First Homes Are a Big Deal

by Marissa on April 22, 2014 · 0 comments

. It’s a sign that we’re growing and ready to accept the responsibility that comes with home ownership. It’s also a sign that we’re ready to move out of the rental market and into something that we’ll stay in for a long time.

There are two types of people who jump into the home ownership market- those are fully repaired and have be saving for year to afford something that they love, and those who walk by an own house sign and are ready to sign on the dotted line.

Being a personal finance blogger pretty much means that I preach the research method. There is nothing like having a mortgage to settle you down. Gone are the days of traveling on a whim, or shopping for the sake of shopping. No, buying your first home means that you’re responsible, and such.

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Vacations are a great way for families to reconnect and take a break from the hectic pace of everyday life; however, these trips can be a bit costly. One of the best ways to save money on travel is to use a rewards credit card: Earning points that can be redeemed for airfare and other rewards can help make those vacation dreams come true. Many families prefer to fly Southwest Airlines due to their extensive network of routes and flexible policies; for these families, the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards card can be used to earn miles toward their flights. The card allows members to earn points for everyday purchases while offering flexible options for redeeming the points.

Earning rewards with the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards card couldn’t be easier. Card members who purchase airfare on either Southwest Airlines or Air Tran Airways using their card can earn two points for every dollar spent. Purchases made with any merchant in the Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner network also earn double points. All other purchases earn one point per dollar. With this type of rewards system, card members are often amazed to see how quickly their points add up.

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There are very few luxuries that I have a hard time giving up- my Starbucks Canada App is one of them. Not only does it make is easy for me to track all my points (I’m a Gold Card member after all), but I don’t have to carry my wallet, or change when I step into any Starbucks location. I’m not saying that having change with you is a hard chore, but having the option to just walk into a coffee shop with just your smartphone is pretty awesome.

This is where this post gets even better! PayPal is now making it easier for you to pay your bills at 50 locations with your PayPal mobile app. Canadians crave convenience when it comes to settling the bill. In fact, a survey* conducted by PayPal revealed that almost nine in ten (87%) Canadians wished they could be wallet-free. In a first for Canada, Torontonians can now leave their wallet at home and pay with the PayPal mobile app**at more than 50 of the city’s most popular cafés, restaurants and food trucks. Diners get notified of exclusive offers and can tip easily with the PayPal mobile app.

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Do you have what it takes for a successful finance career? The applicant pool is unfortunately large while the job pool is often small. That doesn’t mean you can’t find happiness in the career of your dreams, however.  The following four jobs aren’t glamorous, but they all function as stepping-stones that just might propel you to the next level of your finance career.

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Volunteer Work

Volunteer work is a great way to get a leg up against the competition in any field. Job seekers can post their volunteer credentials on LinkedIn in the Volunteer Marketplace section. By publicizing your volunteer work history, you showcase a set of skills and personality traits that just might sway a potential employer.  A manager forced to choose between two job candidates — one with volunteer experience and one without — often gravitates toward the person with the seemingly richer personality and work history.

Even if you’ve volunteered in a field unrelated to your career path, be sure to include this information on your résumé and LinkedIn profile. Job candidates who show ambition and drive both inside and outside the workplace are more likely to pique the interest of potential employers.
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