Vancouver Hiking (and biking) Part Two

-Written by Steph

Hi again from Steph! I’ve been slacking on blog posts recently due to organizing our upcoming move. It’s the end of May, and we’re well into hiking season finally after a long and shitty winter. We’ve been ticking off a lot of trails on our to-do list, so I thought it was a good time to give an update on some more of the trails we’ve been exploring. So here’s where we’ve been going! Continue reading

The Psychology of Saving Money

-Written by Cel

Most of our blog posts are about practical, tangible things. Our methods for grocery shopping, how we manage our financial system as a couple, that sort of thing. Our book is mostly in the same vein – specific, concrete advice on how to save money on concrete expenses. This is important, of course. These are directly relevant and applicable to people’s day-to-day lives. However, the psychology and philosophy behind our approach to finances is important as well. If you don’t have the right mindset (which can be different from person to person), it’s easy to screw up your finances no matter what tips you follow.

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Grocery Tracking Receipts and Data

-Written by Cel

A few months ago, we made a post about our grocery tracking results. This is our most popular post to date.

One thing that came up from several people was outright denial – allegations that we were making up our numbers, and demands to see the receipts. People claimed that $230ish a month for two people was impossible, and you couldn’t eat a healthy diet on that amount.

It’s true that many people spend $250, $300 or more just for one person. But that is just due to inefficient purchasing. We want people to know how easy it is to eat a healthy, tasty, and varied diet in Vancouver and elsewhere. So, we finally got around to taking pictures of all of them.

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Four Dinner Ideas You Can Make Out of ANY Ingredients

-Written by Steph

One of the the biggest hurdles to overcome in getting your grocery costs down is learning to plan meals based on what you have, rather than going out and buying new ingredients. A lot of people start with a recipe they like the look of, then go out and buy the ingredients for that, and repeat this every time they want to cook. This is the wrong approach, and leads to a lot of food waste. A better way to operate is to have a number of very basic recipes that allow you to swap in whatever things you have on hand. This in turn allows you to shop based on sales a lot more, because you know that you don’t need specific ingredients for the meals you’ll be making.

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