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What a co-op job at the zoo taught me about life
Money blogger Mr. Canadian Budget Binder is feeling nostalgic this week about his experience working at a zoo. Co-op placements such as his teach young people not only job-specific skills (in his case, the proper way to pick up a penguin and how close you can get to a lemur) but also life skills, such as self-reliance and the ability to speak to strangers.
“If you are thinking about a co-op program,” he says. “I can tell you that it’s worth the time and experience that you put in and get out from it.”
How my co-op program shaped my work ethics
Neither a borrower nor a lender be
Managing student debt is important, but so is dealing with other kinds of debt, says a writer on My University Money. His three hints for avoiding debt: Earn as much as you can. Apply for as many scholarships and grants as you can. Keep your lifestyle to a bare minimum.
Keeping your non-student loan debts under control
Nourishing your wallet as well as your body
Healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive, says the Food Network’s community blog. Foods such as kale, black beans, brown rice, oats and sweet potatoes are absolutely jammed with nutrients, and they’re also budget-friendly and versatile.
Five most affordable health foods
Tricks for feeding picky eaters
If your kids are among the many who turn up their noses at carrots and eggs, Evelyn Hannon shares some tricky tactics in the Yummy Mummy Club blog. Appeal to their sense of whimsy by offering nifty egg cups and providing toast “soldiers” for dipping, and discover the hidden power of spearing bite-sized portions on toothpicks.
Grandma’s secret: How to get kids to eat carrots and eggs
Questions to ask yourself before you retire
As in any other time of life, sound finances in retirement depend on successful cash flow management, writes Marcy Ages on the Golden Girl Finance blog. As always, you need to look at your income and your expenses. But as a retiree, you also need to factor in whether you want to leave a legacy to your children or a charity.
Cash flow in retirement
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|Five things you may not know about TFSAs
Did you know if you’ve never opened a TFSA, you can contribute up to $31,000 today? That’s $5,000 for each year from 2009 to 2012, $5,500 for 2013 and $5,500 for 2014.
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