P.E.P. for the Week of February 7-11/11- Valentine’s Kiss Edition

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With Valentine’s Day making it’s appearance next week, I thought it would be fun to talk about the kissing part of the holiday. You see, it doesn’t matter how you decide to celebrate it, whether you stay at home or go out, but one thing is for sure…kissing. Today I have a list of 10 different kisses you can try with your partner. I am telling you, this is going to be the most fun you have had in  a while. You can try one or all ten; it’s up to you.

  1. Ice kiss: celebrate winter with an ice kiss. Put an ice cube in your mount until your mouth becomes cold. Remover the cube and plant a big kiss on your partner. It is sure to send a thrilling chill.
  2. Electric shock kiss: Shuffle your feet furiously on carpet until they become quite warm. When you both have an electric charge, lean over and slowly aim for each other’s lips. With your lips about one-half inch apart, move in even slower until a spark jumps between the two of you. Instantly after this happens, kiss one another. Talk about reigniting that spark.
  3. Hershey’s Kisses kiss: Prepare a small bag of Hershey’s Kisses and slip it into your loved one’s purse, briefcase, or lunch kit. Attach a note that reads “Sorry, I can’t be there in person, but think of me and do the following: close your eyes and place the candy between your lips. Drop the candy in your mouth and roll it on your tongue until it melts.
  4. Morse Code kiss: Using a Morse code chart, use long and short kisses to spell out a message to your loved one and try to have them decipher it.
  5. Shopping Cart kiss:  Turn your shopping list into a scorecard the next time the two of you go shopping. The one who finds the item gets credit toward one kiss. Kisses are collected either on delivery to the grocery cart, or later at home.
  6. Kissing meter kiss: We have parking meters, so why not kissing meters? Turn a box into your own kissing meter and wear it around your neck. Give your loved one kissing tokens to start your kissing meter. Have an “expired” sign appear when you need another kiss.
  7. Bad habit kiss: Offer to stop a bad habit if your loved one will pay you kisses. For instance, a kiss for each cigarette not smoked, putting the toilet seat down, and/or every phone call kept under three minutes is rewarded with a kiss.
  8. Rendezvous kiss: With a note or phone call, tell your loved one to meet you at a certain place and time (e.g. park bench, street corner, ice cream stand) for a present. When your loved one arrives, have a bow stuck to your lips.
  9. Pink Panther kiss: Humming the Pink Panther theme, prowl toward your partner. On the high note, pounce and pucker.
  10. Play Dirty Word Scrabble: Play Scrabble with your partner using dirty words or innuendos that will act out later that night. Each dirty word that gets placed on the board is good for 10 extra kisses.

And now on to the PEP’s of the week.

Managing Money

The Canadian Personal Finance Blog shares with us 10 lists he hopes none of us follow when it comes to our money management. I must say, none of these 10 things have entered my mind.

Realized Returns compares the the different tax filing software that is available to Canadians. What a great resource. We used Ufile last year and will use it again this year.

Canadian Dream shares with us the stages of personal finance. Where are you at? Me, I am between strategic spending and earning more money.

Frugal Dad reminds us that the war on debt starts at home and until we make changes there, we are never going to win the battle.

Cash Flow Sherpas share with us two quick ways we can keep more money in our pockets. I am a firm believer in diaries. If you don’t keep track of what you are doing it is very hard to go back and reflect on where you can make changes.

Buy Like Buffett asks if you would rather be rich or comfortable? I vote comfortable but that’s just me.

DINKS Finance talks about financial survival of the fittest. My money habits have definitely changed over the years. I do a much better job at managing my money and this has aided in my survival to this point.

Investing It Wisely asks how important financial balance is to us? I think very important.  If you are not in balance financially with your partner, your relationship is doomed. My hubby and I had to work hard at finding a balance when we first hooked up since we had different views on some things. Since we have made a plan that works for both of us, things run much smoother and we are both happy.

KNS Financial reminds us why we need to file a tax return even if we aren’t required.

Fabulously Broke wonders if you really can get rich off the lottery? I think my money is better put in other places.

Sustainable Life talks about what would happen if toilet paper went through the roof in cost. I would find out ways to use less and get creative.


Own the Dollar tells us how we can save $50 a day.

How to Save Money shares with us how shopping at Costco can save us cash. We shop at Costco for some things but we don’t get the majority of our goods there.

