Discovering my Neighborhood Used Book Store

Earlier this year, I decided to go through my house and get rid of all the things we never used to reduce clutter and also to make room for all the new stuff we had just received for Christmas.  I started in the kitchen, finding all sorts of tools and gadgets that were collecting dust in our cupboards.  I opened one seldom used cupboard and found a much larger collection of cookbooks than I knew…

When Does Buying a House Make Sense?

  Buying vs renting seems to be an on-going debate.  Some people swear that buying is the only logical way to go as you aren’t “throwing away your money”.  Others argue that by renting, your costs are lower and more predictable.  While both have their pros and cons, the decision whether to buy or rent can depend on many factors. Often, when they can financially, people prefer buying in order to have a place that…

Budget Travel – A Winter Getaway

  As anyone who knows me would agree, I love to travel.  I’m also ALWAYS looking forward to my next trip or getaway.  Unfortunately, trips are not free and I live on a budget, so I try to fit in mini-vacations as often as I can.  These little getaways can be as simple as a weekend at the cottage, or a camping weekend.  This year, my husband and I decided to splurge on a romantic…

A New Year – A New Budget!

The holidays are my favorite time of year.  Getting to spend time with friends and family, time off to rest and of course lots of delicious food!  The holidays also mean the end of a year and looking forward to a fresh new start to do all those things we kept telling ourselves we should. Last year in review The new year means I get to look back at our last year’s budget and see…

Tips for Saving Money on Groceries

Most of our lives revolve around food and eating.  We dream about our favorite foods, share recipes with friends and family and look forward to our next meal.  So it’s not surprising that groceries make up a large part of any budget.  With good planning, it is possible to save a lot on groceries allowing you to put that money towards a special evening with your spouse, a getaway week-end, a new outfit or anything…

Seasonal Cooking – Turkey Dinner

As the Holidays roll around, turkey makes its way up the list of popular family meals.  What brings back more festive memories than a classic turkey dinner with all the trimmings: stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, etc?  Another turkey classic is the amount of leftover meat after a big family meal. Whenever I see turkey on sale at 1$/lb, I can’t help but bring one home.  I love the of the turkey roasting…

Holiday Shopping Without Breaking the Bank

Once Halloween comes and goes, stores quickly trade their spider-webs and ghosts for fake snow, bells and candy canes.  As the weather gets colder, we start planning for the Holiday season and remembering happy memories of years past, spent surrounded by our family.  For many, the Holiday season is bittersweet as they remember the pain of paying off the debt they incurred buying gifts for all their friends and family.  Although the spending cannot usually…

12 Free (or Cheap) Ways to Exercise

Getting into shape doesn’t have to mean hiring a personal trainer, paying for an expensive gym membership or spending 10-15$ for a single yoga class or CrossFit session.  If you genuinely want to exercise to get in shape or maintain your fitness level, there are many fun ways to do so without spending your hard earned cash. Here is a list of different activities you can do for free (or almost) in any season, city…

The Christie Oreo Factory – A World of Savings

Walking down Viau street, you probably realize you are surrounded by some of Montreal’s biggest landmarks and attractions, but there is likely one you aren’t aware of.  On the corner of Viau and Sherbrooke streets lies the Christie Factory.  Did you know that all of the Oreos in Canada are made here in Montreal, at that factory?  Over 1.1 billion Oreo’s a year or 3000 cookies a minute are made in the yellow brick factory…

Tips to Save on Big Ticket Items

I spend so much time trying to save a little bit of money here and there and trying to buy as little as possible, and then there are big purchases that come up, whether it’s a computer or TV, a dining room table or bedroom furniture, making me feel like I am undoing all my good work.  These expenses are a normal part of life and as long as we make sure that they are…