Podcast Episode 230: Money Matters – Realistic Budgeting and Financial Literacy for Families

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 230 of The New Family Podcast, where we talk to two finance experts about improving financial literacy for families today.

This is the second of a two-part series Money Matters, which takes a look at some of the financial implications of raising kids today. In this episode I’ve again got two very insightful guests. You may have caught my guest Shannon Lee Simmons’ on CBC’s Metro Morning, the Marilyn Dennis Show or seen her column in the Toronto Star. Shannon is a certified financial planner and founder of The New School of Finance, as well as the author of two best-selling books, Worry-Free Money and Living Debt-Free.

I also get to chat with Doretta Thompson, who’s the head of financial literacy for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Doretta has a lot of great insights into how Canadians stack up in financial literacy, where we can improve, where we can access free resources and how to get started with turning around a difficult financial situation. This episode is full of straight talk on family finances, as is the first in this series, episode 229.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Living Debt-Free: The No-Shame, No-Blame Guide to Getting Rid of Your Debt

Worry-Free Money: The guilt-free approach to managing your money and your life

The New School of Finance website

The New School of Finance blog

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

Doretta Thompson’s CPA Canada profile

CPA Canada Financial Literacy Main Page

Wellness Guide

Just the facts: Helping you talk about money

Financial literacy publications

Part 1 of our Money Matters series: Money Matters – How Financial Anxiety Affects Families

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Related Episode: Straight Talk on the Financial Realities of Splitting Up

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