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The youngest, finding some quiet space on my settee to check out a book during the day.

Compact Living Breeds Empathy in Kids

Today I was sitting at my dining room table working from home as I often do. The house was quiet except for some light music, the sun streamed in along with muted city sounds below and I was thoroughly engrossed in…

The kids in front of the Modo minivan we book every couple weeks or so. Just $8 an hour!

Don’t Pay for 95%

Your car sits idle over 95% of the time. Your guest bedroom is occupied one week out of every 52. Your kids use the yard less than 40 minutes a week. Yet we consumers love to envision the maximum usage for…

A boy and his hound: Oliver with Friday, the Basset, the dog we found from Part Time Pooch.

Part 3: Using Tech to Save Money on Pets

No Pets? No Problem This is the third in a series on saving money by turning technology to your advantage. In Part 1, I talked about getting the cable companies’ hands out of your pockets. In Part 2, that old…

The kids proudly display their Compass cards (transit passes) on our first official day of car-free living.

Car-Free and Carefree in Vancity

I’ve got five kids, and in today’s one-kid society this means I get a lot of unsolicited advice that starts with “You’ve got five kids! You can’t possibly do [fill in the blank].” This is especially true when it comes…

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Access The Good Life, Don’t Own It

The concept of renting something versus owning is so heretical to some, especially those of my parents’ generation, that it’s frequently labeled as “throwing money away.” The freedom of using an item anytime you wish, for “free,” is very compelling….