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Carrick on money: Thanks for the wedding gift, cheapskate

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Thanks for the wedding gift, cheapskate
Was a Hamilton bride rude to e-mail a wedding guest to chide her for giving a gift basket instead of an envelope with a cheque in it? And did she compound her faux pas by asking for a receipt for the gift basket? Obviously, yes. But as you'll see here, there are lots of different view on wedding gift etiquette. Here is the Globe's take of this story and here is what readers think.

The high costs of weddings may add to the sense of urgency on the part of brides and grooms about receiving cash presents from guests. So why not just go for a much cheaper wedding? In this Let's Talk Investing video, you'll get some advice on cheap weddings from Kerry Taylor, the Squawkfox blogger. The bill for her wedding: $591.12.

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How society tells brides and grooms they're special and deserve to live large at their weddings.

The cheapest, happiest company in the world
That's now Costco is described in this Bloomberg Businessweek profile.

A peaty investment, with a hint of honey
Stocks and bonds got you down? Consider investing in scotch, which has its uses even if it fails to rise in value. Here's Part One of a blog series on whisky investing, and here's Part Two.

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Personal Finance Columnist

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998. Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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