Life Update – August 2019

I haven’t posted the usual monthly updates on my quiet little life this year. Time for a catch-up! I last posted about daily life in January. For January and February, we hibernated – no spending or out-of-home entertainment. It helped

Life Update – August 2019

I haven’t posted the usual monthly updates on my quiet little life this year. Time for a catch-up! I last posted about daily life in January. For January and February, we hibernated – no spending or out-of-home entertainment. It helped

New Budget Tracker

[This is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links] I was looking for a personal finance app for ages. Nothing quite met my needs. I’m an advanced user when it comes to budgeting software. In theory, if

New Budget Tracker

[This is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links] I was looking for a personal finance app for ages. Nothing quite met my needs. I’m an advanced user when it comes to budgeting software. In theory, if

Reading Down the House Has Resumed!

Last November, I started a new round of Reading Down the House, an attempt to read the big stack of unread books I had at home. I bought 8 of them and 2 were from a friend. The other 20

Reading Down the House Has Resumed!

Last November, I started a new round of Reading Down the House, an attempt to read the big stack of unread books I had at home. I bought 8 of them and 2 were from a friend. The other 20

Naked Groceries

Maybe I just love a grocery challenge, but I’m fed up with plastic packaging and I’m trying to come home with less of it. I was so disheartened to hear about the contaminated loads of Canadian recyclables rotting in the

Naked Groceries

Maybe I just love a grocery challenge, but I’m fed up with plastic packaging and I’m trying to come home with less of it. I was so disheartened to hear about the contaminated loads of Canadian recyclables rotting in the

What Do You Owe Your Employer?

A recent post by Lucinda Sans got me thinking “How much is too much?” when it comes to work. What do we really owe our employers? Most people I know would immediately say, “A good day’s work.” But what does

What Do You Owe Your Employer?

A recent post by Lucinda Sans got me thinking “How much is too much?” when it comes to work. What do we really owe our employers? Most people I know would immediately say, “A good day’s work.” But what does

The Real Cuba

I visited a resort in a rural area of Cuba in April. The tourist experience was deluxe, but there were glimpses of the real Cuba. En route to the resort in a modern bus (manufactured in China), we passed a

The Real Cuba

I visited a resort in a rural area of Cuba in April. The tourist experience was deluxe, but there were glimpses of the real Cuba. En route to the resort in a modern bus (manufactured in China), we passed a

Tourist Cuba

In my part of the world, when you get sick of winter, you head for a sun holiday in Florida USA, Cuba or the Dominican Republic. Retired “snowbirds” spend several months in Florida; working folks choose a week or two

Tourist Cuba

In my part of the world, when you get sick of winter, you head for a sun holiday in Florida USA, Cuba or the Dominican Republic. Retired “snowbirds” spend several months in Florida; working folks choose a week or two

From Hotels to Homes

In the past 18 months, I’ve visited Toronto 4 times and stayed in 4 different Airbnbs. The bed-and-breakfast where Rom and I used to stay downtown has permanently closed. Their rate was about 175 CDN including all taxes. Before that,

From Hotels to Homes

In the past 18 months, I’ve visited Toronto 4 times and stayed in 4 different Airbnbs. The bed-and-breakfast where Rom and I used to stay downtown has permanently closed. Their rate was about 175 CDN including all taxes. Before that,

Food Basket Challenge: Whew! It’s Over!

[Long Read] Background Rom and I did a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We limited our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal

Food Basket Challenge: Whew! It’s Over!

[Long Read] Background Rom and I did a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We limited our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal

My Life in Food (Story of a Fussy Eater)

As a child, I didn’t like meat because of sensory issues. I didn’t like the look of the soggy red packages from the store, or the cooking pans full of fatty drippings. I didn’t like the effort of trimming off

My Life in Food (Story of a Fussy Eater)

As a child, I didn’t like meat because of sensory issues. I didn’t like the look of the soggy red packages from the store, or the cooking pans full of fatty drippings. I didn’t like the effort of trimming off