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Holding your own mortgage, cool outdoor toys and your parents’ retirement


The weekly roundup of recommended reads about money, health, family, working life and retirement:

How to be your own mortgage lender
On, Preet Banerjee explains how you can borrow mortgage money from your own RRSP. Being your own bank may sound appealing, but the strategy is not as simple as it sounds.
Holding a mortgage inside an RRSP redux
Health Welcome to one of the happiest countries in the world
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada is the ninth-happiest country in the developed world. Yahoo! Finance explains why, and lists which countries are (and aren’t) in the top 10.
The happiest countries in the world
Family Outdoor toy picks for spring
From a play tent to a water cannon to a next-generation sandbox/wading pool, Savvy Mom picks 25 new toys for outdoor fun. Some are for kids as young as 18 months, and prices start at $7.95. (Be nice to your kids and they might let you have a turn.)
The list: 25 ways to have fun outside
Working life Are you ready to toss your alarm clock?
Darren Sproat of Then life happens did it in 2011. He says hitting the snooze button just puts off living your life (and if you need an alarm clock to wake up, you’re not getting enough sleep).
Are we hitting the snooze button on life?
Retirement Never mind your own retirement; have you planned your parents’?
Along with making your own plans, says Ted Rechtshaffen in the Financial Post, check out your parents’ money picture and talk to them about things like insurance – because their situation could have a major effect on yours.
Planning your parent’s retirement

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The more knowledge you acquire in turn will help you feel
more in control of your situation. Consider all the deductions you
can get from the assets you own not only mortgage deductions but other kind of deductions which you think makes financial sense to itemize.
If you are employed and looking to become a contractor,
then building a business alongside your job can be

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I sure appreciate the mention and trackback to Then Life Happens. Appreciated more than the words in this comment could say.
Darren Sproat

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