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Tom Drake manages multiple blogs on the night shif

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Money management, Portfolio/Interviews, Portfolio/Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

11 September 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin     Hi, as part of the SavewithSPP.com continuing series of podcast interviews with personal finance bloggers, today, I’m talking to Tom Drake, author of the personal finance blogs Canadian Finance and Balance Junkie. He also partners on three other sites and writes guest posts on several others. Tom lives with his wife and two boys in Edmonton. He’s a financial analyst for all of the Sobeys stores west of Ontario. He’s always looking for ways to reduce...

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BOOK REVIEW: More money for beer and textbooks

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4 September, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin   “More Money for Beer and Textbooks” by Kyle Prevost and Justin Bouchard is 200 easy-to-read and digest pages of down-to-earth advice about how to finance a post-secondary education without going into massive debt. And the authors do not advocate living an austere party-free existence. Both are in their mid-twenties and graduated from the University of Manitoba. Kyle is a high school teacher and Justin is the Dean of Residence at St. John’s College on the...

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How to save for retirement (Part 3)

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28 August 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin See Part 1 and Part 2. In the first two parts of this series on how to save money for retirement we focused on how to get started and some of the registered and unregistered savings plans available to Canadians. This final segment looks at some other ways (in no particular order) you can both grow and preserve your retirement savings. And making sure your children are educated to effectively manage their finances is a big part of this discussion. Keep fees low: You ignore...

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Aug 25: Best from the blogosphere

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25 August 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin   Welcome to the back to school issue of Best from the blogosphere. Regardless of what part of the country you live in, days are getting shorter, nights are cooler and there is a touch of colour on the few leaves that are already drifting to the ground. That can only mean that soon the kids will be back in school and your “to do list” includes school supplies and provisions for school lunches. In the Toronto Star, Dana Flavelle reports on a survey that says back to...

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Financing Post-Secondary Education: It’s a family affair

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21 August 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin Before your child heads off to university or college this year, you need to have a frank discussion about how much it will cost and how much you can afford to contribute to his or her tuition and living costs. If you opened a registered educational savings plan (RESP) when Janice or Jasper was much younger, that nest egg will be a big help. Some young people have also had summer or part-time jobs for many years and have a healthy balance in their savings account. But with...

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Aug 18: Best from the blogosphere

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18 August 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin   In this week’s Best from the blogosphere we revisit some of our old favourites who have appeared repeatedly in this space. First of all, congratulations to Robb and Marie Engen who are pioneers in the world of personal finance blogging. This week they are Celebrating Four Years Of Boomer & Echo. Their articles have been featured in the Globe and Mail, MoneySense, the National Post, and MSN Money.  They’ve been interviewed and quoted in numerous online and...

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Dan Wesley knows how to save a buck

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14 August 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin Hi, As part of the savewithspp.com continuing series of podcast interviews with personal finance bloggers, today I’m talking with Dan Wesley, author of the personal finance blog “Our Big Fat Wallet.” Dan is in his late 20s, he recently got married and he lives with his wife in Calgary. Finance isn’t just his hobby, it’s his career. He currently works in the corporate finance group of a large petroleum company. A couple of unique things you should know about...

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Aug 11: Best from the blogosphere

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11 August 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin I’m on a mission to find new retirement bloggers to feature in this space who have interesting insight for SPP members of all ages who are planning to retire in the near or distant future. I discovered Your retirement income blueprint today. This week’s blog Donor-directed taxes – You decide who gets your money! Is fascinating. If at age 71 you don’t need your mandatory RRIF withdrawals to live on, melt down your registered account and the tax liability through a...

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BOOK REVIEW: THE REAL RETIREMENT Why you could be better off than you think

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7 August 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin The Real Retirement by Morneau Shepell Chief Actuary Fred Vettese and Bill Morneau, Executive Chairman of Morneau Shepell was released and extensively reviewed by the media in 2013. However, I decided to circle back to this book over a year later because it is much more optimistic than many of the personal finance books I have reviewed since January. Most financial writers seem to be trying to guilt readers into forgoing consumption during their working lives in order to...

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Aug 4: Best from the blogosphere

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4 August, 2014 By Sheryl Smolkin   It’s hard to believe its August already and before we know it the kids will be back in school. But you know for sure summer is waning when it starts to get dark earlier and the temperatures begin dropping at night. This week we feature a selection of interesting blogs from some of our favourite personal finance bloggers. Tim Stobbs from Canadian Dream: Free at 45 has opted to work four days a week instead of five. In 10% Less Pay, But $8 Less on My Paycheque he...

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