August savings update – End of summer edition!

Note: Our financial goals for 2017 include saving $18300 to buy back my pensionable years for my defined benefit pension as well as save $50000 which will make us mortgage-free at the beginning of 2018. It’s time once… Read More

Monthly savings update – July edition

Note: Our financial goals for 2017 include saving $18300 to buy back my pensionable years for my defined benefit pension as well as save $50000 which will make us mortgage-free at the beginning of 2018. As I previously… Read More

Everyone loves to hate budgets – Part 1

My friend Devon asked me to write about budgets so I thought I would put together a wee post summing up my budget theory and discussing the different approaches. There is a LOT of info out there though,… Read More

New horizons

Mr. Tucker doing some online training at night (with liquid assistance) In my last post I alluded to a third reason our finances were all out of whack. That reason: Mr. Tucker changed jobs. Mr. Tucker had been… Read More

Savings update – April & May

This spring has been an absolute gong show and for that I apologize. I am still feeling a bit off and work has been hectic so blogging has not been on my radar. We continued to spend a… Read More

Life and goal update – March 2017

Better late than never as the old adage goes! March came in like a lion and went out…like a lion. We had our last snow on the 31st, which is fairly late even for our northern clime. Luckily,… Read More

Managing when you are busy, stressed, and unwell

I have spoken often about what an awful year it has been for my family and I. While we were managing fairly well for a long time, recently we were suddenly not-managing-well at all. With so many balls… Read More

Ahead of the game?

Note: Our financial goals for 2017 include saving $18300 to buy back my pensionable years for my defined benefit pension as well as save $50000 which will make us mortgage-free at the beginning of 2018 I socked away… Read More

Happy tabula rasa

Tearing down the tree on NYE While I think that January 1st is a rather arbitrary date to choose for a new year but so is every date so why not? Considering January 1st is cold and dark… Read More

Own your attention, take back your time

This was literally my teens and early 20s How does one who works in social media step away from social media? With great difficulty, actually. This morning I was thinking about the internet of aulde: back in the… Read More

Exit strategy: conversations with my mom

“I wish I had retired later. I find retirement really boring.” My mom said. She was over for her weekly cup of coffee & a visit with the kids and I. Although we keep Sundays as a strictly… Read More

To every season, turn, turn, turn…those goals into reality

Don’t tell anyone but I love all the seasons. I grew up having all four seasons fleetingly spread across the mere 12 months of a year and I still love them all. Sure, sure, I am one of… Read More

(The difficult art of) Digging deep

Snow? Seriously? That’s not really helping, actually. I was fed up before I even left the house today. The first email I received on my work phone at 7:30am infuriated me and left me fuming as I headed… Read More

Why I don’t side hustle

Short answer: kids and a husband. Long answer: I know that there is a lot of emphasis on side hustles in the FIRE community and I completely understand that. What is better than retiring early? Retiring even earlier!… Read More

How not having to work for money helped me build a career at 40

As I have mentioned before, I ran a small business when my kids were quite small. By the time the Sprout was born though, it was too difficult to try and do that and run a business. I… Read More

The incredible heaviness of healing

I am 11 weeks away from when I had back-to-back orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery and landed myself in a wheelchair for 7 weeks. If you ever want an exercise in frustration, I recommend having to have someone help… Read More

…and if you don’t believe me about failure

Chris Guillebeau says it more succinctly than I did the other day: Winners give up all the time.

Are you a failure?

The beauty of living in an old neighbourhood Since I was 18 I have been obsessed with personal finance. I was young, poor, living on my own and happened to come across the Tightwad Gazette II. From there… Read More

In which we explore the harrowing world of HVAC and finance

Earlier this spring our old, crumbling heating system decided to die a slow death. Slow because it still works and we’ve been using the AC but it means we do have to replace it. To be honest, I… Read More

Not with a bang*

WELP. As of today the Tucker household is completely debt-free! Strangely, it feels a bit anti-climactic and I joked on FB that I should celebrate by tossing something on the credit card – for old times sake. If… Read More