Finance Fox Weekend Recap – Canadian International Auto Show Edition

canadian international auto show This past weekend I attended the 40th Canadian International Auto Show which was presented at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. As in previous year the show was amazing. I don’t know about you, but I love attending events such as auto shows and sporting events. It gives me a sense of appreciation for being so lucky to attend something of that great nature that virtually takes place in my backyard.

If you haven’t attended the Canadian International Auto Show before, here’s three reasons why you should visit next year:

1. Auto Exotica

If you’re into exotic cars, this event is for you. It has everything from the Ferrari’s, Bugatti’s to Lambos and Porsche. Exotics have always been a major attraction at the auto show and this year was no different. The exotics presented are some of world’s finest crafted automobiles and having one place to see them all is simply an amazing experience to take in.

2. Price Point

For less than a $20 cover charge you get to see over 300+ different cars under one location. But aside from the coverage, you get to experience the future and present of the auto industry. This is especially true if you’re in the market for that new vehicle. You can ask, try and get all the necessary information you’re looking for when researching your dream vehicle.

3. Beat the Winter Blahs

Not only is the Canadian International Auto Show a super friendly family event, but it’s also an ideal way to beat the winter blahs. This year Volkswagen offered a family admission package, where two adults and two kids could have entered the show for $44 and kids under the age of 6 always enter for free. Furthermore the show also offered professional daycare for free at the children’s play center where kids would have been engaged through activities such as face painting, colouring, dress-up, DVD movies and a lot more in between. This just shows you that the show is not only an adult only event, but extremely family friendly environment.

Eyes on the Dollar – I am an animal lover, and I especially favor dogs. And as someone who’s slowly entertaining the idea of getting a dog, Kim’s post on dog ownership hit a home run with me. I’ve often wondered which costs more puppy or older dog? Here’s the answer.

Brighter Life – The number of Canadians expected to retire by 66 has dropped dramatically within the last five years. So when do you expect to retire? This graphic will give you a pretty good insight on the retirement plans on average for Canadians.

Averex Money – Real Estate Investment Trusts, with their nice income yields, continue to be popular with investors. Avrex Money has compiled and ranked a complete list of all the Canadian REITs on the Toronto stock exchange.

My Own Advisor – Stress testing is about demonstrating the stability of a given process or system when that process or system is pushed beyond its normal operating means. Here’s a pretty cool personal finance stress test.

Young and Thrifty – Is post secondary schooling still a good investment? Depends how you look at the situation. The bad news for today’s students is that it does cost more to go to school than ever before. The newly published book, “More Money For Beer and Textbooks” answers some of those questions. Check out the book here and enter the giveaway to win a FREE copy of the book.

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Passive Cleaning Income – I am a profound introvert, who has been in and around sale for nearly 10 years now. I have characterized myself as a ‘soft but persistent closer. So therefore I’ve done well in sales of services such as service contracts. Here’s a unique post on 6 ways introverts can become successful in sales.

Financial Samurai – If you don’t have your health, you might as well have nothing. This is true for the super wealthy or the poor. So, is there a correlation between physical fitness and financial health?

Canadian Budget Binder – Becoming a homeowner is a process that takes time. This post on Canadian Budget Binder looks at how to come up with your down payment and the type of property you are eligible to purchase.

Frugal Rules – Starting an online business is definitely challenging. I think if you first start out, you shouldn’t quit your day job. But with some right planning and reading posts such as 5 easy steps for how to set up your own online business, you can be on the right track.

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iHeart Budgets – As someone who still uses pen and paper for his budget, I wholeheartedly agreed with this guest post on why Mint may not be for you as a way to organize your finances.

Thanks for stopping by for this edition of Finance Fox’s weekend recap.



  1. Thanks for the mention Eddie, it’s much appreciated! Glad you had a good time at the Auto Show. I lived in Chicago for several years and went to the Auto Show there and always enjoyed it.
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  2. Thanks for the mention Eddie! You still need to send me an address so I can send you a review copy! Email me when you get the chance.
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  3. Love the new Benzos and Audis!

    Which car you looking to take down?

  4. I’d love to go to the auto show. Do you watch Top Gear UK? It’s the original and one of my favourite shows. I had free tickets from my employer but something came up so I couldn’t go. The wife has went and loved it but she went years ago she said, before I knew her. Thanks for sharing CBB!
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  5. I don’t get there every year, but yes I do enjoy attending the Auto Show whenever I can.
    Also, Eddie, thanks for the inclusion.
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  6. I’ve never been to an auto show like that one, but I have been to a few classic car shows, and those are pretty fun. Thanks for including me.
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