This week saw the 2500th (or so) post from me, and I seem to be still at it after about 9 years of writing. Thanks for the kind words from those who left them, I hope I can keep this up for a while longer.

Tomorrow we can celebrate Saint David’s Day, the patron saint of Wales. Go find some daffodils, and turn on some Rugby (unfortunately no 6 nations games this week). Saint David is the less drunken Gaelic patron saint. If you wish to enjoy some authentic Welsh cuisine, start off with some Leek Soup, follow by a plate of Faggots and Mushy Peas.

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!!!

Welsh Flag

Happy Saint David’s Day All my Welsh Brethren

It is RRSP time, and I was even mentioned in the Toronto Star (under my actual name, and there is even a picture of me, Mrs. C8j and the little C8j as well). I remember doing the interview about Spousal RRSPs and whether they are still relevant (they are) but no one told me that it had been published. There are a few articles in this post talking about RRSP season as well.

Look for me in the pages of Moneysense some time fairly soon as well espousing the need for better RDSP traction in the banking system.

Jim Lange (no not the guy from the Love Boat, that was Ted Lange) former host of the Dating Game passed away this week. I must admit I did watch the dating game when I was younger, a very interesting glimpse into the American Experience.

My Weekly Recap

My Writings for Week Ending February 28th

Luckily in Ottawa the Rideau Canal is Still Open

CPI Up A Little to Start 2014 in Canada

Stats Canada points out that prices are going up slowly, but note that Electricity prices are going up quickly, and this month Gas is going up again too.

Public Service: Government Cheques Going Away

I was asked to post a Guest Post about the fact that Government cheques will be going away soon, and will be replaced by direct deposit. You have been warned!

Post Number 2500 Holy Cow

Yes, that really is me in that picture as well, just keep that in mind if you ever wonder what I look like (crazed lunatic).

Off Topic: Sometimes One Sentence is Enough

Sometimes one sentence is enough to get someone to do something, or stop doing something, so be careful with your words.

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Swiss Army Knife Section

It is so bloody cold in Ottawa (still) I may be breaking out the Swiss Miss Instant Cocoa (with mini-marshmellows):

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Land of MY Fathers

The Welsh National Anthem sung by the Llanelli Male Voice Choir. Llanelli holds a special place in my heart, even though I haven’t been there for a long time:

Inspirational Video High School Basketball

Seth Kraft was a senior and student coach, and he was given a special gift on Seniors Night:

If you Haven’t Watched Many Movies This Year

Jimmy Fallon helps us all out with this brief and fast outline of each movie, so now you can watch the oscars on Sunday night.

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Hockey Day, Tax & RRSP Time and #FreeFormFridays

In the good ol’ hockey game, it’s the best game you can name, yes, Stompin’ Tom was right, Olympic hockey brings out the best (and worst) in hockey fans. Canada plays the US this afternoon in the mens semi-final, which means nothing is going to get done in Canada this afternoon. It is the last week day of the Olympics, so most offices will be back to normal next week. We saw the Canadian women pull it out of the fire on Thursday with a thrilling victory, let us see whether the Men can play as well.

Rumor has it that the Russian Men’s Hockey team is missing and presumed visiting Siberia for a short “vacation”.

I managed to get my T-4 early this year, so I may end up submitting my taxes even earlier this year (since I think I won’t be owing them any money). Remember you can still get your taxes in early if you owe money, you don’t have to pay until the deadline (and you can do that on line at your banks web site). Haven’t seen a lot of RRSP ads lately, but maybe that is slowly ramping up this year.

My Weekly Recap

My Writings for Week Ending February 21st

Hockey, Hockey, Hockey!!

Interest Paid - Bank Fee = Shrinkage ?

It might be nice if we were able to write off our bank fees against our measly Interest income (they should at least cancel out).

Cheap Trading Fees a Good Thing?

It’s nice that a bunch of the trading firms are lowering their fees, but is this a good thing in the long run?

The Financial Zen of Roger Sterling

What can Roger Sterling have to say about money? Nothing directly, but if you interpret his Zen-like one-liners, you might be surprised.

Russian Hockey or No Sure Financial Things

What do the Russians losing in the Quarter-finals in the Olympics have to do with Money? Read on and find out (I even get a Nortel mention in there).

