Vancouver, BC: Early Retirement on Easy Mode

  • Written by Steph

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t lived in THAT much of Canada – I grew up in the Okanagan, and spent some time in rural parts of Manitoba and Alberta before settling down in lovely Vancouver for most of my adult life. But since beginning the journey towards early retirement, I’ve been continually amazed at how EASY this city makes it to keep spending low and amass wealth. Here are some of the highlights that make Vancouver, in my opinion, the Early Retirement Capital of Canada. Continue reading

Labyrinthing in Vancouver

  • Written by Steph

One of my stranger hobbies is labyrinth walking and meditation. I’ve done it on and off for a couple of years, but have started getting much more into it in 2017. The process is simple – there’s one winding path that leads to the center of the labyrinth. You walk in, chill in the middle a bit, and follow the same path out. And somehow in the process, your mind clears, you feel peaceful, your questions get answered, and solutions to your problems appear. Pretty cool!

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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