Indulge yourself to stay on track

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Budgets are tough.  It’s easy to want things and so much harder to say no.  Saying no to yourself does get easier over time, but it helps if you leave enough room in your budget for the occasional indulgence.  It’s like a diet.  Everyone knows that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and fiber will keep you healthy, but the occasional chocolate bar does no harm and may offer some benefit as...

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Net worth update 2010

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In terms of overall financial health, your net worth is a great indicator of overall success. To calculate your net worth, add up all of your assets (things that are worth money) and subtract your debts (loans, etc). 2010 was the first complete year that both CF and I kept track of our net worth on a monthly basis. At first, adding up all of my assets and debts seemed like a big task. Now, I enjoy...

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A grocery budget for 2

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Last time, I posted my grocery budget for singles, including a breakdown of where this money went over a three month period. This was basically how I ate while I was in university. I lived alone (stupid, stupid, stupid… !) and given the high costs of housing in Vancouver, I had to learn to maximize my budget. It worked out pretty well for me. I cooked most of my meals at home and supplemented this...

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Posted in: Food and Grocery

How to butcher a whole chicken

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If you are strictly being economical when eating chicken, it is usually cheapest to stick with drumsticks or thighs, which can almost always be bought on sale at $1.50/lb or less. Usually, I get chicken drumsticks at $0.49-$0.79/lb. But it’s easy to get “bored” of eating drumsticks and understandable to want a variety of white and dark meat. Buying whole chickens can be an economical way to...

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