Canadian Personal Finance Happy Hour – 7th Edition

Last week there was no edition (didn’t receive it from the blog carnival). So I wanted to thank everyone for submitting their entries this week – each week I am trying to only pick the best posts that I think work the best.

It was an exciting weekend for us last weekend as we took a ferry to Port Angeles for the day and went to Sequim (won free tickets in a contest for the Lavender festival). It was a good time – it is a small town in US so it is not that busy and many farms were giving tours.

The festival even sparked a potential farmers market business idea! I have to test it out first.

On to this week’s submissions:

Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes How to Earn Extra Money by Renting Out your Home Wi-Fi – Why not make more money by renting out Wi-Fi access at your home?

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes The Best Time To Buy A Home Might Be Now – From a financial perspective, the window for pouncing on a once-in-a-lifetime deal on a home might be narrowing.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes Do Parents Have To Help? – Just how far should parents go to ensure their children have reduced debt burden after they graduate?

Bridget @ Money After Graduation writes What you can learn about blogging from 50 Shades ofGrey – Oh yeah, you read that right. I promise this is NOT a joke post. I have some serious advice for you guys here. Just like Christian Grey, I don’t mess around! Now, I’m not going to launch into a lengthly review about the book, though I am tempted.

MMD @ My Money Design writes Lessons in Retirement from the Movie “About Schmidt” – Don’t let your retirement be like Warren Schmidt’s from the movie “About Schmidt”. Enter the age of retirement with a plan and purpose.

Greg Field @ NerdWallet writes What Are the Best Ways to Send Money to an Individual? – A really useful review of the different ways to transfer money to people and how you can save the most. Enjoy!

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes The 6 Best Wedding Gifts To Give – Don’t know what to get the bride and groom? Here are some great suggestions that you simply can’t go wrong with!

Corey @ Steadfast Finances writes Should You Build Your Own Home? – Owning a home is the dream of most middle-class families. Not only does it offer the ability to be in control of your own housing environment (as opposed to renting), but it offers long term financial security. Yet, it’s not always attainable. As we have mentioned before, buying a house can be difficult with the recent economy.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes Five Professional Athletes Who Are Struggling Financially – I always find it so interesting to see some of the inner workings of professional athletes and famous people’s finances. Below are five professional athletes who filed bankruptcy.

Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes My Top 10 Worst Shopping Mistakes – Read these top 10 worst shopping mistakes! Do you do the same ones?

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes We’re Buying Our First House! – Around a month ago, my husband cameto me and said that we really need to buy a house right away. Scary! I’m the one who handles the budget and all the money…

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes How to Predict Inflation and Deflation – Inflation is something that market participants care a lot about. How exactly do you go about predicting inflation? Learn here.

Teacher Man @ My UniversityMoney writes Student Lines of Credit – Student lines of credit are great to have because of the insanely low interest rates. We’ll show you why these are superior to most loans.

Young @ Young And Thrifty writes Starting Your Career Rurally – Starting Your Career Rurally can give you an edge over people living in the cities, we’ll show you why.

John @ Married (with Debt) writes Does America Need Small Businesses to Fail? – Does the American economy need small businesses to fail? And from thisquestion: does the economy depend on having both losers and winners?

Daisy @ Add Vodka writes Handling Mistakes at Work – When I first started in internship #1, I was so excited to get a little bit of real world experience in my field.

Jason @ Work Save Live writes Saving a Down Payment For a House – Our Journey June 2012 – Saving a Down Payment for a House The end of May and throughout the month of June presented a lot of great changes for us.

Shawanda @ You Have More Than You Think writes The Rent vs. Buy Debate: Why Renting Makes Sense – Is it better to buy vs rent? Buying your home may give you the warm and fuzzies. But before you take on the expensive cost of home ownership, run the numbers.

Invest It Wisely @ Invest It Wisely writes How Hard is It to Become a Freelancer? – Do you find that the world is becoming a little bit more entrepreneurial, these days? Read my experiences and see if you agree!

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Does Everyone Need An Emergency Fund? – I just cannot wrap my head around the concept that apparently everyone should tie up a large sum of money in a low interest savings account. While it does make sense for people with debt problems, it just does not seem logical for anyone with decent credit. In such cases a small emergency fund should be adequate.

Eddie @ Finance Fox writes If You’re Traveling, Don’t Forget To Pack Travel Insurance – Travel insurance protects more than just the expense of your flight.

Corey @ 20s Finances writes Five Ways Anyone Can Make Extra Money – Ever since I started making a littleextra money from my hobby (and realizing the difference that it makes on your monthly budget), I have been a little obsessed with different ways to make money. There is so much more that you can do with extra money. The idea of it being extra money can be dangerous though because it can encourage more splurging.

Passive Income Earner @ The Passive Income Earner writes Dividend Growth Index – 2012 Q2 Results – We are currently in our 3rd quarter of the Dividend Growth Index (DGI)which started back in September 2011 as a project to see how our picks (a group of dividend focused bloggers) would perform over time compared with an index. Here is a background on the Dividend Growth Index (DGI).

YFS @ Your FinancesSimplified writes How I Almost Got Cheated out of 650 bucks – So as you all may know we recently purchased our 3 rental property. I did a lot of talking about in the following posts.

Wayne @Young Family Finance writes Tips for Buying a New Car – Learn a basic step-by-step guide for buying a new car. It’s not as easy as you might think.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Life is Too Short to Spend Time Ironing Sheets – Here is the list of things that I refuse to waste time on since they do not give me enough satisfaction to justify the time spent. Life is too short.

Steven @ Grocery Alerts writes Ultimate Cloth vs. Disposable Diaper Calculator – Do you know if cloth diapers or disposable diapers less expensive? We created a calculator that looks at 17 types of clothdiapers (including all-in-one and hybrid cloth diaper systems) and provide pricing for different types of disposable diapers. The calculator looks closely at the cleaning costs, electricity, and hydro and looks at diaper use estimates from several sources and tells you what each system costs.

Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes My Family’s Circle of Savings – I try to imagine the looks on the faces of Transportation Security Administration Inspectors when they x-ray my bag full of liquids, perishables, drugs


6 thoughts on “Canadian Personal Finance Happy Hour – 7th Edition”

  1. I’d be interested to hear more about your farmer’s market business idea. Shoot me an e-mail about it sometime if you want some feedback.

    And thanks for the mention Steve.

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