Ch 12: Self Advocacy · disability planning · Increasing Income

Step 1a: No Cheating!

A long-time acquaintance in financial straits asked for my help in revamping her money status. I’d love to! The first tip was well-received: apply for disability benefits. She’s been medically eligible for as long as I’ve known her, but has stumbled along through endless short-term gigs instead, each one exacerbating her symptoms. Kudos to her… Continue reading Step 1a: No Cheating!

Ch 12: Self Advocacy · found money

This Week’s Found Money: $1144

With the Equifax breach, regularly checking transactions in our accounts is more important than ever. Even without a breach, check out what I found “stolen” in today’s quick review: Bank: $20 – Converted a cheque from the wrong currency. Child Recreation: $137. The rec centre cancelled the classes and offered a refund. I said yes,… Continue reading This Week’s Found Money: $1144

Ch 12: Self Advocacy · Step 4: Cutting Costs

How To Get That Thing You’re Covered For

If I were able to give only two tips, it would be: “record all expenses” and demonstrate your eligibility. The second is reflected in the following true story. In amongst a host of atypical experiences, my child is missing some teeth. They didn’t develop in utero. As a result, he requires some orthodontic care. Even though bones… Continue reading How To Get That Thing You’re Covered For

Ch 12: Self Advocacy · Ch 22: Taking the Leap · relationships

Building Community: Finding Your Yessayers

In response to Darcy’s comment here, I’m exploring the matter of building community. There is so much to talk about, I’m focusing on one aspect at a time. Today’s idea is around finding our yessayers. My friend Raj was struggling with a person who continually blocked Raj’s ideas: “This won’t work because…” “You won’t be able… Continue reading Building Community: Finding Your Yessayers