Recommendations

After being on our financial independence journey for close to 10 years, I have come across some excellent personal finance & investment products, tools, books, and services. Products mentioned below are things that we personally use on a regular basis and some I have come to love.

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Awesome Personal Finance, Financial Independence, and Mindfulness Books

Savings Accounts

  • EQ Bank Savings Plus Account: EQ Bank has consistently offered some of the highest rates. Their high-interest savings account offers 2.00%* everyday interest with the flexibility of a chequing account. It’s a great product if you aren’t relying on a physical branch. *Interest is calculated on the total closing balance and paid monthly.  Rates are per annum and subject to change without notice.
  • Tangerine Banking: One of the best Canadian online banks. Open a Tangerine account with my Orange Key 17330615S1 and get a $50 bonus!

Investing/Investment Tracking

  • Questrade DIY Investing: I have been using Questrade for many years and I think it’s one of the best discount brokers in Canada. The trade commission of $4.95 per trade is the lowest in Canada (Wealthsimple Trade has zero commissions but only for select accounts). Questrade also offers commission-free ETF trades, which is great when you are building a portfolio with low-cost ETFs. Use my referral link to unlock cash bonus, up to $250, depending on the amount you deposit.
  • Dividend Tracking Google Spreadsheet: This is a spreadsheet that I created using Google Spreadsheet to allow you to easily track your dividend portfolio and other important dividend info like price, yield, dividend amount, etc.
  • ETF Tracking Google Spreadsheet: This is another spreadsheet that I created that helps you to track and re-balance your ETF portfolio.

Credit Cards/Travel Hacking/Saving Money

  • Borrowell Credit Check: If you want to get into travel hacking like we did and save over $10,000 for a trip to Maui, you need to check your credit score regularly to make sure you’re in good standing before applying for more credit cards. Contrary to popular belief, checking your credit score doesn’t lower your credit score. It’s also a good idea to track your credit score regularly to ensure no identity theft. Borrowell is a great place where you can check your credit score for free.
  • American Express Marriott Bonvoy Personal Card: Thanks to American Express Marriott Bonvoy Personal Card, we have been able to go on multiple trips and staying at fancy hotels for free. You can earn 51,000 Bonvoy points by spending $3,000 the first three months. That’s enough points for 5 nights at a Marriott Category 2 hotel.
  • PC Insiders Program: We have been shopping at Superstore and other Loblaws stores regularly for groceries. Given that we purchase organic produce and use PC Express for online grocery pickup, the PC Insiders Program was a great way for us to earn more PC Optimum Points. After one year of being a PC Insider, we have earned an equivalent of $478, making the $99 per year PC Insiders Program an excellent program to sign up for.

Estate Planning

  • PolicyMe: Having the proper life insurance to cover you and your family is very important. If the unthinkable were to happen, you want to make sure your surviving family members are taking care of. This is why Mrs. T and I both have a 25-year term life insurance.

If you have found other useful products or services, please let me know.