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You Just Won $55 Million! Now What?

I was going to publish a post about my on-going rental property insurance claim, the unit with the flooded basement, but I needed a break from anything related to rentals today, so I decided to post something a little more entertaining. You Just Won $55 Million! Now, What? I stopped at the gas station on my… Read More You Just Won $55 Million! Now What?

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Is Money Keeping You In A Bad Relationship?

This past week-end, my partner and I had another heated argument about my kids. I guess when they are yours, you don’t get as annoyed with the little things, but when they are not; YOU DO! This blended family thing is a lot tougher than I expected! Anyway, I was pretty upset so I grabbed… Read More Is Money Keeping You In A Bad Relationship?

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On The Outside, I May Look Cool, Calm And Collected But …

So a few months ago now, we were told our office was shutting down. We are a Canadian subsidiary of a very large US corporation and apparently “our services are no longer needed”. So far all we have is a verbal notice. We know management wasn’t  planning to let us know until much later but due… Read More On The Outside, I May Look Cool, Calm And Collected But …

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Do One Random Act of Kindness Today

Do one random act of kindness today! Tweet about it (or add a comment below, or email me directly) and get another person to do the same. I have been down with bronchitis for most of the holidays, not able to think much, read much or do anything for that matter. But I was all… Read More Do One Random Act of Kindness Today

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Am I Having A Frugal Christmas Meltdown?

Since coming back from my vacation, I have been trying to get into the Christmas spirit without much success, sometimes it is just the way it is. So I started spending money on things I usually wouldn’t buy and it seems to help a little! Thinking back, I seem to go thru the same cycle… Read More Am I Having A Frugal Christmas Meltdown?

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Not Frugal Enough To Shovel My Own Driveway!

Winter is here and so is the snow! If you have a driveway, it is time to start shoveling again. Whether you use a shovel or a snow blower, it can be a very time-consuming and annoying task. If you actually enjoy shoveling ALL winter, send me a note and I will let you come… Read More Not Frugal Enough To Shovel My Own Driveway!

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How My Husband’s Depression Changed Our Lives Forever

This Saturday is my husband’s 50th birthday. My kids and I will celebrate his birthday the way we have for the last four years. We will hike in the woods to where we buried his ashes, share stories about their dad, laugh and cry a lot. Then we will tie each of their birthday notes… Read More How My Husband’s Depression Changed Our Lives Forever

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Could Getting Laid Off Be The Right Opportunity For Me To Retire Earlier?

When I was told this past Friday that our company, a US corporation, was no longer interested in doing business in Canada, I wasn’t really surprised. We had shut down our other Canadian office in June and our company was no longer actively pursuing any new business. But even when you think it may happen,… Read More Could Getting Laid Off Be The Right Opportunity For Me To Retire Earlier?

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How to Declutter And Save Money At The Same Time

I moved two years ago after being in the same house for 5 years, not thinking we would have much to move. I mean how much can a single parent with three kids accumulate in five years? A LOT!  I even had unopened boxes from when we moved in. Not sure why we moved them… Read More How to Declutter And Save Money At The Same Time

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What I Wish I Knew In My Early 20’s

The other day I was updating my dividend income spreadsheet (what else would I be doing on a beautiful sunny day!) . Since I started focusing more on the dividend being paid rather than the stock price, I find the experience of owning stocks a lot less stressful. Of course, I am still monitoring my… Read More What I Wish I Knew In My Early 20’s