You are not your Choos’
Mar17

You are not your Choos’

Consumer culture has done a bang-up job programming us to believe that possessions make us happy. Well done consumerism – you’ve nailed it. On the other hand, we have failed miserably in our attempt to measure “success”. We have got the formula all wrong. We simply define “success” as the ability to publicly display wealth. There is little attention paid to – community involvement, family...

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The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things
Mar13

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

It’s called the “Mountain Man *” and here’s what you do: Get down to the bare essentials leaving just your knickers, briefs or whatever you happen to call underwear, just keep it legal and no long johns please. Shoes are optional but recommended. Then go outside, but only when the temps are sub-zero. The colder the better – that’s how it works. If you can last at least 60 seconds you are now a...

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RESP – Is it worth it?
Feb15

RESP – Is it worth it?

I’m certain there is some sort of government mandate to make seemingly simple stuff as confusing as possible. The RESP (AKA – Money for your kids education) is no exception, it actually might be the rule. I imagine the conversation at the CRA going down like this “Hey Joe, this new RESP program you drafted up is crap. I understood the whole thing, the first time, without needing a translator. Can you go ahead and...

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It’s Cold Outside – Time For A Run!
Feb10

It’s Cold Outside – Time For A Run!

It’s Fairbanks cold outside this week. Frosty enough for an Extreme Cold Warning for Southern Alberta and it looks like it will be sticking around for the next week. This statement issued from Environment Canada sums up the situation: “A multi-day episode of very cold wind chills continues. The coldest wind chill values will be between minus 40 and minus 50. There have been several reports of *dogs sticking to fire...

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24 Ways To $ave Dat Money
Jan31

24 Ways To $ave Dat Money

David Burd, better known by his stage name Lil Dicky, is an American rapper and comedian. At the age of 31 Lil Dicky’s net worth is estimated at over $8 million dollars. You might want to watch this video twice as Lil Dicky provides several real ideas on how to reduce your spending and $ave Dat money. For those of you who can’t watch the video *NSFW – I’ve extracted the best of LD’s money saving tips...

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À la carte or Buffet – The $20 Cell Phone Plan
Jan21

À la carte or Buffet – The $20 Cell Phone Plan

FREE iPhone X, FREE $200 gift card and FREE washboard abs. Just sign here! But before you do – realize it’s all a LIE – even the abs. All those advertisements you see for free upgrades, gifts with purchase and free iPhones are not really free, somebody pays and that somebody is you. It’s stacked against you by design. There is only one thing (possibly two) things in life that are always free: a mother’s...

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The Pursuit of Stuff
Jan15

The Pursuit of Stuff

I get it – having nice things is, well nice. I happen to live in a big fancy house with rock countertops that were crystallized from magma that cooled far below the Earth’s surface. I have multi-layered wood floors that were milled from a single piece of timber and kiln dried before sawing and placed in my home. My shelter is also equipped with the ability to produce clean fresh drinking water on demand. Hot or cold...

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It’s Stacked Against You
Jan10

It’s Stacked Against You

There is a reason that the debt levels in Canada and the US are approaching all time highs. The average Canadian owes about $1.70 for every dollar of income he or she earns per year, after taxes. This is not an oops I slipped. This is by design. No one actually wants you to save money. Almost everyone is out to get a little bit of your dinero. I mean everyone, even your own kids are out to get you. They are constantly asking you for...

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