Updates: September 23 – 29

Pfew, what a week. As you might have guessed with the real estate themed posts lately, we’re exploring the market and looking to buy a second condo in the area. Nothing firm to share yet, but we’ll definitely share some details when we have enough information to warrant an update. It’s been a busy week around the web as well and I think this is the biggest list of blogs and mentions we’ve had yet. Thank you to everyone who’s stopped by and shared our content! An extra thank you to Jason from Work Save Live for his guest post on Understanding US Retirement Investment Accounts. It’s a topic I don’t know a lot about, so thanks for sharing your knowledge with us north of the border.

We also published our first guest post this week over at Planwise – Eating well while eating cheap. Planwise is set to release some major updates on Monday which look pretty cool. I especially like the new Alerts feature which provides helpful information like when you will run out of money, or when your debt to income ratio is too high. Here’s a sneak preview!


Don’t forget, you can check out the current version without even leaving this blog! Check out our Tools section for a built in version of Planwise.

The fall harvest is starting to wind down at the garden and we’ll be picking most of what’s left tomorrow before preparing the plot for winter. We’ve got a few winter plants, namely kale and our mystery plant, so I’m looking forward to that. Stay tuned for some more news on the condo front and check out these great posts in the meantime!


  • Mrs. Plunged In Debt talks about one of CF’s most favourite topics, science degrees.  It’s a great personal story of another Biology refugee who realized that there are great jobs out there for smart people that don’t involve making pennies while slaving away in a laboratory.
  • JT at 20s Finances talks about the ins and outs of diversification.  It’s a quick read but very informative and provides a clear explanation of the topic.
  • For most of CF’s early 20s, she was preoccupied with how much I should pay for rent.  She would often move every year or two in order to escape rent increases!  Veronica at Pelican on Money talks about this topic on her blog and suggests that you should look at your budget first and foremost.
  • It’s coming up to the start of a new month, which means the grocery budget is re-set. This month, I’m going to attempt The Grocery Game Challenge from Canadian Budget Binder!
  • Evolving Personal Finance looks at the costs of finding a new job. I think it’s different in every industry, but don’t expect your potential employer to foot the bill if you have to fly in from out of town to interview.
  • One of my favourite philosophical bloggers was back at it this week. Brave New Life looked at The Retirement Identity Gap as a way of answering the question “what are you going to do with all your time when you retire early?”
  • CF and I are a big fan of free stuff on craigslist. Freedom Thirty Five Blog also made some great discoveries and encourages us to Find Freebies Online.
  • My Alternate Life advises everyone to Start Saving for Christmas Now! I fully agree – part of my budget every year goes to ‘gifts’. Year round, I’m saving for birthdays, celebrations and Christmas!
  • John at Frugal Rules reminds us that credit cards are not inherently bad. It’s true, but if the companies didn’t make money off the interest and everyone paid off their balance every month, there would be no reason for companies to offer credit cards.
  • Jason at Work Save Live had a great Kale Salad recipe. We just planted Kale for the winter in our garden, so we might get to try this recipe out!


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  1. Time to get it all packed in for the winter season and I’m sad to see all the plants tumble to the ground. The best part is we grew enough tomatoes and peppers to last us through the winter so that worked out well for us.

    Thanks for the mentions and I have to say I enjoy reading the layout of this post. It almost seems as if I’m hearing a radio broadcast or a television broadcast when I read like ET Canada. Maybe it’s just me, but I like it.

    Cheers Mate

  2. Thanks for the mention Brian! My wife and I are about ready to pull the last of the harvest off of all our plants as well. It’s always interesting to see what does great and not so great each year. Have a great weekend!

    • Brian says:

      CF is outside right now pulling out our balcony tomatoes in favor of kale. Heading to the garden this afternoon, but still might keep the tomatoes in awhile longer. Have a good one!

  3. Brian, thank you so much for including my post this week! I just saw your post on the mystery plant. Has anyone ID’ed it and when do you plan to reveal? I’ll take a wild guess and say Cauliflower!

    • Brian says:

      We are waiting until the plant actually produces whatever vegetable it will produce before we announce the winner. Cauliflower was my original guess too, but there have been so many good suggestions I just don’t know!

  4. A second condo, good for you. We’ve thought down the road about picking up a second home but that will be far down the road. Thanks for linking up the Grocery Game and I look forward to your shopping this month. In September for 2 of us we came just under $190… posting your shop can make magic happen for the budget if you can stick to it! It’s like a check in! Cheers Mr.CBB

    • Brian says:

      I’m heading over to print off your template for our grocery shop this afternoon. Looking forward to participating – we’re both really impressed with your $190 last month, we don’t often find others who are on a similar food budget to us!

  5. Anxious to see you in the grocery game. I have no hope of ever winning, but if Mr.CBB stays on me, I’ll do better than I have in the past.

  6. Thanks for hosting my guest post and sharing my Kale Salad Recipe! We’re going to be trying a new one tonight and if it’s any good it should be on the blog here in a few weeks.

    Good luck searching for the condo! We’ve been looking at houses lately and haven’t found anything we like (that’s in our price range).

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