It’s the end of month financial checkup! Lets see, where do we start? On the income front, my wife finally started getting her maternity benefits along with the monthly UCCB payments. Even though the benefits are much less than her regular paycheck, they help take some of the pressure off. On the expense side of…

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Time again for the monthly Smith Manoeuvre Portfolio update, May 2008 edition. I asked during the last update whether or not I should keep these monthly portfolio posts going, or if I should space them out a bit. I think that most of you enjoy these posts, but some may find them boring. So, I…

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I really get a kick out of the MSN Money personal finance articles.  The other day, they wrote about money personalities and how most people struggle with their relationship with money. They then went on to categorize 8 money personalities that people fall into. I’m not sure how much value it provides, but it’s an…

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As a frugalist, I always try to get the best deal possible in whatever I buy or pay for. If you’re going to buy something, why not try to get the best possible price? Who says that the marked price is the price that you must pay? What’s the secret to getting a discount on…

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One of my older posts regarding the Manulife One Mortgage is still generating a lot of discussion. Basically it’s a battle between the convenience of having all your banking and debt under one account vs. the extra premium that you pay for the privilege. To quickly summarize the Manulife One mortgage, it’s a giant HELOC…

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For those investors/speculators who purchased Nortel shares between Oct. 24, 2000 and Feb. 15, 2001 or between April 24, 2003 and April 27, 2004 , you may have been eligible for a piece of the Nortel class action lawsuit. I received that letter a few years ago acknowledging the lawsuit so I submitted my proof…

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