Lent began this week with a flurry of pancakes, and then many posts about finances and doing financial penance for you money transgressions, funny how I can take something religious and turn it into a money issue. As you can tell I take every chance possible to suggest that NOW is a good time to start thinking about your finances and planning (you didn’t notice that?).
Greece and Europe continue to lay the track for the financial roller coaster the stock markets are going through. One day WAY up and the next hurtling back down to the ground, frankly, I am getting sick of the whole thing (like they used to say about Space Mountain, “… big deal you spin around for 4 minutes and then you want to throw up).
The exciting part about next week is that all those folks who were born on February 29th get to have a genuine Birthday, and we all get to enjoy an extra day for RRSP frenzy buying too. I wonder if there are other weird traditions out there for February 29th? Drink from the other side of the cup? Sleep on the other side of the bed? Change banks? Maybe I’ll eat my cereal with a fork?
Yes a very heavily Lenten laden week, but still a few other important tax points to watch out for as well:
- Some interesting videos and lots of links to oldies but goodies with Love Week and Sunday’s Best.
- If CPI is Sneaking back up for January, we might all be better to look at energy and food prices, directly, it’s bad!
- I ate too many pancakes on Tuesday, but not Financial Pancakes like I mention in that piece.
- Usually when I talk about Lent in Finances, I am talking about how you shouldn’t have money lent to you, but not this time.
- Time to break out the tax software with Tax Time: When the T4 Arrives, do you have your receipts yet?
And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 1000 folks who follow me, holy cow! Check out my facebook page as well (but no I won’t be buying Facebook stock because of this either).
Links for the Week
This week there have been a lot more giveaways this week, and with our Greek friends causing more financial grief, there was a lot to write about:
- The Blunt Bean Counter goes very philosophical on us asking the interesting question Does Money Bring Happiness ? It might not, but it certainly has friends who can bring it.
- Red Vines and Red WineÂ is an interesting site, and I am not completely sure what the main theme of the site is, however Welcome to the Pity Party, BYOB is quite captivating (i.e. I can’t stop reading it for some odd reason).
- Tom at Canadian Finance BlogÂ has a guest post which asksÂ When are Student Loans Worth the Debt? When the parents don’t want to go into debt up to their neck?
- Mr. Money MustacheÂ gives us an interesting analysis with Reader Case Study: Getting Blood from a Stone, surprisingly you can’t get blood from a parsnip either (a Hogan’s Heroes quote!).
- Michael JamesÂ points out that OAS Remedies Should not Just be About Cost Containment, where he points out raking money back may not be the best way to contain spending.
- Our Financial Kin atÂ My Own AdvisorÂ outlines Closing your DRiPs and SPPs, transferring your shares to brokerage, I always enjoy reading about DRiPs.
- Boomer of Boomer and EchoÂ wonders Could you have a Frugal February? If you work at it, you can, remember it is Lent too!
- Gail Vaz-OxladeÂ gives us some obvious, but still very useful Ways to Save Money on Groceries, the shopping with a list sounds really obvious, but it is VERY true!
- PreetÂ brings us a Funny Video: The Greek Economy, which made me laugh. If you haven’t seen Preet on TV lately, you haven’t been looking closely, because he is EVERYWHERE these days. I turned on my iPhone and he was on there too!
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An odd Leap Year Quote
Never play leap frog with a Unicorn
- Anonymous (on Leap Day either)
Thanks for the mention. I’m watching you right now. I’m disguised as Fred in the office.
-> That would be funny if you had a co-worker named Fred.
In my french class there are no Fred’s, however, there is an Dominique that looks a lot like you…
Thx for the mention. Just call me the Plato of accountants. Sounds like you have some friends with benefits 🙂
yes they have good dental plans
Thanks for the mention!
Thanks for the mention this week sir! Loved the Roger Daltrey reference too 🙂
Hopefully we won’t get fooled again!