4 Tips for Downsizing Your House and Your Life


I'm getting ready to move across the country. We're going to start out in an apartment that is 250 square feet smaller than our current home. However, we will also be without the under-house crawl space we've had for storage. So this new state of affairs has been interesting as we get ready to downsize. However, it's not just the house we're hoping to downsize in this move. We've also got a few life issues we'd like to downsize as well. There's a lot of clutter in our lives and in our home, and we're hoping to get rid of…

New Car Import DIY – Save Thousands


Importing a car into Canada may seem to be a daunting task but it really isn't too difficult.  This past summer I imported one of the 2011 Subaru Outbacks and the process was incredibly smooth.  In addition we saved over $9300! In this post I will detail how to new car import to Canada from the United States. How to DIY New Car Import to Canada Here is the process: Make sure the vehicle you are interested in is on the Registrar of Imported Vehicles admissibility list.  Some manufacturers do not allow their dealerships to sell new vehicles to Canadians. It…

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…

The Wonder that is Papercrete


Recently, one of the bloggers I read decided it would be her last post on her website.  All of her readers were told not to worry, as she had created a new site that would encompass more things and more information.  Her new site (Mike and Mollys house) has a lot of great stuff, but one thing that really caught my eye was this article on papercrete.  I had never heard of this before, immediately decided to do more research on the stuff.  What I've found has been really interesting, and I'd like to let you all know more as…

How to Make Deodorant


By now, most people are aware of the links between deodorants containing aluminum and Alzheimer's. Aluminum is one of several highly toxic substances the Food and Drug Administration doesn't protect us from. The non-aluminum deodorant choices stacked on mainstream market shelves don't do a lot to disinfect or cloak the sweat emerging underarm, either. Consumers wanting the healthiest alternatives are turning to do-it-yourself approaches and figuring out how to make deodorant or the sometimes pricey options available from a few of the more prominent green brands. Fortunately, where affordable deodorant is concerned, the do-it-yourself formula couldn't be easier to put…

How to Save for Retirement: Pay Yourself First


One of my favourite personal finance books is The Wealthy Barber written by David Chilton.  Chilton weaves his financial advice around a story of a barber named Ray who is independently wealthy.  While detailing Ray’s story Chilton incorporates advice that Ray dispenses to his clients.  Of the plethora of valuable advice in the book the first tenant to developing a personal financial plan and how to save for retirement is to pay yourself first. The premise of this strategy is that you automate a 10% deduction of your take home earnings.  This 10% is put into an account that is…