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

It’s only $20

I have a family member (who shall remain nameless) who I used to go shopping with at Costco. It was a social event combined with a grocery run and we had a monthly standing date to head out… Read More

The psychology of getting on track with groceries

When I was young and poor I got my first copy of the Tightwad Gazette (number II, if I am honest). Hilariously, I had received as part of one of those mail order clubs that were so prevalent… Read More

Want to save money? Be more like children

Alright, you’ve probably already tuned out because it’s that kind of inspirational porn that is rampant over social media: all talk, no action. OF COURSE little children are carefree; what’s your point, Tucker? Ok, hear me out, people!… 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

Inspiring video drops

So convalescing is taking more out of me than I think I would like to admit. So writing is on the back burner for now. Still, over the past two days I have watched two great videos I’d… Read More

June savings update & life update

This post should be my budget post, part II. Alas, it isn’t! My apologies but I had to review all our numbers with Mr. Tucker’s new job and since then I have had to revamp my numbers. I… Read More

School’s out for summer

Summer in Canada – cottage edition If anyone has learned a lesson this year from school, it’s me. Specifically, I have learned to SAVE FOR SUMMER CAMPS (or make arrangements). Historically I have been home during the summer… Read More

Cheap junk is still expensive

The napkin pile was 100% necessary Earlier this summer we took the kids out for an ice cream as a special treat. I remember my own trips out for ice cream as a child and they are special… Read More

Road trippin’

When evil hits the road Given our HVAC woes this year, our ability to travel has been seriously curtailed. Still, we wanted to have a wee trip to visit friends and see new sites so we are off… Read More

The importance of free play

After I posted my last blog post I came across this article Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School. It sums up my philosophy as well as the benefits of a lazy summer where you set the stage… Read More

Your kids don’t need novelty and neither do you

Hey look everyone, it’s the free in-ground pool! A couple of years ago a friend from primary school posted to facebook that she was off work for a week but didn’t know how to fill the time with… Read More

In which I take up a wacky sport

Let me get the wayback machine and explain how I ended up standing on a beach at 6:45am on a beautiful June Saturday with 19 other women. 6:45am is not a civilized time, in fact, it’s not a… Read More

Canada Day

Rocking some fine tattoos Living in Ottawa growing up you get used the fanfare and the madness that happens every year on July 1st. The entire city is pretty much closed down as throngs of people litter the… Read More

Summertime, and the living is easy

For many years we used to spend two weeks in the summer heading to Maine. We had a great, inexpensive place mere blocks from the beach and we loved the fresh sea air & the time away. The… Read More