How to grow herbs inside your home


Recently, I moved across the country. Instead of living in a home with a large backyard (complete with herb-filled raised garden bed), I live in a spacious third-floor apartment. While I have a small balcony, there really isn't ample room out there for an herb garden. Plus, I like the idea of growing fresh herbs year-round. Growing herbs indoors seems like the way to go -- especially since the last of the herbs I dried from my old home will run out soon. Here's my plan for planting an indoor herb garden: Choose the right herbs Some herbs grow better…

Is a spending money fast the right move for you?


If there's a time of year that makes you feel that you've definitely been overspending, it's the holiday season. Even when you try to be frugal, and keep the materialism to a minimum, spending still manages to creep. From the gift exchange you feel you have to participate in, to the food you purchase when you entertain, to the decorations that you couldn't pass up because they were on sale, it seems as though it's especially hard to keep your spending under control this time of year. It's especially hard for me to keep a lid on my spending during the…

You’re Nuts To Buy a Vacation Home


For many Canadians, the dream goes a little something like this. On Friday afternoon, after dealing with Carl from accounting for approximately the 400th time, it's finally quittin' time. You elbow past everyone else to the lobby, desperate to get the stink of work off you. After exchanging pleasantries with your fellow wage slaves, you're in the car and off to the races. First stop, home. Just enough time to pick up the wife and kids before you're back on the road again. Destination? Cottage country. Sure, it's a couple of hours away, but you just can't wait to get…

What You Should Know About Credit Cards and Taxes


You may know the old adage about death and taxes but many of us don't know that credit cards and taxes may be more apt. For many, just hearing the words credit cards or taxes can send a chill up your spine. But proper use of credit cards and their relationship with taxes can be useful in order a secure a strong financial future. Understanding how to utilize credit cards at tax time can save you thousands of dollars in interest rates, help avoid back tax debt and possible future tax leans, which may be levied against personal property due to unpaid or…