Road Trip 2018 Recap

Road trip through Drumheller, Yellowstone National Park, Sandpoint, Banff and Jasper

Anyone else find it impossible to get back in the groove after vacation? That’s so me┬áright now! I was only away for just over a week and then had a few extra days off work (brilliant idea past self) but I’m still getting back into a routine. As many of you will already know, the bf and I hit the road to explore a few new to us spots in Canada and the US. I will say I was a little hesitant to travel south of the border, but luckily everything went smoothly. We had the trip […]

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Why You Should Start Planning for Christmas Now

Did I just say Christmas? Yes, yes I did. You’re probably saying ‘TOO SOON SARAH’, and I get it, trust me. Summer has hardly even started, and I already want you to start thinking ahead to winter…gross! But that doesn’t mean I’m not right. Christmas can be hella expensive, but planning ahead can save you time, money and stress. So yes, we’re talking Christmas planning today folks. I have been the person frantically running around the mall the week (the day) before Christmas attempting to grab some not terrible gifts. Usually, this happens because I was unprepared […]

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Cruelty-Free Beauty Products That Won’t Break the Bank

Looking for affordable cruelty free makeup? Here are five brands that are animal friendly, high quality and good bang for your buck.

I enjoy all things beauty. I like to experiment with make-up, wear nice clothes, indulge in skincare, and nurse my hair through frequent colouring and heat styling. The problem? It can sometimes be a challenge finding products that not only work but also fit into my budget and align with my morals. That’s right; we’re talking about beauty and morals. My inner animal lover is coming out full force today. I don’t abstain from animal products; I still eat meat and wear leather, but I don’t agree with animal testing. I’m a human, and I want the […]

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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┬áit 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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