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HELLO: My name is Kerry K. Taylor and I’m the creator and lone blogger here at Squawkfox.com. I started Squawkfox in 2008 as a financially fun newsletter for friends and have since been voted Canada’s Top Money Blogger by The Globe and Mail readership. Much of my traffic is from the United States, but I have readers around the world.

BLOGGER: Squawkfox is a fun blog with a strong focus on consumer smarts. I do the research and use mostly real math and scientific science to prove when something being sold is a bad deal. The results are often humorous, which is why so many of my posts are viral. I like to experiment.

CONSUMER EXPERT: I’m featured regularly in the media and on reality television as a consumer expert. I show people how to spend wisely and not get duped.

Popular topics include: budget weddings, cutting cost of groceries, student debt, all debt, sneaky credit card tricks, budget travel, smart money-saving consumer strategies, budgeting, banking, cooking for less, investing, shopping smart, holiday spending, cost of kids, buying a house, and why so many of us are broke. See my television appearances. Read my press.

SPEAKER: I speak on a number of topics ranging from consumer expertise to building a viral blog. Check out my Speaking Page for the details.

AUTHOR: My book 397 Ways To Save Money (Harper Collins Canada) really does contain 397 ways to save money. My next book will involve less tip counting.

FREELANCER: I’ve written for The Globe and Mail, MoneySense Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! Finance, Sympatico, LifeHacker, plus more, and some corporate stuff too. I freelance when the gig is great, so contact me (squawkfox@gmail.com) with your gig and tell me why it’s great.

LIVE, LOVE, LIFE: I currently live in Toronto, Ontario. I just moved from a an organic farm in rural British Columbia. I’ve also called Vancouver and Ottawa home. Carl is my husband. Chloe is my 2 year old daughter. Pivo is my dog. Our family budget is awesome.

Email: squawkfox@gmail.com

Love,
Kerry

Your two cents:

  1. dlm November 26th, 2011

    Long distance telephone charges:
    Telus has a new plan $0/month 5 cents per minute for North America and Europe. After an extremely frustrating telephone conversation (where I could find out nothing until I could tell them my account number which they had and Mastercard did not have since they pay Telus by an unaccountnumbered charge — another smashed phone) I located their Chat Support on Telus website and had extremely efficient service and am now hopefully hooked up for a $3 call instead of $150 for the same call! I will never phone the phone company again if I can Chat online with them. ps could not find your email so hope you see this here.

  2. dlm November 28th, 2011

    I take back anything good I said about Telus. The long distance calling was supposed to take effect in 24 hours; after 48 hours it was not working — couldn’t contact anyone to help. So we went with a Vox card for $10 with close to 1000 minutes — it costs about 2 cents per minute to call Europe so is less than half what Telus charge even with their spiffy new deal.

  3. TexasCat December 19th, 2011

    Hello
    I just found your blog – and I am so pleased. I was going to download a budget form and saw the Squawkfox.com so I came here instead. So glad I did – you have some wonderful information. Even at the young age of 67, I just love learning new things, especially about saving money! The one thing I haven’t discovered is: How do I sign up?

  4. CreditLoan December 22nd, 2011

    Folks, the book is awesome. “Squawkfox” does a phenomenal job explaining complex information quickly and clearly.

    The book is loaded with ideas and insight on how to stretch the might dollar.

    Thanks Kerry!

  5. Johnny Ancich January 20th, 2012

    Kerry, Are you single πŸ˜‰

  6. Kerry January 21st, 2012

    @Johnny I just got hitched. πŸ™‚ Here’s my frugal wedding story: How to get married for $239.00 http://www.squawkfox.com/2011/11/21/wedding/

  7. John Morin January 24th, 2012

    Hello Kerry !

    I think it would be interesting to know if we are really saving money when we do our own pastries. We just had our second child, and I had two months of parental leave, so I did a lot of cooking and baking and I had the impression that for pies, butter-cream cakes, strawberry’s tart, etc., it is actually cheaper to go even in specialized bakeries than to actually bake them at home… I’d be interested to have your take on it.

  8. kaye February 28th, 2012

    Can you make a make up product/ make up brushes and skin care downloadable

  9. Sherry March 10th, 2012

    Hi Kerry,
    I’m an enthusiastic new reader, and love your advice so much spreading the word to all that will listen.

    Purchased your book, know the Index & ETF investments I want to do with an O/L Discount Broker, but not sure how to begin. Have small portfolio of RRSP’s currently with an advisor, is it best to cash out completely and start fresh with O/L Broker, or will they transfer existing mutual funds to a money market fund and then distribute as I request?

    Love our new frugal lifestyle…thanks for all the advice, support and encouragement!

  10. jen March 10th, 2012

    Your blog is full of good ideas, and I was especially excited to find out that you are from Calgary! I’ve moved to Richmond since, but I will always consider myself a transplanted Calgarian.

    Congratulations on all of the success. It’s well-deserved. πŸ™‚

  11. Lynera March 11th, 2012

    Welcome to the world Chloe πŸ™‚

  12. Natalie June 29th, 2012

    Kerry,

    Great blog! Your stories are well written and very insightful for Canadians trying to figure out money and finances. I am a loyal reader.

    Natalie

  13. Francoise July 3rd, 2012

    Hi Kerry, I just came across your site last week. Can’t remember where I was. Online, that is. I was at my desk. I can’t see anywhere, however, to sign up for emails. I can get distracted here at work and would like to get an email for every post. That way, if it’s interesting, which it will likely be, I can click over to your blog.
    Am I missing something?

