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Unemployment Tip: Fight for More Severance

Unemployment Tip: Fight for More Severance

So, you’ve been fired. You’ve been offered a severance package, this is exciting. What should you do now? Before you sign that documents there are few things you need to know. You may want to fight for more Severance.

Most countries have rules around minimum required severance for full time employees, these rules vary from country to Country. In Canada the rule is generally 1 week per year of service minimum, and minimum is the key word…

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Unemployment Tip: Take Time to Analyse Why you Lost Your Job

Unemployment Tip: Take Time to Analyse Why you Lost Your Job

Getting downsized, or fired from a job can be super stressful, or it could be liberating. It recently happened to me, and you can read all about it here What it’s like to lose your job – Here’s how it felt for me. One thing that you should do if it happens to you is Analyse Why you Lost Your Job

Human nature often makes us think that everything is someone else’s fault and that we are blameless. People with high self-esteem are especially prone to this. So when you are downsized or fired it’s convenient to blame your boss, or the company. Often this is partially the case, the company could be hitting hard financial times. But sometimes there is more to it than that. Sometimes you may have played a large or small role in the company’s decision to let you go…

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Unemployment Tip: Cut Expenses

Unemployment Tip: Cut Expenses

My second unemployment tip may be a bit of a surprise. Not because it’s not expected, but because many people may think it should be number one.

I can see the logic there, but to me making the switch to cash is more important, because without doing that it’s hard to know what your expenses are…

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Recent Posts: General

 

30 Day Challenge – #1 No Alcohol for 30 Days

30 Day Challenge – #1 No Alcohol for 30 Days

Success. As you may have read in my announcement post about my 30 day challenge list for 2017, the first one I was going to tackle as no alcohol (even-though I really like it). Well I’m happy to say that I successfully made it for the whole month of January with even one drop!

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Recent Posts: Being a Single Dad

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Teaching your kids to cook – Level 2: Making them do it all on their own

Teaching your kids to cook – Level 2: Making them do it all on their own

It seems like years ago that I first wrote about the importance of teaching your kids how to cook, in fact it was the post Kid made meals from way back in 2015.

Lately I’ve taken it to the next logical level… I make them do everything.

In the beginning I would get them to help choose the meal, and then I’d siphon off small tasks for them to accomplish.

For the last few weeks I’ve upped my game. They are now responsible for choosing the meal and grocery shopping with me if we are missing ingredients. Then they are responsible for cooking and plating the entire meal. I hang out with them in the kitchen and provide step by step instructions along the way.

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No Bad-Mouthing – Insulating your kids from your true feelings about your ex

No Bad-Mouthing – Insulating your kids from your true feelings about your ex

We are all human. One of the benefits of that is that we feel and experience a whole range of emotions. This is often a great thing. But in some circumstances it can be terrible.

One area that is often hard for divorced parents to manage is not bad-mouthing their ex in ear-shot of the kids.

As adults we often take for granted that kids are always watching and always listening to us. And they often don’t have the experience and built up capabilities to be able to properly compartmentalize the input they are receiving. Especially when it’s one of their loved-ones and role models bad-mouthing one of their other loved-ones and role models.

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I’ve got a shoe problem. What’s your dirty financial secret?

I’ve got a shoe problem. What’s your dirty financial secret?

So, I’ve got a problem. Some would even say an addiction. I’ve been hiding it well for the past few years. but it’s time that I come clean… I’ve got a shoe problem!

Ok, ok, maybe that was a bit dramatic, but I was trying to be comical. The real reason for this post is because as a personal finance blogger I feel that it’s important to be transparent and honest about how I spend my money. I’m really good at living a minimalist life and saving money for my financial goals. But I do have some money vices, and my shoe problem is one of them…

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Recent Posts: Reviews

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Review of Blurt: Great for kids, not so great for adults

Review of Blurt: Great for kids, not so great for adults

Every now and then I’m at Toys-R-Us or Walmart and I’m perusing the games section, and I come across a game I haven’t heard about before. When this happens I give the box a read and look at the price tag. If the game play seems interesting and the price is in my budget then I’ll take a chance and pick it up. One of my recent additions to our collection of games is Blurt. Here is my review of Blurt.

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Real vs. Fake Converse Chuck Taylor

Real vs. Fake Converse Chuck Taylor

So as you may know, if you’ve read my previous post about having a shoe problem, I like Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star shoes. Among my plethora of shoes, I’ve got 6 various pairs of Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. But I have a big problem with buying them, in Canada their retail price is typically between $69 and $79 dollars, which is ridiculous considering they are pretty cheap and shitty shoes, although I do find them comfortable and I like their look.

As a frugal/cheap person I’m always looking for a deal, I’m also a big proponent of online shopping, amazon.com and aliexpress.com are two of my favourites. One day while I was perusing the wares on aliexpress one day and I came across “Fake” Converse Chuck Tayler All-Stars. I was intrigued because they were listed for $20 with no tax and free shipping. I thought this had to be too good to be true, one of my favourite kind of shoes at 1/4 the price?

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