Sometimes it’s like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in here! All full of Oompa-Loompas and trained squirrels… Check it out: Where I live, rent runs $1600-$2000 and up. I pay $500, all inclusive, so my house-choosing strategy is awesome and definitely one of my primary successes. I own a car. I didn’t until I was 38, and… Continue reading My Nonsensical Budgeting Brain
In the summer, I signed up for a membership which had a refund guarantee. So far, so good, right?? When the service turned out to not be a match, I requested a partial refund—just on the segment that wasn’t a fit. The business, though, claimed that while it genuinely desired to honour the request, it… Continue reading Who Are YOU In Cahoots With?
Many people with involuntarily low income face distinct challenges. Often, their income is low because of a disability, limited transportation, the responsibility of children, or other factors. At the same time, people with low income are often required to complete far more paperwork, visit far more agencies, and give greater accounting for their lives. As… Continue reading Four Meals: Cheap, Easy, Sustaining
Hit the jackpot at the thrift today! What sort of gods were being so kind, I have no idea. I hate shopping! But (or therefore) I’ve got an ultralight wardrobe and many of my clothes are 14 years old. The inspiration? I’ve got an occasion to dress up for, and I’ve been feeling keen to… Continue reading That’s Right: A Steilmann Dress for $188 Off
In a fit of virus this past weekend, I binge-watched Halt and Catch Fire. (At $9/mo, Netflix is my single TV station.) I loved everything about the show: the horde of nerds I so relate to, the passion-based work that leaves us unconcerned with “hours”, the beautiful geek-love, and the wild competition in personal computing’s earliest… Continue reading Halt and… Commit Fraud?
Fretting about the noise that came with this summer’s tourists, two weeks ago I applied for government housing. I’d long thought I “should” try it. By income and other trippy circumstances, I’m eligible. But, it didn’t feel right because I have savings, and other families are surely more in need. But more at issue was… Continue reading Which is Cheaper: Tiny House or Government Housing?
Earlier this year, both our bikes were stolen. Bikes had seemed like a sound decision for us: I rode for 17 years before I finally bought a car, and my son was equally keen and confident from the age of 4. I had bought mine about 10 years ago, and had it lightly customized. My… Continue reading The Cost of Costly Possessions
In indirect response to this post, friends began discussing radical frugality, noting they’re not keen on that path. Same here. I am close with a number of people who choose radical frugality. Some live on abandoned farmland with food harvested from the wild or scavenged from dumpsters. Others join monastic or lay monastic communities which… Continue reading Radical Prioritizing vs Radical Frugality
A key strategy alluded to in my book is to take people and organizations up on all freebies. These have made all the difference in my financial journey. What’s available to you right now? What are Craigslist, your library’s bulletin board, your bank, and your rec centre promoting? What do their posters say? On any… Continue reading Take Them Up On It
As my whirlwind trip was wrapping up, I realized that a delightful aspect had been that internet and phone worked regardless of where I stand or how I move. Yep, the reception for both at my home is crazy: limited and fussy, demanding that the phone and computer sit at a specific height in one of… Continue reading Do I Suffer Without Full Wifi?