Wednesday, 25 January 2017

It's not just about saving money

You will see that I've changed the template for the blog.   I was very attached to my dramatic tropical vision, somehow encapsulating the freedom that can come from dreaming about better ways to spend your money.   But I wondered if the background became distracting  and detracted from the blog posts.   Also, some find a white font on a dark background more difficult to read than the more common reverse.   I'll live with it for a while and see how it settles.

I've also added a blogroll to the right.   The list is quite diverse but there's a lot of interesting reading for a wide range of interests.     When you're reading you won't be making impulse purchases!

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Does it sound corny to want to save the planet?    I hope not.  Zero Waste Home is a blog that will definitely save you money while at the same time provide value and conserve the earth's resources.  I have to admire someone who can reduce their trash to one (small) jar a year.    It becomes a part time job and you spend time having conversations with store clerks and managers to persuade them to put the potato salad you purchased at their supermarket deli into the glass jar you brought with you instead of their styrofoam container  with snap on plastic lid.  Don't bring your teenage children; they would be embarrassed beyond belief by your actions.   I think my route would be to make my own potato salad since even on sale for 99 cents for a 100 grams  is more than quadruple the price of the potatoes bought in a 5 or 10 pound bag.

Then there's the floating ball of plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is the size of Texas. 

That sounds like my version of a nightmare.  

Saturday, 21 January 2017



One of my life's mottos has always been to not re-invent the wheel.   Someone has faced this problem/issue before and has likely found a solution.   Many someones will provide you with various different solutions and one of them is sure to fit.   If the internet only existed for this purpose, it would be worthwhile.  

I would sincerely like to encourage you to take up cooking as a hobby.   If I suggested that you take it up to save money, it probably wouldn't have the same appeal.   Some might think it was a punishment.    But more than a few people have come to love the creative aspects of preparing food as opposed to . . . mopping the floor?   Just don't get carried away seeking out expensive spices or obscure ingredients.  (saffron!)  Learn to substitute (or omit).   Everyone loves the cook!

Here's a couple of links to get you started:

Living well, Spending less


5 dollar dinners

There is enough reading and  sufficient recipes to keep you engaged for a long time.   You'll think differently about food after a while.  

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Hockey for Kids

Lots of Canadian parents put their sons . . . and daughters . . .  into hockey.  What a commitment!  It's expensive and requires considerable transportation and attendance at practises and games.   There's the fundraising and the parental help with various activities like time-keeping.   There's no doubt it's good exercise but so is jogging.   Hockey goes most of the year now with summer 'dry land' training.

I sometimes wonder whether a secret hope thrives in the bosom of parents that their son is going to make the National Hockey League, become famous and make boatloads of money.   Having a son who is on that trajectory is looking at a stupendous investment in time and money.  First of all, be very certain that your offspring is as committed to the goal as you are.   And not just when they are starting out as a seven year old who goes along with whatever you're enthusiastic about.   Do they still want to get up at 5 a.m. for practices when they are twelve?

Can a future NHL prospect be spotted at an early age?   If both parents are of shorter stature is their son likely to be of the heft necessary to be a potential prospect?  Are other important aspects, like school and music or art,  of a child's life set aside to focus on hockey?   Is the family budget strained to pay for hockey?  Are the non-hockey playing members of the family short-changed to focus on the golden child?

It's a big commitment.