Merry Christmas, everyone! Welcome to the last edition of weekend reading for 2017. We’re taking Christmas week off and I’ll be back next weekend to update my net worth for the year.

As always, thank you for following our journey towards financial freedom. We feel incredibly honoured that each of you choose to spend a bit of time with us every week in our attempt to educate, inform, and promote financial literacy. This year our humble blog has received a record 1.1MM page views, the bulk of which come from our newsletter subscribers and new readers arriving from Google searches.

This year social media has played a larger role in our viewership, where Twitter and Facebook are the third and fourth most popular referring sites. The biggest uptick has come from Facebook, where visits are up 310 percent and our Facebook page has grown from 2,100 ‘likes’ to nearly 5,500 this year.

Here are (by far) the five most popular blog posts of the year:

  1. Your Year-End Financial Planning Checklist
  2. We’re Buying New Vehicles At A Record Pace, And It’s Killing Our Finances
  3. 5 Financial Traps Seniors Fall Into, And How To Avoid Them
  4. How Will The New CPP Changes Affect You?
  5. Why My Four Minute Portfolio Is Tough To Beat

These articles have one thing in common: They were picked up and shared by major media outlets such as The Globe & Mail, CBC, Toronto Star, Global News, and MoneySense. Many thanks to Rob Carrick, Sophia Harris, Prajakta Dhopade, Ellen Roseman, and Erica Alini (to name a few) for being such amazing supporters of the personal finance blogging community.

This Week’s Recap:

On Monday I wrote about how to Save More Tomorrow – the procrastinator’s guide to saving money.

On Wednesday Marie explained how to be energy efficient this winter.

Weekend Reading:

Grab a BIG cup of coffee and settle in for this Morgan Housel gem – The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Earlier this week George Weston and Loblaw disclosed their participation in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement for more than a decade.

In response, Loblaw is offering eligible customers a $25 gift card. Registration for the Loblaw Card Program will open on January 8, 2018, but you can register now to be notified when registration opens.

Save-On-Foods will also be offering $25 gift cards to its More Rewards members in the coming days.

What is Bitcoin really worth? Don’t even ask, says economics professor Robert Shiller.

What’s in a name? Businesses previously focused on making fitness apparel, cigars and beverages have rebranded themselves into virtual currency or blockchain companies.

Ask a behavioural economist: Is it better to give cash or gift cards?

Steadyhand’s David Toyne with a thoughtful letter – Planning for a future without me and why it feels good.

Preet Banerjee is back with a couple of new podcast episodes:

My four-minute portfolio consists of just two ETFs, but can a portfolio of just one ETF make sense? Dan Bortolotti explains the pros and cons.

Fred Vettese reveals the truth about whether CPP will be there for you in retirement (hint: it will).

5 things you can do by year end that could trim your tax bill in 2018.

Do I need to retire my debt, before I retire myself? Jason Heath explains why it might make more sense to pay off debt later.

It’s been a tough year for the payday loan industry as new provincial regulations have squeezed their margins. We’ll forgive you if you don’t shed a tear.

Finally, something I’m keeping an eye on, Jamie Golombek explains what the proposed new income sprinkling rules mean for you and your business.

Enjoy the holidays, everyone – see you next week!

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