Archive | Personal Finance

Budgeting in the Fun

“Budgeting” and “fun” are two words that rarely find their way together in a sentence. For most of us, budgeting is a necessary chore: good for you, but not terribly pleasant – a Personal Finance equivalent of eating your brussels sprouts. [No one actually enjoys eating brussels sprouts, do they?] It’s made all the less pleasant when it ... Continue Reading

How Not to Raise a "Money Moron"

I'm obsessed with personal finance shows; I blame it on being irredeemably curious (which is to say, nosy) about other people's money habits. Some of my favourite shows are hosted by Gail Vaz Oxlade - no one tells it straight like Gail. Although I've been watching - and taking notes - for a long time, ... Continue Reading

You’re Having a Baby – Now What?


Congratulations! Finding out that you’re about to have a baby is a wonderfully exciting moment. It also kicks off a period of intense planning, usually concentrated around one important question: are you ready for that baby? The single most important thing you’ll need to survive your first year of parenthood is a sense of humour. ... Continue Reading

The Emergency Fund: Your Insurance for Everything Else

Emergency Fund

On most financial planning checklists, insurance is a pretty high priority. After all, financial planning is about mitigating risks. Chances are high that you carry some insurance -- car insurance, home insurance or maybe tenant insurance, and life insurance. (And if you don’t, KANETIX can help you get it all sorted it out.) But what ... Continue Reading

Invest in Sleep

Invest in Sleep

A frugal person strives to get the biggest bang for her buck. Everyone spends about a third of their life sleeping. That means that spending a bit of money on sleep isn't just justifiable, it's smart. Besides eating right and exercising, no lifestyle change pays bigger dividends than improving one's quantity and quality of sleep. ... Continue Reading