Are you still stopping off at Timmy’s, Starbucks or Rotten Ronnie’s on your way in to work for a quick bite? That $5 a day could go towards better things if you make your own breakfast burritos, at a fraction of the cost. We’ve done this a few times now and ours only cost about $1.50 each and are made with fresh ingredients - here’s how!
Most Toronto-area locals know of the outlet malls in Markham and Mississauga where you can get some great deals and avoid paying retail prices. But there are a few times of year that some of the big names (like Zwilling J.A. Henckels) host a warehouse sale and these are sales you don’t want to miss.
This post focuses on resources that you can use for travel. With the sheer amount of information now available online, you can research and plan your trip or work experience from start to finish wall on your own. However, utilizing effective and reliable resources is key in your planning process. There is so much information out there, that sometimes it’s is hard to know where to turn for the best information and deals. Below I outline various resources, tools and even companies that are worth a look before booking your next trip.
Everyone loves a good deal. That’s why I love using websites like Groupon, WagJag, TravelZoo and others to find bargains that make my dollar go a little further! While you do have to scrounge through and assess if some offers are actually deals, others are just no brainers! Even ‘big box e-stores’ like Amazon really surprise me sometimes with the value they offer.
Some of you may have seen the post I wrote during my car shopping hunt, but I’m happy to say that on February 25, 2017 I bought my ‘new’ [pre-owned] car and that the search for the right fit was over. I had finally found the 2014 Ford Focus Titanium I wanted and this time, I snatched it up quick!
My 2004 Ford Focus wagon has honestly been a great car – good on gas, reliable, and cheap to fix, with very minor repairs. However, it’s getting up there in age and kilometers, and her age is starting to show (some shakiness, cruise control no longer works, and a few other quirks). I’ve been looking to upgrade to a new used car and I’m struggling to find a vehicle that checks all my boxes with the budget I’m working with. My fiancé has also been planning a Ford F-150 purchase, so we’ve been taking lots of test drives and visiting various dealerships. I have to say that the car shopping experience is quite something, and it’s fierce!
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ before. I truly believe in this saying, especially when it comes to the thrift shop. You can find anything and everything under the sun at the used thrift shop like Value Village. Completely niche items, rare finds, discontinued products, replacements for something you broke, designer clothes, all at very reasonable prices. And sometimes, you even come across something extra special that you would never expect to find there…
Product Name: FoodSaver 2-in-1 Stainless Steel Vacuum Sealer
Model: V4825 Bag Sealer
Retail Price: $175 - $250 CAD, replacement bags about $40 CAD
Where to Buy it: online or in stores – Amazon, Costco and Wal-Mart are a few viable options
Many of my friends and family are aware that I just returned from a short trip to Taiwan. Below is my itinerary summary and a few comments/tips if you’re planning a trip of your own! I was lucky enough to be invited to stay with a friend, and decided to make the most of the trip by seeing as much as I could of the island (within reason of course). Taiwan is often referred to as Ilha Formosa (beautiful island), and it truly is.
So anyone who has done a bit of travelling (or who has at least done a bit of research) knows that travel is expensive. Sure, you can get a few [last minute] deals here and there and a few sites exist to help you find loopholes for flight booking errors and price comparisons, but overall, travel is pretty damn expensive! My trip to Turkey last April cost nearly $3400 all expenses in! So how does one afford a trip away from time to time on their own pocket change? Here’s what I recommend.
I’m working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to explore beyond the border. Sharing my tips, trips, opinions and rants on life and travel in the meantime.