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Canadian Personal Finance Happy Hour – Caribbean edition

I am in Ontario after our Caribbean cruise and Florida holiday spending time with family and it has been great – too much sun and fun!


I have started a new blog called Family Friendly Travel Blog, where I showcase hotels and places we have gone that we enjoyed or hated – we are never going back to Jamaica.

Is there any holiday hotspot you would never go back to?

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor writes Why dividend investors should never touch principal? – I recently read an article from Forbes about generating income in retirement. While I disagree with the portfolio constructed by the editorial staff, what grabbed my attention was the following quote from Lord Greystoke in the movie “Tarzan”: “Someday, he says to the young man from the jungle, this will all be yours: Live off the income from the land, but don’t sell any of it.”

Bryan @ Gajizmo – PF writes Should I Pay Off The Mortgage Early? – There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to paying off your mortgage early. In this article, we describe the specific financial situations that warrant a family paying off their mortgage versus other circumstances where you would be better off keeping it.

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes When to Not Be Passive with Passive Income – Passive income takes some time commitment at certain times. Find out when you should invest your time.

ETZ25 @ Entertainment Timez writes Fun With Free Christmas Activities – These are the free christmas activities that I enjoy doing during this christmas year

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes What Is An Appropriate Holiday Tip To Give? – Thanksgiving is behind us and now it is on to the mad holiday dash that will include office Christmas parties, trips to the local mall, and lots of gift

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Were We Worried When Buying Our New House? Great Question! – A reader asked if our unstable income caused us to worry while we were having our new house built. Short answer, yes. But there is more to the story…

Greg @ Club Thrifty writes How Much Money is Enough? – You probably heard that the Powerball jackpot recently reached an estimated $550 million dollars. It got me thinking, “How much money is enough?”

Eddie @ Finance Fox writes Tipping Etiquette a Touchy Subject For Patrons and Servers – I’ve written a few articles in the past about the tipping etiquette, how much to tip and in which cases to tip. Yet, tipping etiquette is different for everyone.

Marvin @ Brick By Brick Investing writes How A Single Person Should Live If They Want To Be Rich – A detailed letter providing guidelines to a young fraternity brother on how to become rich.

SavingMentor @ How To Save Money writes Netflix Canada Doesn’t Suck – About 2 years ago, shortly after Netflix was launched in Canada, my good blogging friend Simon from Sustainable Personal Finance proclaimed confidently to the world that Netflix in Canada Sucked after trying out the service for a short while. Conversely, I have been a subscriber to the service paying the $7.99 a month faithfully almost since the service launched.

Derek Knight @ Freeat33 writes How to Combat Inflation on Your Retirement Income – How To Slay The Inflation Beast!

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes Lending Club: One Year Later – It’s been a little over a year since I started investing in Lending Club. It looks like my performance has pretty good! Here’s what I’ve learned.

SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes Who Should Pay For Bridesmaids’ Expenses? – Who pays for the expenses incurred by bridesmaids? It’s a question every bride-to-be has grappled with, and one that lacks a coherent answer.

Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes Sometimes it’s Not about Money: My Splurge on an Afternoon at Natural Hot Springs – I dropped my bags in my hotel room, took a quick glimpse in the mirror to check for post-flight acceptability, and immediately rented a car in downtown Denver.

Michelle @ The Shop My Closet Project writes What if money didn’t matter? – Read my take on if money did not matter! What do you think?

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Three Things to Do Right Before a Baby’s Birth – A short guide to some of the things you need to do right before a baby is born into your family, from making a baby delivery bag to preparing for a week of food

Peter @ Bible Money Matters writes 5 Ways You Can Give Back to Those in Need This Holiday Season – While we like to think that we’re helping others when we give, just as often we’re helping ourselves. Our lives are enriched through the experience, and our generosity in resources, time and spirit will pay off tenfold! So start giving back!

Invest It Wisely @ Invest It Wisely writes 3 Low Cost Ways to Grow Your Small Business – Thanks to the Internet and your own social skills, there are plenty of ways to grow your business that don’t cost a dime.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes 3 Tips for Reducing Consumerism the Holiday Season – I do enjoy the holiday season. I like the putting up the tree, and I enjoy spending time with family, and I like that winter is falling, and that I want to be

Gary @ Gajizmo – PF writes Why You Should Always Carry Cash With You – We all worry about getting mugged with a handful of cash in our wallet, but there are plenty of good reasons you should always carry cash with you.

Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes Things I Learned About Myself in November – Last month I decided to explore a different realm of writing besides blogging, and I joined NaNoWrimo. I was writing a novel. In one month. Yeah, I know what you are thinking. During this one month I not only attempted to write a novel, I also did some self-analysis, self-exploration and self-beating.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes How To Evaluate The Return On Rental Property And Investment Real Estate – There are a few things that you need to consider when evaluating your options on the return on rental property and investment real estate. Here are a few things that you need to think about when investing.

Justin @ My University Money writes Six Online Shopping Safety Tips – Many of us have become pretty comfortable shopping online. That’s good because it enables us to save money and it also shows that we’re embracing technological change. At the same time, that comfort level can also expose us to identity theft and security breaches that can do a lot of damage.

Young @ Young And Thrifty writes How a Savings Account Keeps You Out of Debt – Like Rodney Dangerfield, savings accounts don’t get any respect. In a world dominated by exchange traded funds, tax-sheltered retirement plans, and low interest credit cards, savings accounts are kind of dull.

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Budgeting for the Year – The year is almost coming to a close and that means a lot of things. Not only does it mean Holidays, vacation, time with family, but also the beginning of a new year. This is the time of the year that people start to go crazy with new years resolutions.

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Credit Card Balance Transfers Can Be Your Friend – When we think of potential benefits of credit cards, the most obvious ones are the convenience and the rewards you can earn on purchases. The other big benefit that we should keep in mind is balance transfer options.

IMB @ Investing Money writes Should I Invest in Individual Stocks? – Everyone should consider investing in individual stocks. You need to consider the fees and risks involved in this strategy. find out if it is right for you.

Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy writes A Mish-Mash of Goals – Read how I’m doing with my financial goals and really life goals too!

My Own Advisor @ My Own Advisor writes November 2012 Dividend Income Update – Find out where I’m at on my journey to earn $30,000 in tax-free and tax-efficient dividend income.

Deacon @ Well Kept Wallet writes How to Track Your Finances Online for Free – Do you want to get a handle on your finances? Have you ever thought about tracking your spending? It is amazing how fast money can disappear if we don’t have a plan. There are many different resources out there to help you manage your finances, however, there is one website that I use that has helped us to become debt-free (except the home).

James Petzke @ This Is Common Cents writes Oh Drat, My Computer is “Outdated” – Keeping up with technology used to cost me over a thousand dollars per year.

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