Lending Money To Friends And Family

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be.”  Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet knew that lending money to a friend or family member often results in the loss of both the money and the relationship.  But when someone you love is in a serious bind and you have the means to...

Three Ways To Save Money On Your Family Vacation

Taking a family vacation can feel more like work than a holiday when you have two kids under the age of four.  Still, I think it’s important to get away from our routine every few months, even if it’s just for a short trip. Last week, after packing what seemed like...

The Effect Of Serendipity On Retirement

This is a post from reader Eric as part of our retirement series. When Robb first broached the idea of submitting a write-up relating to retirement preparation and its post-implementation offshoots, my first reaction was that, if he’s looking for an example, I...

Senior Discounts Vanishing From Our Banks

When my husband turned 60, being the cheapskate that I am, I was eager to check out what senior discounts we could expect from our TD Bank.  I wasn’t expecting a whole lot – and that’s exactly what was offered, not a whole lot. Related: Free Chequing Account...

Aeroplan, Avion, Avios, Adios

This is a guest post by reader Charles Newell, who has recently done some extensive research on redeeming travel rewards. Much has been written on these pages about rewards cards but little with regard to what you can do with the rewards once you’ve got them. In...

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