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Remember, no family is perfect. No one is perfect. A little family conflict may be unavoidable for some people. Unless it's gross mistreatment, try to skirt disagreements. Agree when you normally wouldn't, swallow a little pride and be more forgiving. It's only one or two days a year. And remember there are many, many people with no family at all. So if you have family, you already have a reason to be thankful.
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CPA Canada released a Summer Spending Followup Survey, which revealed that 42 per cent of those surveyed were essentially on-budget this past summer. What does this have to do with holiday spending? Quite a bit, actually. Those who fared better followed a few basic principles we might all want to remember.
This year will be my seventh Black Friday shopping adventure. And on Thursday, my shopping buddy, another friend and I will hit the 1-79 for Erie, Pennsylvania. Yes, that's right. We go to the States. Whether you're a Canadian hitting the new Black Friday sales here, or you're venturing Stateside for a touch of that madness, here's some advice from someone who has been there many times before.
TORONTO - Feelings of financial insecurity could overwhelm the Christmas giving spirit, pressuring Canadians to be more frugal holiday shoppers this season, according to a survey released Tuesday by D...