On In Defense of Small Cheap Cities

This is the discussion circle my partner and I have every few months. We moved to Toronto chasing big employment opportunities, with the idea that we'd get in, get the experience, then settle down in a more affordable city. Now we're kind of looking around, wondering what cities would have great employment opportunities, affordable housing and cost of living. Right now we're eyeing Montreal. International multicultural city, not the worst housing prices, great transit. Thoughts?

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 9:22 pm 0

On Talking About What You Make With Those You Work With

This is something I've been thinking about for a while. During after work drinks, my coworker and I shared how much we made, and it did not go over well. I was a recent hire and made about $10,000 more than her. She told some of our coworkers who went on to make snarky comments in the office about who works harder than whom and deserves more pay. I thought it was childish and if she felt that she deserved a higher wage, then she should ask for it. Despite this bad experience, I went to a party with some of my coworkers recently and we talked openly about how much we make. We've talked about weather we should consider joining a union, if only to help guarantee annual increases and fair pay. Transparency in this case is empowering us, instead of turning workers against one another.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 9:25 am 0

On Searching for a Dream Apartment But Finding Only Nightmares

Parkdale certainly has characters. We lived beside a group home where people collected and sold scrap metal. Heaps of old toasters and bike frames in piles in the yard. Our neighbour once had a 24 hr karaoke party. I went to work the night shift at 8 p.m. and they were still singing at 9 a.m.

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On The Cost of Love

Ugg. I don't even want to think about this one. Two years of biweekly visits when we were long distance. Plus spur of the moment plane tickets to visit for a long weekend. His share of the rent for half of last year while he was finishing school. $2,000 towards his credit card because we are getting married and his credit rating is going to ruin mine. Panic when I think about how much a wedding costs. Can you get married for under $2,000 and not offend your family?

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 9:42 am 0

On Why My Cat Has a Savings Account

This piece is me exactly. After I finished school I had $0 but a new job. I just started saving like mad, repairing clothes instead of buying new ones, waiting till the muffler fell off my car before bringing it to the mechanic. It is easy to become obsessed with saving while things fall apart around you.

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 11:14 am 0