I don’t know about you but I love CNBC’s Millennial Money and Refinery29’s Money Diaries.  Maybe it’s because I love to snoop but there’s something about learning how someone spends their money is interesting. I’d figure since I enjoy it so much, I’d share my monthly money diaries!  Without ado, here’s my September 2022 money diary. *I will not be posting any mortgage, loans, or credit card repayments.  Week of September 1 – 3 Strata payment – $294.93. I view strata payment as separate from the mortgage as it’s a living expense for me. RMT Massage – $107.80. I didn’t realize I already maxed out my healthcare benefits, so this was more expensive than I thought. The good thing is,…

Do you cringe when people mention bikini waxes? The thought of all that pain as the esthetician rips the hair out of one of your most sensitive areas? That was me several years ago… hell, that was me up until a few months ago! I thought that any type of bikini waxing would hurt beyond belief… I remember one of my professors telling me she tried it once and never again because the pain she felt was as bad as giving birth as she described it.  Early this year, I thought – why not try it? I thought, if I could survive getting tattooed, maybe a wax isn’t too bad. I mean, it beats trimming it every few days so…

Here’s the truth – working out can be expensive. From the gym or studio memberships to the fancy workout equipment to the nice workout attires. To give you an idea, back when I was a member of Pure Barre, I was paying nearly $90/month, plus fancy sticky socks that range from $15-25 per pair. But, barre was the one workout that I truly loved after leaving the gym so I maintained my membership until the pandemic hit.  Given how expensive my barre membership was, I opted to save money on activewear when it came to getting something new. I’m someone that believes a good pair of workout leggings can help motivate you to hit the gym! Here are a few…

I don’t like spending a lot of money on my services, I mean, c’mon, a girl gotta save for better things! However, I do believe in investing in good services such as my education and yes, my personal trainer. I feel extremely high maintenance to admit that I have a personal trainer but I know I needed one. I’m not particularly aiming to lose weight or change the way I look. I joined the gym because I realized how unfit I was and I wanted to gain weight (which in this case, is muscle mass) to be 110lbs so I can donate blood. I have friends that are bodybuilders and gym rats but I feel it’s a lot to ask of…

Located on 1901 Rosser Ave #106b, Burnaby, inside of Madison Centre, Tendon Kohaku, a tempura donburi restaurant, is still relatively new to the Brentwood neighbourhood, having opened only a year or two ago. After selling my Nintendo Switch, Dan and I thought it’d be nice to treat ourselves to a dinner out. We settled on giving Tendon Kohaku a shot since the last two times we tried to eat there, they had a long wait time. At one point, we were told the wait time would be about an hour and a half! The third time’s the charm, right? When we arrived, we were pleasantly greeted by the host and asked if we wanted to sit at the bar, otherwise,…

Another year of success graduates crossing the big stage! Congrats to all those that finished high school earlier this summer! It’s been years since I graduated from university with a Bachelor’s in Human Resources and Labour Relations but I’ve been reflecting on academics again as we approach the back-to-school season.  As mentioned earlier, I’m a Human Resources professional but did you know I was majoring in Marketing Management when I first started university? I remember falling in love with marketing back in high school and wanting to be a Director of Marketing for a company. I remember unleashing my creativity and learning how big-name brands target the mind. I remember all the group projects that required us to promote a…