I’m very honoured to be judging at the Capital One Financial Education Challenge in Calgary next weekend.  The event is part of the 2013 Regional Exposition for Western Canada put on by Enactus Canada.

Post-secondary students will have the opportunity to develop products that teach others relevant financial skills.  Two winners will go on to compete at the National Exposition later this year.

Speaking of University students developing financial skills, I wanted to congratulate our friends Justin and Kyle from My University Money and Young & Thrifty on publishing their new book, More Money for Beer and Textbooks.

I work at a University and I see firsthand how poorly students are at managing their finances.  There isn’t another book out there that talks directly to students about the realities of University life.

This book will walk you through everything from how much your degree will cost, to the student loan application process, student housing options, and responsible credit card use.  The authors also give some useful tips on how to budget and, yes, how to party on the cheap.

So whether you’re a parent about to send your kid off to school, or you’re a student looking for a guide to navigate you through the financial challenges of University living, you should pick up a copy of this book.

From the major media

  1. Andrew Hallam from Canadian Business says ETF fees will plunge as U.S. competitors come to Canada
  2. Garry Marr from the Financial Post explains CMHC’s decision not to disclose foreclosure information to home buyers
  3. Adam Mayers at the Toronto Star asks if Scotiabank will change what ING offers its customers?
  4. Rob Carrick wrote about why this 29-year old believes Gen-Y doesn’t have it that bad

From the blogs

  1. Canadian Finance Blog lists 6 great purchases under $100
  2. Financial Highway offers some sound advice on avoiding a tax audit
  3. The Blunt Bean Counter rants that references are a no-win situation for past and future employers
  4. Financial Uproar explores a way to invest in the Pay Day Loan industry
  5. Bible Money Matters looks at cutting expenses, increasing income and staying on budget to reach a savings goal
  6. Timeless Finance explains how he moved for less than $3 per kilometre
  7. Rewards Cards Canada says that some credit cards are easier to get approved for than others
  8. Money Smarts Blogs lists the best savings account rates now that Ally has been shut down
  9. She Thinks I’m Cheap explains how he relocated overseas from Toronto and re-entered the workforce in London
  10. Million Dollar Journey shares how one blogger turned his finances around
  11. Retire Happy Blog explains contributing to CPP after age 65
  12. My Own Advisor says managing the refund well is key to the RRSP vs. TFSA debate
  13. Free From Broke explains why you should avoid penny stocks
  14. Michael James looks at handling RRSPs and RRIFs for low income seniors
  15. Give Me Back My Five Bucks shares why she dislikes the term YOLO

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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