Is a Costco Membership Good Value for Money?

There are two things I regularly buy where Costco saves me a bundle: office paper and contact lenses. Those are the only items that keep me shopping there, as I am not a fan of paying a membership fee in… Continue Reading

Hosting an International Student as a Mortgage Helper

Vancouver is having a record summer for international students, and they all need a place to stay. The Cypress Homestay agency has been calling us to see if we have room. For two years my husband and I hosted students… Continue Reading

The Fixed Versus Variable Rate Mortgage Dilemma

It’s never easy to try to figure out which mortgage to pick. It doesn’t help with stories in the news saying that variable is better than fixed, 18 years out of 20. You just don’t know when you are in… Continue Reading

Finding 2-For-1 Deals on Food and Attractions in London

The past few times I’ve been in London I have found a 2 for 1 attractions coupon booklet at Paddington Station. I have also noticed it in the racks at the other train stations. It’s not geared towards overseas tourists,… Continue Reading

Saving on Lawn and Garden Tools

When we moved into our house we had spent every spare penny and had a lawn and garden that needed tending. Having come from an apartment, we didn’t have any of that gear. So, we decided to try to find… Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why TFSAs are Giving RRSPs a Run for Their Money

TFSAs, in my view, are the better way to go. In fact, I have stopped putting money into an RRSP and only use my TFSA. 1. With a limit of $10,000 a year, we now have room to do some… Continue Reading

Grocery Shopping on the Cheap in Vancouver

Quite by accident I discovered the cheapest place in town, and possibly all of BC, to buy fruit and vegetables. It’s an independent store called Sunrise Market in the middle of Vancouver’s downtown eastside, adjacent to Chinatown, at the corner of… Continue Reading

Who Pays for Long Distance Phone Calls Anymore?

Once upon a time it used to cost nearly a dollar a minute to speak to someone about 2 hours away. Now there are all sorts of plans and ways to do it for free. I laughed recently when I… Continue Reading

How I Save a Bundle on Great Hotels

Travelling is one of those areas where I’m a little conflicted. Yes, I like to do it as cheaply as possible. But I also hate camping and prefer to stay in hotels with a four star minimum. Internet sites like… Continue Reading

There’s a Lot More than Just Books at the Library

I love the library. I am an avid reader but don’t buy many books any more. I know, I know, I believe in supporting authors and I do subscribe to a number of magazines that I enjoy. But, I have… Continue Reading