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Summer Savings Part 1: How To Get Outside & Save Big At The Same Time

Welcome to Part 1 of the Mogo Summer Savings Series. We’re here to help you beat the heat, get the most out of your summer vacation plans – and stay within a reasonable budget. Ready to get spending, saving and sunning? Here we go! You asked, and we delivered. Here is the first of four specialty summer tips to save money, Mogo maniacs. We know you want to save big while having fun – and this post has a few great daytime activities that will be fun, active and reasonably priced. Go Camping Our country is renowned for our great system of parks, trails and outdoor adventures. Nothing says ‘Canadian Summer’ more than camping. Check out your province’s parks website for lists of wilderness (free) or provincial (paid) camping. Bond with the family over s’mores, mosquito bites, and cooking over a fire. At a minimal site-rental fee, this is a great way to spend a summer weekend. Check listings for reservations and regional tips. Festivals Chances are, your town has a great annual summer festival. Whether you’re there for the drinks, the face paint, the sights (or all three!) there should be something for everybody. These events are

How To Save Money By Using Your Smartphone

So you’ve made the jump and use a smartphone. While they can be a little expensive (with data fees, contracts, etc), they also give you great opportunities to save money. Check out some of these apps and ideas for ways to save money, budget properly and even have a little bit of fun. Most of these apps are free, but the ones that cost a little bit are surely worth the expense. Budgeting Software If you’re like me, keeping track of your finances and spending can be tough. When I need to track all my expenses, I turn to my smartphone. I always have it on hand, and can use it quickly and easily after purchases. Apps like Mint, Billminder and Moneywise all have great budgeting functions to show you how and where you’re spending cash. Cheap Gas Try out an application like GasBuddy (iPhone, Android) to, well, find Cheap Gas. The app uses user-generated information to track gas prices in certain neighbourhoods. Simply logon to the app when you’re about ready to fill up – and it will tell you the best gas station to hit, based on prices. The app is free, and will save

Best Online Helpers For Cool Summer Travel Savings

We’ve talked about hitting the road this summer, and here are some helpful sites, apps and products that are fun to use – and can save you a few bucks along the way. Leverage the power of the internet, and it’s community of savers, to find out the best places to buy, fill up, visit or snap shots. Have a tip that isn’t on our list? Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter to share with our followers. Onto the list! BillShrink.com We all know that gas prices are flying through the roof, and this helpful site is great for when you’re on the road and don’t know the area. BillShrink tells you the cheapest gas stations available that are within a certain area. Whether you’re filling up on Day 3 of a week-long road trip, or on the commute, BillShrink is a good bet to crowd-source the best gas prices. (This site is also great for TV, Wireless, Credit Cards and more – Check it out!) Gogobot.com Tired of the same Trip Advisor and Google recommended travel tips? Check out Gogobot. It looks into social media to find the most current recommendations for

Save $100 in 10 Minutes: The Rolling Stones Tell You How To Save Cash

Sometimes as a smart spender, you need to decide when to be a smart saver. So here’s a tip that could save you $100 in under 10 minutes… and you don’t even need to do a thing! Sound too good to be true? Keep reading to find out what we mean and you’ll be able to save as much as you want. When you’re looking to cut your costs, it’s important to decide between needs and wants. For things that you actually need, you will have to adjust your budget accordingly. But in the famous words of the Rolling Stones ‘You can’t always get what you want’. For me, my spending gets out of control when I stop really thinking about what I want (and even convincing myself it’s something that I need). Let’s look at three things I want to get over the next two months, and see where I can make some cuts. (For the sake of explaining here, let’s assume they all cost $100 exactly). -      16GB photo card for my camera -      Renew 3 magazine subscriptions -      Concert tickets to a show in June When I actually

4 Tips For a Cheap & Memorable Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner – so don’t forget! This Sunday, nothing will make your mom more proud than a thoughtful gift or reminder…that doesn’t break the bank. So when this Sunday rolls around, be prepared to bring a smile to Mom’s face without making her worry ‘about all that money you must have spent!’ Four great ways to show Mom that you care: 1. Skype Date Out of town? We all now that domestic Canadian flight costs can really add up – especially if you’re just traveling for the weekend. Why not connect your living-rooms for free online? My mom lives on the other side of the country, so this Sunday we’re going to have brunch together… over the computer. I got in touch with my dad to find out what they’re having to eat, and I’ll make myself the same meal. The cost: < $10, and the payoff will be great. Mom’s appreciate the effort a lot more than the pricetag! 2. Pictures This one’s a gimmie. Print your mom a photo and put it in a frame. What mother doesn’t want more photos of their