Black Friday, Sales, Stampede(r)s and Friday #Shoutouts

in Best of, Random Thoughts

Black Friday is finally here, the one day of the year where normally rational folk run around like the Archons on Star Trek, acting insane, shrieking festival but then at the strike of Midnight, returning to their normal selves (watch the episode The Return of the Archons for a full understanding of my comparison). You are not of the body!

Will there be huge savings for folks? I have no idea, I may purchase one thing, but we shall see what interesting items are on sale before I commit my huge cash reserves on any purchase (I might need to buy a cup of coffee instead). The concept of Bargains and standing in line to get them never really caught on with me.

Grey Cup weekend ahead with the Stampeders playing the Argonauts in Toronto. I am old enough to remember the Leon McQuay fumble Grey Cup, so it should be interesting to see how this game goes. I haven’t really been watching the CFL that closely but in a year or so I may (when the Ottawa {Insert Your Name Here that is not Rough Riders} start playing in the league again.

Weekly Recap

An odd week, where I became more interested in the hopey feelyside of personal finance, I get that way sometimes, not sure why, maybe I am getting in touch with my inner nice guy:

  • Black Friday, Movember Perils, Liars and #OldieButGoody Tweets is a traditional Sunday post back from a hiatus of a few weeks. Movember can be dangerous? For me it’s mostly Mrs. C8j attacking me with a razor to get rid of the old soup strainer.
  • Some More Christmas Ideas was mostly just to mess with my readers about the upcoming overspending for the holiday season, with a rant about Christmas disappearing as a term around this time of year.
  • How Can You Justify Buying That? After getting appalled by an ESPN documentary on how Pro Athletes squander their fortunes, I realized that I am not without my vices as well, where I spend my hard-earned cash.
  • Dumb Investment Reasoning shows that sometimes the reasons folks don’t invest in something may not be sensible, but you may end up making the right decision anyhow.
  • It’s Almost Black Friday and some other thing too well it is today, but also wishing my American brethren a joyous Thanksgiving day and a short list of the things that I am thankful.

And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 1290 folks who follow me, mon dieu! If you join my “Twitter Posse“, you might notice I am also re-Tweeting some posts from the French Media as well (hell, if I am learning the language, shouldn’t we all?). Check out my Facebook page and find us on Google+as well (but no I didn’t buy Facebook stock). The page includes many different posts, not just my own (kind of like this Friday post, but all week-long), and I have changed it a little bit too (note the new background).

Links for the Week

Preparing for Black Friday as well as still continuing on with Financial Literacy Month as well, there were a lot of good writing by some of my favorite writers:

Top Stories of the Week of November 23rd 2012 Financial Literacy Month

Taxable Employment Benefits

The Blunt Bean Counter reminds us that while Christmas is on our minds, Tax season is coming real soon too! Useful pointers on what you may be taxed on from your job.

Are Children’s Extracurricular Activities Worth It?

Boomer asks this question,  as have I many times, and while it is expensive, an active child is a good thing (without TOO much parental intervention).

Extreme Fitness coupon trapped him into $4,000 deal

Ellen Roseman unearths another slimy trick by another Gym bent on profits not fitness (it seems)

Note to CRA – foreign income reporting doesn’t need to be a foreign concept

Mark at My Own Advisor wonders if the CRA is trying to create an intelligence test for their reporting requirements, it sounds like it.

What Causes Mortgage Defaults?

Michael James points out that you might be surprised by some reasons that are being espoused out there

Can You Please Stop Buying Drinks For Girls

Financial Uproar has a Guest Post from Studenomics about the economics and futility of buying girls drinks in bars (especially if you are a broke student).

How Much Debt Is Too Much Debt?

Gail Vaz-Oxlade tackles consumer debt once again, and you can guess her answer to how much is too much consumer debt, can’t you?

Investing in Taxable Accounts Can be Worthwhile

Canadian Capitalist is back with a detailed study of whether it is worthwhile to “save” in a non-tax exempt investing vehicle, as usual it’s not obvious.

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What to Do About a Stolen Debit Card

While a decidedly U.S. slant on the advice, still some of it is quite usable. Mrs. C8j has had her Debit Card cloned twice now, so be careful where you use your card as well!

Why time matters

Is another perspective from the Physics of Finance about (in my opinion) the most important variable in any financial plan, Time!

Podcast Ep. 11: More Door Knocking Dorks, The U.S. Fiscal Cliff, and How Not To Interpret Research about Financial Advisors

Yes, Preet is a man of his word, and he is back on line and working on his podcast as well! Listen in to him toy with yet another door knocking “salesperson”.

Other Bookkeeping

Bank of Canada Issues $20 Polymer Bank Note / La Banque du Canada émet la nouvelle coupure de 20 $ en polymère

Should this Vendor trust these two shifty characters with this odd looking bill? Yes!

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  • Ben Edwards November 28, 2012, 1:06 PM

    So did you survive the holiday shopping frenzy? I stayed clear of the fray this year, shopping from the safety of my laptop. Thanks for mentioning the post on stolen debit cards!

    • bigcajunman November 28, 2012, 1:27 PM

      Indeed! How did anyone shop before the inter-web? I bought a tire rack, that is about it…

  • My Own Advisor November 25, 2012, 10:10 AM

    Almost 1,300 Twitter followers? The Clown Prince has quite the court.


    I need more rants to catch up to you 🙂

    Have a great weekend,

  • Michael James November 23, 2012, 12:30 PM

    Does “get out of debt” count as a bucket list item? Thanks for the mention.

  • The Blunt Bean Counter November 23, 2012, 8:57 AM

    BCM, thanks for link and grouping me with your esteemed group of bloggers yesterday. I am going to wear you down and get you to add one item to your bucket list other than the fact you are still breathing, it may be a long process, but I will keep at it.

    • bigcajunman November 23, 2012, 9:33 AM

      Maybe I could add, “Make a better bucket list” to my bucket list?


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