Four Real-Life Ways You Can Save Money on Food

Yes, you can save money on food, and no, it isn't all about giving up everything you like to eat.

There’s about a zillion lists of how to save money on food, because hi, food is hella expensive and not at all optional. You gotta eat, pals, no matter how frugal or On A Budget you are, but that doesn’t mean you need to eat the fanciest, most expensive food, all the h*ckin’ time. And I should know, because for a while, that was totally me. I was the person who spent $40 on meat to put in a stew. A stew. Literally, I took the meal that is renowned for being a cheap way to deliciously cook frugal af … Read More

Everything That Was and Was Not Worth Buying For Our New House

Exactly what was worth buying for our house - and what really, really wasn't.

We bought a lot of things when we moved, and only some of them were worth buying for our house, in retrospect. Which ones? Come on, you know I’m going to dish. And while we’re at it, I’m not going to sugarcoat it either: in the month that we actually, physically acquired our new house, we spent a zillion dollars. No but actually, we spent over $9,000, when a normal month rings in closer to… $4,000. So let’s call it $5,000 of house-related spending. Can we take a moment of silence for our savings accounts? I think it’s appropriate. In … Read More

“You Should Care Less” Is Terrible Money Advice

This might be the most terrible money advice I've ever heard.

There’s a lot of really great money advice that takes the form of people sharing things that they’ve done to save money, and using specific examples to illustrate it – I’ve given advice like that when I share the straight-up oddball things I personally do, like wearing the same thing every day and cutting my own hair. I like reading other people’s crazy stories too, because it opens my eyes to things that are possible that I probably never would have considered doing otherwise, but those stories can quickly veer from “fun, interesting story with some hefty associated savings” to … Read More

How to Budget for a New House (Without Giving Up Everything You Like)

How to budget for a new house without giving up the stuff you love

I feel like the catchphrase of a first-time home-buyer is “I had no idea that was A Thing,” so I’ve teamed up with BMO to break down some of the key things you need to know going into the whole buying-a-house process over the next few weeks. Of all the things you need to plan for when it comes to money, building a budget for a new house is so high up there, friends. I mean, realistically, this is the biggest financial decision of your life, and will represent a good chunk of your monthly spending for a looooong time. … Read More

6 Key Things You Need to Know About CMHC And Closing Costs

What you need to know about CMHC and closing costs

I feel like the catchphrase of a first-time home-buyer is “I had no idea that was A Thing,” so I’ve teamed up with BMO to break down some of the key things you need to know going into the whole buying-a-house process over the next few weeks. We’ve already covered how to get pre-approved for a mortgage, so you’ve got the biggest thing covered from a sheer dollar-amount perspective (it’s hard to out-expense hundreds of thousands of dollars, after all). Today, we’re going to talk about everything you’ll need to know – and pay for – to actually get yourself … Read More

Exactly How To Track (And Manage!) Your Side Hustle Income

How to track and manage your side hustle income

Pre-S: Some of the links in this article are affiliate links! If you have a side hustle, you need to know how to track and manage your side hustle income – because it’ll save you time, money, and so many headaches at tax time. You guys know I’m a huge fan of tracking your personal spending, because it’s legitimately the best way to get a hard look at where your money is actually going, and it’ll be insanely great at helping you manage your money. It’s no surprise that I’m also a pretty big stickler for tracking (and managing) your side … Read More