Financially Savvy Magazine – MoneySense (Canadian content)

Although money can’t guarantee happiness, I strongly believe without adequate money you can’t be happy.  Because to be happy, you need adequate shelter, clothing, and food (you may disagree, if you are a nirvana-seeking spiritual kind of guy/gal). And you need money to purchase these.

If you are just starting to get your finances in order and have no clue what to do, there are couple of good & fun reads for you.  I recommend the MoneySense magazine and related books, for you to start reading more about how to be good friends with money.

I never really enthusiastically like to read hard core books but preferred books with lots of visual contents (therefore I am a cartoonist). If you are like me, then I recommend starting from a magazine. MoneySense
magazine is a great way to start learning how to flex your financial muscles, and it’s quite a fun read too with lots of hip illustrations and real life examples.  It has a series “Are they on Track?”by Julie Cazzin, who shows real life example of couples with their financial quest.  For example, in this summer issue, Julie features a young couple who just bought a house and would like to know if they can pay off the mortgage by they turn 50. You can either subscribe to the magazine
, or why not save money first by checking out their on-line site? You can read couple of articles for free per month. It’s a Canadian magazine, so it’s best for Canadian residents, but it offers a lot of useful financial savvy tips for all nationalities. Bonus: If you are a Rogers client, you can subscribe it for cheaper.

Once you start getting into the personal finance world, you’ll start to want to save and invest that money. To build an investment portfolio, the magazine will provide you many examples, but if you’d like to read more specifically just about investments, I recommend you to read their Guides, such as

The MoneySense Guide to the Perfect Portfolio (2013 Edition). This will teach you in detail which funds to buy. Moneysense loves index funds. I also bought the MoneySense – Guide to Investing in Real Estate before purchasing my first home. It taught a lot of concepts that I didn’t know, and it made buying a house for the first time less stressful as I compared my steps with the steps outlined in the book.

Happy Reading!