Can I do Calgary Stampede on the cheap?

Calgary Stampede on the cheap

Now that the 2015 edition of the Calgary Stampede has come to a close, I’m going to recap how I can help you get the most entertainment for you dollars.

For those of you who don’t know, the Calgary Stampede is a 10 day summer festival held in early July in Calgary, Alberta Canada.  Most towns and cities have summer festivals that honor a prominent member of their community that helped shape it into what you see today.  The Calgary Stampede is just like that, only honoring everything that could be related to cowboys/ranching; which were the foundation of life in Alberta. Although I’m sure stampede started off as mostly a rodeo and agricultural event, it has since swelled to encompass almost every facet of life. The Stampede now includes the rodeo events, x-games type events, a market place for selling mostly as seen on TV type products, a showcase for local Alberta visual artists, a talent search competition, several different musical performances at every level from beginning to professionals and a giant midway with rides, games and the largest variety of food you’ll ever see including for some reason the world’s most expensive hotdog and scorpion pizza…I know right, it got a little lost from its cowboy roots.

With over a 1.2 million attendees over the 10 days and dozens of concerts, and millions of dollars in rodeo prize money the cost of attending isn’t like most summertime festivals.  Downtown hotels which are closest to the Stampede grounds have an average nightly rate close to 300 dollars which is a 69% premium over the usual pricing according to Trivago.com. A bottle of water or a pop at most vendors on the grounds will cost 4 dollars. Needless to say food is also grossly inflated.

Basically the “Greatest outdoors show on earth” can also one of the most expensive outdoor shows on earth. But don’t worry! I’m here to help!

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Want to be entertained in London?

entertainment in london

If you haven’t read my first two posts on Historic things to do in London and Artistic things to do in London, then please check them out if you’re planning a trip.  This post will basically cover the activities I know of that don’t quite fit under history or arts and culture, just other forms of entertainment in London.

If you’re planning a trip to London that doesn’t revolve around a specific event, I’d highly recommend checking out what is going on at the O2 arena. Not only is it a large 20,000 seat arena that can host anything from concerts to sporting events, but it’s also one of the largest tents in the world.  It’s actually the tent that was built for the millennial celebrations and once it was over they cleared out the tent and built this stadium inside.  The cool part is that the tent is much larger than the stadium, so the “outside” of the stadium is built to look like different buildings.  Each of these buildings houses a different restaurant or bar, so if you find an event at the O2 while you’re in London, you can spend the entire evening there.  Go early and get some food before your main event and stay late at the bars for their live entertainment.

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Do you know your net worth?

Net Worth

What is net worth and why should I know mine?

Net worth is a measuring stick. It’s the way to tell if you’re in debt as compared to just have debt.  You can have debt, but still have an overall net worth that is positive, but if you’re in debt your overall net worth would be negative. Net worth is a financial measure which can be calculated by taking the value of what someone owns and subtracting what someone owes.

Net worth of course like most financial tools can be much more complicated but we’re going to stick with being simple.  So, how do you calculate net worth simply?

Net worth = Assets – Liabilities

First let’s break down assets.

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The best artistic attractions in London, England

Attractions in London - Les Mis

Now if you’ve read my last post on Historic attractions in London you already know I think there is an unbelievable amount of attractions in London, England.  In this second part of my three part series on attractions in London I’m going to touch on places and activities that are more artsy and cultural. So let’s begin shall we?

I guess if you were going to start anywhere on arts and culture in London it would be in the West End.  London’s West End is famous for its arts scene. It’s comparable to Broadway in New York City. From classic musicals like Les Miserables, or Phantom of the Opera to the new hits like Book of Mormon; there are around 40 theatres in the West end that house plays, musicals and comedies. I’d recommend seeing at least one performance here, they’re all on the high end of the budget scale, but this is basically one of two best spots in the world to see this much talent on stage.

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2015 Q2 Update – My Net Worth is up!

Net Worth Quarterly update

So how’d your first 3 months go?

Well my whole goal for the first three months of this website were basically just to get 10 articles up and then start sharing this with family and friends.  I managed to get the ten articles up in my first month, so that went a little better than I initially thought it would. Most of the articles were personal finance and only a handful were travel related.

