Running: The Most Sustainable Sport you can do Right Now


If you’re into sports and getting fit, why not make the most of it and choose one that’s more sustainable and friendly on the environment? Golf is certainly out of the question. This isn't a knock against the sport and the people who love to play golf, but the water requirements to maintain a single golf course is insane. On average, it takes around 312,000 gallons of water per day to keep the grass green on a single golf course! It only goes up in the summer, to a maximum of over 1 million gallons or more in the American…

Funeral Financing: How to Afford a Respectable End of Life


Most people don’t like to think about death — but this unwillingness to accept one’s inevitable end is potentially disastrous for one’s loved ones and descendants. Modern end-of-life celebrations can be incredibly expensive, and forcing survivors to assume the expenses associated with appropriately reverential ceremonies is insensitive, at least. Instead, considerate individuals would do better to deeply contemplate their wishes for their ends of life and prepare funds to cover any expensive experiences they wish for. To start, it helps to understand the costs of standard end of life celebrations as well as those of feasible alternatives. True Costs of…

Stop Thinking. Start Doing.


Although I like to believe I'm the perfect person in every way, I'm not. I have numerous flaws. I've been known to fart in bed (and other locations, come to think of it). I eat and drink too much junk. I'm terrible at catching non-verbal cues, much to the chagrin of my girlfriend, who pretty much exclusively communicates that way. I'm stubborn, and will sulk if I lose an argument. But those faults pale in comparison to my worst one, and that's procrastination. My version of procrastination goes like this. When faced with a decision, I'll spend some time researching…

Is Your Family Wealth Sustainable?


Around the world, in most every country, there is a saying that goes something like: "Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations", meaning that the first generation works hard, earns and saves to build a family fortune, the second generation sustains the fortune only to have the third generation lose it. There are families who have overcome this syndrome. They have overcome the threats to sustainable family wealth. What are the threats to sustainable family wealth? Your health care costs. Yes, the government plans cover many medical expenses, but according to Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) it probably won't…

Are Your Finances Affecting Your Health?


We often try to compartmentalize different aspects of our life, allowing us break things down more effectively. As a result, when we think about health, we don't think about money. In fact, we are likely to focus more on food and exercise when we try to figure out what's at the root of some of our health issues. Even though we think of finances and health as two different aspects of our lives, the reality is that they are connected, and your finances can have a big impact on your health. Financial Stress: Physical and Mental/Emotional Health The biggest way…

How to Show You Care without Breaking the Bank


We all like to feel loved -- and we like our loved ones to feel loved. At times, though, it can seem as though showing you care goes hand-in-hand with spending money. Whether it's buying an expensive present, or whether it's helping pay the rent, showing you care can get really expensive, really fast. But do you really need to spend a lot of money to "prove" that you care? Of course not! Here are some ways to show you care for someone without breaking the bank: Listen Active listening takes effort. It's not just about hearing someone else; it's…