Author Archives: Robert Brown

About Robert Brown

Robert Brown, author of Wealthing Like Rabbits, writes about the fundamental truths about personal finance. His entertaining approach to financial literacy makes learning about topics like interest, borrowing and saving money easy and fun.

Personal finance author David Bach is perhaps best known for his trademark phrase “The Latte Factor.”  In short, Bach suggests that by cutting out some of the small extravagances in our lives, like fancy coffees or lattes, people can save money for their futures, and with the power of compound… Read more

There are a few subjects in personal finance as controversial, or at least in multi-opinion generating, as the question of who, when, and how much to tip. Is a 15% gratuity the standard for a restaurant visit? Is it 20%? How much should you tip the pizza delivery dude? Your… Read more

When I was a kid I had a red yo-yo. In fact, I still have it and every once in a while, when the mood strikes me, I wrap the string around my finger and give it a whirl. It gives me no small amount of joy every time I… Read more

I’m always fascinated (and constantly amazed) by the things some people will spend their hard earned money on. A couple of years ago, Maclean’s magazine featured an article entitled “Life With Help: How Did We Get So Useless?” The article discussed the growing trend towards outsourcing the things in our… Read more

To be perfectly honest, it’s all Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s fault. It was just before New Year’s Eve last year when Gail tweeted out a query about New Year’s resolutions versus financial goals. Because I have a bit of a butter tart problem (admission is the first step), I tweeted back that… Read more

I like to think that I’m a responsible, respectable, law-abiding citizen. Or at least responsible and law-abiding. But I have to confess that I have removed most of the “DO NOT REMOVE” tags from the pillows inside my house. GASP! On occasion, I have totally gone wild and parked my… Read more

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I love weddings. I’ve been to a lot of weddings. Defying all odds, I even found someone willing to marry me. The Big Day There’s really no other occasion that compares with the pure joy and optimism of a wedding…. Read more

When my wife and I bought our house in the summer of 2001 it was in pretty good shape. the only things that needed updating were the kitchen sink (which was indescribably ugly), and the upstairs bathroom which was functional, but also in no danger of winning any beauty awards…. Read more

It stands to reason that if we want to be better at managing our money, we need to know where our money is actually going. That sounds obvious but like so many other things in personal finance what sounds obvious often isn’t.  Lots of people arrive to the end of… Read more

I’m a big fan of small houses. When I say small, I’m not talking about shoebox small, micro home small or even little pink houses (for you and me) small. I’m talking about what I like to call comfortably small, especially when compared to the 3,000 plus square feet McMansions… Read more