You are here

How to Grocery Shop with Kids without Losing your Mind

Grocery shopping with kids seems to be one of the quickest ways to cause stress and create chaos for everyone involved. However, with a bit of planning (and some luck), you can understand how to grocery shop with kids without losing your mind. Make a list. Try to organize it by the sections in your store. Highlight the essentials (You’ll see why this is important later). Don’t bring your kids. Since you probably have to bring your kids, pick a time where the stars align: your kids are well-rested, well-fed, and…

Read More

I Have the Black Friday Blues

Every year, when this topic of Black Friday shopping comes up, I become the cranky step-sister of Scrooge and The Grinch. It is as inevitable as my children rejecting the candied yams on Thanksgiving Day. I’m probably in a small minority, but I avoid all things Black Friday. Not that I don’t appreciate the concept, I do. Who doesn’t love the thrill of a good bargain? I’m the gal who buys gifts all year long, taking advantage of after-season sales and coupons. Yet I cannot get myself worked into a Black…

Read More

Being a Soldier Changed Me

I had just turned seventeen years old when I joined the Canadian Armed Forces reserves. I left for my basic training two weeks after I graduated from high school. I spend seven weeks away from my family and friends, endured more “character building” than I had ever imagined possible, did things that I never thought that I could, and came home a different, more confident girl than I was when I left. During my first year of university, I spent every weekend commuting to my unit, which was an hours…

Read More

Foreclosure Is Scary: Get Help Before It’s Too Late

  You spent your life planning, working and living. Doing the things you love. Building irreplacable memories with your family. All the while, your house became a home. Your home is probably one of the first things that you ever purchased as an adult. And maybe you didn’t even realize at the time just how significant that purchase would be. Sure, it was a big purchase, a big financial decision. But it is so much more than that now. A home is where important life memories are made, where family…

Read More

Money Management 101 for College Kids

Of all the things I wish they taught in school, I wish there were a better understanding of budgeting and debt. I graduated high school with a ton of bad advice on establishing a credit rating and almost no concept of financial planning beyond “How to Operate a Savings Account.” At the age of 19, living on my own and working to pay bills, I had to take a crash course in money management 101—the hard way. In some ways I was lucky! I had to figure out how to…

Read More