Category Archives: Personal Finance

This Year’s Grocery Tally

It’s January – time to analyze a year of grocery spending! This is the 8th annual 🙂 For new readers, we are 2 adults who eat vegetarian food at home, make our own meals, and eat out about once a

This Year’s Grocery Tally

It’s January – time to analyze a year of grocery spending! This is the 8th annual 🙂 For new readers, we are 2 adults who eat vegetarian food at home, make our own meals, and eat out about once a

The End of Cash

  2019…The year I stopped using cash. The evidence: I dump nickels and dimes into a coin bank. Last year, I accumulated $16 and this year, only $8. My bank no longer gives out wrappers for rolling coins. They have

The End of Cash

  2019…The year I stopped using cash. The evidence: I dump nickels and dimes into a coin bank. Last year, I accumulated $16 and this year, only $8. My bank no longer gives out wrappers for rolling coins. They have

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

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

Mid-Month Update: Food Basket Challenge

Stopping by for a check-in. Thanks to readers for looking up my weekly quick updates on the Facebook page! The first half of March went ahead as planned. We spent $137.26 in one shopping trip, and walked back a few

Mid-Month Update: Food Basket Challenge

Stopping by for a check-in. Thanks to readers for looking up my weekly quick updates on the Facebook page! The first half of March went ahead as planned. We spent $137.26 in one shopping trip, and walked back a few

Food Basket Challenge Kick-Off

Rom and I are doing a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We will limit our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal budget

Food Basket Challenge Kick-Off

Rom and I are doing a Food Basket Challenge for the month of March. We will limit our grocery budget to $340 for 4 weeks which is $42.50 per person per week. That is for food only. Our normal budget

Time for a Food Challenge!

  Recently I thought about starting a food challenge for the month of March. I wanted to do something based on the Food Stamp or SNAP Challenge in the US. You impose a grocery budget limit for yourself equal to

Time for a Food Challenge!

  Recently I thought about starting a food challenge for the month of March. I wanted to do something based on the Food Stamp or SNAP Challenge in the US. You impose a grocery budget limit for yourself equal to

I Was Financially Abused (Part 3): Conclusion

[Long Read] While I was going through it, I didn’t know I was experiencing financial abuse. DG proposed financial arrangements and I agreed to them for one reason or another. I thought of financial abuse as a “train wreck” situation,

I Was Financially Abused (Part 3): Conclusion

[Long Read] While I was going through it, I didn’t know I was experiencing financial abuse. DG proposed financial arrangements and I agreed to them for one reason or another. I thought of financial abuse as a “train wreck” situation,

January Sum-Up

January was a welcome month of hibernation. My out-of-house activities were work, fitness, grocery shopping and visiting parents. That’s it! In the few days after New Year’s, I bought 2 coffee and a muffin while I was at work. I

January Sum-Up

January was a welcome month of hibernation. My out-of-house activities were work, fitness, grocery shopping and visiting parents. That’s it! In the few days after New Year’s, I bought 2 coffee and a muffin while I was at work. I

I Was Financially Abused (Part 2)

Continued from this post In 1994, I moved from Saskatoon to Montreal when DG’s company was sold and his entire work unit was relocated. We suffered no financial setbacks from the move since his employer covered the costs, and we

I Was Financially Abused (Part 2)

Continued from this post In 1994, I moved from Saskatoon to Montreal when DG’s company was sold and his entire work unit was relocated. We suffered no financial setbacks from the move since his employer covered the costs, and we