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Merry Christmas 2009

Some say that Christmas is far too commercial, but it is still a wonderful time, hopefully for all.

Merry Christmas to All!

Christmas Cracker by Jeff Hale by Norman McLaren by Grant Munro & by Gerald Potterton, National Film Board of Canada

Christmas Wishes from the Past

I seem to do this a lot, so here are my Christmas wishes from years gone by:

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Holiday Cheer Volume 3: Holy Crap it’s Christmas Eve!!!

For my regular readers, I am so lazy swamped over the holidays that I am taking some time off and putting up a “Best of” anthology until the New Year (January 4th, to be exact). Enjoy two Best of posts a day over the Holidays, and have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Given the nature of this day, in that most of us are either madly panicking about whether we have put ourselves sufficiently in debt to impress our loved ones, or we are driving 12 hours in the middle of a blizzard to make it to see our loved ones, here are some Festively themed Best of posts.

Charity as a Present (2009/11/26)

As eyes turn towards the juggernaut coming at us called the Christmas spending orgy (I am thinking of trademarking that phrase), let me reflect on the idea of using Charity as a present.

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Christmas Already? (2009/10/26)

So after wandering through Loblaws and Independent stores near my home, this time of year is schizophrenic since it is Halloween season. However, Christmas is here now as well (in fact, Christmas almost intervened into Thanksgiving, mainly when the Canadian Tire put their Christmas section in the Friday before Thanksgiving).

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Holiday Hangover? (2009/01/07)

How goes your holiday hangover? Did you make too merry over the holidays and need to lose some weight? Worse, did you overspend and now have some hefty credit card bills to pay?

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All the Volumes

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Holiday Cheer Volume 2: New Grads Read On

For my regular readers, I am so lazy swamped over the holidays that I am taking some time off and putting up a “Best of” anthology until the New Year (January 4th, to be exact). Enjoy two Best of posts a day over the Holidays, and have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Today’s posts are an original post and then a response based on an odd comment that I got on Advice for New Graduates from University. Too often, kids want to live their parents’ lifestyles right away, which is a BIG problem with their new lifestyles. Oh, and some excellent advice for all of us is thrown in as a special extra.

Advice for New Grads (2009/03/25)

I got called by Insight Magazine to advise new grads on what they should be doing about their finances, and I shared some answers with the interviewer. Still, as usual, I am not sure I was very clear or eloquent, so now I will attempt to be more apparent to those that might read the article coming up.

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That’s So Obvious (2009/03/30)

I got a comment last week in response to my New Grad’s Advice saying that my advice was ok but blatantly obvious. I agree that what I wrote was pretty much “common sense” however, stating that any advice is evident is a naive view of the world…..

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Always Buy the First Round (2009/03/23)

My wife told me about her weekend, and she mentioned what she thought was an innocuous story about buying a “round” of coffees for a group of parents and how she didn’t have to buy coffee for the rest of the weekend (everyone else kept buying “the round”). It reminded me of some of the best advice I ever received.

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All the Volumes

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Holiday Cheer: Volume 1 Sneaky Problems

For my regular readers, I am so lazy swamped over the holidays that I am taking some time off and putting up a “Best of” anthology until the New Year (January 4th, to be exact). Enjoy two Best of posts a day over the Holidays, and have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Today’s posts are diverse in that they talk of Debt and its ability to sneak up on you and how Cable over usage can happen when you aren’t looking as well!

I Didn’t Know I was That Far In Debt!

I have found two new guilty pleasure shows on TV. One is 16 and Pregnant on MTV (that one I can’t even talk about right now, I’ll save that for a separate rant) the other is “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” where women explain how they can go nine months carry a child and then claim they never knew they were pregnant. ……

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Rogers Cable and Overruns  (2009/08/25)

One of the problems of having many computers around my house and having a large number of teenagers is that my Internet connection does get heavily used, but I hadn’t had any problems until last month.

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All the Volumes

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Random Thoughts: For a Monday?

I am just that lazy busy that I can’t think of writing something for the Monday before Christmas so I instead give you some of the best writings from other folks this past week.

With the Holiday Season upon us, I trust everyone is finished their preparations and are all just relaxing and waiting for the festivities to commence. Yes, I am a sarcastic so and so sometimes aren’t I, but let’s not dwell on the obvious, what did those other authors write?

  • The Canadian Capitalist must be finished his shopping, as he has time to read a bunch of books including The Investor’s Manifesto , which he thinks is well worth stuffing into someone’s stocking.
  • Gail Vaz-Oxlade talks about another great book for Christmas in The Glass Half Full (ok it’s her book, but it’s still good to get for Christmas).
  • Michael James is making sure that there are no Mice stirring in his house when he states Sometimes Frugality Can be Taken Too Far . I always thought they were disposable too.
  • Preet at WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo gets festive with a post about The Elves Index, OK it has nothing to do with Christmas, but the title does.
  • Larry MacDonald points out the importance of keeping things over the holiday in the correct perspective in his post Ten Things to Know about rebalancing. No, again, nothing to do with Christmas, but work with me people!
  • The Four Pillars gets into the holiday season with their Last Minute Cheap Gift Guide, remember a roll of toilet paper is cheap and most of us can use it this time of year too!
  • AllFinancialMatters talks about 3 more books Three Great Books to Give Away This season, to be exact.
  • Riscario has a catchy holiday title The Gift of Networking, and networking is very important if you are looking for a job!

Hope your shopping is going well, remember YOU are the economic stimulus the economy needs (me, I’m too cheap to matter).

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