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Carrick on money: Kids’ birthday parties are bananas these days

More families are throwing half-birthday parties for their children.

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Kids' birthday parties are bananas these days
A mother featured in this story paid $1,000 for her one-year-old to have a Paris-themed party with a mini Louvre and fancy pastries. The point made here: You don't have to spend that much.

Why it's getting more expensive to be poor
This infographic shows how prices are falling for things like TVs, computers and smartphones, but rising for food, child care and vehicle maintenance.

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Detroit's bigtime house deals
A three bedroom house goes for $34,100 (U.S.) in the city's first auction of vacant homes. I think the same house just sold for $1-million in Toronto.

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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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