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There will be three weekly random draws, each for a $1,000 prize, and we’ll announce the winners on Facebook. (See complete contest rules.)
What would you do with $1,000?
We asked some popular Canadian family, health and finance bloggers what they would do with $1,000, and here’s what they said:
Corinne McDermott, Have Baby Will Travel:
If I won $1,000 this holiday season, I would ask my kids to pick a charity so they could each donate $250, and then I would take the remaining $500 and take our family on a one- or two-night mini-break so we could escape the hustle and bustle and spend some quality time together. That way we could truly experience what the holiday season is all about: giving and spending time with loved ones.
Deb and Dave, The Planet D:
We’d buy Deb’s parents tickets to Aruba. Four years ago we quit our jobs in the Toronto film industry and decided to become full-time travel bloggers. It was a big decision to give up a secure living, but we had to follow our dreams. Deb’s parents have been our biggest supporters by allowing us to stay at their place when we are not travelling, encouraging us to never give up and lending a hand whenever we needed it.
Last summer, we took part in a travel bloggers’ contest and won a stay at a resort in Aruba. We decided to give it to Deb’s parents as a thank-you, because they’ve done so much for us and we’ve wanted to show them our appreciation for some time. Over the past few years, we’ve had enormous opportunities to visit all seven continents and over 70 countries, so a stay in Aruba was something that they could easily accept from us. The only problem is that airfare wasn’t included in the prize, so they’ll have to get themselves down to the Caribbean on their own dime. So if we could win $1,000 to pay their way, it would be the perfect gift.
Eileen Chadnick, UNretired Life:
If I could buy more time I would, but since that’s not possible, I would put time on my side by investing this windfall in my TFSA immediately. I have a number of goals I am saving towards so this would give me a nice boost to my savings.
Justin Bouchard, Young and Thrifty:
The high school basketball team I coach would become the best-outfitted team in the league. I would try to get a local business into the Christmas spirit by matching that donation, and then I’d purchase new shoes for every player who can’t afford a decent pair of his own. If there was enough money left over, some slick-looking warm-up track suits or new jerseys would make several young players’ Christmases!
Sara Hodge, Mums ’n Chums:
I would put some in the bank and use the rest to buy something special for my parents. They have been incredibly supportive of me and my business over the last three years and I would love to be able to do something for them in return.
Dara Duff Bergeron, Belly Bootcamp:
I would take my kids, ages three and five, to Quebec for a snowy family weekend away. There hasn’t been much snow in Toronto the past few years and they haven’t yet truly experienced the fun of snow and ice, which I grew up with on the cold Prairies.
Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman:
I would invest it in order to earn compound interest for the next 10 years. When my young grandkiddies reach 20, I’d share the proceeds between them. My pre-requisite? They must use it for a travel experience.
What about you? Tell us what you’d do with $1,000 by commenting below, and don’t forget to enter the contest. Good luck, and happy holidays!
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