Canadian Personal Finance Happy Hour – Sixth edition – Thunderstorm!

As many of our readers know, I live in Victoria, BC and we rarely see any thunderstorms. This week we had 2 major thunderstorms (I only heard one though – I am a sound sleeper)!

Growing up in Ontario this was a regular occurance but they are more rare in Vancouver Island. This past week was great as our daughter rolled over by herself for the first time. I usually look after her between 6 AM and 8 AM as I give my wife some extra hours of sleep (I get to sleep through the night), and lately I leave her on the playmat and I do a few changes. Well, I turned around from my chair one morning and she had rolled over! It is incredible seeing the changes each week.

Greg Field @ NerdWallet writes Debit Card Fees: Foreign Transaction Fees Abroad – A great article and aggregation of data on debit card ATM and Point of Sale fees. Very relevant for the summer months when people are traveling.

Don @MoneySmartGuides writes Interviews With The One Percent – I previously wrote about Occupy Wall Street and how the 99 Percent can make it.

Daisy @ Add Vodka writes 5 Things That Can Be Outsourced On Your Blog – Blogs are a lot of work. For me, anyway. I spend a lot of time, every single day, doing blog related activity. Even when I am on vacation I still try to answer blog related emails.

Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes How Much Your Car Really Costs You? – This is an analysis of thereal cost of owning and using your car.

John @ Married (with Debt) writes I Bought a Tablet (Which Makes Me a Jerk) – So I finally broke down and bought a tablet computer, which officially makes me a jerk.

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes My Financial Bucket List – I’m trying to get the highest return on investment… the investment of life. Here are the top five financial goals on my bucket list. What are yours?

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes Do You Pay Student Loans Bills With a Credit Card? – I love using my credit card for gas (3 percent cash back) when I can, but there are certain situations where you simply can’t use a credit card to pay your bills. I would love to get 1 percent cash back on my rent…

Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes Can You Make Money Online Without Selling Your Soul? – This article talks about ways to make money online without it consuming your every waking minute!

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes Why Is Gen XY Worth Less Than TheirParents? – Common sense says it’s no surprise that older Americans are wealthier than young Americans.

MMD @ My Money Design writes How Much Money Would I Make If I Rented Out A House? – What kind of rate of return would I make if I bought a house and rented it out for rental income? This example will walk through buying a house in my neighborhood and then crunching the numbers to see how much I could make in a year.

Shawanda @ You Have More Than You Think writes 7 Non-Extreme Ways to Slash Your Restaurant Bill – Youdon’t have to stop eating out to save money. Here are 7 simple tips to save money when eating out.

Ashley @ Money Talks Coaching writes Have Fun on a Budget This Summer? – We look forward to the summer months all year long. Summer for many of us means vacations, road trips, concerts, and backyard barbeques.

Steve Zussino @Grocery Alerts writes How to find quality cookware on a budget – Obtaining the right tool for the job is always important, but nowhere does it have a more significant impact on the enjoyment one receives from using those tools than in the kitchen. The price of cookware can range drastically, starting as low as a few dollars per pan to as high as several thousand dollars for complete professional sets.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Is the “College Experience” Worth Student Loan Debt? – My husband and I have disagreed about the point of an undergraduate degree. I think college is for growing and he thinks college is for getting a job.

PITR @ Passive Income To Retire writes Passive Income with a Bed and Breakfast? – It was just last week that I was at a friend’s wedding. It was a great time tocelebrate with them, and as it turns out, it was my first time at a bed and breakfast. For the first time, I got a close-up view of what it takes to run a bed and breakfast.

Jester @ The Ultimate Juggle writes Improving Your Marketability as a Small Business Owner – Running a small business in an economy that is filled with large national corporations can be difficult. Small businesses have always had a difficult time competing withcompanies that have the resources of small countries.