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Swiss Army Knife Section

The Swiss women won Bronze in Ice Hockey at the Olympics, and they make great knives too:

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Old Preet is still Good Preet

An oldie but Goody from Preet’s archives

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More Olympics, Budgets, Love Day and #FreeFormFridays

First let me wish you and your loved ones a very merry Love Day™, hopefully you have bankrupted yourself to your lovers delight, and you will end up wearing boxer shorts wearing red hearts (at the end of the day). Yes a very disturbing image if you know me. Don’t get me wrong Valentine’s Day makes my life as a Financial Whiner Blogger much easier: so many things to complain about.

Valentines Day

An Apropos Sentiment

Valentine’s Day also was my parent’s wedding anniversary, so for me, it is a much more special day than just a reason to send flowers.

Seems the Conservative Party has put a stake in the ground and has started campaigning for the next election (early). The cross hairs for spending cuts are who(m)? Why Civil Servants for one, and of course Retired Civil Servants as well. Take your shots at the Civil Service if you wish, we have a Union and such, and I will enjoy watching how the Government plan on trying to topple the Tower of Sick Leave™ that previous Governments allowed to grow, but c’mon folks, going after Retired Folks Medical Premiums? That is getting a little much. Let us hope there is a sensible roll-out, where this affects (effects) older retirees LESS, or better still make new retirees take the initial brunt of the increase.

I will have a further discussion of the good things in the budget for folks with disabled loved ones, and such next week.

I felt quite chuffed when Tony Clement replied to my Tweet about Increasing the Cost of Retirees medical benefits on Wednesday.

The Olympics continue on with fun stories, heart warming stories and down right odd stuff too. The Canadian Coach that gave a Russian Cross-Country skier a ski, to finish a race was so typically Canadian. Seeing Alex Bilodeau win at moguls was also a fun time to watch, but then you have the poor Canadian Biathlon competitor who fell while in first place. Anyone want to explain why a sport that looks like it came out of Duck Dynasty is in the Olympics (“C’mon Uncle Cy, let’s go ski ’round the woods and shoot things!”)? Yes it is more of a sport than Curling, Ballroom Dancing, or Dressage but c’mon.

My Weekly Recap

My Writings for Week Ending February 14th

Love is in the Air (or is that melting dog poop?)

Unemployment Down, but not that good news to start 2014

Better news from Stats Canada about the job situation, but still a world of improvement is possible in Canada. New Budget points directly to it.

Canadian Consumer Debt Load at $1.4 Trillion

Equifax published these numbers which shows us increasing our consumer debt again, which isn’t that good news either.

This Week’s Magic Number is 85

85 is not just the product of 17 and 5 any more!

Last Minute Financial Love Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is just like Christmas for me, in that I complain and whine about it, and write sarcastic posts.

 

Swiss Army Knife Section

It was 17C in Sochi this week, let’s bring the Winter Olympics to Ottawa if it means it can be 17C in February:

Wide World of Sports

The ESPN generation wouldn’t recognize this, but to ME, this meant sports on TV #BornInThe60s

Don’t Piss Off Sam Jackson

One thing I have learned in this life, do not piss off Sam Jackson and do your homework before interviewing him:

Lava is Powerful

And finally, a can of Ravioli consumed by Lava:

Other Bookkeeping

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The Olympics have already started, even though the “Opening Ceremonies” are today. Should be interesting to see how this all works, but I am still puzzled as to why the Soshi Olympic Stadium seems to resemble the Big Owe in Montreal? A leaning mast and a bowl stadium is so avant garde now? Lots of interesting stories of corruption, and things not being built on time and such, which also sounds a lot like the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal as well, interesting the parallels.

Le Stade Olympique de Montreal

Soshi Stadium’s Doppleganger?

The Super Bowl game was a yawner, which no one seemed to think would happen, but I remember some real crappy games in the 80′s and 90′s so not a big surprise, for me. When I miss the first score of the game because I was chatting with Mrs. C8j, you know the game is going to be a snoozer. On the positive side, there was one of Michael James’ favorite plays where the Denver centre did indeed, SNAP IT OVER HIS HEAD!!!™

Bill Nye has been in the news a lot these days, but this week he debated noted creationist Ken Ham. Now I must preface this with the statement that I am a Church going Anglican, but I find the creationist argument flawed at best (completely nutty in it’s worst interpretations).  I believe in God, yet I also think the Bible is an interesting story written by many different folks, and then revised in the 1500′s, it is important, but I don’t view it as the “Dummies Guide to All Things”™, either. I will include the debate video from NPR at the end of this post.

My hunt for a quieter laptop computer continues. I have an HP furnace currently, that overheats and runs its fans constantly, so if anyone has any suggestions for a quiet laptop computer (or Tablet/Keyboard combination), feel free to chime in here.

