Cutting back our hydro bill – UPDATE!

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A few months ago, Brian and I reported our shock at receiving a hydro bill for over $160.  Until that time, my typical hydro bill was always between $25 and $45 every two months.  Needless to say, we were not happy.  We made some attempts at cutting back energy costs and tried out some tips for cutting back our electrical bill, as suggested by others.  Unfortunately, being in an apartment, our...

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Posted in: Minimalism and Frugality

Update: February 18 – 25

Seattle is a great place. It’s absurd to me that ‘Happy Hour’ is illegal in BC, although there does seem to be weekly news on liquor reform in this province. Let’s hope! I enjoyed $3 happy hour specials of many west coast craft breweries including Deschutes Black Butte Porter and Elysian “Immortal” IPA. Good stuff. There was also habanero infused tabiko spicy tuna...

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So you want to get a job in science? Part 2

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Last time, I talked about some of the pitfalls of going into science, including a lack of entry level jobs and the dangers of endless grad school. It’s tough navigating a job market that wants experience when there is such an emphasis on theory and grades during post-secondary. It’s also unfortunate that so many bright and engaged young minds get roped into a thankless field like science....

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Posted in: Career and Work

Recipe idea: Pork chops and gravy

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Having the most frugal grocery budget in the world isn’t going to help you and if you can’t put together at least a few healthy, tasty, and cheap eats! Every month, The Outlier Model features a cheap recipe idea, along with the cost breakdown. This is an easy weekday dinner that you can easily pair with whatever seasonal vegetables are available.  No marinade or meat prep is required! Photo credit:...

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