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How we Unintentionally Joined the FIRE Movement

How we Unintentionally Joined the FIRE Movement

Not too long ago, every time my husband came home early from work, I would run to the door and fearfully ask, “Did you get laid off?” You see, his company was going though round after round of layoffs and we didn’t know if my […]

A Packing List for Americans Moving to Canada

A Packing List for Americans Moving to Canada

During the last US presidential election, there were plenty of promises made by folks that if “their candidate” did not win the election, they were moving out of the US. The preferred destination in most cases: Canada. Even the town of Cape Breton Island, Nova […]

Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month

The purpose of this post is to promote Financial Literacy Month in Canada. Every November, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada provides resources and holds events designed to provide Canadians with the tools to gain control of their personal finances. This post contains links to […]

My Love – Hate Relationship with GE

My Love – Hate Relationship with GE

GE, I love you. AND I hate you. I love you because you bring back great memories of my childhood. I hate you because you’re really dragging down the returns of our dividend portfolio. Why I Love GE Readers of this blog may remember that […]

My Son Wants to Become A Teacher But There’s One Big Problem

My Son Wants to Become A Teacher But There’s One Big Problem

For as long as I can remember, my son has dreamed about being an elementary school teacher. He works at youth camps in the summer. He coaches young kids in soccer. He volunteers in the kids’ program at our church. And, in his Junior year […]

Where We Stash our Cash

Where We Stash our Cash

When it comes to affiliate marketing, I’m like the opposite of Nike. I JUST DON’T DO IT. My readers are too smart to fall for that stuff. They can tell when I’m honest and writing from the heart. Disingenuous recommendations won’t cut it. So, before […]

I’ve Paid off the Mortgage, Now What?

I’ve Paid off the Mortgage, Now What?

So, you broke up with the bank and paid off the mortgage? Congratulations! Pat yourself on the back. Seriously. Paying off the mortgage is an awesome achievement and one you should be proud of. Related: Dear Bank, It’s Not Me, It’s You According to a […]

Suze Orman: Get Out of My Head

Suze Orman: Get Out of My Head

We’ve run the numbers for my husband’s upcoming retirement a thousand times. Even though the calculations say that we are financially independent, and we’ll be able to sustain our lifestyle without his income, there’s this nagging voice in the back of my head. This voice […]

We are Americanadian

We are Americanadian

We are AMERICANADIAN. It’s pronounced A Merry Canadian. And the definition is someone who lives in both America AND Canada. Not to be confused with a SNOWBIRD, who lives in the southern US during the winter months only. Let me explain. It’s only a couple […]

Countdown Fever

Countdown Fever

When we started this journey toward my husband’s early retirement, we were years away. I refused to install a countdown timer on my phone until we were at least within the 3-year mark. Now, we’re down to less than 2 years! We’ve started counting down […]


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