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It’s that time of year again — we put away our swimsuits and start thinking about cozy evenings with a movie.

If you’re like me, and hate wandering aimlessly through the usual video stores, here are a couple alternatives. You join a membership, and are entitled to a certain number of video rentals sent straight to your home, with a package in which to return them.

If you live in Vancouver, the legendary, has-cult-following, Videomatica offers the same kind of program.

And for you more active types: 10 on Wednesday has this find for you:

Women’s Size 10, complete with kneepads, elbowpads, gloves…. all for $20:


CoffeeSome time ago, after resisting all the way through university, I succumbed to the coffee culture. My blogger friend Jack, whose story with money can be found here, today wrote about how he indulges in coffee on a regular basis, by investing in his home inventory.

Coffee no longer a dark hole

I confess: I love my coffee and I can be found in the line up of one of our region’s coffee stores at least twice a day. I prefer drip coffee or a shot of espresso. This means my habit costs about four bucks a day. Not a bank breaker.

Along comes a friend who is passionate about coffee. As the months pass, he convinces me I need a coffee grinder for home and a French Press coffee maker. Says he: anyone can make better coffee than what is served as most coffee shops.

He’s right. I’m now at the point where I can bring out the distinguishing flavours of the varietals. Bet you didn’t know some coffee beans have hints of chocolate. The Kenyan Peaberry I sampled yesterday boasted citrus overtones. Who knew this stuff is just like wine.

So here is the bottom line (this is a money blog, so there needs to be a bottom line): I’m still having two cups a day, but a third of them I make myself. I have invested $250 in a burr grinder and a French Press. Factoring in the beans I buy, I am saving $25 a month. The equipment is paid for in 10 months.

That’s all great, but the real story is I have learned so much about coffee and how best to prepare it. I have met baristas and coffee-loving folks who are sharing their knowledge and passion with me. The hands on approach is taking my appreciation for java to whole new level. Money can’t buy this experience and I have just a little more in my pocket.

Any other caffeine freaks out there with us?  How do you save money?(or is it desecration to consider finances when thinking about coffee??)

oops – this got in just under the wire! If you’ve got kids and want to make sure they learn great money skills, I highly recommend this, delivered by a financial planner I totally respect (check him out on facebook):

Edward Jones:

A Piggy Bank is the First Step

Free seminar on how to raise a money smart child

Sept 12th, 7pm,

Park Plaza Hotel898 W. Broadway

Vanson Field

Pls RRSP – oops! That WASN’T deliberate – I mean RSVP! – to 604 730-5352

Cheap Flights at westjet.com and a money coach loves flight deals – 35% off if you book now to fly between now and Dec. 12th. Anyone want to fly home for Thanksgiving?

For anyone who wants to live large (does anyone say that anymore?) without busting the bank, you’ve got a great Thursday (tomorrow) in store:

First, from one of my business’ (Your Money by Design) first alumni, the exceptionally talented Marlene Dong, of “Assaulted Fish”, live at the Fringe Festival:


Assaulted Fish

Assaulted Fish kicks off its exciting Fringe run with a SPECIAL OFFER for our fans. Be one of the FIRST 50 people to attend our opening night performance on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 @ 6:45PM and catch our special “best of” show for free!

Just give the password (“JACKIE CHAN”) to the fine Fringe folks at the door. You can demonstrate some of your Jackie Chan “hoo-ha!” too. You won’t get any extra perks but you’ll be considered an uber fan by all in attendance.

Note: You still have to pay the one-time Fringe membership ($5) but you can use it to check out other great Fringe shows or even see our show again!

For those who can’t make it to opening night, we hope to see you at one of our other performances. Bring family! Invite friends! Gather an entourage!

Directed by Shane Howarth
Pacific Theatre (1440 West 12th Avenue @ Hemlock)
50 minutes/14+

Thurs. Sept. 6 — 6:45pm
Sun. Sept. 9 — 4:00pm
Tues. Sept. 11 – 6:15pm
Wed. Sept. 12 – 8:45pm
Fri. Sept. 14 – 5:30pm
Sat. Sept. 15 – 1:30pm


and if that weren’t enough, there’s an open-to-the-public gallery reception tomorrow (Thur) as well. The Jem Gallery, located on 225 E. Broadway, is one of the newest wicked-cool and eclectic galleries in the city. Tomorrow night features the work of Joanna Bullock. Reception is from 7-11pm. I’ll be there!


Last but not least, I discovered a great little blog written by a young just-out-of-university family who write about arts and culture available on a starting-out budget. Check out their VanCal blog for intel and ideas!

By all accounts its a stunning exhibit, and it ends Sept. 16th.  It’s a deal at any price, but if you want the super-deal, you can pay by donation on Tuesday evenings, from 5-9pm.  Thanks, SunLife, for sponsoring.

Monet Water Lilies

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