Grocery Tracking 2020 – Pandemic Edition!

In January of this year we decided it was high time we did another one-month grocery tracking post, since our last one was in 2017. We decided to do it in March, as we always do, for two reasons: We need to do it in a month when we’re not travelling anywhere, and also a month with 31 days so we can’t be accused of using a short month. All was set and decided on, we went ahead and started tracking March 1st, and then, well, the pandemic hit and the world went crazy. We did it anyway. Here’s how it went. Continue reading

Another Weekend Meal Prep

A lot of people have expressed interest in our food lately, so this post is a snapshot of a typical weekend meal prep in our household. To make weeknights easier, I prepare all our lunches and dinners on the weekend so we only need to heat food up during the week. For two people that’s generally twenty portions of food, which can sound a little daunting, but isn’t that bad once you get used to it. Here’s exactly what that looks like for us.

Side note: we’re 100% vegan, but I’m not going to write vegan X, vegan Y, etc constantly, so if I say “Cheese” or “Sausage” or whatever, I’m referring to the vegan version. Also, I’m limiting this post to meals cooked, excluding any baking for simplicity. Continue reading

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

The Incoming Assets Retirement Strategy

-Written by Steph

Given the current uptick in readership of our blog, along with the overall increased interest in financial independence and early retirement (FIRE), it seems timely to do a post that thoroughly describes the exact system we use in our pursuit. We’ve fine-tuned it over the years, and have come up with a strategy that allows us to build wealth quickly on average incomes and with minimal¬†ongoing effort. Here it is! Continue reading

Saving Money on Groceries – Nightly News Edition

-Written by Cel

One of our local stations, Global News, has a segment called “Consumer Matters”. They were doing a piece about groceries, as food prices are expected to rise in Canada. One of their reporters found our blog and got in touch with us about starring in this piece.

The end result – we were on the 6 o’clock news today! Here is a link to the video (about 3 minutes long):

How a Vancouver couple spends $230 a month on food

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