Real estate update 2011

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Buying the first condo We bought our first condo at the age of 25, in March 2010.  Hard to believe, but even with the mortgage, strata, taxes and money set aside for maintenance, we were paying less for our condo per month than what we paid to rent in Vancouver! When we first bought the condo,  it was assessed at 210k. At the time, we paid 250k for it, 10k less than the asking price. We got our...

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Posted in: Home, Real Estate

Homemade egg McMuffins – Yum!

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I love McDonalds breakfast Egg McMuffins. How could you not? Egg, processed cheese, salty bacon, warm and crispy English muffin … drool. But at $2-something for the basic English muffin and almost $3 for the extras, it’s not a very good deal. But having an egg English muffin is a great way to start your day with protein and carbs. Here’s how you can make it at home. Homemade egg McMuffins What...

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Posted in: Food and Grocery, Recipes

A singleton’s groceries: Eating well on $100 a month

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Making a food budget One of the most challenging parts of setting a budget for myself was figuring out my food budget.  In fact, this was one of my first tasks!  Your food costs – what you eat, where you shop, even how often you shop – can really make or break your budget.  For example, buy an orange everyday at the corner store or 7-11 costs $1-$1.50.  In contrast, I bought three oranges yesterday...

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Posted in: Food and Grocery

Getting cable TV and internet for less

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Cable TV and internet are two of those annoying bills that somehow seemed to have crept into the “necessities” category for many households.  While I don’t consider TV and internet essential, my finances are such that I can afford them.  But, there’s no need to pay full price!  Here’s how you can get cable TV and internet for less.   How much TV do you need ? First, how much cable...

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Posted in: Entertainment and Leisure, Money
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