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Friday Round Up: The Topics Edition

This week I finally managed to get some maintenance completed on the site - including following through on a promise I made back in December! There was also another great carnival this week where one of my articles became an MVP. Check it out!  ... read more of this story»

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Being Frugal Without Depriving Yourself

If you've ever heard someone argue against the benefits of being frugal then you've heard the "I-don't-want-to-deprive-myself" argument. It's always the first one to come up. However much we might disagree, there is an element of truth to the deprivation criticism. A lot of times, being frugal means passing up something you'd like to have but don't really need.

Today I'll show you a couple of places where you can exercise your frugal muscle without coming anywhere close to depriving yourself.  ... read more of this story»

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Friday Round Up: The Welcome To February Edition

Welcome to February! It seems like only a short while ago that I was wishing people a happy New Year and now we are well on our way into 2008. How time flies!

This week's round up features some family news, a carnival and some more basic financial education.  ... read more of this story»

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8 Reasons Why Small Houses Are Better Than Big Ones

One of the key characteristics of simplified living is knowing what is enough. Enough possessions, enough money, enough everything. Today I'm going to go over some of the benefits of keeping your house size at the 'enough' level.  ... read more of this story»

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Standing An Expense On Its Head

A great trick that I frequently use to get my frugal juices flowing is to look at my expenses in a different light. I've written before about seeing unnecessary expenses as potential income. Recently, however, I've come up with an even better perspective shifting trick that really hammers home the power of saving ... especially on those recurring monthly expenses. Let's see how we can get our savings to pay us dividends!  ... read more of this story»

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My Money Saving Tip: Open Source Software

If you are reading this, the chances are that you own some sort of computer. You're likely also interested in saving money. One of the great methods I use for reducing my technology expenses is by making use of open source software whenever possible. It takes a bit of time to get accustomed to using a new piece of software but, as I'll show you today, the savings can really add up!  ... read more of this story»

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Finances For Couples

Finances For Couples: By taking the time to plan how you will handle your finances as a couple, you'll avoid one of the most common sources of tension in a relationship.If you've ever been in a relationship where money became an issue, you know how important it is to be open and honest about finances with your significant other. When my wife and I first moved in together she suggested we start things off on the right foot by establishing a fair and open method for dealing with our mutual expenses. Looking back, I think this was one of the best things we've done together as a couple and is one of the (many!) reasons we're so happy together. Today I'll show you how we handle our joint finances and I'll tell you why I think it works so well for us.  ... read more of this story»

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She's Here!

This post has nothing to do with personal finance or simple living. It has everything to do with happiness though. After a much waiting and wondering, a few days ago I became a father to a beautiful little girl.  ... read more of this story»

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Don't Wish Your Life Away

One of the things that makes humans, well human, is our ability to anticipate the future. We can make plans and take action today so that sometime in the future something else will happen. It's a wonderful ability. Planning for the future is an exciting activity. However, one thing that we need to be careful about is not getting too hung up waiting for our well laid plans to unfold. If we don't watch ourselves we can end up wishing our lives away!  ... read more of this story»

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Boxing Day Thoughts: Consumerism

Christmas has passed and Boxing Day is upon us. For many Canadians Boxing Day is traditionally a day to head out to the shops in search of sales and savings. I guess Boxing Day would be the Canadian equivalent to Black Friday in the US (which by the way is not the biggest shopping day of the year in the US).

Today, with shopping sprees flourishing all around us, I'll share some thoughts on modern day consumerism to help balance things out a bit for you.  ... read more of this story»

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