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Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month

The purpose of this post is to promote Financial Literacy Month in Canada. Every November, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada provides resources and holds events designed to provide Canadians with the tools to gain control of their personal finances. This post contains links to […]

Where We Stash our Cash

Where We Stash our Cash

When it comes to affiliate marketing, I’m like the opposite of Nike. I JUST DON’T DO IT. My readers are too smart to fall for that stuff. They can tell when I’m honest and writing from the heart. Disingenuous recommendations won’t cut it. So, before […]

Dear Bank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Dear Bank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

The most satisfying breakup you’ll ever have is with the bank. The day you walk into the bank and make your last mortgage payment EVER. In my mind, I had rehearsed the breakup hundreds of times. I envisioned there would be shock, which would quickly […]

How I Tweeted My Way to a Free Airline Ticket

How I Tweeted My Way to a Free Airline Ticket

Twitter is an incredible tool. Those 280 characters pack an amazing punch. Use it foolishly and you can lose millions of dollars and take a lot of innocent people down with you. Think Roseanne Barr. Use it wisely and you may get elected President of […]

My Frugality Nearly Killed the Dog

My Frugality Nearly Killed the Dog

Spoiler Alert: If you are a pet lover, you may want to stop here. Just proceed to the last paragraph, which I promise has a happy ending. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Generally, I consider myself to be a frugal person. […]

I Tracked the Trending Topics for 5 Months and Realized Americans Are Obsessed with 2 Things: Money and Retirement

I Tracked the Trending Topics for 5 Months and Realized Americans Are Obsessed with 2 Things: Money and Retirement

Every time I turn on my laptop, I’m greeted with the Trending Topics. I usually pay little attention to the list. But several months ago, I noticed a trend. Maybe that’s why they call it Trending Topics. Duh! This trend? Americans search about money and […]

Stop Trying, Start Training for Financial Independence

Stop Trying, Start Training for Financial Independence

As I write this post, the world’s greatest athletes are gathered in PyeongChang, South Korea for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. These athletes haven’t been trying to get to the world’s stage. They have been training for years to get there. Years of sacrifice, dedication, […]

How Watching The View Saved Us Over $15,000

How Watching The View Saved Us Over $15,000

It’s true. That morning chatfest where 5 (somewhat opinionated) ladies discuss Hot Topics saved us over $15,000! It was the most productive hour I’ve ever spent watching TV. And certainly the most lucrative. In the fall of 2010, self-proclaimed “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan Goodman, […]

Gifts for the Person who has Everything

Gifts for the Person who has Everything

There’s always someone on the gift list who is especially hard to buy for. It seems they already have everything. Every new contraption, thingamabob, and doohickey imaginable. Just when you think you’ve found the perfect gift, it turns out they already have 3 of them. […]

Do I Need a Financial Planner?

Do I Need a Financial Planner?

I’m more of a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to personal finance. After years of reading every financial book I can find, making some money, losing some money, tracking our expenses, rebalancing our portfolio and talking to so-called financial experts, I came to the conclusion that […]



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