Family Finances and Budgeting Strategies

Family Finances

From teaching your kids about money to helping care for your aging parents, information to help with your family finances.


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For richer or poorer: Financial Planning Tips for Newlyweds (PDF, 825 KB)

Whether youíre a couple whoís about to get married or youíre simply considering moving in together, itís important to have an open and frank discussion about finances before you take the big step so you can agree on how your finances will be handled.

Starting over: Tips for Blended Families (PDF, 852 KB)

Itís critical for couples to get professional assistance with their finances when entering a blended family relationship, such as remarrying with children from a previous relationship, or if partners have accumulated significant assets before uniting.


Plan for lifeís surprises to keep your finances on track

Letís take a closer look at three essential components of a contingency plan.

Learn more: Keeping your finances on track

How to Build an Emergency Savings Fund

Almost half of Canadians donít have money set aside for emergencies. Learn how to build an emergency fund.

Learn more: How to build an emergency savings fund

How much will lifeís big events cost you?

Whenever you run into a major life event, itís time to check in with your financial advisor.

Learn more: How much will lifeís big events cost you?

CIBC Advantage® for Youth

Give them a head start with competitive interest rates.

Learn more: CIBC Advantage for Youth

An Overview of the Student Loan Process for Parents

Preparing to send your child to college or university is a big step in both your lives, especially if this is your first foray. While your child is eligible to apply for student loans, grants, scholarships and more, he or she may still need your help with rising tuition costs.

Learn more: An overview of the student loan process for parents

Advantages of a Student Line of Credit

If youíre preparing for a childís post-secondary education, a graduate program, or about to pursue a professional designation, youíve probably realized that you may need a loan to cover the associated costs.

Learn more: Advantages of a student line of credit

A Guide to Student Loans

The average cost of post-secondary education in Canada can top $80,000, making financing a reality for most students. If youíre unsure of where to start, use this guide to student loans and learn how to apply for federal, provincial and private loans.

Learn more: A guide to student loans

Smart Money ó Are You Financially Fit?

People spend a lot of time worrying about what they eat and how healthy their hearts are, but for many people financial fitness isnít a priority.

Learn more: Smart money ó are you financially fit?

Create an Emergency Fund

How to financially prepare your family for a rainy day.

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Make Your University Kid Money-Wise

How one couple prepared their daughter to manage her own finances

Learn more: Making Your University Kid Money-Wise

Update Your Financial Plans

Changes in your life may require adapting your financial game plan.

Learn more: Updating your financial plans

Lending Money to Your Children

There are many pitfalls in becoming ďthe bank of Mom and DadĒ Here is how to avoid them.

Learn more: Lending money to your children

Preparing for the Unexpected

To cope with sudden expenses, you should have an emergency fund and a plan.

Learn more: Preparing for the unexpected

Client Stories

Saving for Education

ďWill and Rosa: Our little boy just celebrated his first birthday. Itís amazing how fast heís growing! We want to give him every opportunity in life, including the best education we can afford. Whatís the best way to save for his education?Ē

Read the story: Saving for education