Lifestyle Creep with Cindy Marques

Half Banked

May 31 2023 • 35 mins

Why is it that our savings stay the same even as our salaries go up? Or that once we’ve hit our dream income, it still feels like we’re living paycheck to paycheck? The answer may be a phenomenon called “lifestyle creep.” On this episode of Half Banked, hosts Cadeem and Bethan sit down with Cindy Marques, financial planner and co-founder of MakeCents, to discuss what lifestyle creep is, why it’s such a problem for young Canadians, and what you can do to avoid falling victim. They also price-check Canadian grocery chains to see if shopping at a fancier store really has a noticeable impact on your bank balance.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to this episode:

  1. Discover the different factors affecting the Canadian cost of living.
  2. Learn the definition of lifestyle creep and who's most vulnerable to it.
  3. Understand the value of financial freedom, and reframe it in a way that suits you.

About Cindy

Cindy Marques started her career in finance after realizing her lack of financial literacy as a recent physics and philosophy graduate. She decided to pursue a postgraduate degree in financial planning, determined to become a successful adult.

Despite feeling lost initially, Cindy leaned in and found her passion in finance, leading to a full pivot in her career. Today, she uses her expertise to empower others to take control of their finances.

Connect with Cindy through her website, or sign up at MakeCents. You can also contact her through her socials, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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