How to Survive Wedding Season On A Budget

Survive wedding season without blowing your budget by choosing one of these 8 budget friendly wedding gifts.

With the arrival of May comes the arrival of wedding season. And that means money; lots and lots of money. Sure weddings are expensive to host (the average cost of a Canadian wedding is $30k), we all know that, but they are also expensive for guests to attend. It’s estimated that millennials will spend an average of $628 for each wedding they attend. That sounds completely crazy to me! That number does include wedding-related events. It’s becoming more and more common to hold stags and stagettes in other destinations so that sways the average. Now it seems […]

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How To Talk Yourself Out Of Spending Money

Three tactics to convince yourself to stop spending money!

Do you struggle with reducing your spending even though you know you’re buying things you don’t need? I do. It’s something I’m constantly working on. I see something I want, and I have to convince myself to stop spending money. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Reducing temptations by staying away from the mall and not browsing online retailers in my free time helps. I’m like a kid that way. You know how they have parental controls for non-PG websites? I need that, but for Amazon (and Sephora and ASOS and Old Navy…) Without going completely offline, there […]

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5 Ways To Be The Boss Of Your Money

Take control and be the #boss of your #money with these 5 simple steps.

People have a bad habit of losing control of their money and letting it run their lives. I used to be bad for this. My money didn’t have a job. I would work, my pay cheque would get deposited into my bank account, then I’d freely spend until I ran out of money and did it all over again. I didn’t put any thought into what I was spending on and savings? That was for old people! I had all the time in the world to worry about grown-up stuff like buying a house and saving for […]

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Taking Down The Patriarchy One Tampon At A Time

Fighting back against the #pinktax and the #tampontax

Ok ladies and gents…we’re talking about periods and the tampon tax today. I feel like I need to put a disclaimer on that so if my Dad ever stumbles across my blog, he can stop reading. I consider myself a feminist, but there are specific details about my leak week that I’d rather not share with certain people. Clearly that’s not internet strangers! If you don’t like where this is going then feel free to bow out (but also realize that you might be part of the problem, just saying.) Recently there have been reports about the […]

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When Simple Is Better Than Cheap

When being #frugal isn't worth it.

I’m all for saving money, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find me winning any awards for frugality. What’s more important to me than saving a few bucks is keeping myself sane and happy. For me, that means my focus is more on efficiency. I attempt to balance both money saving and time-saving goals to do the best I can. It’s that balance between simple or cheap that is the most important. Sure, I could order take-out every night, hire someone to walk my dogs and clean my house, but if I did that, I’d end up broke […]

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Stop Feeling Cheated by your Bills

How to stop hating bills and remember what they really mean.

You know that feeling when you open your mailbox and just know it’s full of bills? Bills that fill you with a sense of dread. Maybe that’s a dated example. How about when you open your inbox on the first of the month to a long list of companies wanting your hard earned cash. It sucks right? Bills are the worst! It doesn’t have to feel that way though. It is possible to stop hating bills and make sure you’re appreciating the things you spend money on. Why do we think like that though? Sure, you might […]

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Why I’m Team Gift-Giving This Christmas

Choosing to participate in Christmas in a way that works for you.

To buy or not to buy…that is the question of the season. Every time the holidays roll around there is this debate about how much you should spend. There are the naysayers that don’t buy gifts and choose to celebrate in other ways. Then there are those who spend like crazy people and end up battling debt well into the New Year. And, of course, you have those of us who land smack dab in the middle, spending within their budgets, but spending nonetheless. Today I’m talking about how I find value in presents and also passing […]

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One Small Thing

Taking the time to make someone's day #actofkindness

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have now come and gone, and now that we’ve got that crazy out of our systems we can start to focus on the holiday good stuff. First, though, I want to take one second to humblebrag about how my Christmas shopping is officially done. Anyone else fully embrace Black Friday and Cyber Monday to finish off their Christmas shopping? Some may call that a personal finance fail, but those people are not me. If you need to buy something anyway, why wouldn’t you get it when it’s on sale? The bf and I […]

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Balancing the Splurges with the Scrimps

Where I Splurge and Where I Scrimp to Keep My Budget Balanced

This post is inspired by one of my favourite fellow finance bloggers, Lily from The Frugal Gene. She writes a recurring series about her frugal wins and frugal fails, and it got me thinking about how my own saving vs spending plays out. You guys know that I’m not going be winning any awards for my frugality; I’m a bit of a spender. I counteract those spendy habits by finding things I’m willing cheap-out on. Balancing the splurges with the scrimps keeps me on track with my savings goals while still having fun in the present. The Scrimps […]

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Travelling with Doggo

Jasper Road Trip with a Tag-a-long Pup

As many of you will know, I have a house full of pets. Two dogs and two cats to be exact. But one thing I’ve never done is take them on a trip. Finding a pet sitter can be a challenge but I’m lucky to have my parents nearby and they always take care of the gang when we travel. This year though, the boyfriend and I wanted to give travelling with pets a shot and packed up our easiest to manage pup for a weekend getaway to the mountains. Just one?! (Insert shocked emoji face here)  […]

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