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Living On Less: The Average Cost of Living vs. Average Wages

Living On Less: The Average Cost of Living vs. Average Wages

Huge numbers of our peers are living on less than average. That’s just the way statistics work – half of anything occurs below the mean. As a macro comparison, this article contrasts average cost-of-living data against average wages. We’ll take a look at representative budgets from the lower-income deciles in a couple of different North American cities. The Data of …

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Are Energy Resellers a Scam? Don’t Fall For An Energy Reseller Scam

Are Energy Resellers a Scam?

A few years ago, shortly after my now-husband and I first moved in together, we had a representative from Summitt Energy come knocking on our door one evening. The rep quickly introduced himself and showed me an official-looking ID card that matched the logo on his jacket. Since we had brand new utility accounts, we both assumed that this rep …

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Why We’re Not Moving …Yet

As of yesterday, R and I have lived in our rental townhouse for exactly one year. That means that the lease we signed is now over, and we are free to move out whenever we want to. (After giving the required 2 months notice, that is.) It’s no secret that I don’t like living here, and that I kind of …

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Tales from a Tenant: “Hello, Police?” Rounds 2 & 3

Less than a month ago, I shared my first tale from a tenant involving the police. (A young couple were fighting outside. When it turned violent, we called 911. But the police never showed up.) Following that incident, things had been fairly quiet around our neighbourhood. That is until this week, when the police were here not once, but twice, …

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Tales from a Tenant: The Cost of Moving

Tales from a Tenant is a new series featured here on My Life, I Guess… that chronicles the ups and downs of being a tenant. If you are interested in contributing your tenant (or landlord) tales, please contact me. Today’s post is by yours truly. On February 1st, I moved into a 3 bedroom townhouse with my boyfriend (“R”) and …

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