Things I Never Cheap Out On (Part 2)

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Last week I talked about something very anti-frugal: the concept of purposely cheaping out on things as opposed to buying high-quality and potentially long-lasting things.

However, there are just some no-go things when it comes to spending money, where I will spend obscenely larger amount to get the highest quality I can. Some of these items are just basic common sense, whereas others you might think are a bit borderline – I’ll let you decide.

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Things I Purposely Cheap Out On (Part 1)

And there is something about drugs in here, I promise.

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Frugal folk are all about quality. That means buying things of excellent quality and workmanship because they know it’ll last longer or taste better than the cheap stuff. It’s simply a matter of ROI – why buy something for $1 that might break any minute when you could spend $10 and keep it for life?

However, we all have our vices when it comes to cheaping out on things. And personally: I cheap out on quite a few…

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The S&P 500 is at all-time highs. Should you sell?

Short answer: No.

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Index investors have much to be pleased with, particularly those who bought American.

The S&P 500 has rocketed to all-time highs in recent weeks with NAFTA negotiations trending positive and solid corporate earnings. At the same time, journalists, investors, and regular people alike are all talking about how the bull market is on its last legs.

“Be careful. You should sell. I don’t think there’s much room left to grow,” said a colleague to me as we chatted personal finance. We were talking pensions casually when the conversation shifted to ETFs and index funds (he is all in on real estate, by the way…).

As he walked away, I smirked, but I had a second guess moment: what if he was right?

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August 2018 Financial Update

My best month yet.

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The final month of summer came to a close and with it some below average spending amounts coupled with a three paycheck month and a surprise cheque (more on that later…). It’s months like these that make me smile!

Savings came from reduced spending with my girlfriend out of province for the month and reduced entertainment expenses. When the outdoors are so nice, the amount of free activities to partake in is incredible!

Overall, I spent $1,874.58┬áthis month for a solid 80.78% savings rate, which is the highest I’ve ever had in a month.

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Buying Lunch is Killing Our Wallets.

How I went from every day food court guru to weekend batch cooker.

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Mm… Food. There’s nothing that makes me happier than eating a delicious meal that makes my taste buds happy, my stomach feel satisfied, and my energy levels feel replenished.

My favourite meal of the day: Lunch. Trust me, I got nothing against breakfast, brunch, dinner, or dessert. It’s just the timing of lunch is so perfect. It’s really the only meal you can look forward to consistently every single day of the week. Breakfast you’re probably super groggy when you make it, dinner you just want to get over with at the end of the long day, and dessert is fun, but just an indulgence.

But lunch. It’s the one that signals: “BREAK!” It’s the perfect excuse to go for a walk, sit in the sunshine, and recharge the brain and body. Plus, it’s also one of the few meals you might be able to cheat in your favourite fast food meal without anyone else really knowing.

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July 2018 Financial Update

A good month of saving!

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July wrapping up means summer is basically halfway done – depressing right?

The month was basically business as usual, although I saved a lot more because my girlfriend is across the country for the next 2 months on a summer gig, which means zero dating expenses. It’s bittersweet, I guess?

Overall, I spent $2095.69 this month for a solid 67.85% savings rate. Passive income for the month also hit an all-time high for me, which was great.

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Tax Lessons for the Canadian Upper Middle Class

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I want to start by saying I don’t feel rich. Yes, I know, a six figure salary technically puts me in the upper middle class, but with its high cost of living in the City of Toronto, it’s hard to feel that way. Just to define that relative to Ontario, upper middle class is any single income earner with an income over $108,000.

I also acknowledge the more I make, the more I’m expected to pay in terms of tax. I just didn’t think it would happen so quickly or be so progressively punishing across all other forms of income.

So let’s talk about that today: tax on the upper middle class. I think tax can be a good thing (after all, I am a public servant myself), but we should all still strive for a level of tax efficiency, just like we would when it comes to any other form of spending. Continue reading “Tax Lessons for the Canadian Upper Middle Class”