A Practical Guide to Bed Bugs Part 2: Preparing for War

Now that you can sleep properly it's time to bring your focus to Step 2. This step will require a lot of energy and perseverance as you are preparing for all out war between you and the bed bugs. Thankfully you are not alone and whomever is doing the pest control will be treating your apartment and giving you specified advice along the way. Resist the urge to get up and leave as you'll most likely just take them with you. 

A Practical Guide to Bed Bugs Part 1: Getting a restful sleep

The blessing of being a tenant when you get bed bugs is that you won't have to cover any of the expense yourself. In most places the landlord would have to prove your negligence in bringing them in in order for you to have to cover the expense. The annoyance in this comes with not being able to be in control of when they come or if they treat or not. You're dependent on the rest of the people in your building being ready for treatment and doing all the necessary prep work that you so diligently have worked.

Part 1 gives you plenty of tips on how to make sure you can still sleep at night when the creepy crawlies feel like they are all around you.

Breathe in, breathe out. Reset.

Sometimes we faulter, our goal takes the back seat and doesn't get to make the decisions for a while. It happens to all of us, it's human. In my case, the last month haven't gone according to my plans and my normal discipline. My world has been rushing past me, and struggling to keep up I've indulged myself in ways that I normally don't. I prepared for summer with some lovely shoes, bought my first new bra in over 2 years (well, two bras) and spent a good chunk on eating out and treats treats treats. But this is one month. Now, breathe in, breathe out. Reset.

What Crisis Teaches Us About Minimalism

We often get caught up in the rat race and get stuck in a rut. I dream of and yearn for minimalism but when you are working hard and use most of your free time to recover from that hard work, thinking about hauling away large quantities of your belongings feels overwhelming. We also crave convenience. When we are tired it's so much easier if everything is readily available, thus we stock up more and more.  

How to Save Money On Your Hobbies, Part 1: Videogames

Hobbies can be cheap with a small initial investment (such as day hiking) and they can be expensive.. like when you spend $10,000 on Warhammer Mini's. I have frugalised several of my hobbies and I want to help you to do the same!

Videogames is a hobby I hold dear that can be a lot cheaper than you initially might think. Here are 5 simple tricks that you can use to get the most bang for your buck and keep playing awesome video games and having hours upon hours of fun! Don't play video games? WELL YOU SHOULD! Jokes aside. These tips can also be applied to other hobbies!

Why I bank with Tangerine (and why you should too)

One of my keys to success is ensuring free banking. This is such a simple, low effort way to save between $30-$400 a year depending on your current account type. Even more if you add credit cards and other accounts on top of that!

Tangerine's chequing account is a no-brainer. It's completely FREE. So are their savings accounts and even their AMAZING cash back credit card.

Why I am Grateful for My Emergency Fund

Sometimes an emergency fund can give you that much needed break from the madness.

I've been off and on about an emergency fund. Honestly I fully believe in them but I've never felt the need to keep more than a couple of thousand on hand, enough for a months rent and a plane ticket home. That mindset is serving me well but when things go south, it's nice knowing that you have that extra cushion.

The Circle of Life

I can talk myself silly about the Circle of Life, which I fondly think of as my gateway to success.

It's hard to stay on track a lot of the time, but what if your life is optimised to stay on track? What if walking to work is not an inconvenience, it's actually the quickest option? What if getting groceries was as easy as going out to eat?

The further away something gets, the more of a hassle it will become and the less likely you are to utilise it. By moving things closer you'll not only be more likely to do whatever it is you'll have to do, you'll also free up more time for life and happiness!