Yeah, that NHL labor dispute that threatened to eliminate the hockey season (for the second time in a decade) was finally settled, so they’re set to drop the puck and play out a half-season of hockey! Who cares, you ask? Well, if you love hockey like myself, you should. Here are three reasons you should give a puck.
The Unemployment Rate Will Drop
You may not give a damn that hockey is back, but everyone working the concession stands, ushers, security and everyone in between will be back to work. Some of these people work part-time and others full-time, but they all rely on the income to a large or small degree. Yes, the unemployment rate should drop as those who rely on hockey go back to work. Lastly let’s not forget all the new retail sales of hockey equipment, as its common to find any Canadians garage full of equipment from Goalie Monkey.
Short Season Could be Long on Excitement
The upside of a 48-game season? It’s the first time the Maple Leafs will be tied for first in middle of January…..probably since the 1999 season. The condensed season really does shake things up, though. Get hot for a month in the 2013 season, and you may find yourself in the playoffs. Either way, a short season magnifies the importance of each game and eliminates the tedium that a long losing season can bring.
Something to Watch other than Basketball
Don’t get me wrong, I love basketball, but equally as much I love hockey. Having the ability to watch both live and TV gives on the perception of never a dull moment – there’s a game every night. Sure, most NHL fans are pissed about the drama, but most will be back sooner than later – especially we Canadians, because let’s face it, hockey is not as popular south of the border. Finally, all NHL teams will go above and beyond to win your heart back. So, if you go to any or some games during an NHL season, you can be sure that for this shortened season you’ll see 2-for-1 ticket offers (NOT IN TORONTO), t-shirt giveaways, magnets, cheer cards, food and drink vouchers and lots of goodies in between. Basically, the fans have become that prettiest girl in school, and they’re trying to woo us – so make sure you take advantage!!!
Anyways, that was my hockey pitch….dull you say? Nope, not me, you’re the dull one my friend! :) But here’s something a little less dull….this week’s amazing personal finance reads. Enjoy!!
My Own Advisor – Virtually all the big retailers offer price matching, but is it worth it? If you’re looking for a positive impact on your wallet, price matching is quite worth the minor time vested.
Thirty Six Months – When most new bloggers start up a blog, the first mistake that most make is looking at their site as “just a blog.” With this mentality, they’ll be lucky to build up a subscriber base, much less a money generating website. Here’s how to market your blog like a startup – from a seasoned pro!
Canadian Personal Finance Blog – Every year when your birthday rolls around, there are things (financially) that you need to do or think about on your birthday. Bigcajunman puts together a list of eight things you need to do on your birthday.
Canadian Budget Binder – There are many lessons of life, then there are lessons of growing up.
See Debt Run -There’s no better time to create a budget than with the start of a new year. Here’s four steps to creating a family budget for the new year.
The Savvy Scot – So you’ve bought an investment property that needs some work done – what now? How do you make the most of your investment? Here are ten tips for renovating your investment property.
The Outlier Model – January is a great time to rack up some savings and set the tone for the remainder of the year. Even if you’re already living fairly lean financially, there’s always room for improvement.
Za Vas – A great feature story on Aida Muratovic who has appeared numerous times on the covers of the Slovenian FHM, seduced Bollywood with her looks, is the former Miss Hawaiian Tropic and has won the coveted title of Miss Universe Slovenia.
Passive Cleaning Income – I believe that there are far too few resources directly addressing nonacademic trials and tribulations that new business owners face along their journey. Here’s eight great tips for new business owners.
Financial Samurai – If you’re looking to become a landlord, one thing that you should always, always, always do is to refinance your rental property before it becomes a rental property! Here’s why!
Money Master Mom – How do you handle stress? I don’t handle stress well when I’m over tired, or under fed. Here’s a great post on managing stress.
Frugal Rules – Do you know the differences between mutual funds and ETFs? And which would be a better fit for her investment purposes? If you’re unsure, here’ a great post on mutual funds vs. ETFs.
Thanks for stopping by for this edition of Finance Fox’s weekend recap.
I’ll be having an amazing weekend hitting up the slopes and having beverages by the fire. Hope your weekend is equally as fun!!