Statistically speaking, corner houses are burglarized more often than houses that have neighbours on each side. But common sense would suggest that because they're more visible, would-be thieves should be more visible as well.
We thought we'd pull together the pros and cons of corner houses, so you can decide for yourself. Click on the image below to launch a gallery of reasons for and against buying a corner house.
Payments that go directly to persons, to provincial and territorial governments, and to other organizations are called "transfers." Transfers are the largest category of government spending. They made up about 59 cents of each tax dollar spent ($159.7 billion).After transfers, the bulk of federal tax dollars went to cover the operating costs of the more than 130 government departments, agencies, Crown corporations and other federal bodies that provide programs and services for Canadians.
Government operating expenses such as salaries and benefits, facilities and equipment, and supplies and travel made up 30 cents of each tax dollar spent ($80.7 billion). Close to half of this spending-just under 15 cents of each tax dollar-went to just three organizations: National Defence, Public Safety Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.
Finally, the last 11 cents of each tax dollar is spent on interest payments on the national debt.
Currently, 75% of this debt is owed to Canadians, including citizens and domestic institutions holding federal bonds, Treasury bills and other forms of the debt.
Here are the 10 areas where the greatest percentage of income tax revenues gets spent:
And the love affair intensifies whenever a new edition of its Roll Up the Rim contest is rolled out.
The latest Roll Up the Rim starts up again on February 18, so we thought it was time to ask: how much do you really know about this iconic coffee-and-doughnuts chain and its ridiculously popular contest? Test your knowledge by taking our pop quiz. Highest scorer buys the Timbits (kidding!)
"When consumers fail to properly maintain their vehicles, the resulting repair costs dwarf the money that could have been budgeted to maintain their car," said Art Jacobsen, vice president, CarMD.com Corporation. "As a result, CarMD reached out to our ASE-certified Master Tech committee to confirm the top 10 most damaging mistakes drivers make. We believe this information will help consumers save money in the long run and plan better as they care for what is often their second largest purchase."
Here is a collection of some of the most egregious scandals to emerge in recent years. Few Canadian CEOs made our list, but we'd wager there are some that just haven't emerged yet.
It wasn't love at first sight. "When I first met Jack, I was terrified of him," Suzy Welch told 60 Minutes. Wetlaufer was forced to resign from the prestigious publication when word of her dalliance with Welch came out. She asked her bosses to spike her article when her relationship with Welch compromised her journalistic objectivity.
Jane Welch wound up getting her revenge. "When divorce negotiations stretched out, Jane Welch disclosed that Jack was getting sizable retirement perks from GE, including an apartment and the use of a GE jet. Welch agreed to pay $2 million a year for their use," according to USA Today.
The SEC later launched and then closed an investigation into the matter. Jack and Suzy Welch are living happily ever after, writing several books together, including Winning, and they co-host the Web-TV reality show It's Everybody's Business on Microsoft's (MSFT) MSN network.
Since the rules aren't always clear and tipping standards change over time, we created a primer to help you out. Click on the photo below to find out what to pay whom, and when.
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The answer is easy: budgets are hard to draft, and hard to live up to. Which is why so few of us can come up with a workable model that can keep our spending in line.
So it was a joy to discover that someone had actually simplified things to create a one-size-fits-all budget that anyone, regardless of net worth or anything else, can use.
The 50-30-20 budget was created by the eminently practical Elizabeth Warren. You might've heard of her. She was a Harvard bankruptcy professor recently elected to the US Senate. In 2011, Warren and her daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi wrote a terrific book called "All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan," a book that should be required reading for every high school student in Canada. They've come up with a fool-proof way to create a budget that anyone can live with.
And the benefits outweigh the risks. Not only does regifting save money, it reduces landfill waste, and can actually ensure that a gift ends up with the perfect person who will actually use and enjoy it. That's a win-win-win.
Ultimately though, no one wants to risk offending a loved one. So just make sure they never know, by following our regifting tips so you know how to do it right:
There are plenty of categories to choose from - travel gear; gift cards for Birks, Holt Renfrew and others; fashion and jewelry; and our personal favourite: Money Can't Buy.
To illustrate just how broad the selection is, we put together a gift gallery drawing from some of the coolest categories on the site.
It's never easy knowing where to start when it comes to buying gifts for kids. Should you go with the tried and true, and give them LEGO, Barbies and other traditional favourites? Or is it wiser to go the easy route these days, and just add to their collection of video games?
In the midst of my holiday shopping, I was both surprised and relieved to find that Marshalls had 'hired' a bunch of little elves whose job it is to suggest their favourite toys to help harried parents with their shopping. Click through the slideshow to see what they recommend you buy this holiday season: