Category Archives: Happiness

The CPP/EI Max Out Raise

Recently while looking at my pay stub. I realized I’m closing in on maxing out my Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) contributions in the next few months. So the question becomes what I’m going to do with my increased take home pay for the last few months of the year?

I thought about saving it towards my early retirement plan, but instead I think I’m going to bank up the money for something else. I haven’t decided what exactly, but it will be something for my family or myself. Perhaps some extra money for a vacation or a renovation to the home.

So why am I planning on spending this little pool of extra cash? Well first off I didn’t plan for it anywhere so it is just an unexpected bonus. I was already a good little saver early this summer when I got a small bonus from work and put it directly on my RRSP account. So I think it is time to get some balance and take this little ‘raise’ and spend it.

After all we can’t be good little savers all the time. It drives you a little crazy after a while if all you do is save. So don’t ever feel bad about the occasional complete selfish moments in your life. We all have them at some point.

Work to Live, Not Live to Work

Perhaps it is just me or have you noticed the vast majority of people have appeared to lost their minds around their jobs and their personal lives. We book every second of every day with things to do and people seem to forget how to sit down and relax.

Currently I’m out east and I was discussing some of my co-workers with one of local people in the office. I heard the story of the older gentleman with a nice office on the top floor. Basically he lives to work, he works on the weekend and late during the week. When he isn’t at the office he is constantly on his crackberry checking email. If you asked what he did outside of work he would give you a blank stare. My co-worker just commented how we would likely find the man dead at his desk one day. That is a sad life. Would anyone even mourn him longer than a second or two? Would his tombstone say, “Here lies X, he was a good worker”?

I prefer things a bit different. I don’t do overtime unless it is a make or break project that has to be done and then I only do the minimum required. I believe that being a dad is the greatest gift and challenge in my life and I won’t let anyone do that job for me. I believe the dishes can wait and the bed can be unmade if I get more time to play with my wife and kid. I believe the happiness moments in my life didn’t involve any money. I believe to truly make a difference in the worls I need to do more than write a cheque to a charity. I believe that people should stop talking and start listening to each other. I believe that people are more important that things. I believe that everyone should spend at least five minutes of each day in complete silence doing nothing. I believe in living over working.

What do you believe?

Long Weekend Plans

Today finally marks the start of the long weekend here in Canada. More importantly it marks the beginning of gardening season. So this weekend I’ll start planting the garden in hopes of getting lots of nearly free organic food starting in a month or so. Afterward I intend to sit down and do a lot of nothing for at least one day this long weekend (with the exception of turning on the BBQ and finding a cold beer).

So regardless of what you have planned I highly recommend you put down that calculator and make sure you get outside and enjoy yourself. After all we spend so much time here discussing money that at times I think we forget about making sure we have some fun too.

A quick reminder that I will not be posting on Monday due to the holiday. Have a great long weekend.