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Rob Carrick's Reader: Awesome kitchens, on the cheap

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

Awesome kitchens, on the cheap
Consumer Reports explains how to contain costs when renovating your kitchen. Sample suggestions: Skip custom cabinetry and top-grade appliances.

Have you got your own tips for saving on renos? The Globe is asking readers to share photos of their own DIY projects.

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Stay semi-safe
Investors are urged here to consider the "semi-safe havens" rather than traditional harbours like gold and U.S. Treasury bonds.

Cheap flicks
Ten suggestions on how to save money when you go out to a movie.

Help for wronged investors
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, known on Bay Street as IIROC, has added some content to the investor area of its website. Here's a link to a page on how to get your money back if your adviser or firm acting improperly.

More money
Join the 14,000+ people who subscribe to my Facebook personal finance community for talk about investing, retirement, real estate, banking and other financial matters. I'm also on Twitter.

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Editor's note: If you don't receive Rob Carrick's newsletter twice weekly by email, you can sign up to get it for free at The Globe and Mail. All you need to do is register for the site, or if you've already registered, log in and go to your profile at the top of the homepage. Once you're in your profile, look under Newsletters and Alerts and look for the Personal Finance Reader and other newsletters. Other financial newsletters include: Business Ticker, a summary of the day's top business stories; and Berman's Market Update, a summary of the markets at the open, noon and close.

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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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