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Carrick on money: How do you stack up financially?

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

How do you stack up financially?
Some ideas on how to grade yourself on how much you're saving, your debt level, your retirement preparedness and your level of life insurance.

Occupation: Nurse and frugalista
A Q&A with Katy Wolk-Stanley, a nurse who since 2007 has gone without buying anything new other than food and some items of clothing. You can follow Wolk-Stanley on her blog, The Non-Consumer Advocate.

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Splurgeworthy hotels
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They slice, they dice, they julienne
Ten household appliances with uses you never thought of. Clear a clogged toilet with your wet-dry vacuum cleaner, make poached chicken with couscous in your coffee maker.

More money
Join the 19,000+ people who subscribe to my Facebook personal finance community for talk about investing, retirement, real estate, banking and other financial matters. I'm also on Twitter.

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Personal Finance Columnist

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998. Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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