PF Friday Grab a Brew #50: Do you get a Christmas bonus or rely on a budget?

NEVER EXPECT ANYTHING NOR THINK IT WILL LAST FOREVER   Christmas bonuses for many people are a thing of the past as organizations struggle to keep afloat but many still do spread holiday cheer with their employees even if it is just by giving them a turkey or Christmas card. If you are an employer and are wondering what to get employees for Christmas I’d say that you know your employees best and the only way to retain good people is to make them feel like they are part of the team and acknowledging their hard work. That doesn’t always amount to dollar signs but it is a great way to give back. If you’ve ever watched undercover boss then you know how important it is to recognize those employees that go above and beyond for the organization. On the flip side just this week WestJet went above and beyond for their customers by granting them their Christmas wish list which went viral on You Tube and all social media and certainly showed how listening and giving is better than receiving. When the holidays roll around as an employer you should at the least recognize your employees but it’s up […]

Christmas Vacation: Save money by packing right and packing light

Think Ahead And Avoid Paying More Down The Road   Halloween is almost here and not long after that Christmas vacation will arrive. For some, Christmas vacation includes travelling far distances to celebrate with family and friends requiring you to not only pack up your belongings but presents you may be giving away as well. Many students take advantage of the Christmas break to head home for the holidays only to return to school with a lot more to pack than what they headed home with. If your travels include an airplane flight and your bags were already filled to the brim upon departure this could end up taking more money from your vacation budget and giving you more grief than you may be prepared for. Many airlines including Westjet which is the airline I have the most experience flying with have lowered the number of checked bags that are included in your fare. Westjet allows one checked bag per passenger (unless you fly with their Plus fare where a second bag is free) with a weight of 50 lbs or 23Kg per bag which is about standard for most airlines domestic or international flights. With some planning and foresight […]

Mr.CBB’s Personal Finance Reading List #7 Air Fare Wars~ Air Canada Price Guarantee!

From Storage Wars to Product Price Wars and now to Air Fare Wars with Air Canada heating up the runway with a promise of an Air Fare Price Guarantee. Yes you heard that right and Air Canada is communicating this to its price savvy customers stating that if they book online they WILL get the BEST price Guaranteed. So, after you book and purchase your ticket “if you find a cheaper price for the same flight, itinerary and fare brand on another Canadian website Air Canada will give you a travel credit $50 plus the difference in the air fare costs”  according to Ben Smith, Air Canada’s chief commercial officer. Wow, I’m impressed although West Jet has something similar promising the lowest prices. This reminds me of the Canadian Tire Price Match Guarantee where they will not only match the price but give you 10% back in Canadian Tire Money to spend in the store. I know I’ve always plotted my purchases around these perks and will continue to do so as long as they are available. I don’t know what it is any more but every where we look competition gets hotter and options just keep getting better although every dollar counts when it comes to saving. […]

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