A month and a half ago I decided to cut down on splurging by making myself hit the pause button for a month on all unnecessary purchases- and I was going to be strict with the definition of necessary. Guess what? It totally worked. Confession time- somemost of the things I put on my 'want' … Continue reading Remember those lists?
Bread bread bread! I know that in this age where low carb diets are the be-all and end-all bread has become a bad word. Even in the FIRE community, bloggers who focus on health as well as finance seem to all preach the same tune- bread is bad. Not just bread, of course. All white … Continue reading Cheap Eats – 11/19/2017
Unless you were a scullery drudge at Versailles, you are probably faced with more luxuries that you don't have than you would at any other time in history. The internet has connected us to just about everything, and that includes easy access to a world of Pinterest-worthy kitchens, fancy cars, youtube channels devoted to people … Continue reading Pictures lie
I don't feel like rereading everything I've written here just now, but I may have mentioned that my husband's car is 11 years old or so. It has less than 140,000 km on it, so our plan was to hopefully drive it for another 5 years at least, maybe more. Well, that's not happening. Thanks … Continue reading The best-laid plans…
I bike to work just about every day. I'm lucky in the fact that my office has a secure bike cage, and enjoy the excuse I sometimes get that "Hmm, looks like it's going to rain soon. Guess I'd better head out now and work from home for the afternoon". Sometimes I'm a bit of … Continue reading Yes, I choose to bike instead of drive
One of the best ways to save money when grocery shopping is to go to farmers' markets and buy whatever is seasonal. Right now, since the main harvest is over (at least here in Canada), that means that we eat a tonne of squashes and root vegetables. Give it a couple months and most squashes … Continue reading Cheap Eats – 11/5/2017
No Spend November is an idea that I've seen referenced a few times on finance blogs. It isn't as well known as Movember or even NaNoWriMo, but seems to be picking up a little steam. The premise behind it is that for one solid month you cut out all non-essentials. Groceries, obviously, are allowed, but … Continue reading No spend November
Today I was going over all our expenses and income for the last month and got a nice surprise. You know how sometimes you pull out a sweater that you haven't worn since last winter and find a $20 in the pocket? Well, after I went through all our accounts and plugged in all the … Continue reading Embarrassing surprises
Today's menu is brought to you by poor planning. I've been eating too healthily lately. It's been really bothering me, so I thought I'd do something about it by making a big lasagna. I thought about making the slightly healthier butternut squash variety with the squash that's been taking up room in my fridge for … Continue reading Cheap Eats – 10/29/2017
Earlier I wrote a little about how I'd previously tried to take care of my future. Mostly that involved making money, seeing how much we didn't spend, and dumping chunks of it on our rental property mortgages a few times a year. It was a good plan, and helped us get further ahead than a … Continue reading So what is the new plan anyway?