Laurie

I live in Vancouver, BC with my husband Bruce, my dog Georgie, and my cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and we've made peace with it. I'm an introverted writer and morning lark! I love school, wine, animals, God, and my Quips and Tips blogs.

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10 Ways to Get Luckier in Life and Love

10 Ways to Get Luckier in Life and Love

Written by on May 14, 2010 in Inspirational Tips, Motivation Tips, Success Tips with 2 Comments

Hard work will help you achieve your life goals, and a little luck can’t hurt! These ways to be luckier at work and in your love life will help you learn how to be lucky… because good luck is a skill that can be developed. Before the tips, a quip: “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. […]

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23 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Handle Money

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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Harassment at Work – 9 Tips for Dealing With Difficult Coworkers

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

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

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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Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster – 5 Steps to Your Last House Payment

Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster – 5 Steps to Your Last House Payment

Written by on April 30, 2010 in Debt & Debt Payment Tips, Mortgage Loan Tips with 9 Comments

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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5 Tips for Sticking to Your Budget

5 Tips for Sticking to Your Budget

The first step to financial freedom is sticking to a household budget, because it helps you control your money (as opposed to your money controlling you). If you can’t stick to your budget, give these tips a try — they’ll help! Before the tips, a quip: “It is pretty hard to tell what does bring […]

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Giving Teens an Allowance – Money Management Tips for Parents

Giving Teens an Allowance – Money Management Tips for Parents

These tips for giving teens an allowance are from a money expert whose job revolves around giving money management tips to parents and kids! A parent asked me about giving her 13 year old teenager $50 a week for an allowance. Since I’m no expert on teens and money management, I asked the creator of KidsSave for […]

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Stop Mindless Munching – 9 Tips for Healthy, Mindful Eating

Stop Mindless Munching – 9 Tips for Healthy, Mindful Eating

It’s easier than you think to stop mindless munching – but you do have to think! Chew on these tips for mindful eating; you’ll slim down and feel great about your size and shape. Before the tips, a quip: “Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” ~ Hannah More. Instead […]

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5 Ways to Make Work Better – From Lava Lamps to Self-Awareness

5 Ways to Make Work Better – From Lava Lamps to Self-Awareness

Written by on April 19, 2010 in Career, Workplace Tips with 4 Comments

These tips for making work better begin with lava lamps and end with self-awareness – and they will make work better for you by increasing job satisfaction, helping you enjoy your workday, and solving problems at work. “Getting a promotion at work is not as great as many people think,” says Chris Boyce, an economics and […]

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