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Iseafood.jpgf you read my post on Friday, you’ll know that my next Personal Praxis regarding money is a simple one: to plan out meals for November. I’m taking it a couple steps further:

1. I’m going to incorporate healthy eating, and shed a few extra pounds when I’m at it (any nutritionists care to give opinions?).  I want to become a lot more thoughtful about my eating – Isabella’s post connecting our own eating habits with world hunger has inspired me.

2. I’m offering a $25 gift certificate to Safeway/IGA/Choices (you choose) to giveaway to 1 person who makes a plan, and sticks with it the entire month of November. In other words, you could Eat Better, Save Money and Win $25 to boot. Interested? Leave me a comment (wooly woman, I know you’re in!) and keep posted for info on participating via a forum on my website. Note: this is provided at least 10 people participate, so invite a friend!

PS: happy birthday to Krystal, one of Canada’s most delightful young personal finance bloggers.

About the Author

Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. Barb B

    Hi Nancy,
    This sounds great! It is something I’ve always meant to do but couldn’t seem to get my head around! I am in!


    Oct 15, 2007
  2. I’ve done this a lot and there are some problems you could encounter that might cause you to stop. The first one is the actual planning. It takes a lot of energy and needs time. The next would be that you overplan – then there could be a lot of extra leftovers that you don’t know what to do with (and don’t want to throw out but don’t want to eat either!) When I first started planning I said it was written “in pencil” as there were always reasons for changes. Perhaps planned leftover days every so often would be helpful. There is a good website that helps with planning meues : @www.savingdinner.com
    I wish you all the greatest success. It is well worth doing! and it does save money – though personally, I never have tried to find out how much!


    Oct 16, 2007
  3. i’m honoured that you were inspired by one of my blog posts!

    planning out meals for a whole month? wow, that’s intimidating. i do kind of spontaneously plan (spontaneously plan? hm …) meals for a week about once a month. “okay, i’ll make chili on monday, chicken and peas on tuesday, tofu curry on wednesday” – that kind of thing. one thing i’ve noticed is that i always need to buy less than i plan for because, as liz says, there’s always leftovers or an unplanned dinner out, or some such thing.


    Oct 16, 2007
  4. Nancy – I just found 2 books in my cupboard – Meals for a Month – and Menu Magic ( planned menus for a month) Let me know if you want me to drop one over. for you to check out. It never hurts to gather wisdom from someone who has been there…


    Oct 19, 2007
  5. Barb – cool! Do you have any friend who want to do this as well?
    Isabella – I can usually only make lifestyle changes if I link them clearly to my politics. That could be a good post topic for you 🙂
    Liz – thanks for the very practical help and resources. I’d love the book, although I’m good for the first 3 weeks (I have a book that helps detox and lose some weight too). But by the end of Nov, I’ll be in need, for sure.


    Oct 27, 2007

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