• Money Matters

    #MoneyMasterClass Recap–Week 13

    “Money is an exhaustible resource.” —Gail Vaz-Oxlade Choosing Investments Our first task this week was to choose some investments. I truly didn’t have a clue where to start doing this. I actually still don’t, so if you’ve had success with this please let me know! Google has so far led me here: TMX Market, which seems to be a right type of place to look at stocks, but I haven’t had the brainpower to seriously investigate yet. I am going to be easing myself into this string of tasks. Thankfully Gail is reminding us that it’s okay to make mistakes. After all, it’s only pretend money at this point! Remember…

  • Flashfood Inspirations

    Flashfood Introduction

    I first came across the Flashfood app in a budget-related Facebook group several months ago. At the time I was actively looking for ways to save money on our grocery budget and found Flashfood to be very helpful in stretching my grocery dollars. And bonus, as their slogan says, using Flashfood promotes sustainability by allowing individuals to “save money while reducing food waste”! It has been well documented that food waste is a significant problem in our world today. Flashfood was created to divert nearly expired food, that would ordinarily be thrown away, to consumers willing to purchase these items at a reduced price. Flashfood locations are somewhat limited at…

  • Money Matters

    #MoneyMasterClass Recap–Week 12

    Fast Food Tax We have slowly been given instructions for all of the supplies we gathered at the beginning of the year. Our first jar is our Found Money jar and now we have instructions for our second jar. Jar #2 is our Fast Food Tax jar. Every time we go for take out food, the instructions are to place that same amount we spent on take out into the Fast Food Tax jar. Thinking of Investing With all of the events that are happening in the world right now, it could seem like a strange time to be focusing on investing, but is there ever a perfect time? Since…

  • Money Matters

    #MoneyMasterClass Recap–Week 11

    There was a lot of info shared this week, but it started with three quick notes: Stop using single use products because they are a waste of money and are bad for the environment. Reusable items are cheaper. Collect 5 things from around your house and add them to your donations box to give away. Turn your lunch hour into something productive–go for a walk, read a book, knit…just don’t go wander around a mall where it’s easy to spend money. Discipline “Money isn’t rocket science, it’s discipline!” —Gail Gail pointed out this week that it’s easier to be disciplined when you have your goal front and centre. She also…

  • Upcycled Furniture

    Project DIY: Glass Bottle Project

    We love a good DIY project! Not only is it fun to give new life to old things, it is a great way to keep items out of the landfill. Part of a sustainability mindset is finding ways to use what we already have and therefore purchase less. The DIY Project: Transforming plain glass bottles into home decor items Why I Love It I loved the shape and colour of these bottles. I found them for free at a salvaged yard and took them to challenge myself to get creative. I didn’t have a plan when I took them, but they were such substantial, solid pieces that I was confident…

  • Money Matters

    #MoneyMasterClass Recap—Week 10

    Reflection Last weekend, Gail had us reflecting on the steps we’ve taken. First was to tally up the number of days we shopped in February and to note what we shopped for. Second was to look at our Savings Journal and to add up the amount we saved. In February I shopped mainly for groceries and gas, but I did have a few extra purchases because it was my birthday month. In total I shopped or spent money 16 out of 29 days. It was helpful for me to see the coloured squares laid out and to visualize my shopping habits. I didn’t realize that I spent money as many…