Well it has been fun, but I guess it all had to end some time, it’s been a good run. Today is officially the End of the World according to the Mayan calendar, so I wish you all Bonne Chance, and as the dolphins said in The Hitchhikers Guide To The GalaxyGood Bye and thanks for all the Fish“.

Now if the world doesn’t end today, Ottawa will allegedly be pounded with SNOWmagedon (i.e. another snow storm (which is surprising in Ottawa, given it is December and such (sarcasm alert)). I think I like snowstorms, because Winter in Ottawa with no snow, is cold, nasty and depressing. However, if the Mayans are right, at least we won’t have to shovel the snow.

If you were watching the Bottom Line on the National, you would have seen Preet looking his normal natty self, however, you more likely than not you didn’t hear my question that I submitted. However if you watch this Special Web Appendix to the Bottom Line, you would have heard it there.

Given this is the start of the holiday season, I will be taking some time off, however, I will be posting a few things over the holiday for your amusement, as well as a few best of posts as well (depending on whether the world still exists and I get bored enough with my family that I feel I must write something).

If we make it to next Tuesday:

Merry Christmas !

Snowmagedon Explained

I found a classic Percy Saltzman video to help you understand the coming storm:

Weekly Recap

For some reason I didn’t touch much on the impending demise of the earth, hopefully fate won’t make me look silly:

  • Don’t Confuse Spending Less with Saving is me borrowing an idea from another blogger, but I have written about this important semantic difference before as well.
  • No_Op Storefronts is me lamenting the complete castration of the storefront outlets for most of the major telecomm companies in Canada.
  • A Script for Customer Retention Deals is how I have gotten deals from these same firms, but remember that Your Mileage May Vary (i.e. don’t call me and say it didn’t work, this worked for me).
  • I Don’t Have Time To Learn All This! espouses the use of Podcasts and Blogs to help your financial literacy, however, remember that your Library is your best friend in this area.

And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 1315 folks who follow me, Mon Dieu! If you join my “Twitter Posse“, you might notice I am also re-Tweeting some posts from the French Media as well (hell, if I am learning the language, shouldn’t we all?). Check out my Facebook page and find us on Google+as well (but no I didn’t buy Facebook stock). The page includes many different posts, not just my own (kind of like this Friday post, but all week-long), and I have changed it a little bit too (note the new background).

Links for the Week

There have been a few funny pictures about the weather on Friday around the World being 12000 Degrees Farenheit and such, however none of my favorite writers lowered themselves to that kind of crass writing (like me):

Top Stories of the Week of December 21st 2012
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013 Edition (or end of world)

Lotteries over the Long Run Michael James points out that no matter how you count it, Lotteries pay marginally better than Nortel Common Stock did (if you held it ’til bankruptcy). Do you still want to give a Lottery Ticket as a holiday present? Your Money or Your Life No Mr. Money Mustache is not becoming a highwayman (though with his mustache, he might well be), he is tipping his hat to the book that may have coined the phrase, “financial independence” and surprisingly he hasn’t read it yet.  Which Wine Should You Get Drunk On This Holiday? [Infographic]Popular Science is fast becoming one of my favorite non-money and free sites on the web. What a great article, and so topical too! Newspaper Paywalls - The Future or the Last News Stand? The Blunt Bean Counter wonders if the trend for Pay Wall Content limitations with major newspapers will save them or be the final nail in the Newspaper Coffin.
Personal Finance Basics: Spend Less Than You Make
Alan Schram at the Canadian Personal Finance Blog, points out the obvious, but if so, why doesn’t everyone know this?
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finances dot com !
 2012 Blog Year In Review Mark @ MyOwnAdvisor goes over his blogging year in detail, he seems to be doing quite well. I note a name not on his list that brings him traffic, are you folks not looking at this site? You should!  Report: data caps just a “cash cow” for Internet providers ARS Technica points out a report which says that the charges on your internet overusage are simply a large company gouging you (yet again). These charges are like the phone company charging for “touch tone service”, pure and simple.
A Financial Check-up Gail Vaz-Oxlade rightly points out that you should have a Health Check-up every year, and you should do a Financial Check-up as well! How financially healthy are you?  How Much Are You Paying For US Dollars? The Canadian Couch Potato wonders how much are you getting gouged on your transactions in U.S. Dollars. My guess is, I am getting scalped.  WHY WE GET BAD ADVICEIs Riscario pointing out that you need to learn how to sift through advice to figure out whether it is good or bad. Advice can be either good or bad, but if you follow it who’s fault is it? What is a “Professional Financial Advisor” (Podcast) Preet has another podcast you should be listening to about how some Financial Advisors are compensated, and some funky Techno-Bally theme music.

Tweet of the Week

I am not sure who Ada Lovelace is, but Alan Turing was an amazing mathematician:

 

Other Bookkeeping

Santa at Home Depot

The Spirits of Xmas: Santa 75% off with a Monkey in a Palm Tree

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  • Preet December 22, 2012, 6:13 PM

    Thanks for the links. Between the two of us, we have an average of one peepee each.

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    • bigcajunman December 22, 2012, 6:52 PM

      Well between you me and the fence post, we could discuss the infamous vasectomy story, but we’ll save that for another time.

      Reply
  • My Own Advisor December 21, 2012, 6:44 PM

    I think people got it all wrong. The Mayans predicted a foot of snow in Ottawa today….and….voila!

    Happy Holidays and thanks for the mention today and throughout 2012.

    Cheers,
    Mark

    Reply
  • Michael James December 21, 2012, 2:07 PM

    We’re only likely to get another 6 or 7 storms of this severity this winter :-)
    Thanks for the mention.

    Reply
  • Jon @ Grown Up and Stuff December 21, 2012, 11:30 AM

    Congrats to everyone for the world not ending…. :P

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    • bigcajunman December 21, 2012, 11:43 AM

      Well in Ottawa we are getting buried in snow, so we aren’t celebrating that much.

      Reply
  • LifeInsuranceCanada.com December 21, 2012, 11:22 AM

    I miss winter in the Ottawa area. Down here in SW Ontario we don’t get enough snow to call it winter.

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    • bigcajunman December 21, 2012, 11:44 AM

      I’ll send a truckload down for you! This stuff is still coming down

      Reply
  • The Blunt Bean Counter December 21, 2012, 7:39 AM

    Thx for the link and your support during the year. Merry Xmas and happy new year.

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    • bigcajunman December 21, 2012, 8:01 AM

      And thanks to you for your friendly advice too, still awaiting the CRA on that Medical/Tuition claim, we shall see.

      Reply

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