4 Things Canada Does Better than the U.S.

4 Things Canada Does Better than the U.S.

Regular readers of this blog know we are anxious to move back to the U.S. It’s been almost eight years since we relocated to Canada and I still can’t get used to the frigid temps in the winter. Plus, I really miss Target and Krispy…

Sweet Jesus, Here’s Another Reason to Use a Credit Card Over a Debit Card

Sweet Jesus, Here’s Another Reason to Use a Credit Card Over a Debit Card

Normally I’m hesitant to write any article containing the name of Jesus. Except in this case, in which the focus of my rant is in fact, Sweet Jesus. Read on. Behold Sweet Jesus This past weekend, my 16-year old daughter was in Toronto to compete…

A Packing List for Americans Moving to Canada

A Packing List for Americans Moving to Canada

During the last US presidential election, there were plenty of promises made by folks that if “their candidate” did not win the election, they were moving out of the US. The preferred destination in most cases: Canada. Even the town of Cape Breton Island, Nova…

We are Americanadian

We are Americanadian

We are AMERICANADIAN. It’s pronounced A Merry Canadian. And the definition is someone who lives in both America AND Canada. Not to be confused with a SNOWBIRD, who lives in the southern US during the winter months only. Let me explain. It’s only a couple…

Great American Companies You Didn’t Know Were Canadian

Great American Companies You Didn’t Know Were Canadian

“Oh look, they have TD banks in Canada too,” said my sister who was visiting us recently. I replied, “Well yea, the bank is Canadian. TD stands for Toronto Dominion.” My sister, “No, I don’t think so. That doesn’t SOUND right.” Me: “OK, let’s Google…

The Joy of Paying the IRS to NOT Live in America

The Joy of Paying the IRS to NOT Live in America

It’s tax time. Admittedly, this is everyone’s least favorite time of the year, but imagine if you had to pay taxes to the IRS and you didn’t even live in America. This is our reality and the reality facing millions of American expats living around…

O Canada! The Impact of Home Country Bias on Investment Returns

O Canada! The Impact of Home Country Bias on Investment Returns

As an Americanadian (pronounced A Merry Canadian) – an American citizen living in Canada – I’ve learned to embrace the Canadian lifestyle. I learned to ski. I enjoy a hot plate of poutine. I occasionally say “Eh.” I know MOST of the lyrics of O…

What Have I Gotten Myself Into? An Assessment of My First Month Blogging

What Have I Gotten Myself Into? An Assessment of My First Month Blogging

I’ve noticed personal finance bloggers generally fall into 3 categories: 1) Stay-at-home moms 2) Engineers 3) Frugal millennials Since I can check off 2 of those boxes, I thought blogging would be easy. I was wrong. I have an undergrad degree in Aerospace Engineering and…

Single-Payer Healthcare – Painful or Painless? A Firsthand Comparison of American and Canadian Healthcare

Single-Payer Healthcare – Painful or Painless? A Firsthand Comparison of American and Canadian Healthcare

There are few topics in America today that garner as much controversy as healthcare. With the President’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare or ACA (Affordable Care Act), individuals relying on this insurance are in a constant state of instability. Yes, I realize that’s an…