Plasma TV and the Five Hottest Women on Business TV

by Mike Holman

The Leafs in happier times

I bought a plasma tv recently.  This may not seem like a big deal for most of you, but I have been thinking about buying a flat screen tv for over a decade.  In 2000, I couldn’t decide what kind of flat screen to buy and I ended up buying a 27″ tube tv instead – it was awesome.  The tv it replaced was older than I was, had no remote and the channel changer was broken, so I had to use pliers to change the channels.  I finally replaced it when I couldn’t see the score during football games.

The 27″ tv was still ok, but the colour and screen were fading.  When I saw a 42″ plasma for sale at Best Buy for $550 a month ago, I knew my time had come.  $650 with tax!  It was so cheap, it would have been financially irresponsible not to buy this tv.

The moral of this story is that sometimes it’s good to wait.  🙂

Funniest post

The funniest post of the week was written by Financial Uproar – a very entertaining blogger who has never heard the term “politically correct”.  His article on the five hottest women on business tv is just plain funny.  Read it even if you don’t want to look at the pictures.

On with the links

Oblivious Investor says that index funds are mediocre.  Luckily “mediocre” is the new black.

The Globe & Mail had some good investing articles this week:

Adam Goodman from explains how to save $7,000 without pain.

Million Dollar Journey had a guest post how much does a year of happiness cost? Good post and great comments.

Free From Broke writes about his daughter’s allowance.

Canadian Capitalist warns that new financial products can have a short shelf life. He’s referring to high interest saving accounts.

Rob Carrick has some great advice for DIY investors. Get that cash invested!

Michael James tells us how to negotiate a line of credit. I think the only way to get a better rate is to move to another bank.

Larry MacDonald has a list of books that would make a good Christmas gift. Unfortunately I think he left my book off the list. 🙂

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michael James

I took the leap to a flat-screen TV a few years ago. I’m sure I couldn’t go back to a fuzzy-screen TV. Thanks for the mention. The laziness factor may prevent me from going to another bank.

2 larry macdonald

I knew I’d forget somebody’s book for the Christmas List. I updated it to include yours.
I had a 12″ black and white TV (purchased for $100) for the longest time. Then my wife got a $350 TV from Wal Mart and finally a flat screen earlier this year. I might still be with the $100 set if not for wife and family.

3 Rachelle

Yes there are a amazing amount of things that are financially irresponsible not to buy…

I went to Walmart to buy a flat screen on Boxing day!

Nice TV…

4 Chad Tennant

Related to the t.v. topic is cable. There is an underlying movement amongst folks who think cable is to expensive. They’re cutting their cable and replacing it with free HD channels emitted from the CN Tower. I don’t recommend this for the avid t.v. watcher aka couch potato, but really good for those who don’t want to spend their lives in front of the tube.

5 Canadian Capitalist

After watching sports in HD, you just can’t go back! It’s amazing how much flat screens have fallen in price even over the past 1 year. Thanks for the mention!

6 Steve Zussino


That is a great deal.

I know no sense watching on a 27″ tv sports!

Go habs!

7 Financial Uproar

Thanks for the mention Mike, but I’m a little disappointed you didn’t vote for your favorite!

Like you, I have a 27” tube TV. I just can’t upgrade when that one still works well. Once it starts to go, I’ll be at Best Buy so fast…

8 Craig

We’re waiting for our tube tv to finally go. Soon, soon.

9 Squawkfox

Carl read your post. He pointed out that our TV is a vintage set from 1996. You can see where this is going…

10 Mike Holman

@Uproar – I couldn’t make up my mind.

@Craig – try throwing stuff at it.

@Squawk – I think it’s illegal to own a tv older than 13.5 years old. 😉

11 Peter

Looks like you got a LG plasma – the same as we have. We bought a 50″ LG plasma last year for $550 at sears after coupon and 2 rebates. Gotta love a deal!

12 Mike Holman

Hey Pete – wow, sounds like you got a great deal.

It continues to amaze me how much prices drop over time.

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