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How to save money

Smart solutions for planning, budgeting, and saving more for your future

 

The benefits of saving go beyond your wallet

Saving money regularly has big benefits that go beyond your finances. Having a plan to start saving, or to save more every month, not only helps your financial situation, it improves your confidence and overall sense of well-being. A happy relationship with your money can make for a happier (and healthier) you.

How to start a saving plan


Create a budget

Figure out where your money goes every month by creating a budget. Put the numbers into a simple spreadsheet or try this free budgeting tool from the Government of Canada.

Once you’ve figured out how much you spend each month, add a “savings" category to your budget, and plan to allocate a certain amount to it regularly.

Learn how to budget in 7 steps

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Set a goal


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What do you want to save for? Larger goals, like a down-payment on a house, are important, but small, achievable short-term goals are important too.

Find out how much you need to save and how long it could take to reach a savings goal.

Savings goal calculator

Pay yourself


Making automated transfers to your savings account will help you build savings faster. Transferring a set amount every two weeks or every month takes your mind off of saving, and reduces the temptation to spend the money instead.

Transfer money between your Meridian accounts online

Save faster with pre-authorized contributions

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Money saving tips

Get creative about spending less. Once you dive into what you’re actually spending, you’ll find that there are lots of ways to cut back. Even little things like coffees, take-out lunches and other non-essentials can really add up.

Explore money saving tips

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Financial Resilience Survey

Take a quick survey to get your financial resilience score and learn how you can improve.
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Savings goal calculator

Find out how much you need to save and how long it could take to reach a savings goal.

Saving vs. investing


Do I save or invest?

Your goals and timeline will help you determine the approach that makes sense for you.

What kind of investor are you?

How interest rates work

Investment options

A well diversified portfolio includes various types of investments, from GICs to mutual funds.

Mutual funds

Meridian Class A Shares

Guaranteed investment certificates

Expert advice

Your Meridian Wealth advisor will work with you to define your goals and build a financial plan that works for you.

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