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Back to School, Tim Burger King, Knee Defenders and #theBestFin4TheWeek

Back to school for most folks this week (although many folks already were back last week). The stores are abuzz with folks looking for loose-leaf paper, HB Pencils, and the coolest new Beatles Pencil Case (OK, maybe I am a little out of touch on this new generation).

The Dutchie
Bring Back the Dutchie, Burger Hortons!

I welcome Tim Burger King, Burger Horton’s, or whatever the new Canadian Super Fast Food monster calls itself. I am astounded to hear that it is cheaper to run a business in Canada than it is to run in the U.S., but if we become a Tax Haven for our rich cousins down south, then so be it! Maybe they will bring back the Dutchie!

Since I grew past 6 feet tall, I have never really fit into any mass transit situation (sitting at least), so when I saw the stories about the Knee Defender, I was tickled pink to hear someone was thinking about we tall folks and how we don’t fit in the tight spaces created in Airplanes. Is it rude to stop the person in front of you from reclining into your lap on an airplane? Maybe, but speaking as someone who has been at the mercy of airlines for many years (space-wise), I would buy one in a heartbeat if I travelled for more than an hour on an airplane.

I have been fiddling around with Emojis and where they might fit best. From what I can tell, they can be helpful for things like the Twitter machine, but in day to day posting, I can’t see a great need to have this or 🚾 in most things I write. However, in social media I do see a use for things like: 💳 💸💰 or 💱 where you are looking for quick and shorter messages. If you find them annoying, it is me simply trying to get the news to you faster and more graphically.

I gave blood last week as well and now have been selected to be a Blood Platelets donor as well.

My Writings for Week Ending September 5th

A whole week of writing this week for the first time in a few months seems I had a lot to say this week.

  • It is important to always celebrate the workers control of the means of production and thus we had Happy Labour Day 2014
  • Will I ever stop writing about RESPs? Not for a few more years that is for sure, and this year we have RESP Another Year of Fun, where you must remember that FUn starts with F and U
  • I am relatively docile and paranoid about investing thus I keep with relatively safe(r) investment portfolios, but I never thought my Portfolio was Too Conservative
  • In God We Trust is on the American dollar, but remember everyone else you should ask for proof, and that is at the core of Always Follow Up (Financially).

This Week’s Finest

With Ebola, ISIS, and troubles in Ukraine, the world continues to be a hard place, but luckily the Fraser Institute came out with a new info-graphic to help calm your retirement concerns:

  • Robb E. from Boomer and Echo asks, Can I afford to Retire? Looking at the info-graphic above, I don’t think any of us can rely on CPP to be there to help out? (yes I am being sarcastically alarmist in that statement, you caught me).
  • Welcome to the Parking Jungle, how much would you pay for a parking spot? How much would you pay for someone to hold a spot for you? There is a new App for that, holy cow!
  • Mark over at the Blunt Bean Counter is still enjoying his vacation, but re-published  Is it Morbid or Realistic to Plan for an Inheritance? It might also be wishful thinking on your part too.
  • Did you sleep well last night? Even if you Just Think You Slept Poorly You May Hurt Your Performance, so keep thinking that you have had enough sleep and that might just get you through the day.
  • Football has started again, and we can start reading about the Shockingly Low Salaries Paid to Cheerleaders in the NFL, why do they do this job?
  • Debt Debs, a frequent commenter, gives us Reasons I am Happy I am not Attending FinCon 2014 in NOLA. I’ve only been to one of these type of conferences, it was fun, but then again I just go to meet the people, I don’t worry too much about the money aspects being discussed.
  • Mark at My Own Advisor wants to help new investors, so he gave us Opening Your Online Brokerage Account, a Primer, which hopefully will make the task less daunting to investment neophytes.
  • I really must look into the whole Binary Option thing, I keep getting e-mails about how I should be making millions doing this, either that or I should start buying herbal Viagraâ„¢.
  • When on vacation Mark at 2nd Career Search saw many things, but also came up with a good question: Why is a Polish Person wearing a Kilt? If the title doesn’t make you curious, I don’t know what would.
  • Barry over at Money We Have did a review of the book Wealthing Like Rabbits, and I think I can safely say he liked the book. Mrs. C8j has read the book, and I still have to go through it, so look for a review from us in the next little while as well.
  • Blessed by the Potato brings up a common topic these days TFSA Over Contributions and why they are a very bad thing to do (and why you don’t have a lot of excuses on why you did over contribute)
  • I did not know that Mirabel airport in Montreal was about to be demolished. I remember when it was built and how it was supposed to be the main airport for Montreal, but it just never really worked out (being 50 KM from downtown was the biggest issue).
  • Michael James went back over Preet B.’s book about RRSP Strategies, and was pleasantly surprised to see that the book is very much still apropos on the subject of RRSPs.

Riveting News Bulletins

Where did Mr. Oliver get that tie?

Random Thoughts for 2014

Lots of these kinds of Best of articles in 2014. Here is a list of them.

My Twitter feed is where I re-tweet many great articles by some of my featured writers (and make the occasional odd or off-colour commentary on life (in 140 characters or less)).

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Feel Free to Comment

  1. Thanks for the shout out. I didn’t get a ping back. Glad I read this or I wouldn’t have known. I also didn’t know they discontinued the dutchie at Tim Horton’s! Shows you how often I go there these days. 😉

  2. Thanks for the mention! I hope to read the WLR book soon, thanks to Barry for getting me a copy from Rob Brown.

    As for CPP, I’m not counting on it. Any CPP income in my senior years is an income bonus. I don’t expect the government to take care of me financially.

        1. The bible says that it is what God actually did (bring forth the Dutchie) on the 7th day, so he could rest with a good cup of coffee and a tasty donut 🍩

  3. Keep this under wraps but I heard Tim Burger King is planning to introduce a signature hamburger filled “Whopper Dutchie”.

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