Top 5 Articles of March 2009

  1. The Costco Debate – Thoughts and Tips – This was a fairly controversial article with readers on both sides of the fence.  I guess with Costco, you either love it, or hate it.  I’m a big fan myself, how about you?
  2. Is it Time to Switch to a Fixed Rate Mortgage? – A couple days after posting this article, the bank of Canada declared that they will keep rates low for the next couple years.  Before that though, I was preparing our finances for higher inflation, which means higher mortgage rates.  With our mortgage to expire in 2 years, we have some decisions to make.  Check out the article for the conclusions.
  3. How to Claim a Home Office – Here are some tips on how to claim a home office for those with small side businesses.  If you have a large mortgage, and a large office within your home, it could end up to be a fairly significant tax deduction.
  4. Is Organic Food Worth it? – This article was motivated by my wife’s recent tendency to buy organic only products.  Being healthy is great, but does the significantly higher cost of organic products really worth the benefits?
  5. 6 Ways to Lower Your Phone Bill – This was a popular post by Kathryn on some clever ways to lower your phone bill.  If you’re phone bill is out of control, check out the tips mentioned.

Top Comment Contributors

Top Referring Sites

  1. Canadian Capitalist
  2. Canadian Money Forum
  3. Frugal Dad
  4. My Dollar Plan
  5. Canadian Mortgage Trends


  1. Four Pillars on May 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for the link – I seem to have fallen off your ‘top referrer’ list – I’ll have to work on that! :)

  2. Dividend Growth Investor on May 15, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for the link. How many people do I have to refer to MDJ in order to be in the top referrers list?

  3. FrugalTrader on May 15, 2009 at 11:42 am

    DGI, it depends on the month, but I believe on average, #5 sends at least 300-400 visits.

  4. Canadian Capitalist on May 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the mention! Glad to exchange visitors with you :)

    Actually, CMF was my second referrer as well but I didn’t include it in my list.

  5. Colourful Money on May 17, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Wow, why didn’t I get mentioned in the top comment contributors section when I had the same amount of comments that Four Pillars and Canadian Finance had? I”m clearly on that list as show on your sidebar. Is there something I’m missing here?

  6. FrugalTrader on May 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Hey CM, what I do is simply copy and paste the top 5 list at the end of the month (April 2009).

  7. Canadian Finance on May 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the link FT!

  8. Dividend Growth Investor on May 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Ok, so I guess the time of snapshot matters in order to show the top comment contributors at the end of month. This rewards only long-term commenters, not ones which comment a lot just to get to the top spot.

  9. cannon_fodder on May 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm


    Just think of it like the local police constabulary – you have a quota to hit for the month so you better not wait until the last couple of days to hit that target.

  10. cannon_fodder on May 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm


    Why does your site not have an obvious link to Canadian Money Forum, e.g. on the home page or even in the About Me section? I think the forum would benefit from increased awareness and, dare I say it, marketing.

  11. FrugalTrader on May 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm


    I do actually have a link to CMF in the navigation bar at the top of the page and at the bottom. I’m going to make it more noticeable in the near future.

  12. cannon_fodder on May 27, 2009 at 12:40 am


    Then there must be something amiss with my IE settings because I can’t see it anywhere and I’ve looked and looked. The only time I see a link is when you put it as a top referring site.

    I wonder what else I’m missing out on…

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