Million Dollar Journey evaluates Groupon. We have purchased a few things from there when they have been of interest to us. I also use Team Buy, the Canadian version of Groupon. I find the discounts great for date night activities.

The Saved Quarter tells us how we can save money on laundry. I have to chuckle about the irony of this blog’s name and the topic. I have been washing in cold water for years and never had an issue.

Squawkfox shares with us 10 ways we can cut cable. We are in the process of this right now so this post was very helpful. Sadly, there are less options for Canadians.

Going Frugal

Broke Professionals shares with us 52 date ideas that we can do for less than $10 each. Sounds awesome to me. I must admit that many of these things are things my hubby and I have done and they are tons of fun.

Financial Highway tells us how we can beat inflation with our food budget. We have all of these things on stock. I often put these items in the freezer to maximize their life span.

Money Crashers tells us where we can get free ebooks and audio books. This is an awesome resource since I have recently turned into a bookworm.

Stretching the One Income Dollar shares with us 10 ways to have a royal wedding on a commoners budget. From my own experience, any tips you can find on saving money on your wedding are invaluable. For those of you getting married this year, take a look. I am sure it will be worth your time.

Give Me Back my Five Bucks asks if frugality limits ambition? I had to give this some thought. I can definitely see how some could take it this way but I personally try to live more balanced. To me, being frugal is saving on the things that don’t matter and spending on the things that do.

Going Green

Passive Family Income shares with us 5 ways we can save on transportation. I am particularly passionate about this since I am big on limiting my carbon footprint. I personally walk to work every day which saves a bunch of money and gas.

The Greenest Dollar tells us how we can compost indoors, even if we live in an apartment. The cool thing is none of these options cost a bundle. We are fortunate to have room to compost outside but if we didn’t have the space, I would definitely try these methods.

Reducing Debt

Not Made of Money asks How Far is Too Far When Cutting Expenses? That’s a tough one. I do agree that time is money and we need to find the balance between the two. However, if you enjoy the activities you do to save money, then keep it up. For example, I have a lot of fun making our own cleaning and beauty products. Sure it takes time but I enjoy it.

Investing Wisely

Beating The Index discusses the Alberta Bakken, the next hot emerging oil play in North America along with potential star companies that stand to be richly rewarded in Southern Alberta and Montana. Part of me is toiling with this opportunity since I try to support greener options but there is definitely some great information here to be read.

My Journey to Millions helps clarify the difference between an ordinary dividend and a qualified dividend. It’s a shame, but the investing world can get quite confusing. Don’t feel bad though, there are plenty of us out there to help clear the waters for you .

Canadian Finance Blog breaks down the basics of RRSP’s. Just in time for tax season in Canada.

Young and Thrifty compares TFSA’s and RRSP as investment options. I think they both have their value but your age and job can be a factor in which one to invest in more.

Caring for Yourself/Others

Moolanomy reminds us to check in our progress with our resolutions. This is a great reminder for us to check where we are at and to make sure we are on track. So far, I am not doing too bad. We shall see what the next month holds though.

Sustainable Personal Finance shares with us how to stop smoking cigarettes. Being a health professional, I have to applaud SPF on his efforts.  I know how difficult it can be but keep up the fight…the benefits are worth it. Any you have any advice for him?

Life and My Finances shares with us 5 tricks that can help us get a new job. If you are currently looking to improve your work situation, give this article a read. I always keep my resume up to date. That way it is ready to go in a flash if an opportunity comes up.

Ultimate Money Blog shares strategies with us on how to prevent bed bugs. This is super helpful considering we are in a worldwide epidemic of these little pests. I am going to use some of these tips when we are on our trip in Asia.

Small Steps for Big Change talks about life as a highway and how we each travel differently. How do you travel? I am a go getter. Yes, it’s rare, but if I have one flaw it is that I plan too much.

Consumerism Commentary talks about financial motivation for getting in shape. I know people who have done this and it has worked great. For me, I actually enjoy exercising and find the money I save on health expenses is a bonus. Although, if I could find someone to pay me to work out I would.

Squirrelers talks about 12 ways we can be financially healthy. I totally agree that our physical health is a core component to the success of our financial health.

That’s it for the round up but before you go make sure to check out the current giveaways for your chance to win. Cheers and have a great weekend.


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