Recession Gardening to Save Money


I recently discovered a practice that I'd never heard of before - recession gardening. Instead of heading to the grocery store for your veggies and herbs, you can head out to the back yard! What is recession gardening? This is the practice of growing fruit, veggies and herbs in your very own garden. This practice is becoming more and more in vogue, as people are trying to spend less, and are more conscious of how their produce is grown and distributed. Recession Gardening Benefits Delicious, fresh food You know exactly what's going into the food (organically grown, no pesticides, etc)…

Looking for a Job after University


The job market looks a little tough right now. If you want to find employment after you graduate from university, you need to stand out. This means that you need to showcase your value -- and you might even need to be willing to do a little hard work for little to no money. If you are looking for a job after university, here are some things you can do to improve your chances: Internship One of the best things you can do while still at university is to participate in an internship. An internship can provide you with hands-on…

Public Service Compensation – Really So Bad?


Earlier this week Teacherman wrote about whether or not public service compensation is the next "bubble" to burst. In the article, which I thought was excellent, TM, a civil servant himself, argues that public service compensation is "racing ahead" and the great gains public servant in Canada are achieving need to be curbed now, not later.  TM makes some valid points, however, there are a few points where we do not see eye to eye. Full disclosure: Mrs. SPF and I are public servants in the province of Ontario.  Our livelihood, like TM, is intrinsically dependent on the public service…

Public Service Compensation – The Next Bubble?


Since talking about “bubbles” is in vogue these days (ie oil bubble, real estate bubble, post-secondary bubble, etc.) I figured I’d tackle the somewhat thorny issue that appears to be creeping up more and more in this new era of austerity that we have entered in the Western World. The bubble I’m talking about of course is the public service compensation bubble. I want to point out that the views I express are not supported or indicative of those held by the owners of this blog in any way! I should state up front that I am a civil servant (teacher) and I…

Green Tip #240 – Rain Barrel


Water is being metered in more and more cities and we are starting to see a pay for use business model for the most basic of necessities.  Let's face it - clean and fresh water is quickly becoming a sought after commodity.  Many folks will still want to water plants, or better yet vegetable gardens but few of us want to increase our monthly bills to enjoy greenery.  Installing a rain barrel via the water that drains from your roof is a great way to have easy to access to free water.  If you are somewhat industrious you can build your…

Canadian Dividend Stocks: TransAlta


If you are considering a Canadian dividend stockwith a focus on sustainability, TransAlta might not be a bad choice. There has been a dividend payout since 1993, and TransAlta shows no intention of cutting the dividend anytime soon. What Does TransAlta Do? TransAlta is a power generator, and energy marketer. Originally, TransAlta was called Calgary Power, and was founded in 1911. The headquarters is still in Calgary, Alberta. One of the defining characteristics of TransAlta is that the company takes a diversified approach to power generation, and includes facilities in Canada, the United States, and Australia that operate using: Wind Hydro Coal…