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4 Things Canada Does Better than the U.S.

4 Things Canada Does Better than the U.S.

Regular readers of this blog know we are anxious to move back to the U.S. It’s been almost eight years since we relocated to Canada and I still can’t get used to the frigid temps in the winter. Plus, I really miss Target and Krispy […]

Money Advice from Mom

Money Advice from Mom

My latest article, Advice from Mom: 11 Ways to Be Financially Responsible, was published on Grown & Flown this week. Grown & Flown is a terrific website for parents of older kids. The site has been featured on TODAY, NBC News, The New York Times, […]

Beware the spelling. FYRE – Bad. FIRE – Good.

Beware the spelling. FYRE – Bad. FIRE – Good.

I became familiar with the debacle known as the FYRE Festival when it first occurred in 2017. The festival was marketed to millennials (with a severe case of FOMO) as a 3-day luxury music experience on an exclusive island in the Bahamas. It was supposed […]

Sweet Jesus, Here’s Another Reason to Use a Credit Card Over a Debit Card

Sweet Jesus, Here’s Another Reason to Use a Credit Card Over a Debit Card

Normally I’m hesitant to write any article containing the name of Jesus. Except in this case, in which the focus of my rant is in fact, Sweet Jesus. Read on. Behold Sweet Jesus This past weekend, my 16-year old daughter was in Toronto to compete […]

That Time We Got Cold Feet at Closing

That Time We Got Cold Feet at Closing

You’d think we’d be experts at the closing table by now. We’re currently living in house number five. But as we were sitting at the attorney’s office ready to close on our current home, we got cold feet and almost didn’t go through with the […]

Money Lessons Learned from the Government Shutdown

Money Lessons Learned from the Government Shutdown

As I write this post, the government shutdown is entering its 32nd day, with no end in sight. While most of the 800,000 people affected will eventually go back to work and receive back pay, it’s certainly a scary time for lots of people. At […]

My New Year’s (FIRE) Resolutions

My New Year’s (FIRE) Resolutions

Normally I’m not big a fan of New Year’s resolutions. Even with the best intentions, my resolutions seem to disappear faster than food in our pantry. Remember, we’ve got a few hungry kids to feed. Food disappears pretty fast around here. But this year, I’ve […]

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 […]


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