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Letters to Santa, gym lingo and early retirement


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

You can be mortgage-free before you’re middle-aged
In a guest post on Mrs. January, Canadian Budget Binder outlines the steps he’s taking to be mortgage-free sooner. From making more frequent payments to cooking from scratch, it all comes down to spending less than you earn.
How to pay off your mortgage early
Health Gym language lessons
If you think a burpee is what a baby does after eating, this is for you: Canadian Living explains six key fitness moves, from burpees to frog-jumps. You’ll be speaking gym in no time.
Workout glossary: 6 need-to-know fitness moves
Family All they want for Christmas
Little Miss Mocha captures both the innocence and the confidence of children by sharing her four-year-old daughter’s and eight-year-old son’s letters to Santa. Tip: If your kids haven’t written to Santa yet, it’s now possible to help them do it via email.
Dear Santa…are you ready?
Working life Do you need a university degree? Maybe not
Accepted wisdom to the contrary, you can get a well-paying job without a four-year university degree, says Young and Thrifty. College diplomas, associate degrees, specialized training and apprenticeships can be the routes to careers such dental hygiene, graphic design, law enforcement and air traffic control.
Seven well-paying jobs that don’t require a university degree
Retirement Can this man retire at 60?
A 40-year-old divorced father asks MoneySense if he’s in shape to quit working at 60, given the savings and investment plan he has in place. The verdict? Not quite.
Am I on track to retire at age 60?

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Thanks so much for the mention of my guest post about becoming mortgage free. Happy Holidays Brighter Life! Cheers Mr.CBB

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