Getting rid of the backup rug

the backup rug, carpet, rug
Up until 2 weeks ago, I had a rug propped up against a corner in my living room.  I bought it 2 years ago when I lived in an apartment with hardwood floors.  I ended up vacating that apartment rather unexpectedly due to a fire, and aside from a brief appearance in my condo, I haven’t used the rug since then. I kept it for a while because I liked the colours.  It had taken a long time for the...

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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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The Outlier Model

The Outlier Model, maple leaf, goal, vision
In Wikipedia1, an outlier is described as: “An outlying observation, or outlier, is one that appears to deviate markedly from other members of the sample in which it occurs.” What does that mean for personal finance?  For living simply?  For life? For me, it describes much of what I hope to accomplish.  It means that by doing things differently than the “average” North American consumer,...

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