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Financially independent…but we choose not to be

It’s hard to believe April is almost over and May is just around the corner. It’s getting warmer and sunnier here in Vancouver and it sure feels like summer is just around the corner. Here are some random thoughts.…

Maui slow travel for 12 days

Back in late February, Mrs. T, Baby T1.0, Baby T2.0 and I spent 12 days in Maui. This was one trip where we travel hacked so we saved ourselves over $10,000. We used points for 3 return air tickets…

It’s not about having time it’s about making time

How often do you hear people telling you that they are too busy? Nowadays, it seems that society expects people to be constantly busy. If we are not busy, we are doing something wrong. We are busy with work,…

Spending money isn’t the enemy

Someone asked me the other day… You’re advertising yourself as a frugal person on your blog… so does this mean you don’t buy anything at all? Wow that sure is an interesting question with a hint of sarcasm perhaps?…

Stop comparing yourself to others

I really enjoy interacting with readers, whether it be via comments on this blog, emails, Twitter, or Facebook. I always appreciate when people take their time to write. If you are one of the people who commented/emailed/tweeted/Facebooked with me…

Weekend Reading – Frozen Vancouver edition

Brrr it has been cold in Vancouver the last few days. Hard to believe but we have had a few days where the temperature dipped below 0°C (it’s -6°C/21°F outside as I write this). Such below 0 temperature is…

Being mindful consumers

As you may have heard, fellow Canadian personal finance blogger, Cait Flanders’ first book “The Year of Less” was launched in January. I have followed Cait’s journey on her blog for the last few years and absolutely loved her…