A Money Coach in Canada

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Disclaimer: this post it not for the faint-of-heart – read at your own risk!

phoneOne of my favourite bloggers is Merlin Mann, who among other blogs such as 43 folders (productivity) has a fun blog “5ves“. Here are his suggestions for 5 things to say to telemarketers or collections calls:

  1. I’m sorry, but what does this have to do with human sacrifice?
  2. Seriously, will you still be this interested in me after we’ve dated for a while?
  3. Would you be able to tell if I were defecating right now?
  4. I am French. Your money means nothing to me.
  5. I can smell your panties through the phone.

Alrighty, I’m getting my own eating-out-as-default mode back in hand. There was one mishap yesterday, but I’ve put a wee bit more effort into eating at home, and can safely say I won’t be eating-my-holiday-savings away this year. Hooray.

dacshundsBut then there are the dacshunds. Raw food? Treats? Chickenwing Tips (OK’d by the vet)? and now they look with disdain upon their kibble? I jest, but overspending on our pets is a secret vice, and I’m guilty as charged. A quick google search on ‘frugality’ and ‘dogs’ yielded some extraordinary results: a frugality discussion about using pets for warmth to save on heat, another who cuts old belts down to size for collars and leashes, and way too many frugality tips on saving money by serving hot dogs at parties, to which my daschunds took great exception.

I’m a guest presenter at LadyFest Vancouver on Sunday, and am both excited and anxious.  Excited, because this is an incredible event – keeping urban feminism alive and well, with a lot of hip-hop in the mix.  Excited because I think the extent to which women get actively involved and informed with their money collectively has significant impact on our  ability to reshape what money does in the world.  What would feminist financial planning look like?  What would feminist spending look like?  Playful and political questions.  Anxious, because I am…well… old! in comparison to the people who will be there (I think).  I don’t even have a myspace account!  although I do have virb… does that count?

chequesA bit of intel, if you haven’t already discovered: Canadians will no longer be receiving cheques back with their statements. The Canadian Payment Association (the org. that clears cheques and transfers funds electronically between credit unions, banks etc.) put that policy in place. The cheques will be shredded by the clearing house of the institution that processed them. You will receive an image of the cheques on your statement. These are legally binding, just the same as the original cheques used to be. Presumably, this is related to anti-laundering initiatives. Still, I find it a bit disconcerting.

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