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If You Remember One Thing This Christmas, Remember This

The weeks leading up to Christmas can be a trying time for the would be frugal saver. We are pressured to spend now more than any other time of the year. We've got family coming to visit or we're booking trips to visit others. It takes a lot out of us all to keep our personal finances from flying off the rails in a flurry of Christmas eats and treats. There's one thing you mustn't forget and you mustn't skimp out on this Christmas though and that's enjoying Christmas.  ... read more of this story»

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Friday Round Up: The Christmas Countdown Edition

We're heading into the last weekend before Christmas and things have been busy around here. We've had our second carnival, a bunch of new subscribers, and I've been working on a few changes for the site that I hope to have finished shortly. Let's take a closer look, shall we?  ... read more of this story»

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The Top Two Factors Affecting Personal Happiness

One of the biggest drivers in my life these days is a pursuit of happiness. As such, I've been doing a decent amount of reading on the subject. With goal setting season just around the corner, I thought I'd take a few minutes to share with you some of what I've learned about the key factors affecting happiness. After I tell you about the top two happiness contributors, I'll explain how I'm using this information to shape my own personal goals.  ... read more of this story»

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Still Lovin' Shovelin' Snow

It's been a few weeks since I wrote about why I think shoveling snow is such a great activity. Since then we've had three major snowfalls and a handful of minor ones in Ottawa. Am I still as convinced that snow shoveling is as great as I originally thought? You bet.  ... read more of this story»

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Weekly Round Up: The Escape Edition

Heading into the weekend I thought it would be a good idea to point out some of the interesting events of the week. This week we've got some other escapees and a carnival!  ... read more of this story»

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Elephants & Why We Get Ourselves Into Such Terrible Financial Messes

If you are like most people, myself included, you probably consider yourself to be of average or above average intelligence. If that were true, we should be able to make good decisions most of the time. If we made good decisions most of the time, we should be, for the most part, quite successful. Sometimes, however, it seems like we aren't as successful as we ought to be. Sometimes, we can be completely and utterly unsuccessful. We make horrible decisions. We get ourselves into huge financial messes. We're unhappy. We feel trapped.

So, the question is: If we're all so damn smart, how come we suck so much? Elephants, that's why.  ... read more of this story»

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5 Reasons To Manage Your Money

The Value of Money Management: By tracking where each dollar you earn comes from and where it goes you'll be setting yourself up for financial success.One of the best ways to get yourself headed down the path to financial freedom is by getting a grip on your personal finances. I'm talking about knowing where your money comes from and knowing where it goes - in detail. Without this important information, you'll likely end up working a lot harder and a lot longer than you need to. Today I'm going to give you five good reasons why you should be managing your money and not just "going with the flow."  ... read more of this story»

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Give Cash - Not Gift Cards

I just read a post by JD over at the Get Rich Slowly blog on the pros and cons of giving gift cards. Although I am always thankful for any gift I receive, gift card or other, I will always prefer to receive and will always give a gift of cash instead of a gift card. The reasons are short, sweet and to the point.  ... read more of this story»

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My Money Saving Tip: Computers & Games

I really like computers. I love to play computer games. I also like to save money. This is not an ideal combination of wants and desires. If you've ever compared computer prices, you'll have seen that the "Gamer PC" is almost always the most expensive by far. I've got a new policy though that allows me to regularly upgrade to a way better machine and play new games, but I only pay a fraction of the price. I'll let you in on my secret.  ... read more of this story»

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The Best Thing You Can Do Is ... Something!

I'll be the first to admit that I spend a lot of time planning things. For each project I'm thinking of undertaking I like to research and map out what I need to do. I like to keep going back to the plan and modifying little bits here and there, adding new pieces and taking away others. I found that there is a problem with too much planning though: I never get anything done. So, recently, I've been trying to switch my focus away from planning and shift it more towards action. So far, I like the results!  ... read more of this story»

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