I got a review copy of something called Travel Hacking for Canadians, written by friend of the blog Steven Zussino. I find he usually does pretty good work, so I knew he’d be sending me over something decent.

After a few days, I finally got the chance to sit down and have a look at it. I figured I’d spend about 20 minutes giving it the once over, and letting you guys know what I thought.

That was two hours ago. Hot damn, that’s a meaty book.

Zussino covers all sorts of interesting stuff, including:

  • The ins and outs of all the frequent flyer mile programs, including detailed analysis of which ones are the best deal
  • Some interesting ways to maximize the number of miles you earn
  • Ways to get hotel deals, including a guide to navigating the world of the Hotwire.
  • How to get the best bang for your buck when exchanging flights for miles
  • And even ways to go on cruises and get rental cars on the cheap
  • About a billion other things, all related to travel hacking

He goes into an amazing amount of detail for a lot of stuff. Not only will you know the best deals, but you’ll also get step-by-step instructions on exactly what you need to do in order to get them. The best deals are still reserved for Americans, but there’s still plenty of good stuff available for Canadians who are willing to jump through a few hoops.

Anyway, go check it out if that’s something you’re into. It’s a pretty valuable resource if you decide to jump into the world of travel hacking.

Song I like and therefore you should too

Song? How about a billion songs, back to back to back to back to back to back to back

To back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back.

Simpsons quote

Homer: Just once I’d like somebody to call me ‘sir’ without adding ‘you’re making a scene.’

Thing you should watch

I’ll tell you what you shouldn’t watch, and that’s the shopping channel. It’s like buying from the internet, without any of the benefits of buying from the internet.

I can’t embed this, because for some reason BNN doesn’t want people watching their videos away from the website (even though there’s more commercials than the TV), but here’s Benj Gallander on Market Call Tonight. His style is pretty close to mine, so if you like me then you’ll LURVE him.

Post you might have missed

We surpassed 800 posts a couple weeks ago, and the fine editorial staff here at Financial Uproar all decided to celebrate. I bought myself a nice pizza and then ate it in front of everybody. It was a good team building exercise.

Do you kids like Shark Tank? I hope so, because I once got to attend a taping and can assure you all that my behind the scenes look was very different than what you see on TV each week.

Nelson’s so funny

My Twitter wasn’t very funny this week. I will rectify that immediately.


Funny picture




Can you do my laundry?

Dirty word in Words With Friends

I played ‘sext’ and then I went ahead and sent a sext but it was to the wrong person and long story short I think my grandma is a little bit into me 🙁

If you want to play, my username is nelsmi and I will definitely be playing while on the toilet.

Babe loosely related to finance

I was going to feature an attractive young lady who is on Mr. D., but she has a lack of scantily clad internet pictures. She’ll never advance her career that way, that’s for sure.


So anyway, it’s Jennifer Love Hewitt on a cover of an unnamed men’s magazine. I was half tempted to track down the Amanda Bynes picture before I remembered that she makes actual serial killers look sane in comparison, and I’m not 100% sure that can’t be transmitted over the internet.

Time for links

I thought it was a good week for links, actually. Let’s take a boo.

Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the future of the music industry. And the thing is, it’s really well done. She makes a lot of good points that anybody who’s trying to build a business could benefit from. You all think I’m saying this because it’s Taylor Swift and my crush on her is both well-documented and creepy as all hell, but I would read a blog or a book she wrote about business.

Want to make a pretty easy retro game console that has all your old favorites? I want to, which is why I’m including the link. That way I can find it when I throw up my hands and hire a nerd to do it for me.

A Morningstar analyst thinks the Canadian real estate market could fall 30%. MacLeans has all the words for your brain.

Most people don’t have enough material for one good blog. Robb Engen is a (sex) machine in comparison. His new blog called Earn Save Grow is every bit as good as his old one, (Boomer and Echo) which you might remember from EVERY. SINGLE. LINK DUMP. This week, Robb talks about how multiple income streams are better than an emergency fund.

Over at My Pennies My Thoughts, Janine points out how stupid it is to own a home in your early-20s. As someone who bought his home in his mid-20s, I wholeheartedly agree. It ended up working out okay for me, but people who buy now and then have to move in a few years are going to be in for a world of hurt.

And finally, you know how some of you think you’re Warren Buffett and you want to buy cheap, good quality stocks and hold them forever. I might not agree with the hold forever thing, but if there’s a stock out there that you want to do that with, it’s Whole Foods. Old School Value has all the reasons why.

Have a good week everyone.

Tell everyone, yo!