5 Cheap Places To Retire


Congratulations! You've lasted 40 years at your job, and are now ready to throw off the shackles of employment for 5 PM dinners, shuffleboard. and afternoons babysitting your grandkids. Yes, I'm talking about retirement, which I fantasize about for hours daily while I'm supposed to be doing my job. I should probably stop doing that. Unfortunately, for Canadians, there are some major downfalls for spending your golden years in the great white north. There's the weather, first of all, which has to be difficult on old, creaky bones. There's also the high cost of living, especially in Canada's two largest…

Can You Really Make Money “Investing” in Collectibles?


My husband loves collectibles. He has bought nearly every action figure associated with the Lord of the Rings movies. For his birthday last year, he insisted that I get him nothing; instead, he opted to buy a high-end Batman statue/figure. He's already decided to forgo Christmas in favor of a Darth Vader statue from the same company. One of his justifications for spending on collectibles is that it's sort of an "investment." After all, collectibles can be worth a lot of money down the road, right? (Personally, I don't care if he spends on them, as long as he keeps…

Keep Your Home Cool During the Summer — Without Breaking the Bank


It's been an unusually hot summer in my hometown this year. There have already been days above 100 degrees (that's Fahrenheit, because I'm American), and in my town we rarely crack 95 -- and that's not until late July or early August. With the heat causing the air conditioner to turn on more than expected, it's time for me to get serious about keeping it a little cooler around here. Here are some ways to keep your home cooler during the sumer, and maybe even save a little money in the long run. Service or Replace Your Air Conditioner My…

5 Ways to Learn About Investing


If you are planning an investment strategy, but don't have the right information to make a wise decision, do a bit of research. There are several resources which offer great investing advice including newspapers, investment classes, and financial advisors. Read Financial Magazines and Newspapers Two financial magazines that offer useful investing advice include Kiplinger and Money Magazine. Kiplinger offers a list of 25 mutual funds to invest in each year and provides a comparison of how their picks perform against an equal portfolio of index funds. It's a good place to start if you don't know where to invest your money. Money Magazine provides…

Practice the Just Enough Principle to Be Green


Are you guilty of buying more than you need?  Do you have extra food in the freezer or that eventually goes to waste in the pantry?  Do you have clothes in your closet with the tags still on?  Do you have rooms in your house that are closed up because no one needs or uses them? We might not think about these excesses as just that, excesses, but they are.  Buying more than we need affects both our budgets and our ability to be green.  If you'd like to save money and help the planet, the best thing you can…