How to successfully live within your means

How to successfully live within your meansMore often than not, humans are guilty of lacking the financial discipline they need to manage their finances and live within their means successfully. Instead of striking a careful balance between cash inflow and outflow, we, most times, try to focus more on things we need. And eventually we go out of our ways to get them,…

Cable Wrangler corrals your cables in place

It ranks so high on the usefulness scale and is so simplistic, it’s a wonder it wasn’t invented sooner

Cable Wrangler corrals your cables in placeSilk’s Cable Wrangler is a nifty gadget designed to magnetically keep cables in place on your desk or night table. It ranks so high on the usefulness scale and is so simplistic, it’s a wonder it wasn’t invented sooner. It looks somewhat like a pincushion with a solid rubberized base covered with a funky fabric.…

Sage budget advice for Albertans coping with a sluggish economy

Grant Thornton insolvency trustee Freida Richer: ‘If there's no room in the budget, don’t spend’

Sage budget advice for Albertans coping with a sluggish economyFreida Richer is a licensed insolvency trustee with Grant Thornton Limited. Calgary’s Business: What’s the state of consumer debt in Alberta these days? Richer: As of June 2018, Albertans continued to carry the highest average consumer debt in the country, excluding mortgage debt, at $28,155. Although it’s moving in the right direction, the economic recovery…

Universal docking station udoq puts all your devices in their place

You can get one off the shelf configured for Apple or Android, or have one fully customized

Universal docking station udoq puts all your devices in their placeMost people have so many gadgets to charge, wouldn’t it be nice if they could all be lined up in one place, without all the chaotic cable clutter? Germany's Marcus Kuchler, a 25-year product design veteran, and a team of 10 engineers worked for three years to create udoq, a universal docking and charging station.…

Quality sound for a modest price

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers offer functionality and high-fidelity in a retro package

Quality sound for a modest priceSpeakers come in all shapes and sizes. And you don’t need to look far to find some pretty far-out designs. But if you’re in the market for a new high-fidelity pair with a retro flair, the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers would be a good bet. The R1280T keeps with the traditional bookshelf design: a…

The best wedding fits the family budget

Tailor your wedding budget to ensure your family and friends can actually afford to be there

The best wedding fits the family budgetDownload this column on planning a wedding for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use CALGARY, AB Jul 20, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Celebrations – birthdays, marriages, christenings, graduations – used to bring families together. These days, they are just as likely to cause discord and financial stress. Weddings,…

How to look good for less

Don’t get shaved on your haircuts

How to look good for lessDownload this column on ways to look good for less for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use CALGARY, AB Jul 8, 2015/ Troy Media/ - I remember it well. Back when I was flush with cash – or wanted the world to think I was – I forked…

Turning cutting corners into an adventure

Living within your means can be fun

Turning cutting corners into an adventureDownload this column for your publication or website CALGARY, AB Jun 5, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Have you ever thought that paring your budget meant giving up on travelling to places you haven’t been to before? Gritted your teeth and grimaced as you sat down to pare fun from your cost of living? Worried that…

Sewing your way to savings

But be warned, the costs can add up

Sewing your way to savingsPurchase Sewing your way to savings CALGARY, AB, Mar 28, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Can sewing your own stuff save you money? The short answer is, ‘maybe.’ Let’s look three scenarios to see where sewing cuts costs. Scenario One: You’re scanning for deals in a designer clearance outlet, hoping to spot a new winter coat…
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