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Happy Pseudo Boxing Day

Did you have a good Christmas? Are you out there fighting your way through sales crowds trying to return the Deluxe Left-Handed Cheese straightener that you got for Christmas? I might well be doing that myself, and if I do that, then I can’t be writing excellent copy for this blog, now can I? All of this is to say, here are a few of my all-time favourite posts from my blog (in fact, if you checked the Faves Tab at the top of this page, you might find a lot of these posts).

Enjoy this retrospective across the five years of blogging I have been doing, and tomorrow I’ll start looking at what I have written this year in particular. Have a look at a few of these, and enjoy!

Personal Financial and Planning

  1. Free Banking
    One of my favorite topics on how to get your bank to give you FREE banking for a while at least.
  2. Quarterly Personal Finance Status Report
    A way for couples to keep each other up to date on their financial status.
  3. Debt is Like Fat
    Another way to look at trying to get out of debt.
  4. Debt Makes Me Sick
    A frank article on my feelings about debt.
  5. I Should Divorce My Wife?
    An interesting point of view from the tax side of things.


As most of you know, I have kids, and I write about their effects (affects?) on my financial life.

  1. Real World Example: Kids Allowances
    Where I outline a system to ensure kids get their allowances on time. My kids were pretty mad at me until I implemented this system, and as a bonus, I am still watching them (financially).
  2. Kippers
    Not just a salted fish eaten for breakfast in the U.K.
  3. Hidden School Costs
    Not just for universities are there hidden costs in education, public schools rake a lot of money off parents too.
  4. Advice to Future University Students
    No, not money related, but still very useful.


  1. Einstein: The Rule of 72
    Understanding what a doubling period is, and how the rule of 72 can help you with this concept is important to the start of your investment plan.
  2. RRSP or Mortgage?
    Should you invest or pay down debt, always a good question to ask.
  3. Top 5 Investing Mistakes of my Life
    This one hurts to read EVERY time, seeing how much money I lost.


In personal finances, sometimes a lot can be learned in parable format.

  1. Parable: Money and the McDonald’s Play Structure
    How can my son getting stuck in a McDonald’s play structure have anything to do with money? Read and you will be amused to see where I went with this story.
  2. Best Financial Advice Ever Given
    Outlines a parable my Dad told me when I borrowed a large amount of money from him. I have used this parable many times myself.
  3. Don’t Pass it to the Other Team
    How does the Carleton basketball coach have anything to do with finances? Read and you’ll see a long stretch.
  4. The Dangers of Advice
    How I inadvertently gave very bad financial advice to a dear friend.


I enjoy a good laugh, mostly at my own expense and here are some of my favourite personal finance posts with a humorous angle.

  1. Always Have A Target
    OK, yes, my humor normally drops to toilet humor, but this one is funny too!
  2. God and a Stock Broker?
    This is funny, except last week.
  3. Why Banks are always funny
    Going into banks, talking to banks, interacting with banks, etc., you had better have a sense of humor, because if you don’t you’ll go crazy.
  4. Get Off the Throne
    A perspective on the Throne Speech, that Stephen Harper might not have appreciated.

Previous Boxing Days?

I have written on the topic of Boxing Day a few times.

Feel Free to Comment

  1. Why “Pseudo”, Boxing day is purely secular, therefore it cannot be held on a sunday which is a religious holiday.

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