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Rob Carrick's Reader: It’s time to school yourself about money

Rob Carrick rounds up the best in personal finance reading on the Web.

Making kids smarter about money

The non-profit Investor Education Fund has created this infographic on the attitudes of students toward money to promote a new classroom financial literacy tool called InspireFinancialLearning.ca.

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Making post-secondary students smarter about money

Choose free banking, this blog post says, and do your drinking at home instead of at bars and more.

TD Canada Trust created this infographic to help students understand the benefit of paying off their student loans as quickly as possible. No answer here for the biggest challenge in repaying student debt: Finding a first job to start building a career.

Students and credit cards

A look at some no- or low-fee credit cards for students. "Credit cards are a fact of life and the sooner you learn to use one responsibly and begin building a credit history, the better," this blog post argues.

I make an emphatic case for students to not get credit cards in my new book, How Not To Move Back In With Your Parents: The Young Person's Complete Guide To Financial Empowerment.

Paying for college and university

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SmartSaver is a website produced by a non-profit group to promote use of registered education savings plans (RESPs) by lower-income Canadians. There's good information here about the Canada Learning Bond, through which parents can receive up to $2,000 from Ottawa for a child's post-secondary education. The bond is available to families receiving the National Child Benefit Supplement, also known as the family allowance.

Tax tips for post-secondary students and their parents

Back-to-school info for parents

Globe Life's back-to-school page includes all kinds of advice for preparing kids to return to school and keeping them happy and productive through the fall and winter.

More money

Join the 15,000+ people who subscribe to my Facebook personal finance community for talk about investing, retirement, real estate, banking and other financial matters. I'm also on Twitter.

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Personal Finance Columnist

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998.Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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