Tag: Finances

What We’re Reading: ‘By the numbers’ edition

What We’re Reading: ‘By the numbers’ edition

| July 30, 2010 | 7 Comments

Each Friday, we share those sites and articles—those interesting links—that we are currently reading or have recently read.

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Managing day-to-day spending on the road

Managing day-to-day spending on the road

| July 8, 2010 | 19 Comments

ATM use is much more practical and, in our opinion, the way to go. In order to manage your budget—and for added security—we recommend using a two-account system.

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It’s here! The New SPG Credit Card from American Express

It’s here! The New SPG Credit Card from American Express

| March 31, 2010 | 2 Comments

First impressions on the new Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express—now in Canada!

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An all-new SPG Credit Card from American Express for Canadians

An all-new SPG Credit Card from American Express for Canadians

| December 17, 2009 | 5 Comments

The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program and American Express are pleased to announce a new Credit Card for Canadian residents

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A new SPG credit card for Canadians forthcoming!

A new SPG credit card for Canadians forthcoming!

| December 3, 2009 | 1 Comment

According to Starwood, the new card is expected in Canada within the first few months of 2010.

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Rent or Sell? The Optimal Decision for Homeowners Turned Vagabonds

Rent or Sell? The Optimal Decision for Homeowners Turned Vagabonds

| October 5, 2009 | 53 Comments

Can the life of a vagabond be reconciled with that of a homeowner? Even a consummate vagabond like the “good gray poet” Walt Whitman was himself a homeowner…

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Saving For a Round-the-World Trip

Saving For a Round-the-World Trip

| September 24, 2009 | 32 Comments

Saving for such a substantial investment in one’s self usually means making significant changes in the way one think’s about savings and the areas where one spends the most.

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Constructing a savings plan for your travel fund

Constructing a savings plan for your travel fund

| September 22, 2009 | 6 Comments

Not unlike planning a round-the-world itinerary, saving for travel is a dynamic process that requires regular monitoring and reevaluation.

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Budgeting for the return home

Budgeting for the return home

| September 21, 2009 | 49 Comments

How much should one budget for the return home? It’s a question often asked and the advice is disparate.

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MBNA SPG MasterCard Discontinued!

MBNA SPG MasterCard Discontinued!

| September 2, 2009 | 1 Comment

As of August 31, 2009 SPG will no longer offer the SPG MasterCard from MBNA in Canada. Rumour has it that SPG will continue its relationship in Canada, but it is unknown as to who the credit card issuer will be.

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Canadians Bid Goodbye to Truly Global Chequing Account

Canadians Bid Goodbye to Truly Global Chequing Account

| August 6, 2009 | 5 Comments

Bad news for Canadian independent travelers—Citizens Bank has just announced it is exiting the retail banking business.

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Buying into a tourist trap? Reward programs revisited

Buying into a tourist trap? Reward programs revisited

| July 22, 2009 | 4 Comments

Chua, over on THINKChua, takes a look at travel credit cards, citing our post on choosing a travel rewards program as well as well as Tim Morrison’s post on why he uses the Starwoods Amex and Schwab Visa Cards as his primary credits cards. Their concusion? Travel rewards programs are a trap—and define you as a tourist.

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Choosing a travel rewards program

Choosing a travel rewards program

| July 3, 2009 | 10 Comments

Starwood runs the Sheraton, W and Westin chains, among others, but its array of branded credit cards give you a lot more in the way of options for redeeming points than just hotel stays.

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What is the best bank account for a Canadian to have on a round-the-world trip?

What is the best bank account for a Canadian to have on a round-the-world trip?

| July 1, 2009 | 25 Comments

Citizens Bank is an online national bank; it is the first Canadian bank to offer a no-fee, easy to use account with no ATM fees worldwide. At other banks, you might be required to pay as much as C$5 per transaction when you use your ATM card outside the country. With a Citizens Bank Global Chequing Account, however, that fee is zero. Well almost.

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