Happy Saturday, friends. It’s been a challenging week here at CSS, we’ve been trying to adjust to our one-income reality and figuring out what our next steps are. We don’t know all the answers yet but when one door closes, a window opens. Or something…
Anyway, let’s get to real reason we’re here today, here’s what we’ve been talking about at CSS:
Life Update: Good things fall apart – I talk a little bit about our new one-income situation and how we’re dealing with it.
Four Pick Me Ups for the Poverty-Stricken – Here are a few tips to feel better when you’re a little down in the dumps.
And over at LowestRates.ca:
Doing Easter…Calgary-Style – Check out some tips on entertaining your family here in Calgary
4 Fun and Frugal Easter Activities for Kids – Some ways to keep it cheap and easy over the Easter weekend.
Sweet Savage Love: Stay on My Internets
Here are some things I loved from the internet this week
Martin at Studenomics tells us Why being in the friend-zone will ruin your finances. While it’s true I’m married and boring *, he is the Yin to my Yang and everyone needs some of that in their lives. He’s been successful and comes at personal finance from a “Hey, here’s what’s worked for me” instead of “Here’s how I’ve managed to accumulate a trillion dollars in debt”. Martin probably didn’t anticipate being sandwiched between a stick figure heart-drawing and a cheezy romance write-up this week but that’s what makes this kind of fun.
I found the Frugalwoods blog through another blog and thought I’d check them out. I really loved what they had to save about How Insourcing Strengthened our Marriage and knew I wanted to share it here with everyone. The general gist is that while outsourcing all your tough couple conversations might seem like the easier option, open communication and a willingness to work together will save your relationship and your finances. It’s a great read, nicely done Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods!
I pretty much love everything Pauline has to say but I’ll highlight her recent Start Your Own Business: A financial guide on Reach Financial Independence. When I started blogging, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it or where I wanted it to go. Once I figured out I wanted to make it profitable, I would have benefitted a lot from business plan. With no specific plan, I didn’t really have a unified strategy for where to devote my labour or financial resources. I’ve got the beginnings of plan but still need to develop it further. Pauline’s posts are great reminders and help me stay on track.
*Hat tip to Martin 😉
Sweet Savage Love: Romance Pick of the Week
I love that the main character is named Zane Doe. Like Jane Doe but not. So awesome.
When an attempt on Zane Doe’s life robs him of his memory, his only connection to New Orleans—and beautiful artist Kinsey Frost—is a scrap of paper with her name on it. Kinsey can’t deny her instant attraction to the mysterious, blue-eyed amnesiac, even as his presence in her life grows increasingly ominous. But when a danger-filled roadtrip to uncover Zane’s identity exposes his real connection to Kinsey—and the murderous intentions of those once close to her—Zane must risk it all to protect her from those who would silence her for good.