Hockey, Armstrong, Idle Folk, Lost Loans and Friday #ShoutOuts

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Yes for all those rabid hockey fans out there, and those like me who simply got tired of watching darts, the NHL returns this weekend for our enjoyment. We can all go out and buy the new “3rd jersey” for our favorite team, eat chips, drink beer and generally abuse our bodies all in the name of watching other folks exercise!

Former media darling, now media pariah Lance Armstrong continues to make news. My guess is he is trying to make sure he keeps some of his money, so if he does a “mea culpa” now, he may stop later law suits. My opinion is he was doing what everyone else was, but he was doing it much better than everyone else, hence why he won. Can he get a gold medal for chemistry?

Wish I’d trademark’ed Idle No More, as that was my catch phrase a couple of years ago, but I guess our Aboriginal friends are using it now. If you are planning on traveling over the next little while, I would make sure you have cancellation insurance, or you might get caught out by some of these protests.

If you had a student loan between 2000 and 2006 you might have heard the Government lost your info, and now they are warning folks to watch out for identity fraud (which suggest that maybe it was stolen?). The good news is there is a class action suit you can jump on to try to get some money out of this too!

Weekly Recap

An interesting birthday week for me, with some odd topics (as usual):

My Writings for Week Ending January 18th
One Year Closer to Senior Citizenry

Financial Things to Do On Your Birthday

Happy Birthday to you, now go straighten out your financial life!

The Beer Bed Saving Scheme

Fun things to do with empty beer cases, when you are living away from home

Financial Advice from a Comedian (redux)

Sometimes you get good financial ideas from the strangest places.

Cost Per Use and your Finances

How do you value things? Cost per use is one way of figuring that out.

Where else am I?

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Links for the Week

There have been a few funny pictures about the weather on Friday around the World being 12000 Degrees Farenheit and such, however none of my favorite writers lowered themselves to that kind of crass writing (like me):

Top Stories of the Week of January 18th
Hockey Returns and it’s Bloody Cold!

High Debt-to-Income Ratio Dangerous Even for the Young

As usual Michael James says the obvious, Debt is bad, however, is it obvious?

If you want to price match, please

Mark gives you a nice step by step on how to ensure you get the best deal from “price matching”

Make Things Easier for Your Family and Executor(s) – Designate Personal Effects in Your Will

The Big Triple B sounds like he has dealt with some sticky Will Executions. Luckily I am taking it all with me.

How much to Your RRSP?

Gail Vaz-Oxlade kicks off the RRSP season with a quick primer on how much you should think about putting in your RRSP

Important Pension Plan Changes for Ontario Members

Lots of new rules that if you have a pension, you should read.

Kids say Apple is losing its cool factor

Rob Carrick is becoming a technology heretic by even suggesting that it is no longer COOL to have Apple gear.

You Built What?!: The World’s Fastest Baby Carriage

Popular Science points out that you can still have fun building stuff even after you have kids (and make practical things too)

Exercise Graph Over the Year

PhD Comics nail a perfect activity graph for the year for those of you looking to exercise more. If I could figure out how to link it to this site, I would!

Year-end must-do: Transfer to a better paying TFSA

Larry Mac posted this one before Xmas, but it is still something you can do now (find a better paying TFSA)

How to Start a Blog

MMM decided he’d help his readers get into the rewarding and exciting world of blogging (sarcasm alert), it goes into detail if you are really thinking about this.

Your advert here send an e-mail for info to bigcajunman at canajun
finances dot com !

Cost of Carrying Exploding US Debt Has Not Exploded

An explosive piece by Preet on how the U.S. Debt has grown, but not as volcanically as some might think.

Tweet of the Week

For those who think the CRA as a bunch of heartless Tax Collectors (remember Jesus loved Tax Collectors too, so why can’t you?), they include a great tweet pointing where to find info on disability tax credits:


Other Bookkeeping

Very true!


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  • Denis January 19, 2013, 12:03 PM

    Deplorable that someone lost a drive with so much private information. Someone should be jailed for that loss, if not at the very least fired. What that older information was doing on a portable drive is beyond me.

    • bigcajunman January 19, 2013, 2:45 PM

      Local Ottawa hospital had an employee put 25,000 folks information on a memory stick (a personal one), and they lost it on the way home, “work at home”. There are rules in place for information security, are they actually respected? No, seems to be the answer

  • My Own Advisor January 18, 2013, 8:22 PM

    Have a great weekend! I’ll watch hockey this weekend, I guess, if nothing else is on 🙂


  • Michael James January 18, 2013, 10:30 AM

    Hockey-shmockey. I’ll probably get interested sometime in the playoffs. Thanks for the mention.

    • bigcajunman January 18, 2013, 10:32 AM

      Yes Mr. Steampunk, I suppose you stopped watching when they stopped using wooden sticks?

  • The Blunt Bean Counter January 18, 2013, 7:51 AM

    BCM, happy Bday. Thx for the link. Where is the third B is BBC?
    Let me know how the hockey season goes, I will be watching darts 🙂

    • bigcajunman January 18, 2013, 8:26 AM

      You are so important I added the honorary title Big, so now I view you as the Big Blunt Bean Counter!


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