Hurt


Here at SPF we usually stick to writing about sustainability and/or personal finance. Not today. Last Thursday we lost our pet/friend Freya. The following is an adaptation to the lyrics of 'Hurt' as performed by Johnny Cash. If you haven't listened to his rendition I highly suggest you do. This is the best way I know to  express my pain. I lost my pet friend today, At he tender age of five, I had to focus on her pain, I'll remember her alive, A shadow of herself, With sadness in her eyes, Ever stoic and so brave, Did not vocalize her cries,…

Building Your Home Food Storage


[caption id="flickrImage_1" align="alignright" width="150" caption="pantry-3 © by jules:stonesoup"] [/caption] One of the principles of sustainable living is to improve your self-reliance. If you want to save money, as well as  improve your ability to handle financial setbacks, one of the things you can do is build home food storage. I'm not talking about stockpiling junk food and Gatorade, a la extreme couponing. I'm talking about building a viable home food storage system that can help you prepare for the future, and improve your self-reliance. How Home Food Storage Can Help You We have home food storage at my house. We probably have…

What Games Taught me About Life and Finances


Who didn't play games growing up?  I did.  I am sure you did too.  Have ever thought about the life and financial lessons and habits you picked up playing games that in one way or another helped form the person you are today? I have, but it wasn't easy.  Whittling down 20+ games to discuss in this article meant I had to sacrifice some fantastic games.  So while I had to leave out some great ones but I wanted to share 6 games that had influence in my life. Tetris I sure played a lot of Tetris when I was…

How Much Food Can Fit in a Storage Unit?


Have you ever wondered how much food you could fit into a storage unit?  Last Thanksgiving the guys and gals at StorageMart decided to find out while recording the whole thing on camera.  We won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say it’s enough to feed a city block.  Afterwards, the team took the food down to a local food bank, where we can be certain it was put to good use come Turkey Day. http://youtu.be/7bEH31Tf2SM  

3 Things We Could Do With Our Winning Ticket


[caption id="flickrImage_2" align="alignright" width="238" caption="Bridge © by >WouteR<"] [/caption] Since I have yet to truly right an article about sustainability for a site that includes the term in its title, I figure the time has come.  The interesting part about a Canadian site based on sustainability is that our current economy is not sustainable.  Not for the long-term anyway.  Our reliance on natural resources to power the rest of us is helping us whether the recent economic headwinds quite nicely.  On the other hand, those resources have a finite supply. Look Into My Crystal Ball Now I’m not much a “tree-hugger”…

Nobody Cares What You Think


Meet Frank. Frank doesn't have a picture, because he doesn't exist. Frank is your friend, and he's terrible with his money. He smokes, gambles, drinks and eats out practically nightly. He's got an expensive car and does his best to impress the ladies by throwing around the cash. He spends too much money and then when it runs out, he just cracks out his credit card. He's slowly drowning in a pool of debt, and he's not slowing down anytime soon. Frank is the antithesis of most everybody who regularly reads this site. Because Frank is a good guy, you decide…