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OK, here we go now:

1. Ikea is having WackyWednesdays. Seriously good deals, and they’re a good deal to start with.

2. Banana Republic – 20% off Mar. 7 – 9. (thanks for the tip, Bargainista)

3. Remember $2 Tuesdays at theatres (anyone old enough to remember besides me??) They’re back during March Break at Empire Theatres near you! I’m going to see VeggieTales and the Bee Movie, with or without a kid in tow (anyone wanna lend me a kid?)

4. Get political: The Impact on Communities Coalition hosts a fundraiser/pub night, with Jim Green giving a talk on the Expo 86 evictions. More information at www.olympicsforall.ca March 6, 2008 Tix $20 (or whatever you can afford) Alibi Room (157 Alexander)

5. My blogger buddies at Four Pillars have collated some good blog posts about money into a free e-book. It’s got loads of content ranging from how to help preschoolers understand money to millionaire money habits.

ps: you could also save money by making your own soap. i did it once – it was fun, and produced great soap too.

If you know of any good deals, share the intel! leave a comment. (no spamming please, but if you’re providing a good deal by all means let us know)

2287182588_cef8bd1ba6_m.jpgSweet. This is something that could really work for a whole lot of us. And it came from the Harper Gov’t (*shakes head*).

Here’s the deal (and why I’m posting it as blowing all other Freebies out of the water today):

Each of us (of legal age) can save up to $5000 per year, and whatever money we make on it is tax free. You could put it in a savings account (yawn, but if you must, at least choose Citizens’ Bank’s Ultimate Savings account) but you could also buy stocks or mutual funds. (and I’ve doubled my money plenty of times within a couple years. If I did it, so can your average bear).

But the beauty is this. If you need it – say for an emergency, or traveling, or renovating the house – you can take it out hassle free, you don’t get dinged with tax, and then the room from the money you took out is freed up to replenish when you can.

So for the 40% of Canadians who have withdrawn from their RRSPs (on average, 3 times) this could be a great alternative. Save your RRSPs for Retirement. Use this TFSA as a place to save up, and use as needed.

Personally, I’m over the moon on this one. Begrudging respect to the conservatives on this one.

Shoot straight with me:  think this incentive will encourage you to save more aggressively? Why/why not?

(ps: this all assumes the house doesn’t fall on March 5th.

pps: merci a jean-pierre pour le photo. et pardon ma francaise.)

Cha-ching; cha-ching! Some awesome deals this week.

Freebie #1

tilldebtusdopartbmp.jpeg If you read this blog, I bet you know this show, featuring Gail Vaz-Oxlade
who works with couples up to their eyeballs in debt, and gets them turned around.

She does very similar work as me, but she’s a lot further down the road professionally. She rocks, imho. (although I’m a lot softer in my approach)

Freebie: teleseminar with Gail as the guest for 100 people hosted by Cdn Financial Advisor. Just go register on his site (I imagine you’ll get follow up e-mails, so use your ‘casual’ e-mail address like yahoo or hotmail). I’ll be on the call too, if I can at all manage it.

If you’ve never done a teleseminar before, you will receive an e-mail with the ph# plus a code. Usually, the guest/host talk for a while, then the lines are opened to take questions directly to Gail.

Freebie #2 (for my fellow Metro-Vancouverites): Free Vivaldi Concert this Friday

98805343_44f227792f_m.jpg Pacific Baroque Orchestra

is offering a free (or by donation) concert this Friday, 7:30pm (I think) at
St. James Anglican Church (my parish). These concerts are especially intended for residents of the dtes, but all are truly welcome (we’ve yet to pack out the house, so there’s room for you).

Concert Program: Vivaldi! Featuring the exhilerating “Gloria” with a 30-voice children’s choir from Victoria. (ps: you likely have heard “Four Seasons” by Vivaldi).

Shoutout to my classical music blogger friends – care to join me for the concert? David, Urbanista, AmicusMusic?

Or blogging neighbours, CarollSill, Krystal, DavidEby, Steven VancouverManifesto and the inimitable Sean of BeyondRobson? (or you guys going to NorthernVoice, like everyone else?)

Freebie #3 BirthLounge 2: theme – how to source locally for your babies


On March 8th, Birth Lounge will host the second annual Birth Fest at the
Britannia Community Centre 10am-3pm, Gym D.
Birth Fest explores the philosophy of the Hundred Mile Diet by bringing together local maternity care service providers, vendors and performers to celebrate all that is available for growing families close to home.

  • Who makes your diaper rash cream?
  • Where can you get home-made prepared meals for those busy days after the baby is born?
  • Where can you find toxin-free, wooden toys for children?

And Freebie #4

My offer is still on for my free e-book, “RRSPs in Plain English” – just e-mail me at nancy (symbol) your money by design (make that one word) dot com (fyi – if you don’t usually read blogs, we spell out our emails weird like that to prevent spam robots from understanding our addresses). Prefer to see, rather than read? In that case, one more time:

ps: and as always, it’s worth taking a gander over to Bargainista to see what she’s found by way of great deals.

…and a bonus Friday Fun for today: Since it’s Valentine’s week, here’s the fun history of the FreeHugCampaign.

(it beats the bed-ins of the ’60’s don’t ya think?)

Free Hugs

Courtesy of Oprah, you, dear readers, can download Suze Orman’s book Women & Money for free, til 7pm central time tomorrow (Valentine’s day) evening. Spread the word!

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