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The start of a New Year has many of us setting goals and New Years’ resolutions that we may or may not keep. I’m not a good goal setter, and I’m even worse at sticking to my New Years’ resolutions. But last year I changed things up, and instead of a set of specific goals, I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do in 2019. Some of them were fun and others were your more common goals but I found framing it as a bucket list so much more motivating. I didn’t check off everything on last year’s list, but I went back to it numerous times throughout to year to track progress and make plans. Since it was a success, I’m doing it again this year. Instead of 20 BEFORE 2020, it’s 20 FOR 2020 bucket list. I know, super creative. I put a lot of…

For the past two years I’ve done my end of year round-up with a twist and it’s coming back for a third year. I couldn’t resist, it’s one of my favourite posts to put together, and not just because I make my blogging friends do the hard work! If you haven’t read my previous posts you should check them out: Volume 1 and Volume 2. So what’s the twist? Well, instead of me choosing posts from my favourite bloggers, I make them choose their own favourite post from the content they’ve published that year. It’s a fun way to get inside their heads and see what they like writing about. And spoiler alert: many of the personal finance bloggers you turn to for money advice actually love writing on more personal subjects. Oh, and they all doubt themselves and send me a back-up money post just in case. They are…

Winter is coming, and that means it’s time for bulky sweaters, blanket scarves, long johns, and comfort food. I love summer, but as soon as the weather starts to turn, I’m always more than ready to switch up our go-to recipes and start eating more soups, chilis and stick to your bones classics. Sound like your jam? Well, keep reading. I’ve got a two-week comfort food meal plan that will warm you up and keep you from ordering takeout. Delicious and budget savvy. Is there anything more comforting than that?! EASY OVEN FAJITAS In the summer, we grill fajitas on the BBQ, but you can get the same delicious flavour by roasting everything in the oven. The recipe is simple enough to make during the week, and it’s hands-off while you let the oven do its thing. SLOW COOKER TURKEY QUINOA CHILI WITH SWEET POTATOES AND BLACK BEANS I’ll be…

The fact that I’m writing this at the end of August instead of mid-year should tell you a thing or two about how my 20 before 2020 bucket list is going. This summer has really gotten away from me, and I’m one hundred percent blaming the weather. I don’t think I’m wrong to say that this has been the grossest summer I’ve ever experienced in Edmonton. Seriously, it sucks. I love this city and will stand up for it any day but I. Am. Struggling. Summers in Edmonton are usually spectacular. Mid to high twenties, sun almost every day and the odd thunderstorm. last year #yeg had 53 days with temperatures 25 or hotter in May/Jun/Jul/Aug. This year…we’ve had just 19 of those days. (could get 1 or 2 more next week) #yegwx — Josh Classen (@joshclassenCTV) August 16, 2019 So, what I’m trying to say is that you should…

If you are new to the personal finance universe, there are a few things you will learn. First, it’s basically the same as the Marvel Universe. There’s a lot of infighting and family drama, but at the end of the day, we all just want to save the world. Totally the same thing. The second thing as that we are mildly obsessed with phrases like net worth and cash flow. So what do those mean? Why are they important? And why are PF bloggers so hooked on tracking them? Net Worth vs Cash Flow: The Official Definitions To understand why they’re both important, you first need to understand what they are. Both are metrics for measuring your money, but they are for very different things. Net worth is the number you come up with when you add together all your assets and subtract all your liabilities. It gives you an…

I have a problem with food waste. Every Sunday I come home with a fresh batch of groceries, and I have to tackle the remnants from the week before. Anyone else know what I’m talking about? You open the fridge to deposit all the new goodies, and you’re faced with some sad looking produce that is bound for the trash. I hate throwing out food. It’s terrible for the environment, a waste of money, and makes me feel like a bad planner. But eliminating it has been an ongoing struggle in my house. I know we can be better, and sometimes we are, but it’s too easy to slip back into bad habits and rely too much on the garbage system. The Stats I know I’m not alone in this battle. It’s estimated that Canadians waste $31 billion in food every year, and 47% of that comes from us consumers.…