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Financial Smarts: Everyone's a winner.

by:
Laurie Campbell

Winning may not be everything, but it sure feels good. Just ask anyone who has put their finances back on track and who is sticking to a budget.

There is no official award for that. But there are tons of rewards. Like not having to stew about the weight of your piggy bank every single day. Like not feeling anxious about a bill collector being on the other end of the cell ring you’re hearing. Like living well and treating yourself and family to little luxuries while actually being able to realize your longer-term hopes and dreams.

I mention winning today only because we have received word at Credit Canada that For the Love of Money has been nominated as one of the country’s top ten personal finance blogs by the folks at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. For the newspaper’s feature Best of the Blogs 2011, Globe financial reporter and editor Dianne Nice had, well, nice things to say about For the Love of Money. 

Says Dianne: “Laurie Campbell, of the not-for-profit Credit Canada, is the lead writer for this humorous blog that aims to ‘improve everyone’s financial savvy.’ I love the pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps tone of the articles, which are geared toward those who tend to overspend.”

We are of course honoured to be selected by Dianne, as fine a journalist and editor as you will find in this country. And we are pleased to be nominated by Diane among four other financial bloggers. Here are the others that were included in Diane’s list:

• “Gail Vaz-Oxlade: You’ve got to love the no-nonsense approach of well-known TV host and author Gail Vaz-Oxlade. Her personality is all over her blog, which features great tools, including Gail’s Guide to Building a Budget.”

http://gailvazoxlade.com/blog/

• “RetireHappyBlog: Run by Jim Yih, a financial expert with 20 years of experience in the industry, the Retire Happy blog is full of practical tips for retirement savings but also has hundreds of personal finance articles on a range of topics from children’s allowances to taxes.”

http://retirehappyblog.ca/

• “Canadian Couch Potato: Educational and amusing, Dan Bortolotti, an award-winning personal finance journalist, writes a great blog for those who hate high mutual fund fees and want to learn more about do-it-yourself investing through index funds and exchange-traded funds.”

http://canadiancouchpotato.com/

• “Money Smarts: Mike Holman, author of The RESP Book, has worked in the Canadian financial industry for almost two decades and is the go-to guy for answers about registered education savings plans, but his blog touches on all things personal finance, from discount brokerages to energy sales scams.”

http://www.moneysmartsblog.com/

For the full story about all the blogs nominated by the Globe, go to  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/2011s-best-of-the-blogs-nominees/article2007165/

Meanwhile, we have no intention of resting on our laurels here at Credit Canada. There are many people in this country who need instruction about the benefits of winning.

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