Are you ready to create your map to financial freedom?
Too many Canadians find themselves drowning in debt and unsure how to get out and build the lives they want. The good news is that it's possible for your to take control of your money and turn your financial life around.
Get ahead by finding new ways to make money. Whether you start a side gig, found a business, ask for a promotion, advance your career, or find new ways to earn fast cash, you will find practical ideas for boosting your income.
When you sweat the big stuff and the small stuff, you are more likely to put your money to work on what matters to you. From saving money on groceries, to reducing the cost of your utilities, to finding the biggest money leaks in your budget, you can learn how to trim the fat in your budget to use your money on what’s important in your life.
Over time, investing is one of the best ways to build wealth. Learn practical strategies to gain tax advantages when you invest money, as well as get the basics of how to choose the right investments for your long-term goals.
How-tos and tips on making the right decisions about where to spend your money. From learning how to spend smart using promo codes and rebate websites, to identifying the “why” behind your spending decisions so you make choices that better align with your priorities, MapleMoney is designed to give you the information you need.
No matter where you are on your financial journey, I'm here to help. See my money progress, read success stories, and learn tips and strategies for more effectively managing your money and reach your goals, so you can live the life you want.
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.
One of the best decisions I made was getting married in 2008. We sold our 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.
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, my wife and I have two active little boys. I’m always looking to reduce expenses and make the most of my money while my wife stays home to look after the kids. We hope to be able to build our 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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