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

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

Reading Down the House – Book Reviews

I started strong with Reading Down the House, my effort to read the unread books piling up at home. Since November, I’ve read 9 of the 30 books on my shelf. I made sure not to read all the sparkly

Reading Down the House – Book Reviews

I started strong with Reading Down the House, my effort to read the unread books piling up at home. Since November, I’ve read 9 of the 30 books on my shelf. I made sure not to read all the sparkly

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