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Friday, March 13, 2015

Foster Family

While taking this program, I’ve learned the importance of being involved in the community. Not only will volunteering offer you new experiences, but it will put a lot into perspective. Regardless of which organization you choose to participate with, you will experience a sense of fulfillment for contributing your time to a cause.

Our first foster from Ugly Mutts, Izzy
Thanks to my roommates, this year I was introduced to an amazing organization called Ugly Mutts. This organization works diligently to rescue stray dogs, and find them stable, loving, permanent homes with committed families throughout Ontario. An important program within this organization is the Foster Program. Each month dogs are rescued, and before they can be adopted, they need a foster family. I am lucky enough to have been involved in this process.

How might this be relevant to my money-saving blog you ask? Well, Ugly Mutts provides everything needed to foster a dog waiting to be adopted. The organization provides everything from dishes and food, to toys and crates. This is a process that costs absolutely no money out of pocket. If you’re like me and have the most handsome ten-year-old chocolate lab named Maverick at home who you miss dearly and know you can’t afford your own dog because you have $18,000 in student debt, this is a fantastic experience for you. After we receive our foster, we are responsible to create a profile of their personality and behaviour, which is then posted through the organization’s website, and the fosters are adopted.

Although we may only have them for a short time, these dogs bring so much joy and happiness into our student house. This experience is great for students, or anyone for that matter, who has the time and love to give to these dogs. Most lease agreements state no pets, but if your landlords are anything like mine, you’ll never see them anyways.

Our current foster, Gram 


Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring Cleaning

With the season changing from winter to spring, I find myself getting excited for longer days, less layers and of course, no more snow. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to trade in my salt-stained boots for some flip-flops. Even though summer is a while away, THIS is my favourite time of year. Probably not for the reasons you would assume like Bath and Body Works releasing their spring candle collection, but it’s because it's the season to clean and organize my chaotic life. 

That’s right, it’s Spring-Cleaning time! I’m the type of person that needs order and despises chaos, especially in my own life. Some chaos it is inevitable, but these are a couple of my favourite money-saving spring-cleaning tips. You’re welcome.   

1) Sell your winter wardrobe – I always keep my winter clothes in hopes that I will wear them next year, but in all seriousness they just collect dust in my closet. That is where franchises such as Plato’s Closet come in handy. Here’s how it works:

  • Bring in your gently used brand name clothing and accessories to any location
  • The buyer will review your items and create an offer based on style, condition and brand
  • Once you accept the offer, you get cold hard cash on the spot

2) The spreadsheet that saved my life – I stumbled upon this website and found an excel spreadsheet for tracking all of my spending. Savvy Spreadsheets offer easy-to-use budgeting spreadsheets that will put your spending into perspective. They offer the Super Starter Budget free template, which is perfect for my broke student-life situation, and allows me to track my spending on everything from bills to entertainment.

Screenshot from the Super Starter Budget Savvy Spreadsheet 

 I hope you find these tips as useful as I do. Happy Spring-Cleaning everyone!