Random Thoughts: Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre Edition

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Keep Your Money!

Given my rant yesterday about overspending on Valentine’s Day, I figured the title for this week’s Random Thoughts should be more apropos as to what will happen to many folks wallets on Monday.

I actually do like Valentine’s Day and celebrate it every year, but only because it is my parent’s wedding anniversary. No they didn’t plan on getting married on Valentine’s day, it just kind of worked out that way. It has cost my Father a pretty penny trying to get my mother flowers to celebrate their anniversary over the years too!

It was an odd week for me, starting off with some solid data from my amigo at Stats Canada and then running off on rants about Valentine’s day and such:

  • We found out from Stats Canada that we did in fact have More Employment but More Unemployment too, which is confusing, but somehow heartening at the same time.
  • I did ask the interesting question What Can We Learn Financially from the Super Bowl, and of course the answer is, don’t have 3 turnovers if you plan on winning the game.
  • Inspired by yet another odd Top 10 list I came up with the ULTIMATE Top 10 list which was The Top 10 Bad Financial List, which got a fair amount of response, and folks pointing out that my top 10 had more than 10 entries.
  • Finally I went completely off the rails with my rant about Valentines Day and Your Finances, where I complained about everything from Sex Toys to Thongs, yes, a very interesting list as well.

As a note, I actually enjoy all comments (even the ones that call me a stooge, or my son a criminal), and will try to respond to most comments, so please feel free to comment away.

Other financial writers did in fact find more topical subjects and luckily shied away from the odd topic groupings that I came up with (at least I don’t think there are any mentions of handcuffs or bustiers):

Other Bookkeeping

Valentine’s Day Sentiments to Live By

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  • Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog February 11, 2011, 3:30 PM

    Thanks for the link Big Cajun Dude!

  • Sustainable PF February 11, 2011, 11:01 AM

    Always enjoy the rants here. Thanks for the mention!

  • Canadian Capitalist February 11, 2011, 10:39 AM

    Thanks for the mention Alan. Not sure how much refund I’ll be getting. I hope it’s a big one 🙂

  • Balance Junkie February 11, 2011, 9:48 AM

    I’m in the “thoroughly confused by the unemployment data” crowd too. Thanks for including me this week! 🙂

    • bigcajunman February 11, 2011, 9:56 AM

      I understand why, but if they are going to try for that kind of clarity, then they need to figure out how to reflect PartTime employment vs. FullTime in the Employment numbers too.

  • Michael James February 11, 2011, 8:48 AM

    Actually I’m expecting two big fat tax refunds (2009 and 2010). Thanks for the mention.

    • bigcajunman February 11, 2011, 8:52 AM

      Don’t boast, I am sure the CRA reads this site too!


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