I was fortunate to be a guest on the CBC radio program “Ontario Today” this week. I was a stressed-out, nervous wreck for a couple of days beforehand, but I managed to get through it without sounding like a complete moron.
Here is the link to the show if you wish to listen. The show was quite interesting – lots of great callers.
A related link – James Altucher says he’s never owning a home again.
I’ve been working very hard on the 100 pushup challenge. Unfortunately, as I predicted, the program is too aggressive. I’ve already had to repeat 2 workouts because I couldn’t do all the required pushups. Stupid gravity!
I think finishing the program in six weeks is too optimistic and I’d like to do a longer time line. The hundred pushup challenge only has one “stream”, so I made my own. From now on I’m going to do each workout twice before moving on. This effectively turns it into an 11 week program (I’m in the 2nd week) which is a lot more realistic (for me, at least).
The downside of the more aggressive 6-week program is that you feel like you have failed whenever you have to repeat a day. By planning to repeat each workout, I’m hoping the experience will be a bit more positive.
On with the links
Jeremy from GenX wrote a fantastic investing article called This is why you can’t make money in the stock market. Read it.
Ken Jennings from Jeopardy fame needs some help after getting ripped off by Europcar.
Financial Uproar had a sad story about a poor retirement plan.
Sustainable Personal Finance has 34 house staging tips.
The Blunt Bean Counter gives us Reading Financial Statements for Dummies. A great primer for someone who is interested in analyzing stocks.
Million Dollar Journey is on a real estate kick. Canadians buying property in Florida has a lot of interesting comments too.
Canadian Capitalist hopes that the abusive charity crackdown will continue after the election.
Rob Carrick says that smart investing decisions are hard to make.
MacLeans wonders if the CMCH responsible for a Canadian housing bubble?
David Milstead from the Globe & Mail, thinks that the rumoured Groupon IPO is no bargain.
Michael James almost had to hire a private investigator to determine some minimum RRIF withdrawal amounts.
Retire Happy blog says know your spending.
Boomer and Echo categorizes different purchasing styles.
A few American links
- Filing Federal and State Taxes for Free?I remember a few years ago being so frustrated trying to find a place to file state taxes for free – it wasn’t that difficult to find a place to file Federal taxes for free, but getting state for free was like finding a needle in a haystack…
- How Much Interest Are You Paying? This article includes a cool spreadsheet that walks you through calculating how much you’re paying in interest on debt per month and even per day!
- Finding Health Insurance When You Are Self-Employed
- How Much Control Should The Government Have?
- What Happens If Your Broker Goes Out of Business? — Ever wonder what happens if your stock broker fails? Well, here’s the answer.
- Life Insurance for Children –Here’s why you should not buy life insurance for your children and why the insurance companies try to convince you otherwise.
- 20 Tips to Getting Affordable Auto Insurance
- When Should I Take Social Security Benefits?
- Extension to File Taxes vs. Amended Tax Return
- Amazon Mom Review – Free Amazon Prime As Well As Discounts
- How to Save Money with Your Mortgage
- How to Lower Your Mortgage Payments. There are three good ways to lower your mortgage – refinance, challenge your taxes, or reduce your insurance expenses.
- Should You Rollover Your TSP Account Into an IRA? Should you roll your Thrift Savings Plan account into an IRA when you leave the military or government service?
- How Much Money Do You Have to Make to File a Tax Return? Do you really have to file taxes if your income is low?
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