Are air purifiers worth it?

My 6-year-old son Sam has a dust allergy and is mildly asthmatic, so keeping the indoor air clean is really important, especially during the winter months when the windows are always closed. Along with recently investing in some dust-repellent fabric blinds and a more powerful Dyson vacuum, I've been looking into air purifiers to see if they're worth the money....more

Is private school worth it?

I remember going to a dinner party a few years ago and talking to a couple who sent their two kids to private school. As good as the school sounded, I remember thinking, "Are you crazy spending upwards of $20,000 a year in tuition when the public system is perfectly fine?" (Note: I live in Ontario, Canada). I also thought about how I would rather invest that money in a post-secondary education fund for my kids....more

Cutting Christmas Costs

It sounds like the Christmas shopping season is off to a sluggish start this year, according to an article in today's Globe and Mail newspaper. Deloitte Canada's holiday outlook report found close to half of respondents (44%) said they plan to spend less this holiday season than they did last year. This is probably a good thing as the article also says that Canada's collective retail debt load has reached 146% of income. Ouch....more

We're not replacing last year's decorations, we're adding to them. We bought a house so we have ...more