$1000 & 50 Hours Worth “Dyeing” For

For the past 17 years, I’ve been dying my hair. It started innocently enough back in grade 7 when my mom let me try the temporary wash-out hair dyes, but before I knew it, I had gone more than half my life covering up my naturally blonde locks. Over the years, I’ve been a brunette, …

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My Money in 2013

Last week, I did a quick recap of my life in 2013. In case you missed it – almost everything changed. New job, new relationship, soon-to-be new living arrangements, new life, and a new financial situation. I’m excited to see where all these new things take me in 2014 – and hope they keep taking …

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My Life in 2013

2013 was a crazy year for me to say the least. I started the year working 60+ hours a week between two jobs for a company that I hated (and who I later reported to the labour board). But I was determined to quit – especially after a little incident involving my wisdom teeth caused …

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December 2013 Money Recap

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Not surprisingly, December was an expensive month. As in I spent about $550 more than I made, including the money I received for Christmas  – but it wasn’t Christmas’s fault. Rent this month was nearly doubled because of the deposit on the new place and I had to start paying back my student loan. (Or …

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Shacking Up, Living in Sin & Other Cliches

In my last post, I not-so-subtlety alluded to some upcoming changes in my life. I didn’t say exactly what these changes are for fear of jinxing myself, but now that it’s official I can share my big news. In case you haven’t already figured it out by title of this post: The boyfriend and I …

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November 2013 Money Recap

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I did a much better job at tracking my spending this month than I did back in October – but I did a much, much worse of spending. Normally, I’d start off a post like this with an “Income vs. Expenses” graph to show you how good I’ve been at not living pay-check to pay-check …

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October 2013 Money Recap

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I did a pretty bad job of tracking my spending this month because my bank is stupid. See, my direct deposit and all my automatic monthly payments (car loan, insurance, etc.) are all through this one account – but they also charge ridiculous fees (like $1 per transaction). So I have a second, no-fee account …

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My Debt Story: How I Ended Up With $62,000 in Debt

.AnOctober marks my one year anniversary of discovering this wonderful personal finance blogging world! As if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, WordPress also tells me that this is my 100th post! To mark these momentous occasions, I thought it was high time I got real with you guys. As a pseudo personal finance blogger I’ve …

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Lessons from a Counsellor

Six months ago, I decided that I needed to talk to someone, professionally speaking. I had seen a counsellor a few times before, as there was a counsellor available right on my university’s campus, that was included in our student health plan. But when it came to finding someone to talk to in a new …

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Septemeber 2013 Money Recap

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Another recap post already? Yes friends, because I was late to post my August Recap we’re stuck with two almost back-to-back. That’ll teach me. Anywho, September thankfully was a much better month for me personally, professionally, and financially than August was. The new job is going very well, I’m feeling better most days, and I …

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August 2013 Money Recap

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I know that it’s already nearing the end of September (how did that happen?!) but between the break-up and the new job, I’m just getting around to posting my August recap now. Better late than never, right? Income vs. Expenses I still was off work in August, living off my savings and some E.I.  Although …

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