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Source: Common Domain

My sisters spend $2 on my ‘hostile’ Christmas gifts

Thursday 23:39 GMT

You can react, you can adjust your gift giving or you could continue buying gifts as if you received thoughtful gifts year after year.

Back to your letter: You could do what one member of the Moneyist Facebook Group suggests: “Your sisters have been sending you a message — they really don’t want to exchange gifts.

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Source: Common Domain

Think it’s cheaper to shop online Think again

Today 00:35 GMT

Most shoppers— 71%— believe they get better deals online than in stores, but it turns out online shopping isn’t as cheap as you’d like to think.

A remarkable 88% of consumers say free shipping makes them more willing to shop online, a factor even more critical than same-day shipping and simple return processes. Retailers push you to “spend just $7.67 to qualify for free shipping,” often encouraging you to purchase something you don’t really need all in the name of avoiding those pesky shipping costs.

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Source: DW

Italy makes 'serious and reasonable' offer to EU on budget

Thursday 20:56 GMT

"I'd love to see with what courage they could launch an infringement procedure against Italy's budget and not against France's," said Claudio Borghi, head of the Italian parliament's Budget Committee, ahead of Conte's trip to Brussels. Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Commenting on the claims of preferential treatment, EU's Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said, "The rules are the same for everybody."

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Source: DW

German opposition to probe defense minister over spending scandal

Thursday 16:20 GMT

Opposition parties in the German Bundestag have agreed to launch a parliamentary investigation into Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen's role in a spending scandal involving her ministry's allocation of lucrative contracts.

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Opposition lawmakers on the Defense Committee had complained that Suder, who quit the government early this year, had refused to speak with them over her role in the scandal.

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Source: Global News

London, Ont. teen to be prime minister for the day thanks to Make-A-Wish Canada

Thursday 15:25 GMT

He arrived in Ottawa with his family on Monday, greeted by the RCMP and the prime minister’s protection detail at the airport before checking in at the Fairmont Château Laurier.

He took part in a full day of activities on Tuesday, including tours of the Tactical Protective Operations Facility, Rideau Hall, a visit to the Musical Ride Branch and stables, and the prime minister’s aircraft. 3-year-old who fought leukemia gets circus wish, shares it with kids from B.C. Children’s Hospital. Anderson will spend Wednesday on Parliament Hill, receiving a special tour of Parliament and attending Question Period in the House of Commons where his name will be mentioned.

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Source: CTV

Canadian pilots to spend less time flying, more time resting

Thursday 15:25 GMT

Transport Canada is forcing airlines to give their pilots more rest and less time in the sky in an attempt to crack down on fatigue, which has been blamed for dozens of incidents involving Canadian aircraft.

Another change announced Wednesday will see all flight crew members barred from consuming alcohol in the 12 hours before they begin a shift, up from the current eight-hour ban.

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Source: Common Domain

The path to financial independence and retiring early, in one simple chart

Tuesday 04:15 GMT

The Four Pillar Freedom blog’s “Zach” created this chart to simplify what chipping away at your expenses could mean for your long-term prospects:. As you can see, the grid shows how many years it will take to hit financial independence based on your income and spending.

There are lots of moving parts to the FIRE movement — financial independence/retire early — but one crucial step toward achieving that coveted status is as easy to understand as it is difficult to execute: Focus on making the gap between your income and spending as wide as possible.

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Source: Global News

Friends, bosses and in-laws: How much should you spend on holiday gifts?

Thursday 12:41 GMT

It’s fun to receive holiday gifts, but giving them can be hard — especially when you’re unsure of how much you should be spending.

This is what you should do with common holiday items. Instead, it’s up to us to determine how much we will spend on family and friends. Here, experts share their tips on how to figure out how much you should dole out on presents for folks on your list.

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Source: Common Domain

When grandparents show their love through gifts, when’s does it become much?

Tuesday 09:54 GMT

Resident, a senior fellow at Generations United, said she’s seen other grandparents flood their precious little ones with gifts — maybe overcompensating for their own childhood or time as a parent — but that wasn’t going to be her with her Tampa, Fla. girls.

Nancy Henkin, 70, admits she’ll sometimes splurge on clothes for her seven- and 10-year-old granddaughters, but otherwise she runs potential gifts by her son and daughter-in-law.


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