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Where Have All The High Interest Savings Accounts Gone?

Have a look at this link, which features a chart of some Canadian banks and their interest rates for their "high interest" savings. As I type this, the chart was last updated December 19, 2009 (it's December 22, 2009).

What's interesting is the history of each account, and how much the rates have fallen. When I opened a H.I. account at one of the banks listed, the rate was over 3%. Now, not so much.

Does this mean rates will go up from here? That's what I've heard! But when, and by how much? I'll guess we'll have to summon up even more patience and wait to see...

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Help Me Grow My Cha Ching Blog Roll

Hello money savers!!!

I just had a quick look at my blog roll on this blog and realized that it needs more links. If you know of a great finance blog that I should add, please let me know by leaving a comment and I'll check it out.

Thanks :)

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Boston Pizza - "Kids Eat Free All Summer Long"

We were at Boston Pizza the other night - they have a promotion on at the moment where kids eat free all summer.

We examined the bill at the end of the meal to see what this covered: sure enough, their meals cost $0.00, but FYI we were still charged for their drinks and desserts.

Still, it's a bit of a savings if Boston Pizza (which can be a bit pricey) is a place that you enjoy going :)

Just to note - I'm not sure if this promo is running franchise-wide or if it was only at the restaurant we went to, so you might want to call your location first before heading out there.

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Saving Money In Small Ways - My Latest Attempt

At one point I subscribed to our local papers, the Vancouver Sun and the Province, six days a week for both papers (it started with one of those free trial offers, and then I just started paying because I'm kind of a in-print reading junkie ;)

But hey, that's a whole lotta reading when you have two kids constantly climbing on you, so I cut back to the Sun six days, and the Province on one day, so that I'd at least get a paper every day.

That was fine for awhile, but I've noticed lately that the papers have been piling up. I have a problem tossing papers I've PAID for until I've read them, but it was to the point where I had to do just that (cringe).

So now I've cut back even further (drum roll): I'll be getting the Sun on Fridays and Saturdays only, with the Province being Sundays only. Less $$$ spent, and hopefully now I'll be able to actually read them, too!

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Grocery Lists And Nostalgia

I used to use a master list for Costco: I would print copies on my computer, and have one on the fridge, checking off items as we needed them. The list contained things that we had discovered were cheaper at Costco (because not everything is).

I'm not sure why I stopped using it - I think I may have been out of printer ink and got out of the habit of printing my list. In any case, I haven't used it in awhile, until today.

I found the list in my PC, and printed some new copies (using the "fast draft" low ink setting on my printer, of course ;) When I scanned the list to see how current it was, I found an item safe to delete: Pull Ups!!

(Awwww, my babies are growing up!!)

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Petcetera Liquidation

It's sad but true - Petcetera will be closing its stores and laying off employees.

The upside is that they will try and liquidate as much of their remaining inventory as possible before they close their doors. At the moment the stores remain open, so watch for the sales to begin soon...

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Adding A Blogroll

I love blog rolls - they're pretty handy. I am trying to refocus on all things financial, so I have added one to this blog: "More Money Blogs" on the right hand column. As I write this post I have only one blog listed, Boston Gal's Open Wallet, but I'm going to add as many as I can find that I feel inspired or enlightened by :) One of the reasons I started with Boston Gal's is because she has a pretty big blog roll on her blog, so it's a place for me to start reading.

Happy saving, everyone!

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I'm Back!

Wow... it's been almost three months since my last post - yikes. Sorry 'bout that.

At the moment I'm listening to the "Can I Afford It" segment of the Suze Orman show. She's pretty tough, I must say! I don't think I'd call her ;) lol

Any day now, my husband's hours could be cut back at work, so I'm returning my focus once again to money matters and trying to be frugal. These days one never knows what lies around the corner.

Hopefully that will mean more regular posts :)

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Petcetera Savings

Because of a company restructure, Petcetera is offering discounts of up to 70% on its inventory. Here's a link with more info.

The sale is for 60 days, and is nation wide. Apparently they are trying to generate cash flow while filing for creditor protection. Hopefully this will work for them, because it would be a shame if they went completely under. Still, I suppose this is a reflection of the current economy - expensive pet extras are not in the average family budget these days!

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SoBe World Giveaway (U.S.)

Today SoBe World is having a promotion - they're giving away free 0 Cal Lifewater.

Here's the link to find out how to get yours:

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