    Great stuff, by the way. Smart and funny. Always a good combo.

  14. Allison September 21st, 2012

    Hi Kerry!
    I couldn’t find a convenient place to leave a comment, so I just wanted to let you know that I just saw your segment on the Global Toronto Morning Show and you were awesome! So well spoken and you seemed so comfortable πŸ™‚
    You’re great – thanks for all you do!

  15. Michaella September 27th, 2012

    I love your blog because it covers a wide range of topics and therefore adresses to people with different needs and tastes. Moreover, articles are well-written, easy to read and often funny. You are right, saving can occur in daily activities and it is our responsibility to decide which stuffs are really essential to our comfort. Thanks for all those useful tips.

  16. Michelle September 30th, 2012

    Hi Kerry!

    I just found your blog and am loving it! You have a unique sense of humor that had me in stitches (I also couldn’t stop reading your blog). You’ve got a lot of really great tips on your site. I loved the Starbucks Frappucino post and quitting your cable company. I’ve had the cable company experience and you’re right on the mark. I have fun when the duct cleaning companies call me, I tell them I don’t own a house (used to) and it confuses the heck out of them. Usually ends in…oh, ok..click. I’m usually the one hanging up before the conversation is over! Keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

  17. Ryan C. Davis October 29th, 2012

    I was just looking up some articles for a school paper I’m working on and wanted to say thank you and add that you are a very lovely woman. I was expecting an older grandmotherly type considering the topic.

  18. Bonita November 15th, 2012

    Awesome site – after reading a few of your articles, I will definietly be sharing this with my friends who have just gotten married, bought a house and is looking to start a family….they can sure use some frugal tips!
    ……as such, I have just said to my boyfriend “Babe, I think we should become a frugal couple.” hehehe

    Your articles make finance and saving money, less boring and more upbeat. Awesome job!

  19. Marcia November 18th, 2012

    Hi – story idea for you – is Bulk Barn worth it? I assume it is cheaper b/c it is bulk, but am always surprised at how much I spend! You did a great piece on Costco vs. rest of world shopping – could you please do one on Bulk Barn?

  20. Jim December 25th, 2012

    Kerry,
    Dig your blog, you are a great writer. I really appreciate the post you did on free podcasts. I am always on the go, so listening to these podcasts on my iphone, as I travel makes sitting in airports more palatable. Thank you, I will continue to read your posts!

  21. Julia April 14th, 2013

    I really enjoy your writing Kerry.
    Thanks for all of the valuable insight, looking forward to new posts all of the time!

  22. April Sanders April 29th, 2013

    Kerry. Thanks for showing me what an excellent site looks like. I have turned my daughter in law on to your site as well. Great to meet you. April S

  23. Denise June 4th, 2013

    Hi Kerry,

    Love the info you provide! I once saw an article you wrote on how to use a local cell phone provider with your phone when you’re traveling…I can’t seem to find it anywhere! Do you, or anyone else know what I’m referring to? I’m headed to Oahu in July and want to stay connected for a reasonable amount of money!!!

  24. Connie July 15th, 2013

    Reading about your big move on Facebook. Good Luck to you, and to Carl & Chloe!
    I have to say I enjoyed and will miss the rural “flavour” in your posts. We see so much writing with an urban perspective (…yes I know that the majority of Canadians now live in cities) but I liked that you (probably without knowing you were doing so) were demostrating that one does not have to live in a major centre to be savvy and connected.

  25. Eena September 23rd, 2013

    Hi Kerry K.!!!!!
    Thank you, thank you for this blog. My boyfriend actually sent me the link to your awesome website and I can’t stop reading your posts.. we’ve recently signed-up for a free finance workshop at our church and while it’s practical it’s a bit hard to digest.. but coupled with this blog I totally get it– it’s like a wealth of knowledge with a side of humor. I’m a little sad I only discovered you now especially since you’ve been around since 2008!! πŸ™ All good, now I know and all is well. haha!

    Keep up the awesome frugal tips! ^_^

  26. laurie October 10th, 2013

    Hi Kerry, hoping I can speak to you about speaking at an upcoming event in Toronto. Can you let me know if we can speak about this?

    Thanks

  27. jenny October 15th, 2013

    Just stumbled upon your website a couple days ago. Your blog is addictive! It’s a habit I hope I don’t kick. πŸ™‚

  28. Odette November 28th, 2013

    Hi Kerry,
    I didn’t download the e-book “Insider’s guide….” upon subscribing, how can I download it now?
    Enjoying your website btw πŸ™‚
    Thanks,
    Odette

  29. JJ May 19th, 2014

    Kerry,

    I just read you costco vs superstore price review. Helpful stuff…thanks. And btw, I wanted to point out a spelling error on this page – “I just moved from a an organic farm in rural British Columbia.”

  30. Lizzy Crackle June 4th, 2014

    Wow, I am so impressed! I gave up on printable lists and blogs on these topics months ago bc I was finding so many poorly made, useless ones- but yours a great!! Thank you for putting all this quality work into your printables and Frugal Food & Fitness ebook- I definitely need to get your other ebook now! πŸ™‚

  31. Linda Barnes August 18th, 2014

    Was wondering what about the swiffer carpet flick do you have any cure for not being able to get the refills any more?

  32. Brent Richardson April 2nd, 2015

    I love your style and fun approach to personal finance and frugality! As a business person involved in the area of financial product savings, objectivity and coaching, I can certainly learn a lot from you and would love to collaborate with you at some point! πŸ™‚

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