Burlington, Ontario is an amazing place to live. We have some fantastic businesses, services and most importantly some friendly people. momstown Burlington is kicking of a series of blogs in 2013 to highlight some of the fantastic people we have living and working in Burlington! This month we'll get to know a wonderful financial consultant from the Investor's Group, Jessica Langdon. Jessica is all about family, and we asked her to share some of her favourite things to do with family. She's got some great ideas about fun things to do with the kids, a yummy meal idea and knows where to shop for a great deal! Most importantly Jessica gave us two financial tips that will help you out in 2013. We'd love for you to get to know her a little better too, and be sure to visit her site for any of your financial needs!
Name: Jessica Anne Langdon
Family: Boy (7), Girl (6), Boy (5)
Favourite Family Activity: We are annual members at Little Monkeys on Harvester…you can find us there almost every Saturday! But since that’s kind of routine I’d say, Glow In the Dark Mini Golf, however we’ve recently started going to movies as a family and that’s been fun. It’s neat to see their eyes light up, especially in 3D ones. Also it gives me great opportunities to chat about the message in the movie – easy teachable moments.
Favourite Family Meal: “Red Pepper Pasta” is a constant request. Penne Pasta and the sauce is Four Cheese Alfredo with a splash of Tomato Sauce (just to take the “cheesiness” away) in a skillet with red peppers and sliced chicken breasts. Great fresh but even better the next day. Kids love taking this to school. The sauce freezes great two. I make a huge batch at the beginning of every month and freeze in individual containers for school sized lunches.
Best Board Game to Play with the Kids: Santa brought “Don’t Wake Daddy” and we’ve been playing that quite regularly. Very simple but tons of fun!
Best Place to shop for great deals: I could shop at Bonnie Togs all day every day. And their return policy is amazing!!! I love that I can get matching shirts for my boys in different sizes!
Best Way to wind down after a long day with the kids: I’m quite fond of a nice glass of blush wine with a good book. I’m reading Anna Karenina right now. I try my hardest to stay away from TV because I can multi-task while watching it, but a good book takes time devotion and it is a great way to unwind. And although I have a kobo (which is great for vacations or out and about) I love the feel of a real book, there’s just something soothing about it.
New Year’s Resolution: Pretty much a standard resolution I think – Lose weight and be more active. This year’s focus for me is a work/life balance! More quality time with my kids!!
Best financial tip for 2013: I could go on and on, there are so many good ones. I’ll squeeze in two though!
1. Do something different than you did last year. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results.
2. Start saving on a monthly basis. There are two reasons why this is important. a. Clients who invest on a monthly pre-authorized plan earn more per dollar than clients doing a lump sum contribution, this comes down to “dollar-cost averaging”. b. Putting your savings into an RSP and a TFSA on a monthly time (ask me why you need both and not just one) will typically have put a larger contribution towards their accounts than those saving on their own and giving their advisor a lump sum.