Why your Facebook feed is flooded with a lucrative gift card offer

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FREE DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN FREE   I know many of you who are on Facebook may have noticed a spike in Facebook fans sharing posts about how they managed to grab a $500 Costco gift card by sharing. Sounds lucrative and typically these types of advertising schemes on social media are too good to be true. Pop-ups suck! Why? Many are just hoops, read on!   What is the easiest way to make money? Work for it! Yup, I know it’s hard to swallow but that’s life. If you were one the many people who thought that internet money was going to fall into your lap with 5 easy group shares you’re not alone. I can’t even begin to tell you how my Facebook feed was flooded with Facebook fans who were sharing a giveaway not sponsored by Facebook or Costco in any group they could find. Ads on Facebook plague social media users on a daily basis and many people have thrown in the towel moving on to other platforms because they simply can’t handle how Facebook has become such a showcase for money grabs. Then again what comes free such as the Facebook platform means that the company […]

How to DIY asphalt driveway sealing: Costs and process

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HOME CARE FOR LESS   Every year without fail someone rings our doorbell wanting to seal our asphalt driveway but I’m the DIY guy around here so if I can do it the right way I won’t pay anyone to do it. When it comes to home renos and home maintenance I’m picky so I won’t just do something to be cheap I’ll do it because I know I can do it or call in the professionals. There’s nothing worse than paying to get a job done twice. Re-sealing your asphalt driveway can extend the life of your drive by keeping out water in the winter that then freezes during cold weather. The freeze-thaw cycle can destroy mountains so a small asphalt driveway is nothing to Mother Nature. I personally use a metal shovel during the winter months because it cleans the driveway of snow with a better result than a plastic shovel, the problem is that the metal shovel takes a layer of sealer with it every time. No, I don’t need to invest in a snow-blower either as our driveway does not warrant that expense as it’s not that big. Even so the snow-blower never gets the snow […]

Does your mobile phone control your life?

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Addicted to text, social media… technology   Should your life be filled with all the technological advances such as a mobile phone? Too often we see people who are roaming alone with their mobile phone and forget the life around them. It almost seems as if the mobile phone is in control and you might even know someone who can’t live without one. For some people they connect emotionally to their mobile phone like Linus did with his security blanket. It’s a way to be social without being social in real life… it’s more anti-social especially for those who don’t know how to turn it off when around other people, in job interviews or when they should be enjoying life. There was a time when the home phone was all we had and that was the way we communicated so having a mobile phone has only become a convenience that many believe they need otherwise their world may collapse around them. Sure, I own a television, computer and laptop but I use it when I need to or have the time to fit entertainment into my life. I haven’t paid for a mobile phone of my own since moving to […]

Spring cleanup tips to keep your property looking pristine

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LET THE SUN SHINE THROUGH   Today is the first day of Spring! While it may not feel like spring in many places that are still covered in snow, the snow is going to soon start to disappear. The bright, yellow blooms of the Forsythias I am hoping are not too far off, as many say that when the Forsythias are in bloom spring is here to stay.  I’ve already got my spring garden prepared using odd containers I keep around the house. That’s only one step for me getting ready for the spring season. Cleanup of my yard takes top priority this time of year and it should be on your list as well. While spring is my favourite season of the year it always starts out looking pretty yucky. The mud and wet dull looking grass as the ground starts to thaw and reveals of all the garbage and debris that has sat under the snow all winter. A good cleanup of your property and some early maintenance will set you up for a better growing season.   Spring Cleaning Checklist   Mr. CBB has a great list of spring cleaning chores and a good list of reasons […]

5 Secrets your millionaire neighbour isn’t telling you

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LISTEN UP IF YOU WANT TO KNOW   You never know who is a millionaire these days, or do we? A record-breaking 12 million people were millionaires in 2013 and researchers predict that people with net worth of at least a million dollars would continue to increase for the coming years. Their survey also showed that most of these millionaires reside in North America, specifically in the United States; the land of opportunity, while its close friend, Canada, isn’t far behind with almost 500,000 millionaires living there. Now, if we are going to look closely into those numbers, we can conclude that the chances of you knowing a millionaire have increased over the years and so has your chances of being neighbors with a millionaire. You may not know it yet, but Mr. and Mrs. Smith may be millionaires but they just don’t want you and their other neighbours to find out because they don’t like the attention and prefer to live a simple life. That’s right. Most millionaires are not fond of bragging about their net worth to others, neither do they want to show off to residents in their neighbourhood. Actually, there are a number of things that […]

How we cash in on unused clutter in the winter

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EVERYTHING HOLDS VALUE   Don’t underestimate the value of an item because what you may consider junk another may consider a treasure. It’s cold outside especially if you are living in Canada like us. There’s no denying the temperatures in 2014 are by far the coldest we’ve had in a long time.   Clear the clutter   It seems almost everyone is complaining about being stuck indoors and having nothing to do so how about winter pre-spring cleaning around the house? Yes you read that right! I’m always getting emails or fans asking, “How can I make extra money to pay down debt?”. Well sometimes the easiest and fastest answer is right in your own home. There’s no point sitting around the house this winter doing nothing if you have piles of potential cash in unused clutter sitting around your house. Make the most of your clutter and sell it for a nice profit that you can put into your emergency savings or use the money you earn for whatever financial decisions are important to you.   The clear-out   How do you begin to clear out clutter? That’s easy. Every successful clutter clear-out starts with a plan so know […]

How to survive a winter storm with no power

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MAKING IT THROUGH THE STORM   While the ice storm that we had this week in Ontario created quite a sight to see, sparkling trees covered in glistening ice and an ice covering over everything, this Winter Wonderland also came with a lot of destruction, inconveniences for many and sadly a couple of deaths. With hundreds of thousands of people losing their power there are still a number of people who are waiting for theirs to come back on, 48 hours or more after the storm while others enjoyed Christmas Day in the warmth of their homes. Being prepared for an extended power outage can make getting through those long, cold days less of a struggle. The recent cold snap hasn’t helped the situation.   Staying Warm   Having no power means no heat in your home. Staying warm will be a challenge if you are not prepared. We had a little notice that this storm was coming and I have to admit I was not as prepared as I could have been. Beyond having lots of blankets and warm sweaters to put on, seeking out warming stations that many cities provided would have been an option if our power […]

How to get what you pay for when buying online

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DON’T REGRET YOUR PURCHASES   If you fail to take a few minutes to read over the small print you might just be surprised what you are actually buying. With the holidays fast approaching and many people scrambling to buy their Christmas gifts many people buy online, especially if they can score a great deal. We often talk about how we like to sometimes buy online vs. in-store whether from Kijiji or picking up the odd items on Ebay or Amazon but with that comes caution when spending our money. Buying online items is not something new and it’s well secure for the most part but what happens when the buyer is the person who is trying to scam you out of money even though it’s plain to see you are getting what you pay for. I was reading a Yahoo post the other day about a 19-year-old guy from the UK of all places who was hoping to get his hands on the new X-Box One that was recently released. He also has a 4-year-old child whom he stopped at nothing to make sure he was able to get the X-Box One for but he was duped at the […]