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
No. Just, No. Bad, bad advice, Barbara Corcoran. No. Buzzfeed recently interviewed Corcoran while she was promoting a "woman's empowerment initiative*". Most of the article was generic, forgettable advice, until this section: What are the biggest mistakes women make with their money? BC: They don’t spend it. And I know that’s counterintuitive. I am not a … Continue reading No.
I'm a sucker for skincare products. I don't wear a lot of makeup, and my hair gets cut at First Choice Haircutters three times a year, but I fully admit to having splurged on skin-care impulse buys on many occasions over the year. I'd read a comment somewhere referencing a product, look it up on … Continue reading When a sale is costing you money
It's a fair question. The Internet is swimming with finance and FIRE blogs who probably offer better advise than I can (after all, that’s where I got a lot of my inspiration). I certainly and obviously know nothing about web design. So why write about it? A large reason is to hold myself accountable. I'm … Continue reading So why am I blogging?
There seems to be a general feeling on a lot of FIRE sites and forums that people who don't commit to saving and achieving FI are suckers for not ducking out of the rat race as soon as possible. Sometimes the attitude is almost vicious, like they want to point and say "Look at those … Continue reading Determining priorities
To buy or not to buy. That really is the question. Smarter minds than mine have argued about this, and probably will for ages to come. We're dealing with a number of repairs that surprised us this summer, so I've been thinking about this question a lot and wondering if we really should have kept … Continue reading The Mortgage Question
Ok, so as of like three days I was all full of self-control and willpower and all fired up to not spend a thing on personal items for a month. Go me! That lasted... a full day. One day later, a phone call with Amazon to correct a billing issue resulted in a $6 credit … Continue reading My weaknesses
I've decided I'm going to write weekly about the meals I cook ahead for lunches and dinners, since a) who knows, some day someone may read this and find inspiration, b) it will keep me accountable, and c) I'm the worst at remembering things I made in the past that worked since I go months … Continue reading Cheap Eats
I've decided that I don't get to buy anything anymore that I can't prove I've given a lot of thought to. How am I going to do that? Lists! I know- I can't think of anything less deserving of an exclamation mark. Still, anything that helps me be more organized is awesome, and this will … Continue reading Lists