Welcome to my Faves page where I will create an index of my favorite posts for this site, so folks new to my writings can wander through the posts that I feel the best about.
Personal Financial and Planning
- Don’t Be Afraid to Change Banks
Some useful advice I gave a friend that is still very true!
- Free Banking
One of my favorite topics on how to get your bank to give you FREE banking for a while at least.
- Quarterly Personal Finance Status Report
A way for couples to keep each other up to date on their financial status.
- Debt is Like Fat
Another way to look at trying to get out of debt.
- Debt Makes Me Sick
A frank article on my feelings about debt.
- I Should Divorce My Wife?
An interesting point of view from the tax side of things.
My most prolific topic is on the topic of Debt
- Let’s Define Debt Free
Some folks seem to think that Debt Free means only carrying a little debt, which is wrong.
- How do you Eat an Elephant?
A helpful explanation of how getting out of debt should be done carefully.
- Good Debt? Not Bloody Likely
I am tired of hearing that there is Good Debt, it is all bad.
As most of you know I have kids and I write about their effects (affects?) on my financial life.
- Real World Example: Kids Allowances
Where I outline a system to ensure kids get their allowances on time. My kids were pretty mad at me until I implemented this system, and as a bonus, I am still watching them (financially).
Not just a salted fish eaten for breakfast in the U.K.
- Hidden School Costs
Not just for universities are there hidden costs in education, public schools rake a lot of money off parents too.
- Advice to Future University Students
No, not money related, but still very useful.
- Einstein: The Rule of 72
Understanding what a doubling period is, and how the rule of 72 can help you with this concept is important to the start of your investment plan.
- RRSP or Mortgage?
Should you invest or pay down debt, always a good question to ask.
- Top 5 Investing Mistakes of my Life
This one hurts to read EVERY time, seeing how much money I lost.
- I am a Civil Servant
Happens to the best of us I suppose. Can’t believe the vitriol in the comments.
- On Being Laid Off (and a follow up 10 years later)
Felt like I was run over by a bus the day it happened, but in the end it was a good thing.
- Twenty Years in One Letter
How you are thanked for your service to a company. Everyone is dispensable, a job is a job, shouldn’t be your life. In other words, your job is a job.
- Pensions and Severance
If you are lucky when you are laid off you have these choices, and if not, life is not good. Above all, I was very lucky.
In personal finances sometimes a lot can be learned in parable format.
- Parable: Money and the McDonald’s Play Structure
How can my son getting stuck in a McDonald’s play structure have anything to do with money? Read and you will be amused to see where I went with this story.
- Best Financial Advice Ever Given
Outlines a parable my Dad told me when I borrowed a large amount of money from him. I have used this parable many times myself.
- Don’t Pass it to the Other Team
How does the Carleton basketball coach have anything to do with finances? Read and you’ll see a long stretch.
- The Dangers of Advice
How I inadvertently gave very bad financial advice to a dear friend.
- The Good Wine
Sometimes you shouldn’t keep things for too long, just like a special bottle of wine I once had.
- Fathers and Money
Not really a parable, but more of a tip of the hat from the man that I learned the most about life from, even though I am pretty sure he is unaware of just how much I did learn from him.
I enjoy a good laugh, mostly at my own expense and here are some of my favorite personal finance posts with a humorous angle.
- Some Thoughts on Financial Bloggers
is me poking fun at my writing compatriots out there.
- Always Have A Target
OK, yes, my humor normally drops to toilet humor, but this one is funny too!
- 10 Steps to a Debt Free Life
There really aren’t that many steps really.
- God and a Stock Broker?
This is funny, except last week.
- Why Banks are always funny
Going into banks, talking to banks, interacting with banks, etc., you had better have a sense of humor, because if you don’t you’ll go crazy.
- Get Off the Throne
A perspective on the Throne Speech, that Stephen Harper might not have appreciated.
- Snake Mittens
Is any idea dumber than Snake Mittens in Personal Finance?
- Half Price Products
Where do you eventually draw the line?