Shopping Leads to More Shopping

Shopping Leads to More ShoppingEver notice how sometimes when you go shopping for one thing, you end up bringing home four or five other things? How many times have you heard, “I only came in for…” at the check-out? Stanford University did some studies about how shopping can lead to more shopping. It seems that buying that fateful first item sets you on a shopping track that can end with you spending far more…

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Making a Lot of Money – The Opportunity to Not Be Broke

Making a Lot of Money - The Opportunity to Not Be BrokeI hate to be the one to break it to you, but making a lot of money does not guarantee that you will have financial success. Of course, it could mean that you reach financial greatness. It is possible that you make enough money so that all of your dreams come true. Yes, making a lot of money can be a great thing…but only if you play your cards right….

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Canadian Businesses Sit on Cash Despite More Tax Cuts

Canadian Businesses Sit on Cash Despite More Tax CutsProfitable Canadian businesses are set to reap $2.85 billion in additional income tax savings in 2012, even as Prime Minister Stephen Harper complains about all the private “money sitting on the sidelines.” The last of five annual corporate tax cuts took effect Sunday, reducing the federal rate by another 1.5 points to 15 per cent. The move comes as corporate Canada, from multinationals to midsize businesses, squirrels away hundreds of…

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Why it’s So Easy to Spend in the Summer

Why it's So Easy to Spend in the SummerI’m always tempted to spend a little more money in the summer when I’m out and about with the family, particularly when it comes to eating out. When we’ve been out at the park or the playground, and the kids have been playing and working up an appetite it’s easy to just buy a little something to eat on the way home or at least grab a popsicle from the…

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How to Solve a Debt Problem

How to Solve a Debt ProblemThere’s little debate that the financial problems we face, both collectively in terms of the economy, and individually in terms of our personal finances, are rooted in debt. We have major balance sheet issues at the public, private and sovereign level. The markets have rebounded significantly, but the real economy has demonstrated a much more muted recovery, and unemployment is still unacceptably high. Read More…

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Public gets a view into MP expenses

Public gets a view into MP expensesCanadians paid out $5,230 for Stephen Harper’s phone bill last year and $2,295 in postage for Michael Ignatieff. Those are some of the smaller expenses Canadians can browse online now that MPs expenses are posted in full. In total, the prime minister’s expenses came to $281,255.67, compared to Ignatieff’s $570,984.10. The expenses released are what each MP charges the House of Commons through their MPs expenses. Most of Harper’s expenses…

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Book Review: Your Money or Your Life

Book Review: Your Money or Your LifeThere are a few books that are beloved and can be a bit dangerous to review.  YMOYL is the bible to a number of people, so I’ll start with saying that I think there’s a lot of good stuff in there, it’s a solid book and just about everyone should read it.  In spite of this, I think there are some major weaknesses in it. Overview Joe Dominguez was a…

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