Wednesday, January 27, 2010


An old trick my mother taught me many years ago: When you're buying a $6.49 block of cheddar cheese from Safeway, look for the one that weighs the most. I unabashedly check every one and dig to the bottom of the pile. My husband loves this one!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Budget Friendly Tip of the Week

First off, these tips will be referred to as my BFTW from now on.

So my BFTW today is this: Be aware that when grocery store deals say 2 for $5, for example, you do not need to buy 2 to get the deal. You are entitled to buy one for $2.50. My rule of thumb is if it's a staple in my house, I get both, otherwise I buy one and then wait for another sale before I buy it again. Cuts down the bill and the amount of stuff you need to store at home.

My Word

BALANCE. That is my word for 2010. I think it's a good choice for this mom of two busy boys, operator of two home-based businesses and soon-to-be part time teacher.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Budget Friendly Tip of the Week

It seems the underlying theme this month on the blogs I follow is budget so I plan to post a budget-friendly tip or two each week. This week's tip came to mind as I was making dinner last night. I regularly purchase pork tenderloin from Costco in packages of 5 or 6 for around $20 which means I have 5 or 6 dinners for around $5 a piece plus veggies. I used one in a stir-fry and realized that was an awful lot of meat for 3 of us. So my tip is - next time I purchase the pack I'll cut two in half before freezing them and use these in my stirfries instead (BONUS TIME-SAVING TIP: slice the loins in half lengthwise then slice the halves into strips before freezing to save on prep time later).

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year

Five things:

1. I don't usually make New Year's resolutions but I am making a necessary exception. I need more sleep. No more crawling in to bed at 1 am especially with a 10-month old who usually doesn't sleep thru the night. I am aiming for 11pm with a little time for reading in bed - one of my favorite things to do. Any suggestions for a good book?

2. The new year also brings a new venture for me as I may have mentioned earlier. I am officially a Lia Sophia advisor. Have a look at our beautiful jewellery and accessories at This month we are featuring the "Reverse Customer Save Plan". What does that mean you ask? Well, choose any three items, pay full price for the cheapest item and receive the other two at 50% off! Plus, you get to take advantage of that offer as many times as you like. Think in terms of sets ladies! Earrings, necklace and bracelet oh my!

3. Want to host a show? How does 40% in host credit, 2 half price items and 4 host bonus items (Purchase any piece for $16.50 unless otherwise stated) sound to you?

4. It's official. When I return to my teaching position on March 1st I will be job sharing, something I've wanted to do for some time.

5. I am co-hosting an all-day crop on January 30th. Visit for all the details and to register.

That's it for now.