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June 12: Best from the blogosphere

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Consumer savings, Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

In the mid-1990s when I obtained my Master of Laws (LLM) from University of Leicester via a distance degree I traveled back and forth to Europe for five extended study weekends. That’s when I first got an Aeroplan number and a CIBC Aeroplan Visa and began aggressively collecting points. As a result we were able to get almost free flights to many wonderful places including South America, Italy and the U.K. But recently convenient flights have cost more points and additional fees have...

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Funky Father’s Day Gifts

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Consumer savings, Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

June 8, 2017   Finding gifts for the Dads in your life can be a challenge. Few men wear ties or use cloth handkerchiefs anymore and let’s face it — even jazzy socks are a pretty boring and impersonal gift. Furthermore, most family budgets cannot be stretched to pay for big ticket guy things like fast cars, motorcycles or a spring training road trip. But there are lots of things you can do on a shoestring that Dad will appreciate. Here are a few of my favourites: Save for the...

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June 5: Best from the blogosphere

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Compensation, Consumer savings, Quality of Life, Retirement, Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

June 5, 2017 This week it’s back to basics with some of our favourite bloggers. On HowToSaveMoney.ca Heather Clarke shares Budget Home Decorating Ideas. She says you can often make a “knock off” of a pricey designer item and a little bit of spray paint goes a long way. She also reminds us that there are some hidden gems at the dollar store. Rona Birenbaum, a financial planner at Caring for Clients offers 5 reasons why you should negotiate your severance package. She notes that there...

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May 8: Best from the blogosphere

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Consumer savings, Home ownership/renting, Quality of Life, Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin May 8, 2017 In late April the Globe and Mail’s Globe Talks series widely advertised a panel discussion called “Invest Like A Legend” hosted by Report on Business editor Duncan Hood and featuring speakers David Rosenberg, William J. Bernstein and Prett Bannerjee. When Kerry K. Taylor aka Squawkfox read about the session, she immediately blogged her displeasure in A woman’s place is on a panel.“ She wrote, “Despite The Globe’s inability to ‘find’ a lady...

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April 10: Best from the blogosphere

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Consumer savings, Money management, Retirement | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin April 10, 2017 Last week I couldn’t resist buying bright yellow forsythia, pussy willows and stalks of purple iris from the florist at one of my favourite grocery stores. It will be a few weeks before the flowering trees in my neighbourhood burst into bloom, but when I walked the dog this morning I heard the rata-tat-tat of industrious woodpeckers and crocuses were already pushing through the damp earth on the sunny side of the street. If it’s spring, Alan Whitton...

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Jan 23: Best from the blogosphere

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Consumer savings, Money management, Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

January 30, 2017 By Sheryl Smolkin —- Here we go with another series of video blogs that will help you to organize and manage your finances. Some of them are not recent, but they have definitely withstood the test of time. In Budgeting Without Losing Your Mind, Young Guys Finance says budgeting doesn’t necessarily mean punishing yourself so you can’t spend any money. Instead he vues budgeting as an awareness tool that will help you to identify what you are spending money on and cut...

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