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Recent articles by Evelyn:

At 36, this health-care worker earning $93,000 wants to become a single parent, by choice. Can she afford it?

Simone’s biggest expense is her Toronto condo, which costs her more than $2,000 a month to rent. → Read More

Worth waiting in line: Roasted Nut Factory’s jumbo cashews and pistachios are sublime

This shop tucked away in a Mississauga plaza makes some of the best roasted nuts in the GTA. → Read More

This millennial Torontonian is sick of Toronto. Making $90,000, she wonders why this city is so expensive, and if she should move to the U.S.

“(Toronto) is limited. It’s why I’m constantly wondering why things are so expensive here,” Dre said. She wants advice to see if moving out of the cit... → Read More

Sandro, 34, just bought a house in Toronto. Making $150,000, he’s worried about his future finances. How can he prepare?

The marketing manager is both excited and apprehensive about moving out of his parents’ house and into his own place with his partner. → Read More

Cedric, 23, makes $20 an hour. With $5,000 in debt and $5,000 in cryptocurrency, should he leave the restaurant industry?

Cedric, who recently returned to his job as a line cook, lives in Brampton with his parents and is scraping by financially. He dreams of changing care... → Read More

First-time Toronto film director Keesha Chung talks representation, investing in Black creators, going beyond stories about ‘pain and trauma’

Keesha Chung, whose debut film “grey area” is screening virtually at the CineFAM festival until Oct. 30, says representation is just as important behi... → Read More

At 35, this Toronto set designer makes $110,000. She just found out she’s pregnant. How can she prepare financially?

Along with the excitement comes a lot of fear and anxiety for Lorraine and her partner. Should they put a down payment on buying a home with more spac... → Read More

Carlos makes $43,000 as a hospital cleaner in Toronto. He’s about to come into a large inheritance. How should he use it?

“I’ll be getting an inheritance soon. It’s not a big deal or a rush, but with it, I want to invest smartly. Do I buy a condo? A house? Do I open a new... → Read More

This 31-year-old is about to finish her PhD. Making $60,000 a year, she’s hoping to buy a bigger place and have a child. How can she start?

A dedicated and frugal saver, U of T graduate student Cecily has amassed significant savings along with substantial equity in a downtown condo. Her go... → Read More

This 31-year-old freelance designer is working as a server to pay off $18,000 in debt. She wants to move out. Can she?

Due to a competitive job market, Weng struggled to find a stable career as a designer living in Barrie. She is determined to pursue her goal of becomi... → Read More

Should this 40-year old buy his third condo or diversify?

As a self-proclaimed “older millennial,” 40-year-old Peter makes $94,000 a year working in social services. He got himself involved in the hot GTA mar... → Read More

Alex helps his parents financially and, despite savings, wants to rent for life

Alex is a 34-year-old millennial making $112,000 as a federal employee. While the pandemic has been a great opportunity for saving — especially after selling his condo in Ottawa and moving back to his parents home in Toronto. But his parents lost their jobs in the pandemic and he is helping them with money. And despite $160,000 in savings, Alex wants to be a renter for life and wants advice to… → Read More

At 40, Peter makes $94,000. He owns two condos and wants a third closer to downtown Toronto. Is that the right move?

Being an avid investor throughout his life, Peter has long been able to take advantage of GTA’s hot housing market. Now, he wants advice on how best t... → Read More

This millennial couple makes $130,000 combined. With a baby on the way, a mortgage and car debt, how can they prepare?

Matt and Elicia’s monthly take-home pay is $6,100. While that may be enough for a couple, they know that they’ll have to prepare to save more for chil... → Read More

34-year-old has huge goals: a new home and a new family through IVF or adoption

This week we meet Doris, a 34-year-old making more than $160,000 working in the pharma industry. She is the sole earner in her relationship, paying mo... → Read More

At 23, this millennial makes $62,000 and has $80,000 in savings. She wants to go to grad school. Can she do it?

Maya lives with her parents and is a frugal spender. She wants to capitalize on her savings to go back to school, indulge in vacations and eventually ... → Read More

At 26, this millennial in finance is making $375,000 a year working in the U.S. Now, she wants to focus on writing a book

“I entered finance in hopes of saving enough to take a shot at freelance writing for a few years, unconstrained by financial concerns,” Jen said. → Read More

Laid off during pandemic, Ida is thinking about a drastic life change

Ida, a 33-year-old designer living in Toronto, was laid off at the beginning of the pandemic. First she was surviving off CERB, while picking up freelance gigs as a designer here and there. Now she's on EI and considering a move out of province to find more job opportunities and cheaper housing. Evy speaks with financial adviser Jason Heath for recommendations. All of our participants have been… → Read More

25-year old’s priority is time with his son, so saving for a car will buy more of that time

25-year-old single father of one making $36,000 a year as a recruiter. He has two goals: First to buy his own car, second to move out of his mom's hom... → Read More

At 36, this Toronto millennial makes $112,000 and pays his parents’ rent. Does he have to buy a home or can he rent for life?

“I enjoy the freedom of not maintaining or owning a property,” Alex says. “I might move in the next few years so I don’t want to commit to a place yet... → Read More