It surprises me to this day the number of people who still purchase TV packages here in Canada. This article I found in Global News says that, based off a 2017 telephone survey of 4,156 Canadians, 1-in-4 households are chord cutters. This means they do not have a traditional TV subscription. The number of people … Continue reading Chord Cutting
Over the Summer, the Frugal North was on a mission to scope out a fresh new dining table + chairs. We were moving on from a freebie table + 3 chairs that had served us well. Alas, 1 missing chair was encroaching on our ability to host guests at our place, as was the table … Continue reading Primary Vs Secondary Markets and Consumer Psychology
Do you think saving and investing looks something like the laptop screen in the picture above? I can safely say it does not - not even close. Nowadays, platforms are super easy to use from Tangerine Banking to Questrade (Credit Unions and the Big Banks also have pretty intuitive sites from what I hear, but I … Continue reading Study Up On: Canadian Savings & Investment Vehicles – Where To Start?
Buying or renting your place of residence - what should you do? There are probably hundreds of thousands of articles contrasting the two paths scattered across the web. These articles will give you anything from in-depth analysis to general guidelines. Buuuuut regardless of the amount of content out there, I like sharing my own point … Continue reading Housing – Should I Buy or Rent?
Now for the final installation of my Big Three series! For the finale, we will be talking housing. As discussed in the kick-off to this series, shelter* makes up 14.7% of median income, or $17,509 (2015). The Frugal North's StatusThe FN household is currently paying $1,860 a month for shelter costs. This amounts to $22,320 … Continue reading The Big Three – Part Three: Housing
Welcome back for Part Two! Last post, we discussed how Food, Transportation and Shelter make up 47% of median income in Canada. This week, the focus will be on Transportation which is a whopping 14.7% or $11,909. TRANSPORTATION In the FN household, we have one car for the two of us. And it's a real … Continue reading The Big Three – Part Two: Transportation
Welcome back! Hopefully you've had a chance since my last post on Personal Finance 101 to start tracking your income and expenses, finding ways to cut extraneous expenditure that isn't bringing you happiness and you're feeling more comfortable saving for FIRE based on your own ethos / path! The next logical thing to tackle would … Continue reading The Big Three – Part One: Food