How to Not Owe Buckets of Money at Tax Time

Basically ever since I had my first job scooping ice cream, tax time has been kind of weird for me.  Some people get moderately excited about the thought of a refund, but then forget about it five minutes later.  Even more people put off doing their taxes until the last possible day, causing traffic jams […]

How Many Hours Are In Your Wallet?

We tend to think of money in terms of dollars.  And that makes sense, because that’s how most things are priced.  You go to the store, you see an item on the shelf, and you look at how many dollars it costs.  That system of currency-based value seems to work pretty well, because basically everyone […]

2017 – Our Year View Mirror

Well, well, well… here we are, at the end of another year.  The second full one Rachel and I have spent as husband and wife, the first full one this little blog has enjoyed, and hopefully the last one in which I’ll have to work multiple jobs just to make ends meet.  If nothing else, […]

We De-Cluttered Our Movie Collection With a Little VUDU

This one’s for all you people out there with a bajillion DVDs that haven’t seen the light of day for years.  You know that digital media is the way we’re heading, right?  Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video, they’re all getting our money like crazy.  But what about physical media?  You know, that DVD […]

A Year of Thankfulness: 2017 Edition

I know all of you Canadians have already been thankful this year, but it’s our turn down here in the land of freedom.  I hope all of your holidays were well-celebrated, filled with family and warmth.  And for all of you retail workers out there: my heart goes out to you.  I spent many years […]

Be Like Sam

Last week, I was working one of my last days at my part-time job.  There was one co-worker there, we’ll call him Sam, who I’d seen a couple of times but never really worked with closely.  Sam and I found ourselves in a conversation that day that I won’t soon forget.  He knew that I […]

An Open Letter to High School Seniors

Dear High School Senior, I know it doesn’t seem like it right now, but you’re almost done.  You’ve got two more short months left in 2017, and about five more to go once the calendar turns.  Then you’re free!  No more high school drama (except it’ll always be there), no more people telling you what […]

Downshift

This month is shaping up to be the biggest month of our marriage so far.  For 17 of the 24 months we’ve been married, I’ve been working two jobs.  Not out of some greedy desire to buy a mansion or attempt at becoming a workaholic, but out of necessity.  When we got married, we quickly […]