Have You Ever Complained to a Company Just to Get Free Stuff?

A few years ago, I received a $5 gift card in the mail from a major fast food company. Enclosed with the gift card was a letter from the company following up with a recent complaint that I had made. The gift card was an apologetic gesture to keep me as a customer. At the time, I was thrilled! I was working over 60 hours a week between 2 low-paying...

Do You Struggle With Expressing Gratitude?

Do You Struggle With Expressing Gratitude? - My Life, I Guess

Everyone’s talking about new year’s resolutions right now. Some people love them, some people don’t. Personally, I fall somewhere in between. I don’t usually make a formal resolution, but I do have an idea of what area I’d like to focus on for the year. This year, I got a bit of a head start. I already knew a few months ago what my focus was going to be, and...

You’ve Probably Come A Lot Further Than You Think

You've Probably Come A Lot Further Than You Think - My Life, I Guess

Whether you love it or you hate it, Facebook is pretty much everywhere. Personally, I’ve wanted to quit it so many times, but like the majority of us, I just can’t take the plunge. It has become the primary way that I keep in touch with far too many people. I’ve completely lost touch with several old friends simply because they don’t use Facebook. I first got a Facebook account...

Practical Gift Ideas for the Unemployed

Practical Gift Ideas for the Unemployed - My Life, I Guess

Being unemployed is incredibly difficult. Especially around the holidays. We basically opted out of Christmas the last few years because I was either between jobs myself or only working part-time for minimum wage. With current unemployment rates, there’s probably someone on your list that’s either looking for a new job (or looking for a better one). Giving them a thoughtful, practical gift could really go a long way. Think about...

We Bought a New Car, After All

We Bought a New Car, After All - My Life, I Guess

I recently had an article of mine, How I Was Almost Manipulated Into Buying a New Car, featured in both Women’s Money Talk and Rockstar Finance. Even though I’ve been blogging for over 5 years, this was my first time having an article picked up by curated sites. I was so honoured and excited! But I also couldn’t help but laugh at the irony of the timing. On the day...