This week’s top reads have been compiled with the holiday season and year end in mind. Whether you’re in the midst of holiday shopping, thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, or planning to minimize your tax bill for 2017, you’ll find the content below helpful.

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Personal Finance

Bill Sweet’s Year End Financial Checklist

The end of the tax year is fast approaching and tax planning expert Bill Sweet has compiled a list of six things that investors should do before 2018 to reduce taxes. From paying yourself first to charitable contributions, Sweet covers it all for you here.

Don’t Get Phished This Holiday Season

While online shopping can be a great way to avoid crowded shopping centres during the holidays, there are risks that come with sharing our personal information online – including phishing scams. In this article, Kristin O’Keeffe Merrick explains what phishing is and how it could happen to you. Read the full article for online shopping tips and important reminders here.

How to Spend Money During the Holidays, With Joy (and Without Fear and Guilt)

Many people find this time of year stressful and full of obligation to buy things for everyone – from our parents to the person who delivers our mail. President of Flow Financial Planning, Meg Bartlet, changed her approach to spending after her household income was reduced dramatically. In this article, she shares three simple steps to change spending money from a stressful task, to something that can fill you with joy. Read the full article here.

Other Articles

9 Ways to Live Healthier in 2018

With 2018 just around the corner, New Year’s resolutions are currently a big topic of conversation. In this article, Tim Herrera shares advice on getting more sleep and exercise, eating better, and other health related items, so that you can be at your best in 2018. Read the full article here.

Why We Should Give Our Kids Fewer Toys

Looking for reasons to buy fewer gifts for the kiddos in your life this holiday season? Lifehacker parenting editor, Michelle Woo shares why it’s better for kids to have fewer toys to play with, backed by science:

In a new study by researchers at the University of Toledo, toddlers who were given fewer toys played more creatively and were more engaged in their play than those who had many toys available. Moms and dads, this might be the time to remove that chicken robot, mustache plushie, emoji bingo set, and Spider-Man drone from your Amazon shopping cart. I’m sorry.

Read the full article here.



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