My Weekly Recap

My Writings for Week Ending February 7th

Winterlude is Here in Ottawa

Adapt Your Financial Goals

All plans are out of date, or flawed 5 minutes after they are written, so keep this in mind with your financial life plans, as well.

I did my RRSP and TFSA Now What?

A cry in the dark for more financial literacy in Canada. Simply saying the words, doesn’t mean you did it right.

THE Canadian Personal Finance PlaceWow, I took another day off

TFSA Now and Then

An actual photo of me and my son’s bum, what else do you need in a great post?

 

Swiss Army Knife Section

Not a great deal of Olympic chat out there just yet, but some other interesting topics mentioned this week:

Creationism vs. Evolution

Interesting discussions

A “Smart” Handbag?


Credit Card Finder’s iBag

Vaccination What is it Good For?

Watch this and learn from Bill Gates

Other Bookkeeping

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Senators, Weak Loonie, Superb Owls and #FreeFormFridays

So there are no longer any Liberal Senators in Ottawa. No, I am not commenting about how Chris Phillips is now a rabid conservative, Justin Trudeau pulled a fast one and dismissed all of the Liberal Senators in his Caucus. I like it, makes the political world in Ottawa a little less predictable and a bit more wild. I am assuming it is to short-circuit any Tory attacks on “over-spending” Liberal Senators. Well played, Monsieur Trudeau.

RBS Rugby 6 Nations Cup

You won’t see this in the Super Bowl

This weekend starts one of the most important Sporting events for me, the 6 Nations Rugby Championship. Rugby is a Hooligan’s game played by gentleman (whereas soccer is a Gentleman’s game played by Hooligans). The rugby world cup is a while away, although Rugby 7′s will be in the Olympics in Rio, so more sporting enjoyment for me.

The Super Bowl is this weekend, but the hype usually makes the game less enjoyable by the time there is an actual kick off. I may watch the game this year, I will certainly enjoy some chilli and beer, however, I am more excited about the Rugby this weekend than I am the NFL. I am hoping for a surprise “Snow Bomb” storm hitting New Jersey to make the game that much more interesting.

The Loonie continues to weaken against the U.S. Dollar which is causing a lot of “snowbirds” a great deal of consternation, but delighting Canadian exporters. The Canadian NHL teams are now feeling the sting of a weak loonie too. What caused this? Couldn’t be the Governor of the Bank of Canada saying he’d like to see some inflation in 2014, could it?

My Weekly Recap

My Writings for Week Ending January 31st

January ends with Hope of an Earlier Spring

Financial Plimsoll Line

At least you learned a new nautical term this week?

I’d Rather Be Flossing My Cat’s Toes…

It is astounding the imagination of my readers, and what they’d rather be doing than their Income Tax return (even with TurboTax)

When To Let it Go

No this is not a commentary on Mrs. C8j, just me lamenting a large repair bill on “the beast”, but it is still on the road at least.

By the Time You Have a Colonoscopy It’s Too Late

Endoscopy or Colonoscopy it all ends up in the same place in the end. Do I not get an award for the oddest titles of the week?

 

Swiss Army Knife Section

Not much mention of football nor rugby by anyone else, mind you, no one else talked about colonoscopies either:

Monty Python on Money

I had forgotten about this interesting clip, a little NSFW, but I wish I could describe money the way Eric Idle does at the opening of “The Money Show” (the Lure of the Lira, that is good stuff) (note the Welsh Ladies and a harp, staying with our Rugby theme as well):

Mary Poppins and Money

A more conservative view of money from the movie Mary Poppins:

Can You Improve on Football

Yes, any time you add a Taser, things get better:

Other Bookkeeping

Remember my RSS feed is available too, and I have added an RSS Comment Feed as well. Have a look at my micro-blog on Twitter, where you can see a whole plethora of good articles and pithy comments by me as well. Twitter feed where I re-tweet many great articles by some of my featured writers (and make the occasional odd or off colour commentary on life (in 140 characters or less)). I am also on reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest and other Social Media sites (look for the BigCajunMan userid) as well.

If you have social media accounts, don’t forget to vote for my posts (see the nifty dashboard on the bottom of each article, where you can cast your votes).As they say in Quebec, vote early and vote often! This site is iPhone Friendly (and Android , iPod Touch and iPad Friendly), enjoy it on the go, in a readable format for the device. If you are reading with an iPhone or Android device, drop me a comment and tell me if this needs any improvements. This site is also in the Kindle Blog list, if you are interested.

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