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About Tom Drake

I’m Tom Drake and I’m the founder and writer behind MapleMoney. I’m a Financial Analyst for a major grocery retailer in Alberta, Canada. I started this website in 2009 to share my money experiments. My background in budgeting and knowing the ins and outs of the grocery industry have helped me learn about how money works, and the financial changes I’ve been through since 2008 have provided plenty for me to write about.

I’ve gone through many of the same financial decisions you may have already, or are considering. I sold my townhouse in early 2009 and moved into a detached house. I made use of a readvanceable mortgage and I used the Smith Manoeuvre to reduce my non-deductible mortgage and increase my investments. These are some of the interesting — and Canada-specific — financial experiments I write about on my blog in an effort to share money hacks that can help you better your financial situation. I recently sold my home in Edmonton to move near Calgary, resulting in a whole new set of financial observations and tips that I hope to share on this blog.

The Drake Family

I’ve had the pleasure of writing for financial publications in addition to starting a successful online business. My writing has appeared in print in Money and Canadian MoneySaver. I’ve also been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Money Sense, Reader’s Digest, Candian Living, Inc., and Forbes. I’ve written on a regular basis for brands like Questrade, Mint, and LowestRates.ca.

Today, I have two active little boys. I’m always looking to reduce expenses and make the most of my money while also looking after the kids. I hope to be able to build my savings, and I want to keep building my business so that at some point I can retire early from my day job.

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