“You live in a really small home, therefore you’re poor.” No, no, no: I live in a really small home and as a result, I’m not poor. In many parts of the minority world, shelter costs are the number one factor making or breaking financial well-being. A host of people are choosing to move into… Continue reading Are You Sure I’m Poor?
Where I live, housing (rent or ownership) costs are among the highest in the world. Some of us feel compelled to live here anyway. In my case, it’s so that my son has access to various supports and services. When he ages out of those, we’ll likely move to a cheapo part of the world.… Continue reading Third Space: A Creative Solution to Housing Costs
…we frugal, inventive parents have a moment of anxiety. “I got her too little stuff!” “This pile is way too tiny!” “What was I thinking, getting him so many books, free from the library’s used pile at that?” lol. Yep, this is par for the course. For many of us, swimming against the current of… Continue reading …and then right before Santa comes…
It’s true for those hypercapable, disability-free folks too, but what makes me the most money, by far, is patience. A deep, quiet commitment to allowing the optimal process to complete. Four months for the bank to open that independent investing account. Six months for the college to process the grant application. A nine-hour drive, and… Continue reading Patience: The Million Dollar Trait
I was mortified by how much new paper came home with me yesterday. Granted, I collect my mail only about once a week, and yesterday included multiple weird errands I’d managed to put off for some time. At 330pm I dragged through my front door: three cheques (no option for online deposit) one government call… Continue reading 10 Papers Per Day
When I noted that one highlight of my day was Sirfluffalot’s sweet paw petting me, it occurred to me to keep her. I’ve catsit her every few months for the last two years—without charge—and enjoy doing so. Unlike many people with sensory issues, animals are not primarily a source of joy for me. Between their… Continue reading My Almost Cat
I’m not into it, this Christmas thing. After childhood, I gleefully quit. For many years, the opt-in to simplicity thrilled me to no end! Then I had a kid. It seems he enjoys the festivities, wha?? So, resume Christmas I did. I try to honour both our needs: mine for quiet and simplicity; his for… Continue reading Most Strategic Christmas Ever