Erika @ From Shopping to Saving writes How to Save Money at the Fair or Amusement Park – Tips to save money if you are going to the fair or amusement park this summer.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Investing as science, an art form and a game – Investing is challenging not because of the amount of knowledge we need but because we need different kinds of knowledge.

Teacher Man @ My University Money writes Dollar Cost Averaging Strategy – There is this cool thing that happens when you ignore all the stock picking stuff that people talk about, stop paying attention to the “experts” on TV and simply invest your money in a dispassionate and consistent manner. The aforementioned “cool thing” is that you end up with a lot more money.

Eddie @ Finance Fox writes What Dating Etiquette? Coupons Are Sexy On First Dates! – Looking to impress your next date? Simply use a coupon. Yes, you read that right, coupons are sexy even on first dates.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes What is Freecycling? – What is Freecycling? The idea issimple: If you have an item that you no longer want there is a chance that someone else wants – you offer to give it away for free.

Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes Paying off Debt? Follow your Own Rules – When it comes to paying off debt, I’ve realized two things: it’s a long process, and you have to make your own rules. Depending on how much debt you have to begin with, it can take years to get yourself out of the red.

Passive Income Earner @ The Passive Income Earner writes Easy Investing With Computershare – Are you familiar with Computershare? I learned about the marvels of Computershare in my mid-thirties and I must admit that I wish I had learned about it in my early twenties.

Jason @ Work Save Live writes Why I’ll Never Get My Future Kid a Credit Card – Here are my experiences with a credit card as a kid, and why I will never add my future kids as authorized users on my credit card…

JP @ My Family Finances writes How Does the Average Family Budget Compare to Yours? – We are obsessed with being more than average. So, if you want to avoid the average family budget, it helps to know what it is.

Bridget @ Money After Graduation writes Avoiding Debt After Graduation – As college leavers know, taking another course is a great way to delay the start of paying off your student debts. Unfortunately, once you’ve passed the post and enjoyed graduation you quickly head towards the time you need to start making those repayments.

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes All About High Yield Bond Funds – Everything you want to know about investing in high yield bond mutual funds and ETFs. How they work, who should invest, and more!

Ryan @ Early Retirement Investments writes A Few Ways to Save Money Around the House… – Read my ways to save a money around the house!

Corey @ SteadfastFinances writes The Beauty of an Online Business – These days it seems like everyone is out to make money through small business. Everyone wants to come up with the next great idea to establish a money-making business. Despite the competition, it has become remarkably easier than ever before. The main reason it has become easier is for one reason – the internet. The internet has transformed small businesses.

Sicorra @Tackling Our Debt writes Make More Money, Get Out of Debt, and Live Your Life – Work on following these simple steps so that you can still enjoy life, while you work towards becoming debt free.

Kevin @ Thousandaire writes Your Investments Are in Big Trouble – If the government bubble bursts your money is in big trouble if you aren’t prepared

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Thank You For Getting Speeding Tickets – Have you ever considered that you should be thanking people who are pulled over for speeding? They may be making the roads less safe, but they are actually doing you a favor.

Paul Vachon @ The Frugal Toad writes Manage Personal Cash Flow as if You are aBusiness – ash Management is vital to the success of a business because it allows the business to pay it’s bills while using cash efficiently to fund day to day operations. Consumers can benefit from managing their own cash in much the same ways a business does.

L Bee @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes How I cut my spending 38 Percent by simply by writing it down. – You may have heard me gushing on my blog/twitter about this FREE debt worksheet I’ve been working off starting last month. A fellow pf blogger, John at Married with Debt is kind enough to send over the excel spreadsheet he and his wife use to track their finances FOR FREE to anyone who wants it.

Invest It Wisely @ Invest ItWisely writes Zen Personal Finance: My Philosphy, and What It Means to Invest It Wisely – What is zen personal finance? Is it a new-age thing? Is it a type of meditation? Is it a new way of looking at our finaces? Read more to learn what it really is!

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