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Big Cajun Man shares RDSP, RESP expertise

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Money management, Portfolio/Interviews, Portfolio/Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

17 July, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin   Click here to listen Hi, As part of the savewithspp.com continuing series of podcast interviews with personal finance bloggers, today I’m talking to the “Big Cajun Man,” author of the Canadian Personal Finance Blog. In real life, he is actually, Alan Whitton, a mild-mannered government civil servant and father of four, living in Ottawa. Alan has been blogging about finance and consumerism for about ten years, focusing on real life experiences. As a result, he...

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July 14: Best from the blogosphere

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July 14: Best from the blogosphere 14 July, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin   This week we have a mixed bag of posts for your summer reading from the world of the ever-prolific personal finance bloggers we track. Brighter Life presents a series of both get your health and get your finances in shape tips from other bloggers. One of my favourites is from Jeremy Biberdorf, author of Modest Money. He says too many people think the path to financial freedom is to focus heavily on either frugality or earning more...

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BOOK REVIEW: How not to move back in with your parents

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10 July, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin The same day I was planning to review “How not to move back in with your parents: The young person’s guide to financial empowerment,” the author and Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick wrote a column revealing how difficult it is for students to get summer jobs to pay for their education and quantifying the cost of post-secondary study. He cited the Yconic/Abacus Data Survey of Canadian Millennials, conducted for The Globe and Mail earlier this year...

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July 7: Best from the blogosphere

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8 July 8, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin   After two weeks of vacation in lovely (except for the mosquitoes) Muskoka, I’m back. And so are all of our favourite personal finance bloggers with lots of interesting material. In particular, we welcome back Kerry K. Taylor (aka Squawkfox) who has been on sick leave. In her classic comeback post Kerry questions whether Dollarama’s $3 HDTV antenna is worth it.  The bottom line is that she was able to receive as many channels on the $3 antenna as on the $67 model...

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How to grow your retirement savings (Part 1)

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Portfolio/Saskatchewan Pension Plan, Retirement | 0 comments

3 July, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin It seems to me that I live and breathe retirement planning every day. I read about retirement planning. I write about retirement planning. And I frequently visit our money online to reassure myself that one of these days my husband and I will actually embark on the retirement we have planned for. After reading numerous personal finance blogs, books and articles I have concluded that people who have good “financial hygiene” from a young age are the ones that are most likely...

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Crystal ball gazing: Jobs 2030

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in HR Issues, Portfolio/Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

26 June, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin January 2014 figures reveal that although the national youth unemployment rate was 13.9%, Saskatchewan’s youth unemployment rate of 7% was the lowest in the country. Nevertheless, young people realize that selecting a course of post-secondary study and a future career are critical decisions that will impact their job satisfaction and family lifestyle for many years to come. Jobs like web designer, social media specialist and computer game designer did not exist 35 or 40...

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Robb Engen takes on new challenges

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19 June, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin Click here to listen Hi, Today in savewithspp.com’s continuing series of interviews with financial bloggers, we talk with Robb Engen. Robb is “Echo” from the very popular Canadian personal finance blog Boomer & Echo. He also has a bi-weekly column in the Toronto Star where his research focuses on budgeting, banking, credit cards, and debt management. Robb is a happily married Dad living in Southern Alberta. Over the past five years he has gone from taking an...

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June 16: Best from the blogosphere

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16 June, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin   This week we have a potpourri of blogs dealing with a variety of money-related topics topics you can read on these long late spring evenings. On Brighter Life, Dave Dineen brings us up to date on his travels in Slow money: A richer way to travel in retirement. He says renting from a local, not a corporation and adopting a local lifestyle means he and his wife can afford weeks instead of days on a beautiful Italian island. Retire Happy’s Jim Yih reminds couples...

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Book Review: THE SMART DEBT COACH

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Investments, Portfolio/Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

12 June, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin Talbot Stevens is so confident that his book “The Smart Debt Coach” can save you money, that he is offering a free refund to anyone who doesn’t think they can save at least $1,000 by applying the basic principles he discusses. The book is written in the style of a “self-help novel” like David Chilton’s The Wealthy Barber and Jon Chevreau’s Findependence Day. The main characters are Joe, Michelle, their friend Kim (physician and single mom) and financial...

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June 9: Best from the blogosphere

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9 June 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin   There is nothing I love better than planning a vacation or two or three. At the moment we have two weeks in our Muskoka fractional ownership cottage coming up; a week at Disneyworld with our granddaughter in September; and I’m working on the arrangements for a family vacation somewhere warm in February. So with summer vacations coming up for many families, I pulled together a series of posts both old and new, with a vacation theme. Krystal Yee explains how she is...

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