Growing up, I could tell there was something not quite “right” about me. Not inherently wrong, but different enough that -try as I might- I could not fit in. After I failed at almost every convention, I gave up on achievement and shifted my focus to survival. For good reason, it seemed: By my early… Continue reading Regained Potential
“You are not obligated to continue holiday traditions that leave you broke, overwhelmed, or tired.” from frugalfarmwife.com
This is the time of year I look over my finances of the past 11.5 months. What did I spend? How happy have my son and I been feeling? What costs went up or down? Are my child and I thriving? Yep, it’s not just a dollars-and-cents review. Money is absolutely linked with health and… Continue reading Can I Be Happy Without Every Metric of the Minority World?
When I was broke, I had few options. Simple as that. When the person I was married to beat me up, I could not pay to stay in a motel so had to stay in a shelter that hosted almost as much daily threat. When the disability office cut off my payments due to an… Continue reading How I Pay For My “Free” Health Care
Most of my frugality I learned from my mum. She has always had all sorts of tricks up her sleeves for saving: creative, inventive, sometimes hilarious approaches to stretching a dollar, most of which impress my mind and delight my soul. Now that the book is complete and out, I had opportunity to drive the… Continue reading The Limits of Frugality
While other Mustachians are out there do-it-yourselfing their houses, car repairs, and computer programs, my goals are more base: stay alive, want to stay alive, teach my son to do likewise. If you have a brain that plays tricks on you, or offers regular interference to daily living, this can take all your spoons. After… Continue reading DIY Psychiatric Hospital
I live in Canada, which is reputed to have an amazing and free system for health care. Although its health care system is certainly much better than it is for poor folks in some parts of the world, many aspects are far from excellent. My most recent experience of this was when I was suddenly… Continue reading The True Price of Free Health Care