I am terrible at bulk food cooking. I can do it but I’m inconsistent about the doing of it. I’ll do it for two or three weeks and freeze all the containers. But by week four, I don’t bother to do groceries
Many years ago I was an editor at Toronto.com. It was a listings site where people could list their events for free.
There were some costs associated with some events but a number of those events were free to everyone. I was amazed by how many free or pay-what-you-can events were available if I was just willing to look for them and then go.
When you move to a new neighbourhood, you might feel that you can’t afford to go out. After all, you just bought a new home or may have done some renovations. You can still have a great social life and discover someone or something new by just doing a little digging.
Mine is to be debt-free, apart from my mortgage, for 2013. I have a tiny bit of consumer debt so next month should see it wiped out (Yay!). The trick is to not build it back up. So that means leaving the credit card home. My...Read More
I wrote this article on holiday tipping a year ago for AOL. They’ve revived it so I thought I’d put it here as well. I suggest you take a look at the original story because there is a very good gallery that explains how much to give. I won’t replicate the gallery here but here is the article.
Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you’re like most of us, you’re probably planning do it in the next couple weeks but how are you planning on paying for it?
Here’s what happens – you go into a mall, walk around, peer at things and buy something that might work for our family and friends. The next thing you know, you’ve overspent your budget and become one of the 12 per cent of Canadians who go into debt for holiday gifts!
Tomorrow, four times the usual payment is coming out of my account and going on my mortgage. I try to save up so I can do lump sums as well as pay a little extra every fortnight. The thing is, after I called my bank and asked them to take out that money, I hung up and felt a little sick. That’s a lot of money.
Christmas shopping can be expensive and let’s be honest, most of us don’t stay on budget. I try my hardest but I slip, trust me. So what do you do if you don’t want to give gifts for whatever reason that works for you?
I wrote this last year for AOL and considering shopping has ramped up, thought it would be perfect to revisit.
The Canadian retail space isn’t very competitive. We can’t stack coupons, the sales aren’t as deep as the United States, there isn’t the variety and the only money-back option is to fill out a rebate form, mail it and hope to get a cheque within the next eight weeks, if you’re lucky.
Ebates Canada hopes to change all of that by addressing most, if not, all of these roadblocks to shopping online and adding a few incentives such as coupons and cash back – no rebates.
I've been thinking about a headline in the Globe and Mail which asks the question, Can a woman over 40 marry for money? Gender and ageist politics aside, the question should be, "Why are we still asking that question?" Every day I see articles about saving...Read More
See that picture? That picture is of my feet on the Toronto Transit Commission's subway at 1:00 a.m. I had just finished saying goodnight to my friend Gail McInnes. We met up for coffee then went to an event. That's not important. What's important is what...Read More
[caption id="attachment_1643" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Renee Sylvestre-Williams (left), Kimberly Lyn (centre) and Pamela Quiroga (right). I forgot who took this photo. Please let me know if you do"][/caption] I was going to call this blog "Cheap Date" but no. Anyway, so going out. As part of my...Read More
When I pitched this idea to my editor, she came back with the idea of ‘what to say to insurance folks when your home is flooded.’
I didn’t have the heart to say that when I stepped into my condo and saw three strange men vacuuming water off my floor, I swore loudly and a lot.
Are you attending a wedding this year? If you’re thinking about getting the happy couple a gift,then forget going to the Bay or Kitchen Stuff Plus or Williams Ashley.
It’s not about the punch bowl that will never get used or the blender that will collect dust in the cupboard. The new trend in gifts is something that you know they’ll use.
A few of us were chatting over drinks the other day and the topic came up – should you date while unemployed? Do you tell the other person or do you wait? Do you even bother to go out or just stay home on the couch?
Music power couple Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z have made the Guinness Book of World Records for being the highest-earning power couple in the world. To accomplish the rare feat, they had to knock out perennial media darlings David and Victoria Beckham among others. The numbers are staggering, but perhaps not entirely surprising, considering how omnipresent their music is.