Shopping with a minimalism power shield

Shopping with a minimalism power shield

We’ve flattened the curve in my neck of the woods, and the malls have re-opened. No longer are we told to limit our shopping excursions to essential goods — now we are to consume goods and services in great gulps to help the economy rebound. Honestly, I find it a little nauseating. I had to go to the mall today to mail a package and deposit some cash I earned from selling my crap. I very rarely go to the mall, even pre-pandemic, but every time the sheer volume and intensity of the consumerism takes my breath away. I’m bombarded…

The cost of a vice: A&W Root Beer

The cost of a vice: A&W Root Beer

We all have our vices. Some of us smoke. Some of us drink. Some of us have an insatiable urge to collect chicken figurines. And some of us love root beer. I was fizz-free for years. Hadn’t had a root beer since I was a kid. Then last summer I wanted to try the new Beyond Meat burger at A&W. At the time you couldn’t get them in stores, and we hadn’t gone to a dine-in fast food place since before we had kids — more than a decade ago. I have a soft spot in my heart for diners.…

May 2020 Spending and Net Worth Update

May 2020 Spending and Net Worth Update

Pre-tax Savings Rate: 56.3% For details on savings rate calculations and budget category breakdowns, see my Guide to Net Worth Updates. Income (+64.37%) Why heeeellllooo full-time employment! It feels SO GOOD to get back to receiving a paycheque after subsisting on side hustle income for the past two years. I’m tracking my gross income, including all employer benefits, because I want a good feel for what I’m getting out of being a wage slave. When you look at net pay it feels like so little; honestly looking at my full compensation before tax has been a little humbling. Yeah, I…