Finding Freedom Week 1: A New Direction

Finding Freedom Week 1: A New Direction

It's hard to believe that this is the 100th post we've published here at Freedom 101. On one hand, it feels like we just started the blog yesterday, while on the other, it feels as though we've lived a lifetime in these last two years! I guess having a new child, reaching Financial Freedom, retiring, [...]

The Walk That Changed Everything

The Walk That Changed Everything

"When and why did you decide to pursue Financial Freedom" This is a question we frequently get asked. But while I've touched on some of our reasons in various posts - I've never written a post about how exactly we started our journey here because it's a question that's simultaneously easy and hard for me to [...]

Top 11 Personal Finance Books (That You Won’t Find in the Finance Section)

Top 11 Personal Finance Books (That You Won’t Find in the Finance Section)

Mike and I are avid readers. In fact, it's probably my favourite hobby. When I was about 9 years old, I asked for a battery operated light as a birthday present just so I could covertly read under my covers after my Mom had told me for the umpteenth time to turn my lights out [...]

An Exercise In Dreaming (That Creates Actual Change)

An Exercise In Dreaming (That Creates Actual Change)

I would not exactly categorize myself as a dreamer. I have never been one to get lost in the clouds, entertain myself with wild visions of grandeur, or contemplate what I might do if I win the lotto max. Maybe it’s the way I’m hardwired, but I find such activities to be an utter and [...]

How To Teach Your Kids About Money Part 4: Ages 11-13

How To Teach Your Kids About Money Part 4: Ages 11-13

Welcome to our final instalment on how to teach your kids about money. This week we are going to tackle what financial concepts to focus on with your pre-teen, as well as plenty of ideas for how to develop those concepts in ways that have real life applications. So let's get right into it! Here's [...]

How To Teach Your Kids About Money Part 3: Ages 8-10

How To Teach Your Kids About Money Part 3: Ages 8-10

Welcome to an age where you will start to be amazed at how much your child is picking up when it comes to finance. If you've been working at steadily improving your child's financial literacy, here is where you will turn to your spouse and utter in amazement "S/He is really getting this!" Our oldest [...]

How To Teach Your Kids About Money Part 2: Ages 5-7

How To Teach Your Kids About Money Part 2: Ages 5-7

Last week's post was all about laying the foundation for finance with your 0-4 year old. This week we are turning our attention to how we can teach our 5-7 years olds how to be money wizards! Ages 5-7 Years Here's where the real fun begins! This is an age where your child's development and [...]

How To Teach Your Kids About Money Part 1: Ages 0-4

How To Teach Your Kids About Money Part 1: Ages 0-4

The vast majority of kids finance materials out there address how to teach your teens or tweens about money. The odd piece might address how to teach your 8-10 year old. Here at Freedom 101 we strongly believe in starting much, much earlier - because finance isn't just about money, it's about developing strong life [...]

Staying “Trendy” On A Budget

Staying “Trendy” On A Budget

Full disclosure - this post is all about how to minimize your clothing, make-up and personal care budget, while still remaining "trendy"! If you aren't into that stuff, or you don't have a significant other whom you might be able to pass some tips onto who would be interested, you may find this post is [...]

4 Words I (Try) Never Say To My Kids

4 Words I (Try) Never Say To My Kids

Happy Monday everyone! To start off the week I want to tell you about a great Canadian FI podcast that's recently kicked off, FI Garage. Hosted by the witty FI Mechanic, Accountant and the Economist, it's a not only a great resource, but also super entertaining! Now that's a winning combo. AND, it just so [...]