After those first ten articles I started to falter a bit with them so I decided to make a schedule for myself, which is the current Monday and Thursday updates. This started off with one update on Monday and then I got some terrible news and life got put on hold for two weeks at the end of May. Once the terrible news started to turn around and things got back to normal I started back and have hit the 4(5 including this one!) deadlines I’ve set for myself since I started back.

I’m planning to keep up the Monday/Thursday posts pretty consistently from here on in.  So keep checking back for my

Wait, I thought this was a net worth update?

You’re partially right, for me it’s actually more of an update in general about this site.  A big part of it is the net worth to see if I’m continuing to increase my wealth as planned but also I’ll be using these updates to set a few goals for myself.  Reviewing your life and what you thought would happen over the next 3 months from 3 months ago I think will really help me achieve more in life, not just financially but in my career and personal life as well. But since you asked for it

ON TO THE NET WORTH UPDATE! BA DADA DAAA!

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Is there an end of historic things to do in London?

Things to do in London

Is there an end of historic things to do in London?

London, England is one of the biggest most historic metropolises in the world. Yes there are bigger, older, or whatever adjective you’d like to use to argue my opinion, but the fact will remain…no there isn’t an end to the things to do in London.

There’s just such a large population in London by the time you’ve tried something there’s two more places opened up to try something else. Sure this is probably the same for a lot of big cities, but this is my post and I’m going to talk about London. So here’s what I think.

If you’re going to London for the history, you’re going to have an eventful time. London dates back almost 2000 years to Roman times. To put that into perspective for everyone reading in North America, there are buildings in London older than your continent. No not the actual continent itself, but the discovery of it; the discovery of it by Europeans anyway. Native Americans clearly discovered it long ago by I guess just being born on it? But this is getting way off topic!

Things to do in London

The White Tower, built in the late 11th century. Shaming every North American building with centuries of history!

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Quick Update on things to come

Alright, so this is a bit of a cop out on meeting my goal of posts every Monday and Thursday, but I did add to the site and will be adding more in the coming weeks. I just wanted to make a bit of an update for those of you who are checking back every Monday and Thursday to see the new posts. So well here it is!

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How do I save money on a cell phone plan?

save money on a cell phone

How do I save money on a cell phone plan?

How someone can save money on a cell phone plan is a topic comes up a lot at work actually. Just about everyone has a cell phone plan and pretty well everyone I know has a data plan with it. These can get expensive, especially if you’re adding multiple gigabytes of data to your plan.  So how do you save money on a cell phone plan? I’ll tell you how I’m doing it.

Back in 2013 when my Blackberry Torch(I know, shameful but I loved the idea of the physical keyboards) started to act up I knew I’d have to get a new phone by the end of its contract term.  Needless to say the Torch was a bit of a disappointment after seeing the phones that came out only a few months after its release.  Although it was great to have a decent camera at all times and access to my email and an easy way to type notes or schedule my days, it froze much too often and was lacking in internet browsing speed. Read more

Have you ever been to a Gopher hole museum?

Gopher Hole Museum

Soo…Have you ever been to a Gopher hole museum?

That’s probably one of the strangest questions I’ll never be asked, which is exactly the reason I feel the urge to bring it up.  Yes I have been to a Gopher hole museum! As far as I know there’s only the one and it’s in Torrington, Alberta.  I’ve got to say it was one of the weirdest fun road trips I’ve done in Alberta since I’ve been living here these last 4 years.

Ok, since you brought it up. What the hell is a Gopher Hole Museum?

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How can Professional Athletes going broke help me?

How can Professional Athletes going broke help me

How can Professional Athletes going broke help me?

It’s no big secret that the majority of professional athletes are terrible at maintaining their wealth.  There has been plenty of coverage on it in the media over the last few years.  In April 2012 ESPN aired a documentary called Broke. The documentary interviewed multiple athletes, managers, analysts and  numerous others from a  variety of pro sports about the financial difficulties athletes face throughout their lives.  Sports Illustrated  also posted a popular article in 2009, How (and Why) Athletes go broke and more recently this topic was revisited by NPR.org and The Players Tribune.  All of these provide reasons on how and why athletes go broke.

That’s definitely interesting information, how can this help me?

Well that’s what I’m here to help you out with. There’s tons of information (linked above) and the documentary is interesting as well, but they’ll all take time to read and watch. So here’s my take on five things we can learn from pro athletes going broke. Read more

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