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

Back to life, back to reality

Life update: So five weeks into my convalescence and I can finally go back to work and on with my life. My regular doctor wasn’t there but the fellow was and she thinks I can start walking assisted… 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

You can’t plan everything, but you can plan for something

A couple of weeks ago I was home sick when Mr. Tucker learned that his company was being acquired by another company. All-of-a-sudden it became a flurry of questions and what-ifs. The company was liquidating: people in the… Read More

Fashion philosophy (or how to be cheap & still look professional)

When I was 24 and had just started my first “corporate” job the women used to ask me why I never wore makeup. I used to laugh it off and say “I have to be making at least… Read More

Layoffs are inevitable, your reaction shouldn’t be

Last week there was a “reorganization” at my work. In two places in the country thousands of jobs have now been affected. Of course, I have to follow the stories, work late, do my job but I am… 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

Why I am buying back my pension

Fun site for Canadians in certain provinces: all benefits you are eligible for in your region. When I checked it wasn’t updated for this year’s tax season but I am hopeful it will be. As you probably have… 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

Mama said there’d be days like this

I am sick. The kids are sick. The house is a mess and things are all over the place, disorganized. Work has been an absolute gong show and it seems like the list of tasks I have to… 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

Three walls – documentary

The inventor of the cubicle – Robert Probst – ended up hating his creation in the end. As a Gen Xer, media railed against cubicle life when I was a teenager/in my 20s so now cubicles will get… Read More

Buying your way to happiness or saving your way to freedom

The best thing about working downtown is all the action. There are museums, great greenspace to enjoy, it’s a great place to people watch, and it’s convenient to run errands during my lunch hour. Conversely, it’s one of… Read More

“The goal of marriage is not to think alike, but to think together”

(Robert Dodd) Ganked from the internet somewhere Mr. Tucker and I enjoy an extremely compatible marriage. Generally speaking, we are on the same wavelength and that allows us to decisions together with little fuss. Unfortunately, this compatibility can… Read More

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

Transitioning back into a two-job family

Well that was surprising – they offered me the job. Of course, I have yet to sign the piece of paper so until I do I will be wary but barring any HR issues, I will be heading… Read More

Transitioning, the benefits of career diversification, and choosing work

My home office when I am doing contract work in the private sphere Last week I went on a job interview for an incredibly lucrative contract position within the federal government. I walked away thinking I had completely… Read More

Networking 101 – don’ts (3/3)!

Don’ts 1 – Don’t try and hard sell people. In social situations, you want to keep the conversation casual. Contrary to 80s networking wisdom, it’s not the time to beat people over the head with your amazing skillset…. Read More

Networking 101 – do’s! (2/3)

Do’s: 1 – Contact your closest family and friends directly. After being home with the kids and running a small business I was definitely out of office culture for a few years. Since I wanted to get back… Read More