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Personal Finance Reader

Land of the free spenders Add to ...

The best of the Web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Land Of The Free Spenders

This article looks at why Americans spend more than people in Western Europe and Asia, but it certainly applies to Canada as well. These days, we’re at least as eager to spend.

Get Poorer – Eat At Home

One of the most basic tips for reducing spending is to eat at home and cut out restaurant meals. But the price of food in supermarkets has actually been increasing at a far higher rate than restaurant prices.

ETFs: Under The Hood

The money managers at PWL Capital put together this handy chart comparing the sector weightings in a variety of popular exchange-traded funds.

Wedding Gowns On The Cheap

This blog post says online sales of used – sorry, I mean previously worn – wedding dresses have surged.

Attention, Hockey Parents

On my Facebook personal finance page: Parents talk about how much it costs them to have their kids play hockey. Subscribe here: http://www.facebook.com/robcarrickfinance

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