When I clicked ‘publish’ for the first time four years ago I never thought this blog would have grown into something life changing.  What started off as a mom and son blogging team trying to differentiate ourselves in the personal finance niche turned into so much more.

Our articles have been featured in the Globe and Mail, MoneySense, the National Post, and MSN Money.  We’ve been interviewed and quoted in numerous online and print magazines, and recognized as one of the best personal finance blogs in Canada.  I write a bi-weekly column in the Toronto Star.  All because of this blog.

Earlier this year, my mom and I started a fee only financial planning service dedicated to help people take control of their finances while steering clear of the type of commission-based advisors who are only looking out for the next sale.  It’s something we feel passionate about, and our clients appreciate the independent advice they receive.

This blog has exceeded our wildest expectations.  Nearly 6,000 subscribers tune in regularly to read what we have to write about personal finance and investing.  To date, we’ve had more than 2,500,000 page views.  That’s incredible!

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Time to give back

We’d like to show our appreciation by giving something back to our readers.  Here’s what you can win:

Free financial planning consultation(s) – My mom and I are each offering one financial planning session to a lucky reader.

You’ll each get up to an hour long phone call to discuss your current financial situation and future goals, followed by a detailed plan that includes retirement projections and action steps you can take to improve your finances.

The Wealthy Barber Returns – One of my favourites, personal finance author and Dragons’ Den star David Chilton offers his thoughts on the current state of Canadian finances and what individuals can do to improve their lot.

The Behaviour Gap – The distance between what we should do and what we actually do is called the behaviour gap.  New York Times columnist and sketch artist Carl Richards explains how you can identify your personal behaviour gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future.

Stocks for the Long Run – Jeremy Siegel’s definitive guide to financial market returns and long-term investment strategies.  Updated to include data and analysis from the financial crisis in 2008.

Clash of the Financial Pundits – How do you separate the news from the noise?  This book explains how the media influences your investment decisions, for better or worse.  Written by Josh Brown and Jeff Macke.

How to enter?

When did you start reading Boomer & Echo?  Leave a comment below and tell us how you discovered Boomer & Echo and when you first started reading our blog.

The contest will close Thursday August 14th at 5:00pm EST.  I will announce the winners in the Weekend Reading post on Friday.

Good luck, and thanks for your continued support!

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