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…

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…

Budget Travel: Last-Minute Trip to Hawaii

Compared to all the other trips I’ve gone on in my life, my last big trip, to Hawaii was a very last-minute decision.  My husband and I had been planning a trip to Vietnam for nearly a year but we ended up having to cancel the trip less than a month before because he got a concussion and a busy trip to a bustling country speaking a foreign language was not the right thing for…

How I started using a budget at 13

One summer around my first year of high school, my mom told my sister and I we were going on a trip to Winnipeg.  She was attending a symposium of the Canadian Association for Family Enterprise and decided to take us along.  As you can expect, as kids, we were less than thrilled to loose a week of our summer vacation to go to a symposium in Winnipeg, of all places! We were told there…

Cost of Meals at Home vs at a Restaurant

  Today we’re going to see just how expensive it is to eat out on a regular basis and how much you can save by making the same meals at home.  Not only will you be saving money, but you will also be feeding yourself and your family healthier meals because you know exactly what is going in them! We often associate cheap meals with ramen or mac & cheese, but in this article I…

Budget Travel: A Trip to Italy and France

I love to travel. I was just out of university and my husband (then boyfriend) had never traveled outside of North America.  I wanted to share my love of travel with him and bring him to all of the wonderful places I’d had the chance to visit around the world.  I figured a nice place to start was Europe. When I was younger, my parents brought my sister and I on a trip around Italy…