Questioning the necessities – Owning a car

Owning a car, car sharing, car, having a car, buying a car
Growing up, I lived the rural lifestyle. I believed that part of becoming an adult was owning my own car. Often, owning a car makes a log of sense in a rural setting. Sporadic transit and long distances between amenities can make car ownership logical. Now I live in the city, and as part of a growing urban population, the necessity of owning a car is something that can seriously be questioned. Costs...

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Posted in: Minimalism and Frugality, Philosophy

Recipe ideas: Fried rice

Fried Rice. rice. weekday meal,
Having the most frugal grocery budget in the world isn’t going to help you any if you can’t put together at least a few healthy, tasty, and cheap eats! Every month, The Outlier Model features a cheap recipe idea, along with the cost breakdown. Fried rice is a great quick and easy meal which can use up a lot of leftover veggies and meat!  Try adding unusual ingredients like asparagus or pineapple...

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Posted in: Food and Grocery, Recipes

Real estate update 2011

Real estate update, real estate, rental property, condo, renting out a property, property investment
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!

egg McMuffins, homemade egg McMuffins, english muffin
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
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