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Priced to Sell

Priced to Sell,
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“Priced to Sell”. Wow! And I hear things are really.slowing.down in the real estate market in Vancouver. I hope to buy another place in a couple years, so that’s probably good news from my point of view. And I’d sure love to see home ownership come within reach of your average working Vancouverite.

My pal over at SnowCoveredHills is running her annual I’m David Hasselhoff contest. After many attempts I concluded I could not contort myself into any semblance of the man, but in the process I discovered a few juicy tidbits about the man and his money.

So in the spirit of all things Lite, here’s a pop quiz for the weekend.

1. During his divorce from ex-wife Bach, she stated he was claiming poverty. How much did he claim he made per month?

2. What was the worst job he ever had?

3. What does money meant to The Hoff?

4. About how many $Million does he have?

5. According to David Hasselhoff, money cannot buy love or ___________________.


1. $5000/month (more than I make)

2. Selling alarms when he was 18.

3. “You know what money buys? Money buys the freedom to say F you to everybody and have a good time.”

4. $100. As in, he’s worth about $100,000,000.00


Hey – shoutout for SpellStacker, a word-game app for iPads and iPhones, developed by a cousin of an old schoolmate pal of mine. Not sure how long it’s free for (first 200 for sure) so pop by and download it!

Truth be told I feel pretty self-conscious every time my personal story of my 20-something misadventures with money get splashed in mainstream media, like it did today in the Toronto Star. The reason I drop my guard is simply this: If I could turn things around, anyone can, and that’s a message I believe a lot of Canadians need to hear. There is hope. And if you are in a bit of a money muddle – or in financial hell – you are not alone.

We live in such a pressured culture, don’t we. I think I’ve generally hit my stride in terms of being unapologetic for myself – my values, my beliefs, and my finances – but I sure know what it is to have felt I had to present a particular image, or spend what I didn’t have in order to fit in, or (and this is kinda sweet) to help someone else out ’cause I cared yet didn’t want to admit to them or myself that I, too, was in a bad way.

So yes, I’ve known the acute discomfort of more than one “pay up” phone call (and will *never* give American Express any business again! #wayunnecessarilyrude) and sleepless nights wondering how I’d manage the coming month. And yes, the worst ever was having my credit card cut up by some high-school kid behind the till of the Shopper’s Drugmart on Broadway Ave in Vancouver.

But I’ve also known the quiet inner confidence of choosing to take charge of the mess. Of putting one step in front of the other, and after withstanding setbacks, discovering I really did “arrive” at a much better place.

If you are in need of a safe place to take a look at your own finances, and if you would like to put some building blocks in place to help you move forward, I can help — but not quite yet! I’m on a sabbatical from money coaching until January 2011. At that point, my business Your Money by Design will be live and kicking again, and ready to help (at entirely affordable pricing). If you would like to be on the wait list, feel free to e-mail me personally at money coach canada (all one word) at gmail dot com. Helping folks who are going through what I went through is one of my greatest joys. And I promise you, with time and a bit of effort, you can have your own turnaround story.

With care and high hopes for us all,


Photo Credit: Vanou


I took a taxi from #yvr into downtown Vancouver last evening. The fare came to $38.70. I wrote the total as $43.70 thinking to give the guy a $5 tip. Am I cheap? (I never mean to be.)

I’m asking ’cause I ended up filling it out wrong and the guy had to rewrite it — and he put the total as being $45.70.
I’m not sure if he was being a lyin’, cheatin’ badass taxidriver, or if he transposed some numbers by accident, or figured I had been cheap and was giving me the hint.

What *are* we tipping taxi drivers in Vancouver these days?