2015 will be $5,500. This makes the total possible contribution room since introduction a sizeable $36,500.

Know your Coffee - Caffeine Content

Myth: Tim Hortons coffee is stronger (ie has more caffeine) or is the same as Starbucks. Answer: False. Starbucks coffee contains more than twice the caffeine of a comparable size at Tim Hortons.

My TD e-Series TFSA - 1 year later

It was a year ago in April 2012, that I finally transferred my whole TFSA to TD Waterhouse to purchase their e-Series funds. The initial process was a real pain in the ass but looking at the gains a year later I think it just may have been worth it.

Who has the largest TFSA Balance?

A recent article from the Globe and Mail has got me wondering who has the most valuable TFSA in the country and how they managed to achieve it.

To what end do we work?

If I were to answer the question, I would tell you that I make money so that I can provide for myself and my family. To live comfortably and without worry.

A credit card is a tool. Learn how to use it.

The personal finance world is rife with bloggers that went way into debt in their early university years, only to overcome it finally after many years of struggle. In a way these people learned a lesson which should have been understood before they even got their first credit card.

Greatest apartment hunting tool

As I'm currently in the process of looking for an apartment, I'd like to suggest to anyone else in the same situation to definitely take a look at Padmapper.

Goals and Happiness

I have thought a lot about what my goals should be for this site. I see other people have set theirs as paying off credit cards, student loans, or mortgages.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Jan 2015 Net Worth Update +0.44%

The TSX took a beating mid-month but recovered slightly by the end and so I've avoided the dip in net worth that I was expecting. I'm not overly thrilled with any of the numbers, but I don't have a lot to complain about either seeing as things are still on the way up. However, it is becoming painfully obvious that I need to find a way to increase the monthly gains or I'm going to be sitting in the low 5 digits for a long time to come.

Next month I will see a sizeable gain thanks in part to an RRSP contribution made by my employer. I am wondering whether now would be the best time to actually remove the funds from the RRSP as I'm already in a low tax bracket and my earnings should be increasing over my working years. 

TFSA - $40,352.57 +0.73%

RRSP - $5,444.76 +0.15%

Company stocks - $688.92 +95.48%
(stocks purchased this month = $298.64)

Chequing - -$559.88

Total: $45,926.37
Gain: +0.44% or +$202.33



Monday, 15 December 2014

Dec 2014 Net Worth Update +1.76%

The TSX is being battered at the moment so I expect my numbers to drop significantly by the next update. Nothing else to report - just need to keep moving forward.

TFSA - $40,058.15 +1.82%

RRSP - $5,436.65 +2.00%

Company stocks - $352.43 
(stocks purchased this month = $298.64)

Chequing - -$123.19


Total: $45,724.04
Gain: +1.76% or +$792.92






Tuesday, 25 November 2014

2015 TFSA Limit = $5,500

The CRA has announced that the annual TFSA contribution limit for 2015 will be $5,500. This makes the total possible contribution room since introduction a sizeable $36,500.

*As usual, don't just take my word on something when it comes to your money. Check out the CRA site at the link below.

2015 indexation adjustment for personal income tax, benefit amounts, and the annual dollar limit for Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/fctshts/2014/m11/fs141125-eng.html

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Nov 2014 Net Worth Update +0.95%

This last month was full of expenses so I am pleased to report that I have recovered most of the losses from the previous month and am now ready to begin saving again. As you can see I had to liquidate all of the shares I held in my employee share purchase plan to help pay for the expenses and this was in addition to having already placed on hold any further contributions into the plan. Hopefully I will be able to start the plan up again in the near future once I get a better handle on everything.
TFSA - $39,343.93 +6.32%

RRSP - $5,329.84 +0.53%

Company stocks - $0.00 -100%
(stocks purchased this month = $0)

Chequing - $257.25


Total: $44,931.12
Gain: +0.95% or +$421.71



Oct 2014 Net Worth Update -1.01% - Red all over

(I am posting this very late now - Nov 6, 2014)
Market jitters, fresh expenses, and two unfortunate pay-dates came together in September to create the perfect storm and resulted in the red percentages you see below. However, seeing as this is my first loss in more than a year I am not too concerned and will continue to hold the line.

TFSA - $37,004.01 -1.18%

RRSP - $5,301.75 -1.12%

Company stocks - $2,962.30 +1.27%
(stocks purchased this month = $0)

Chequing - -$758.65

Total: $44,509.41

Gain: -1.01% or -$455.10




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