Finance Fox Weekend Recap – 3 Weeks Till Christmas!

christmas shopping, christmas shoppers, shopping, gifts There’s only three weeks remaining until Christmas, and the malls are ready for the shopping onslaught as shoppers begin to scramble. Myself included of course. There will be endless crowds, parking spot wars, and a lot of shoppers in panic mode trying to find the perfect gift. Can we say…..stressful?

Thankfully my Christmas shopping list is roughly the same size as last year – no new friends in my life. However, what I’ve done differently this year as opposed to last year is that I’ve done quite a bit of shopping online. Crowded malls and parking wars at the mall are not for me, so I totally stay away from the whole thing and the shopping that has to be done in the mall is generally done after 10pm during the last week before Christmas when most malls extend their hours. Hooray for extended mall hours! Less noise, more parking, kids in bed and smaller lines at the check out. Personally I think the whole extended hours at the mall concept is the greatest thing since sliced bread!

How far along are you in your Christmas shopping?

Anyways, enough about Christmas shopping. Let’s get to the good stuff – link love and some very good personal finance reads.

Frugal RulesDo you know how credit-cards make money? As someone who’s fallen into and gotten out of credit card debt and in the process learned the revelation of who was lending to me changed has my borrowing behavior forever – for the better of course.

Add Vodka – As a beer drinker and beer lover – I only drink beer and never use it too cook. It best tastes that way. However, if you’d like to experiment with beer, here are some uses for beer other than drinking. Creative Daisy comes through again! :)

Canadian Budget Binder – For all the budget non-believers, and those who are simply lazy to budget, here’s a REAL LIFE STORY that budgeting does work.

Thirty Six Months – Stockpiling is not hoarding. It’s being wise with your money, and here is why I believe that YOU also need a stockpile at home.

Making Sense of Cents – You can find numerous ways your children can contribute to family finances. Here are 10 ways your children can contribute to family finances.

L Bee and the Money Tree – Not knowing where to start saving and figuring out what should be your primary savings goal. It’s not as complicated as it seems because there are only two things you need to do when it comes to savings.

Frugal Portland – Spending money on Amazon is easy as 1-2.3. Rarely can one visit Amazon and leave the page without spending a dime. It’s likely because Amazon makes it easy to to spend money online.

The Savvy Scot – Do young people need to think differently about retirement? I think they need to start thinking about retirement period.

My Own Advisor – Mark visited the movies recently to watch the new James Bond flick “SkyFall”, and after a fun night out and some close observation, he concluded the movies come attached with sky high prices. But, that’s not all, there’s a positive side in his story as well.

Club Thrifty – Being well versed in different aspects of life is a good thing, but sometimes you just gotta hire somebody and let them do certain things. If you’re not an electrician, it’d be wise for you not do major electrical repairs.

Passive Cleaning Income – Starting a new business is tough. Where do you start? Who do you talk to? How do you approach it? These are just some of the questions one will face. Here’s a great port for a newbie entrepreneur and on how to start a cleaning business.

Za Vas – After Yugoslavia solid it’s space program for a record $2.5 billion dollars, the living standards in Yugoslavia improved considerably. The socialist country went to to experience rapid economic growth during the 60s, 70s, and 80s – where it was considered a European powerhouse in the 80s until the bloody war ruined it all during the early 1990s. That’s the story in the upcoming release of “Houston We Have  A Problem” documentary.

Thanks for stopping by and being part of this weekend’s Finance Fox Weekend Recap. We hope you enjoyed this week’s awesome reads, and see us again right here next weekend where we’ll do it all over again.

Hope you enjoy your weekend.



  1. I haven’t done too much shopping yet. I need to get on it!
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  2. Thanks so much for the mention! I’ve gotten a good bit of my shopping done. I’ve still got a bit left to get for my wife, but the majority of that will be online. I can’t stand the malls, and it’s much better to do from the convenience of my own home.
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  3. We’re almost done. Got like 2 people left. I’m excited to say I haven’t waited more than 5 minutes in any lines this year! :)
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  4. Haha, I had the same comment about Daisy’s post. It was cool and all, but, well, I drink beer. Not cook with it. :-)
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  5. Hey,
    We don’t have many gifts to buy either as we draw names now. It was insane the last few years as we spent around $200-$300 per person and it took about 6 hours to open gifts for 8 people. The Mrs. Family loves to give… and they sponsor a family each year as well. That being said we now only have to buy for 1 person each with a set amount. Easier! I don’t blame you for shopping online the stores are mad in Canada. Cheers and thanks Eddie for the mention. Mr.CBB
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  6. Thanks for the mention! I need to GET ON the holiday making train.
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  7. Almost completed my Christmas shopping. I can’t wait to have it done.

    Thanks for the mention and have a great weekend!
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  8. Eddie! Thank you for the mention. If only I weren’t boycotting the holidays this year…but you make me want to be in the spirit.
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  9. I’m pretty much done with shopping. The ones left will get restarurant gift cards. My resolution for December is to not set foot in Walmart. Almost unbearable during the regular season but the 9th circle of Hell right now.
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