Grocery Tracking, 2017!

  • Written by Steph¬†

Wow, time flies – our fourth annual Grocery Tracking Challenge has finished. For anyone who’s not familiar with this project, every year we spend one month doing a very detailed analysis of our grocery spending, including everything we buy and cook. Our costs have stayed very consistent over the years, despite the constant barrage of “Food prices are skyrocketing!” hysteria we all hear about constantly. And this year’s results are in! Continue reading

Tips for Getting Into a Housing Co-op

  • Written by Steph

Co-op housing is a hot topic in Vancouver these days, with a lot more people interested in snagging a spot in one. As a long-time co-op resident, board member, and huge fan of the system, I’d like to shed some light on the process, explain a bit about the inner workings of co-ops, and give some tips for making it through the sometimes arduous¬†application process. Continue reading

A view from the other side – getting your partner on board with frugality

-Written by Cel

For some couples, it can be a problem getting on the same page when it comes to finances. Steph and I are fortunate to be on the same wavelength, but that wasn’t always the case.

We joke that we are doing early retirement on easy mode, as both of us are innately frugal. Neither of us has to fight against bad financial habits or a compulsion to spend.

However, I wasn’t particularly frugal growing up. I lived with my parents in a 3 story house, frequently bought take-out food, and knew little about self-sufficiency or frugality. Most of my socializing in university revolved around drinking at bars, eating at restaurants, etc.(Although I didn’t do anything really stupid, or getting into credit card debt for stuff I didn’t really need).

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