Why You Shouldn’t Hate Taxes

As many of you know, I grew up poor while living in the States. Up until high school, I benefited from public assistance in the form of free school meals. My single mum’s job had to support the four of us. Her pay was less than my first internship while in uni. But you know who hated taxes? My mum. She, like so many others in her cohort, were convinced that taxes were evil, oppressive, and unfair. In the ’80s, when income tax rates for the highest earners were at 70%, she voted to cut taxes. But how much did she pay in (income) taxes? Zero. How much did other people’s taxes support her and our family? A lot!

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Your Loan/Mortgage Can Reshape Your Future In Unforeseen Ways

Upon graduation, many of my friends had big dreams to do good things in this world. They realised how privileged they were and wanted to use their knowledge and skills to help the less privileged. They wanted to help the needy, build homes for the homeless, or provide medical care to the disadvantaged. But after a decade, none of them did this. Why did they not “follow their dreams”, and what forces caused them to drastically alter their life and choices?

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Live For “Free” In A Condo? Here’s What Your Property Agent Isn’t Telling You

[This article is written by Timothy Ho, and first appeared on Dollars and Sense] If you have been thinking about buying a condominium, or are intending to upgrade from a smaller apartment, you may have met a few enterprising real estate agents claiming they can help you buy your “dream condo for free”. You may even have seen Facebook ads from agents that claim you can easily own multiple properties with little or no money. But just how genuine are these claims? (more…)

How to Fight About Money

Valentine’s day is often associated with courtship, roses, and chocolates. But are you and your soul mate destined for a long and happy future together? According to an article in Psychology Today, the “frequency of money disputes remains the single best predictor of divorce.” This ranked higher than other common fight topics such as child rearing, sex, household chores, and dealing with in-laws. Why are money fights so significant? And how can we have better fights discussions about money?

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Shop.com’s Get Paid to Shop Program

Cashback websites are becoming more popular. A shopper goes to a cashback portal, uses a referral link, buys an item, and then gets a percentage of the commission paid to the referrer (the company that owns the portal). To the consumer, it requires just one extra step – visiting the portal first to click through to the online shop. Everything else is the same. By now, everyone has heard of Shopback, but few people know about Shop.com’s Get Paid to Shop Program. Here are similarities and differences between these two cashback portals.

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