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red dotSick of junk mail flooding your mailbox (not the virtual ones. the real ones)? Red Dot Campaign is encouraging Canadians to unite! and stop the junk mail madness, already! It gives simple suggestions to become junk mail free and as an added bonus, the number to call to get off phone-call lists.

telephoneAnd speaking of phonecalls, here’s a tip: you know when the phone rings, and there’s a pause before you get connected to the telemarketer? Someone (a credible source) told me that if you repeatedly press the # key (or is it the *?) it will mess up the system so your phone number gets taken out. Give it a try. If nothing else, there’s something satisfying about it.

Ever heard of a freegan? Neither had I until I stumbled upon this site.

Wow. Here I was worried about the quality of my donations to the local thrift store… Freegans are hardcore.

Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.

freegans

I’m in awe. Kinda reminds me of the spirit of The Story of Stuff.
And perhaps out of concern that most of us will reconsider our spending, the Harper’s gov’t wants to hear from us via an online poll about their budget. Seriously. We have til Feb 11th, so let’s each chime in. Nothing wrong with living out a bit of democracy now and then.

1. Yeah! Having been sans cel phone (yes, it’s possible) for over a year, because I so HATE getting into 3-year-freaking-locked-in-anythings Peter, who gives us Useful Crap (sic) found what sounds like the best celphone plan in Canada. Believe it or not, it’s offered through I’m going to check it out, and once again I may be accessible by cel.

Totally dumb question: does anyone know, could I use an I-phone on this plan without too much crazy hacking (of which I know nothing)? John?
or Dave the iVacationer?

2. BC Hydro found an extreme frugality hack using bread clips to cut down on your hydro.

Umm, thanks. I guess.

3. And Apple shares tumbled 11% today along with all the others. Hmmm…. to buy? to buy? I wonder what mariam would do?

ps:  if you’re going to Hawaii, say aloha to WoolyWoman’s Blog, where she posted on how to get better meals for less money on Kona.

saleIf you haven’t visited Bargainista, she’s a Must for all shopping-savvy people. With constant updates about the newest sales across canada, the following info is courtesy of her intel via Twitter:

Toys R Us – up to 50% off

Old Navy – up to 75% off

Birks Winter Sale

Roots – up to 50% off

and, AHEM, if now would be a great time to take charge of your money, try out my 7-day-free-trial of the e-program Putting your financial house in order.

Yikes. I’m not depressed, but you might assume so given the last few posts: Vancouver economy gets a D, weightloss motivated by the starving people in the world, Annie Lennox’s comments on money … it’s time for some fun!

Here’s two.

1. Need some extra money? Try busking! Wikihow will give you the need-to-knows of becoming a busker!

busking

(I think I pinched this link off another personal finance blogger – whoever you are, let me know, and I’ll give you the credit you deserve for discovering this very helpful ‘how to’!)

2. And one of Vancouver’s favourite bloggers, Miss604Miss 604 had a birthday last week … and (this just warms my money-coach heart) took advantage of all the Free Offers if It’s Your Birthday, around town (ranging from free breakfast at Denny’s, free lattes at Blenz, kinda sorta, to free supper at The Spaghetti Factory). So if you or someone you know has a birthday coming up, check out her Birthday Daytimer to find all the free stuff!

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