Family Finances


Who handles your family finances? Is it just one person or is it a joint effort? When it comes to the personal financial plan for a family, there are many ways to approach managing the budget. How you keep track of your family finances often depends on whether your finances are joint or separate. Some families have successful marriages with separate finances, while others share everything, including the responsibility of paying the bills. Some writers may argue for one system over another, but the important thing is to have a system in place. Separate Family Finances As I mentioned, some…

Batch Cooking: A Strategy for Singles


If you are single, or have a smaller family of just two or three people, you may often find yourself having to cook many small meals, or single cooking.  But have you ever considered the many benefits of batch cooking and saving the leftovers for later? If you prepare more food than you would normally eat for the current meal you will be rewarded with tasty healthy lunches for the next day or, if frozen, a hassle free meal at a later time.  And by simply doubling or tripling what you would normally cook you will save money, resources, and time.…

Green Tip #239: Cloth Napkins


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Image via Wikipedia"] [/caption] If you think about it, using cloth napkins seems like a pain in the neck. After all, with cloth napkins, you have to wash them after one or two uses. You may be wondering if that doesn't really up the amount of laundry you are doing? Here’s My Story When our daughter was little, one of her friend’s moms said she used cloth napkins. I thought I would give it a try, never imagining that many years later I would still be using (many of the same) cloth napkins. Let me digress, I am lazy. I don’t…

5 Tips to Help you Downsize Your Lifestyle


[caption id="flickrImage_1" align="alignright" width="240"] downsized_1222001559 © by Mandy_blue[/caption] One of the most effective ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle is to downsize. Downsizing your lifestyle involves cutting out the things that are less important, and finding contentment with a little bit less. If you are ready to downsize your lifestyle here are a few tips that can help you get on the right track: 1. Decide What's Important to You Before you can downsize your lifestyle, you need to figure out what you want that lifestyle to look at. What's most important to you? What are your priorities? Downsizing isn't…

SPF 1st Anniversary! iPad 2 Package + Green Tech Gadgets Giveaway!


Contest over! Hard to believe we started this site 365 days ago.  We still can't believe the growth our site has experienced and we have you, our readers, to thank. To celebrate we are holding a month long contest giving away an iPad 2 with some cool eco-friendly accessories, some really cool green technology gadgets and even some cold hard cash.  Over $1200 in prizes!  Well get to the contest soon enough but I also want to share a few things, including revealing who we are! Do you remember what our site looked like back when we were getting less…

Can We Stop Subsidizing Millionaires?


Like many other Canadians, I was watching the CFL playoffs last weekend. It wasn't really by choice, I was over at a friend's house and he had it on. I think the CFL is kind of a crummy league compared to its American cousin, but I have to admit the Eastern Final was a heck of a football game. But, since you don't come here to read about football, let me switch the topic to a financial one: subsidizing millionaires . My buddy and I were discussing the plight of his favorite team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Instead of focusing on their…