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Welcome to Million Dollar Journey! If you’re new here, you can learn about me and even follow my financial journey to becoming a millionaire by 35 through my net worth updates. Since hitting the Million Dollar milestone, I’ve been documenting my journey towards financial freedom that you can read about here. If you are just starting your own financial journey, you can start with Financial Freedom 101 located in the navigation bar above. Before you leave, check out my latest articles listed below and don’t forget to subscribe to my updates!

income splitting tax strategy - spousal investment loan

A couple of years ago, I wrote about income splitting strategies to help reduce family taxes in the scenario that one spouse makes significantly more income than the other.  Strategies such as: Contributing to the lower-income spouses TFSA (no attribution rules for TFSA contributions); Maintaining separate bank accounts where the higher income spouse pays for… Read More

best cash back credit card in Canada

This post was originally written in 2007 but has been updated annually since. The reason why I'm posting it again now is because there have been changes to the best free credit card in Canada.  More below. After you guys gave me your favorite credit cards, I did a little research and came up with… Read More


Can You Have Too Much RRSP?

Since I've written about how much you need to save to reach $1M in your RRSP starting in your 30's, 40's, and 50's, I've been getting questions from readers who have significant RRSP contributions.  More specifically, can you have too much in an RRSP? I haven't been able to find any good articles online that… Read More


Building an indexed diversified portfolio has never been easier and cheaper for investors.  If you like to put your portfolio on autopilot, you can buy a single all-in-one ETF that will even re-balance your stock bonds automatically, all while charging very low fees.  Related: All-in-one ETF Battle: Vanguard vs iShares vs BMO All you need… Read More


If you are a reader of MDJ, you will know that I'm a fan of Questrade discount brokerage. I opened an account with them when they first started in Canada, and continue to open accounts with Questrade - in fact, I'm just about to open a spousal RRSP to help with income splitting during retirement. Some of the highlights… Read More


I recently received a reader question about how to effectively use GIC's with RESP withdrawals.  I have a question in regards to moving funds towards GIC’s. My son turns 17 later this month and his RESP portfolio has $70k. This month I would like to start moving funds into Money Market Fund and GICs. While… Read More


I recently wrote about how you can build a comfortable retirement lifestyle even if you start a little late.  The article included a couple of examples of an investor who starts in his/her 40's and 50's and still result in a comfortable middle-class retirement.  But what if you want a little more during retirement?  What… Read More


The concept of financial independence/retire early (FIRE) is all the rage in the personal finance space. The idea is to save a large percentage of your income (50% or more), live as frugally as possible, and retire in a short period of time while continuing to live frugally.   Related: How much do you need to… Read More