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Money makes the world go around. Providing invaluable information to help firefighters understand their money and finances, they will quickly see it’s not how much you make, but how much you save. We teach firefighters — notorious bargain hunters who love a good deal — how to keep their hard-earned money in the bank, revealing money managing strategies, tips and suggestions on budgeting as well as retirement planning and understanding debt.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR RETIREMENT WHEN YOU’RE FIVE YEARS OUT

Your firehouse brothers and sisters are your second family – and they always will be. Retirement from a life-long career can be stressful for most people, regardless of the occupation. But for firefighters, that final descent down the ladder can be downright scary. You spent decades planning, training and developing your skills in public safety, […]

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TURNING YOUR FINANCIAL OBSTACLES INTO FINANCIAL TOOLS

If you want to spend less than you make, you need to budget. Imagine being airdropped into a fire scene with no training. Would you know how to use the tools of our craft? Would you know how to pump a truck? Would you know how to run command?  It would be an impossible task […]

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DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT HITS THE FAN TO CREATE A RETIREMENT TRANSITION PLANS

If you are retiring from the fire service, you paid for it financially but also with countless nights away, missed ballgames and absent birthdays. You paid for it with your life. Working a house fire with confirmed entrapment is not the time to learn how to vent, enter and search. Likewise, your retirement date is […]

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DEVELOPING HABITS THAT LEAD TO FINANCIAL GOAL ACCOMPLISHMENT

All my life, I’ve been told to set goals. You probably have too. The thing is, though, setting a goal doesn’t accomplish it. It’s the follow-through that matters.  Completing a marathon is a goal. Training every day is the habit that accomplishes it. If you’re interested in achieving your financial goals, you must first practise […]

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SOLID STRATEGIES FOR RETIREMENT

“Part of retirement planning includes risk planning as well, ensuring you have adequate insurance in place so that your family is looked after if anything happens to you.” Retirement planning. Don’t let these two words scare you. While the thought of determining pensions, government benefits, retirement age and lifestyle goals send some people running in […]

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FINDING HAPPINESS ON THE PATH TO RETIREMENT

Ask any retired firefighter and they will tell you that their final climb down the ladder had elements of uncertainty and loss. For decades, you’ve had a place to go, a job to do and people relying on you. When you started your career, you took a pledge to serve and protect others, but in […]

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PAY CHECK TO PAY CHECK

“I paid the bank note, the car note, an’ yes, I paid the ‘phone bill too An’ then I turned around an’ I found that the house note’s due Well, I’d love to take you out like I said I would, honey But there’s too much month at the end of the money” The famous […]

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IS FINANCIAL STRESS MAKING YOU SICK AND TIRED?

Losing sleep about money won’t make your troubles go away. It’s past midnight and you know you should be sleeping, but your brain is on overdrive and your body is restless. Your credit card is past due and your bank account is in the red. Your oldest is also applying to post-secondary schools, but you […]

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DO YOU HAVE TOO MUCH MONTH AT THE END OF YOUR MONEY?

The harsh reality is that you are not poor but your money management might be. The famous words sung by Marty Stuart have us dancing along with his catchy tune, but the reality is much less dance worthy. For some, the end of each month approaches with the painful realization that there is not enough […]

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SIX STRATEGIES TO EXTINGUISH YOUR DEBT

Debt ruins relationships and destroys futures, and it also has the power to deteriorate a person’s self-esteem and overall health. Debt is an oppressive burden resting on your shoulders during the day that turns into a weight on your chest as you lie awake at night. It’s like a fire that becomes harder to battle […]

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SIX QUICK TIPS TO SAVE MORE MONEY

Whether it’s an enticing marketing email that stirs your desire to spend or a swipe-up link to the gadget you’ve been coveting, unsubscribe and unfollow. We all have good intentions when it comes to saving money, but sometimes the hardest part is starting. Maybe you find yourself waiting for a milestone, like turning a certain […]

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3 STEPS TO KNOCK DOWN OVERSPENDING

What starts as a slow burn can erupt into a bigger issue that has the potential to extinguish relationships, cause bankruptcy and impair your ability to live the life you work so hard for. Overspending — it’s a topic that people don’t like to talk about but one that many can relate to. It’s a […]

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