Design, Finance, Sustainability

The True Cost of Commuting

I recently had a brief and glorious hiatus from the world of commuting – no frustrating rush hour traffic, no scraping off my frost-covered car at 7am – but alas, with my new office job I’m right back in it, and therefore right back into thinking how to make the best of my daily voyage to-and-from…

Finance

4 Ways to Be A Little More Frugal

During my first go-‘round in University as an undergrad, frugal spending habits kept me afloat until I graduated and got a job. But after a few years of a steady paycheck, those habits seem to have mysteriously vanished. Strange how that happens, right? Well it’s been a great slap in the face having recently returned to…

Finance, Minimalism, Simplicity

Are We All Hyper-Consumers?

While listening to CBC radio today about China’s growing smog problems, the word ‘hyper-consumerism’ was mentioned when referring to consumer trends in North America and China.The lady said it quickly and matter-of-factly as if it was a commonly known term, but to me the word felt like a slap in the face. Hyper-consumerism!? Whoa, I…

Finance, Minimalism

Buy Nothing Challenge

Buying nothing is kind of forced upon you when you’re a student. Having left my steady paycheck 5 months ago and rejoined the bank-draining world of student life, I’ve begun to revisit old money-saving techniques that I conveniently avoided when I was working full-time. All of a sudden, a new $80 sweater seemed absolutely ludicrous!…

Finance, Minimalism

How Much Does It REALLY Cost?

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call ‘life’ which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden I’ve discovered a few fool-proof strategies for myself to reduce my ‘stuff’ buying, and Mr. Thoreau’s quote sums the first one s it up…

DIY, Finance

How to Make a Free Custom Wedding Registry

My wife and I got married last year, and one issue that came up which I struggled with was the wedding registry. As my (then) fiancé and were hoping to avoid a large mass of items that we don’t really need at this point in our lives, I decided to make a website that allowed…

Finance, Food and Recipes, Independence

Does Money = Wealth?

What does it mean to be wealthy? The word wealth instantly conjures the thought of a big bank account and a ballin’ penthouse with fancy leather furniture. This is the immediate response simply because we’ve grown up thinking money can essentially buy you whatever you could possibly need. But can it actually? My theory is true wealth…

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