Our Financial Survival Workshop was a great success! Participants had a chance to discuss money matters with the workshop presenters and amongst themselves as well.
Thank yous go out to Dan Gillespie from the University of Toronto Student Union, and Shain Dhalla from the University of Toronto Graduate Student Union for their Health and Dental Plan Benefits presentations. Also thanks to Kerri Huffman from the School of Graduate Studies and Yvonne Hilder from Woodsworth College for their sessions on funding, loans and grants. Finally, we must thank our workshop organizer, Maria, and the hardworking staff and students at the Family Care Office!
Along with the raffle draw, participants had a chance to evaluate the workshop. Here are some of the comments from our participants:
“Could you have workshops specifically for postdoctoral fellow? Information on filing/figuring out taxes, putting money in RRSPs vs TFSA (or other savings)…”
– We will look into offering a workshop specifically for postdoctoral fellows!
“More information on child care and related issues…”
– We do offer child care workshops throughout the year. For example, the Child Care Subsidies Information Session and “Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family” workshops may be most relevant. We also have a great webinar on childcare options. More information about these workshops can be accessed on the Child Care page of the Family Care Office website.
It was great to see people sharing their tips and advice. Here’s one more cost-saving tip to end off the winter Tips Challenge. Until next time!
From Leigh: “Most of our money saving tips involve food and meals! My husband, toddler and I use the following strategies to help us manage on a student budget:
• use the Good Food Box program for our fruits and veggies once a month
• buy milk at Shoppers Drug Mart (it’s cheaper than grocery stores!)
• buy in bulk whenever possible – we have family members buy for us at Costco when they go (toilet paper, paper towel, kleenex, etc.)
• use the slow cooker for meals – we buy 1/4-1/8 of a cow and fill the freezer and then use this beef all winter
• only buy groceries that we need (use a list) and try to buy on sale (often this requires going to 2 different stores)
• do informal meal plans for the week to include at least 2 nights of meat-less meals
• roast a whole chicken, the boil the carcass for broth for soup
Those are all of the techniques I can think of for now! I hope this helps others who are in the same boat as us!”