Photo: At the Ex

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Save Money When Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is one of the best ways to practice saving skills. With a little effort, you can shave 10 to 20 per cent off your grocery bill. It just takes a little thinking outside the big box stores to shop and eat well.

The best part is that eating on the cheap doesn’t mean eating poorly. You can find great prices on food.

Marketing writing: Mary Kay Cosmetics

I worked as the Consultant Communications and PR Co-ordinator for Mary Kay Cosmetics Ltd. Part of my job was to write marketing releases for new products. I also wrote the articles that went to NewsCanada. (Note, all images open in .pdf format.) NewsCanada MaryKay_marketing Contest and marketing writing ...

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How to keep your wedding under budget

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It’s wedding season again and brides are being swept up in the romance of their fairy-tale celebrations.  But nothing brings a fairy tale to a grinding halt faster than bills in one hand and a shrinking budget in the other.

If you need to come in under budget, but still want a great wedding, try these great tips from experts Vicki Karigiannis of and Andrea Lown and Leah Andrews from

TOPSHOP In Toronto

TOPSHOP is one of those stores that's on the list of many a fashion-lover. If you're going to Britain or even to New York, it's the store to get trendy, affordable pieces and maybe even a little of that Kate Moss magic. So there was excitement...

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Living with Loss

It always amazes me when people say, “I didn’t know your sister died,” when it comes up organically in conversation. It irritates me as well. Of course you don’t know my sister died, but  I don’t tell them that. I tell them, “Well, it’s not like I introduce myself as, “Hi, I’m Renee and my sister Michelle died 17 years ago in a car accident” After all, that would be just awkward, wouldn’t it?

Travelling with Zero Baggage

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Chic and Cheap at Around the Block

I admit I had an ulterior motive when I went up to Around the Block. The year-old furniture consignment store is a treasure trove of chairs, dishes and light fixtures. It was the chairs that drew me to the store. I’m currently looking for two chairs that will serve as both dining room chairs and occasional seating. Owner Warren Hales sees this on a daily basis.