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 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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Apr 262010
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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Apr 252010
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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