Paypal Currency Exchange – USD to CAD Workaround


A lot of Canadians are making money online these days.  From selling virtual gaming items to selling real world things on eBay to bloggingmany Canadian bloggers are receiving payments via Paypal.  The problem for Canadians however, is that they get stuck having to pay a hefty 2.5% Paypal currency exchange fee every time they convert from USD to CAD. 2.5% may not seem like a big deal but that is $2.50 on every $100 of income.  $25 on $1000 and so on.  Additionally, the exchange rate has been favourable to Canadians for quite some time and $1 CAD peaked at…

How to Stop Smoking Cigarettes


In writing this article I provide both good news and bad news to our readers.  The bad news is that i've been a smoker for the better part of 18 years which i'll discuss in more detail later. The good news is that as of January 15th, I am once again a non-smoker and going through this experience has provided my personal insight to write this article and to discuss how to stop smoking cigarettes. I started my awful habit when I was 17 years old.  What a bad time to start.  I can't believe how much money I spent…

How to Install a Low Flow Toilet


This weekend I completed the final house upgrade for our ecoEnergy Retrofit: do it yourself low flow toilet installation.  We had already paid someone to insulate our basement and interior walls.  But I like to try to do some things myself so after insulating our attic on my own I figured I should at least explore how difficult it would be to install a low flow toilet.  After a quick search on the Internet I was pleased to discover how easy it would be to install a low flow toilet.  I was convinced - I would install both of our…

Make Your Own Cleaning Products


Alright everyone, today I'm going to talk about keeping your house clean if you make your own cleaning products. No one wants to do it, but unfortunately we don't all have magic unicorns that will make our homes sparkle when we are off at work, so we need to do it ourselves. Unfortunately, many of the widely distributed cleaning products are expensive and harmful to the environment. Hire a professional to do the job is another option. The chemicals used in our cleaning agents are harmful if swallowed and can cause illnesses years later, not to mention what would happen if…

Compost: Premium Soil for Free


Composting is a great way to reduce waste by re-using expired bio-degradable materials to produce nutrient rich premium soil for free.  Composting is the corner-stone to organic gardening as there are no chemicals added to the  organic matter.  A cared for compost can help you reduce the amount of enriched soil you purchase for your lawn and garden    The finished product is rich, dark, crumbly and sweet-smelling. Compost is made of recycled garden and kitchen waste.  Around 25-40 percent of the average kitchen garbage contents are suitable for home composting so it helps cut down on the amount of…