Laurie

Hi, I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Kienlen; I'm a travel nut who has lived everywhere from Africa to Alberta. My husband Bruce and I are hunkered down in North Vancouver with our dogs Georgie and Tiffy, and our cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and have embraced the freedom! I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology from the U of A. I hope to hear from you below...

May 282010
 
7 Cheap Ways to Lose Weight and Save Money on Your Workouts

These are the cheapest ways to lose weight and save money on your workouts – because making money, saving more money, losing weight, and keeping the weight off are some of my favorite topics! Achieving goals isn’t about being rich and skinny (but wouldn’t that be sweet) — it’s about being financially comfortable and physically healthy. And that’s what

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May 242010
 
How to Overcome the Pain of a Bad Breakup and Be Happy Again

These five tips on overcoming the pain of a bad breakup will help you find happiness again. If you’re ruminating or obsessing, you won’t heal from the break up. You need to focus on health and recovery! These tips for overcoming breakup pain are based on questions from readers, who often ask me how to heal

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May 222010
 
Best Ways to Save Money on Summer Holidays – 7 Travel Tips

Your goal of paying off your debt doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a vacation! These travel tips include the best ways to save money on summer holidays, whether you’re going to Disneyland, Europe, or the closest lake.   Before the tips, a quip: “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed

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May 172010
 
Reach Money Goals Faster by Choosing Your Friends Carefully

Choosing your friends can help you reach your money goals faster – or stop you from reaching them at all! Your friends affect your financial prosperity, whether you’re paying off credit card debt, saving money for a home mortgage loan, or scraping enough money together to start your new business. These tips will help you recognize which

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May 132010
 
23 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Handle Money

If your kids weren’t born with natural money skills, don’t fret! These 23 quick tips for teaching financial literacy will help your kids learn good money habits and achieve financial goals. “How are learning to a ride bike and learning about money similar?” asks Karyn Hodgens, creator of KidsSave. “Both involve kids being ACTIVE participants.”

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May 102010
 
Harassment at Work – 9 Tips for Dealing With Difficult Coworkers

These tips for dealing with harassment at work range from exploring your options to collecting objective evidence that you’re being harassed. Here’s what one reader asked: “What tips do you have for dealing with sexual harassment at work?” asks Tana on my Dealing With Office Politics article. “I’m being harassed constantly by one of my coworkers,

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May 062010
 
Establish Good Financial Habits – 6 Ways to Make Money Saving Tips Stick

There’s a big difference between knowing about money saving tips, and actually turning them into good financial habits! These six ways to make money saving tips stick can help you achieve your financial goals … Before the tips, a quip: “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed

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May 032010
 
5 Ways to Save Money – From Frugal People to Financial Independence

What makes these ways to save money different? They range from tapping the brains of frugal people to allowing your kids to be financially independent! A small income or budget doesn’t have to slow or stop your financial growth. Before the money tips, a quip: “I have enough money to last me the rest of my

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Apr 302010
 
Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster - 5 Steps to Your Last House Payment

The faster you pay off your mortgage, the more money you’ll have for…whatever you want! Here are the steps we took towards our last house payment. “Focusing on paying off the mortgage has [several] benefits, both financial and emotional,” writes John Heinzl in “The Best Investment? Paying Off Your Mortgage” in The Globe and Mail.

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