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Random Thoughts: Long Weekend Ahead!

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The summer seems to be wrapping up with the Labour Day weekend, and for folks with kids it’s that magical back to school time as well. Back to school is supposedly up there with Christmas for ridiculous spending by families, and I can believe it. Back to school when I was a kid was the last week in August, now it starts the first week in April! Of course when I went back to school you needed a new pair of Levis, three spiral notebooks, 2 pencils (HB) and a Bic Pen, somehow that does not seem to cut it with this generation of kids (maybe you got a new Led Zeppelin poster for your bedroom wall (that was the big ticket item)).

For those of you with small kids starting elementary school, my question is, have you  started saving for their post secondary education? If not, why not? As a hint, I can tell you that the bill for 1 term of my daughter at Acadia University (that is 4 months) is over $10,000 with living expenses, books and other costs thrown in. If you child still has 14 years ’til University that means you have 1 doubling period in there, so it will be much more expensive. What’s that you say? Inflation is running at 2% so there isn’t even 1 doubling period over 14 years? Think again, because University Tuition is NOT included in Inflation and has been growing at a healthy rate (my guess is around 8%) year over year and they keep adding new and exciting fees to make it that much more expensive. Either that, or find your kids a good part time job when they can start working and make them pay.

With a lot of Canada drying out from the storms of last week, the topics this week were many and varied:

  • I am not a big fan of the airline industry these days, not just because I don’t fit on most airplanes (unless I am flying business class) but with Flying cheaper, but is it better the good question is, is cheaper necessarily better in this industry?
  • My Sunday best of post Wind, Shaking and Sunday best I recap some of the best posts I had put up from my archives on the tweety (where I am very close to 900 followers now).
  • Pride when dealing with customer service reps has never been an issue with me and I reassert this with sometimes begging works for fees, yelling is not going to get your overdraft charge refunded, that is for sure.
  • Making sure I am buying something of value is important especially with Video Games so buying video games redux I point out that my old thoughts still hold true.
  • Back to school also means a need for a student computer safety tip and heed my words on this one, or you will be dealing with panic’ed children calling from long distances too.
  • Yes, I did another tongue in cheek testomonial for a fictitious product the Financial Balance Band , and if you want to know where you can buy one, drop me a comment and I’ll tell you.

With all the shaking, winds and fun and games in the Political world down south (and HP cancelling their tablet computer as well) there were some very interesting ideas put forward by some of my favorite writers:


Carnivals This Week

I also had some submissions accepted to various carnivals, so go have a read of these as well:

Other Bookkeeping

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  • Mike Holman October 3, 2011, 6:11 PM

    I know I’m a month late – but thanks a lot for the mention!

  • Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter September 3, 2011, 10:01 AM

    Congrats on the nomination. Best of luck. Hope you have a great long weekend.

  • My Own Advisor September 2, 2011, 9:35 PM

    Congrats on the nomination! Great stuff BCM.

    I look forward to reading Chilton’s sequel as well.

    Enjoy your Strongbow next week with Dan, and enjoy your long w/e.


  • Michael James September 2, 2011, 5:39 PM

    Thanks for the mention. Enjoy the long weekend.

  • Canadian Capitalist September 2, 2011, 12:37 PM

    Thanks for the mention! Looking forward to seeing you next week!

  • Sustainable PF September 2, 2011, 11:35 AM

    Thanks for the mention BCM! I look forward to reading Chilton’s new book but I have to say I will miss the Barber’s wisdom.

  • Echo September 2, 2011, 7:42 AM

    Thanks for the mention, enjoy your long weekend!

  • Preet September 2, 2011, 7:55 AM

    Thanks for the mention and congratulations on the nomination!

    Well deserved.


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