EP076 Happy Go Money with Melissa Leong

Melissa Leong is recognized as one of Canada’s leading personal finance authorities. She is the author of Happy Go Money, a feel-good guide to finances. As a best-selling author and personal finance writer, she has over 15-years of journalism experience ranging from interviewing heads of state, celebrities, and royalty. Additionally, Melissa is the on-air personality and resident money expert of CTV’s leading daytime talk show, The Social and is recognized as one of Canada’s leading personal finance authorities. She is on a mission to help Canadians manage their money while maximizing their happiness.


Melissa joins me today to discuss the critical factors she feels helped her achieve success. She shares the financial lessons she has learned throughout her career, the inspiration for her book, and the connection between happiness and money. She also explains her perspective on spending money to achieve happiness, how to achieve happiness without spending money, and the criteria you should consider before making purchases.


“There is no replacement for hard work. You have talent, you have luck, but you cannot be successful without putting in the hustle.” – Melissa Leong


This Week on Young Money:


  • What a typical day looks like for Melissa.
  • The key factors she believes have helped cultivate her success.
  • Self-publishing a book, building a brand and being resilient.
  • The financial lessons she wishes she knew when she was younger.
  • The inspiration for writing Happy Go Money.
  • The misconceptions and connection between your money and your happiness.
  • Three things you can spend your money on that will bring you happiness.
  • How to achieve happiness without spending money.
  • How to decide if your purchases align with your values.

Key takeaways:


  1. Think of money as a tool to make you happy.
  2. Create an emergency fund.
  3. Don’t take on debt.

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