Devil of a blue dress and how I broke my own money rule

I broke one of my personal finance rules yesterday. I tried on this blue dress even though I KNOW better. [Read more…]

The Ethnic Aisle is on Patreon. We are creating a magazine about race and ethnicity!

Let me tell you a story that started four years ago. Actually, it started nearly 20 years ago when I immigrated to Canada.
[Read more…]

Bulk cooking, food wastage and the Eatby app

I am terrible at bulk food cooking. I can do it but I’m inconsistent about the doing of it. I’ll do it for two or three weeks and freeze all the containers. But by week four, I don’t bother to do groceries [Read more…]

The Margaret Dabbs dry pedicure, no water allowed

We will never give up heels and thankfully, Margaret Dabbs, the queen of feet and heel lover, (nude, 3 inches) agrees with us. She created her groundbreaking medical pedicure in London a decade ago: blending a visit to your podiatrist with a pedicure, no water allowed. [Read more…]

Forget Interac, go mobile with Square

I was standing in front the Me.N.u food truck recently watching as a woman placed her order for the rice ball and taco combo. She was about to pay when the staffer said, “We take credit cards” much to her delight. [Read more…]

Buying on layaway

Mobile and apps may be the future of shopping but some retailers have returned to an old-school method just for the holidays: the layaway. [Read more…]

Spend money to save money

Grocery shopping, home décor — of course you can do these yourself and find great ways to save money. But what if you find yourself buying and returning curtains that don’t work, or you’re constantly throwing away food because you just don’t have the time to cook it? [Read more…]

The denomination effect

One of the top tips to control spending is to take out money from bank machine and only pay in cash. The thinking is that when you see what you’re spending, you won’t spend as rashly as you might if you paid with a debit or credit card. [Read more…]

Better late than never?

The majority of Canadian still dream of owning their own home. However, the high costs of houses and changes to the CMHC guidelines mean more people are waiting and buying later in life. [Read more…]

Financial strategies for Generation X

You’ve probably read the headlines — the baby boomers aren’t saving enough money, Generation Y and the Millennials (born in the 1980s) are steeped in debt with no hope of living the dream set out by their predecessors. But what about Generation X? [Read more…]