LinkStuff – RESP Book V2 Edition

by Mike Holman

I’m going to apologize in advance for the slew of RESP posts that I’m planning to unleash on the blog.  I’ve been working on the 2nd edition of The RESP Book and what started as fixing up a few typos ended up being a bit of a rewrite with a lot of new material.  Fear not if you bought the first book – all the new material will be published on the blog and there will be a “change page” so you can see all the changes I made.

My plan is to redo the book and then release in Kindle format as well.  I’m also going to create a smaller e-book which will just cover the withdrawal phase of the RESP.

On with the links

Andrew Hallam reflects on his post-cancer perspective.  Great read.

Ken Jennings writes some funny stuff about the man on the moon.

Barrie McKenna says that Newfoundland is a “have” province, but is still getting the perks of a “have-not” province.

Krystal from GMBMFB breaks down her new mortgage and budget for us. Krystal is about as good a cash manager as anyone I’ve ever seen. She has a decent paying job, she works various part time jobs and freelance gigs to make extra money. She manages to save a lot of money and most importantly, she spends money on things that matter to her. She doesn’t seem to have any waste in her budget.

Larry MacDonald had a really good piece asking if house prices are going to tumble.  Some of the indicators used by real estate bears might be flawed.

A Loonie Saved writes about the incredible benefits of house ownership.

The Holy Potato wrote some good instructions on how to get the TD e-series index funds.  They’re a great deal, but you have to work for it.

Explore for a year interviewed someone who is traveling the world with his 9-year old.

John Warrillow of the Globe and Mail says that if you want to hire entrepreneurs – screen out the MBAs.   I would think successful entrepreneurs wouldn’t be applying for many jobs.

Rob Carrick makes a great case for investing in international markets.

Sustainable Personal Finance lists his 8 favourite money blogs.   And no, I’m not just linking because I’m on the list.  😉

Dianne Nice from the Globe & Mail wrote about teaching your chicks how to build a nest egg.

Young & Thrifty wrote an excellent post about planning for advanced care if you have elderly relatives.  Worth a read.

Sherl Smolkin from Moneyville describes the “grandparents scam“.  Pretty interesting.

Boomer and Echo explains how to assess your estate plan.

Canadian Capitalist doesn’t like Garth Turner’s dodgy advice.

Michael James says that some investors have misconceptions about investing. Turns out that Michael had one of his own.

Million Dollar Journey wrote about stock chart patterns.

Some American links

What Should You Do If You Are Audited?

Save Money -Review Monthly Subscriptions

Do I Get a Tax Deduction on Home Sale Loss? — Selling your house for a profit can trigger a capital gain, but what about selling it at a loss?

Financial Peace University: Is It Worth The Price Of Admission?

How to Prepare Your Finances for a Disaster

Want to learn more about RESPs? Buy The Book:


The RESP Book: The Simple Guide to Registered Education Savings Plans

Everything you need to know about RESPs.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sustainable PF

Thanks for the mention! Whaddya know, you found another way to get me read your site!

2 krystalatwork

Thanks for the kind words Mike! 🙂

3 Echo

I definitely second your assessment of Krystal’s money management skills, she has a plan for every penny which includes some fun stuff too.

And the Advance Health Care post on Young and Thrifty was really good as well. Shows that these so-called young bloggers are not just great resources for gen Y’s but they’re good reads for everyone looking to improve their finances.

Thanks for mentioning Boomer’s post on estate planning.

Have a great weekend!

4 schultzter

Out of curiousity, what do you mean by “in Kindle format”? Do you mean specifically for the Kindle; or a generic e-reader format compatible with many types of e-readers and e-reader software?

Other than that I’m looking forward to the new chapters!

5 Mike Holman

@Schultzer – I don’t really know what I mean (or what I’m talking about) when it comes to ebooks. I know that Amazon offers books for Kindle – not sure if they offer other formats as well?

I will look into other formats later on, but the Kindle will be the first attempt.

6 Michael James

I’d be interested to learn more about the process of publishing a book electronically. Maybe that would make a good future post. Thanks for the mention.

7 Mike Holman

@Michael – I’ve written a few posts on the process over at

This posts links to all of them as well as a download of a awesome book (which I didn’t write) if you are really interested.

8 Canadian Capitalist

Thanks for the mention Mike. Good luck with the new book.

@schultzter: Amazon uses its own proprietary format called .mobi. Your book will have DRM but if it didn’t you can freely convert to another ebook format such as epub (used by Kobo and other readers) using a tool such as Calibre. Your book, unfortunately, can only be read on Kindle.

9 Michael James

@Mike: Thanks for the pointer. I’ll have a read.

10 Potato

Thanks for the mention, Mike. You can just call me Potato.

11 Mike Holman

@Potato – Potatoes are boring. Holy potatoes on the other hand are really something. 🙂

12 Lily (Explore for a Year)

Hi Mike,

Congrats on your new book, and thanks for the mention. Happy Friday 🙂

– Lily

13 youngandthrifty

Hey Mike 🙂 Thanks for the mention!

I liked my post too on advanced planning care, though I’m sure it’s not a popular subject to talk about let alone read about- I’m glad you liked it.

14 guinness416

Interesting article about Newfoundland. I have family originally from Ireland living there and have long imagined moving out east myself, but any (admittedly quite superficial) research of the job market in our respective fields the husband and I have done hasn’t looked good.

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