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Month: November 2016

Do you care what other people think?

Do you care what other people think?

A lot of people claim that they don’t care what others think of them. I’ll hold my hand up and say I’m one of them. The truth is, most people do care what others think… to some extent, at least. Do I care what other people think of me? I’m not bothered about people thinking I’m cool. I fully expect a lot of people think I’m kinda boring. And a little odd. I’m happy for them to think that. It’s…

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Raising financially responsible kids

Raising financially responsible kids

There’s a lot of noise about the lack of financial education for children, but so far not enough action. The school curriculum has come under fire for not giving kids the knowledge they need to be able to manage money in the real world. I’m a huge advocate for financial education in schools. It’s a crucial step in making sure kids grow into adults that are able to understand the financial world. However, we’re missing something else; teaching children to…

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Remembrance, why I love Canada, and attitudes towards money

Remembrance, why I love Canada, and attitudes towards money

On the 11th hour, or the 11th Day, or the 11th Month, we pause for a minute’s silence to remember the fallen and the sacrifice made for us. A minute filled with such poignancy that a painful lump swells in the back of my throat and I fight to push it down again. Thoughts have to be pushed away… after all, did grandad not fight so that I might keep my stiff upper lip?! I do most of my remembering before…

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Why donate to a foodbank?

Why donate to a foodbank?

I like to do research before giving to charity. Usually. I do sponsor people who do challenges for the causes they believe in without digging into the charity’s background, but where I choose to give directly to a cause, I like to do my research. I want to be able to give to causes that use my donations in the right way, that don’t have unreasonable administration costs, that don’t have millions and millions in reserve. Maybe I still don’t…

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Where does all my money go?

Where does all my money go?

A question lots of people ask themselves is ‘Where does all my money go?’ The thing is, you have the power to find the answer. But you probably know that already. There’s a reason that this blog, claiming to be about earning, saving and investing money, doesn’t yet have a post about tracking money. And that’s because it’s tedious and boring. Tedious to write about. Tedious to read about. Mostly, it’s tedious to do. This is coming from a lover…

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