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I’ve had a couple heart attacks and some pleasant surprises about living expenses here.

Lattes, thank heavens, are on par with the south – possibly cheaper, since there are no Starbucks. Your basic skim latte, medium, is $3.25.

McDonalds, that other paragon benchmark, also offers pretty much the same food for the same cash.

The heart attacks arise from the produce.

$6 for a small bag of fresh green beans that I swear would be less than a loonie in Vancouver.
A basic spaghetti squash, medium-ish was … ready? $7.02

I’m desperately missing, already, farmer’s markets.

I am, however, going to attempt my own little italian garden – rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, basil – up here. Although the growing season is very short, there are much more light hours (and less cloud cover) than Vancouver.
Wish me luck!
Readers: Any gardeners among you? Any tips on this?


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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. http://www.cityfarmer.org/yellowkn98.html
    Maybe this might help?


    Mar 02, 2009
  2. leah goldford

    You might try: PLANT MAGIC by Chriss D. Briggs or
    Are you still doing money coaching? Do you know someone in Edmonton, Alberta?


    Mar 03, 2009
  3. I have grown tomatoes lots of places with short growing seasons- planting herbs in inside, or in a greenhouse (as simple as a tent covered in plastic) and you should be fine. Probably lots of gardeners up there who can give you tips!

    Wooly Woman’s last blog post..Arrives the first tooth!


    Mar 03, 2009
  4. Ann Barker

    Hi Nancy!
    How are things? Sounds like any one who visits you should bring fresh vegetables.
    What’s the latest on infrastructure projects in NWT? And the need for engineers? We need to do some BD here! Things are looking grim.


    Mar 03, 2009
  5. Sorry no gardening tips as I am new home owner but plan on cracking my thumbs to see what I can do.
    Wow, those prices are terrible! I wonder if they are cheaper in the summer. I can only imagine the price of fruit!


    Mar 04, 2009
  6. Ohh my! I would perish without my perishables. 🙁

    I wrote a whole darn chapter on growing foods in containers or garden pots (herbs and stuff). I’ll see if I can post something. It’s frugal AND tasty.

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    nancyzimmerman Reply:

    Tx @squawkfox. All help and tips gratefully accepted! ps: ha ha re: Perish!


    Mar 10, 2009


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