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Dealing with condo emergencies

condo emergencies, emergencies, property emergency, broken pipe
It’s Friday and I’m miserable because my leg is in pain and gimped up, its damn cold and now, my condo is leaking.  Yep.  Of course it’s leaking, what else would it do on a Friday afternoon?  I received the email shortly after 1pm.  My helpful tenant remarked that “several litres” of water came out of the ceiling.  All sorts of horror scenarios ran through my head...

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Posted in: Home, Real Estate

Cutting down your hydro or electrical bill

cutting back, cutting back on bills, cutting back on expenses, hydro bill
When I received our hydro bill last month, I nearly had a heart attack.  $160+ for two freaking months!?  In all my apartment and condo-dwelling days, my bill has rarely exceeded $40 for two months.  I called the hydro company to check in case there was a mistake but no… it was indeed $160 and change.  Sigh.   Photograph by jonlk, used under Creative Commons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonk/14002934/) There’s...

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Posted in: Home, Life Hacks, Minimalism and Frugality

So we got a cat…

Medical Bills for Your Pet, pet medical bills, veterinary bills, Complacency, satisfied with life, we got a cat, adopt a cat, adopt a pet
A few weeks ago, Brian and I acquired a new furry feline friend.  He came with the unfortunate name of “Cronic” (their spelling, not mine….) and was soon rechristened as Chaucer.  Fortunately, he is too stupid to know his name and so the change does not seem to have upset him very much.  😉 At first glance, having a pet doesn’t seem to fit our low-cost big-hack lifestyle....

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Post-Christmas to-do list

to-do list, Christmas, post-Christmas
I am sad to say that 2011 is almost over!  Now that the busy holiday season is coming to a close, I’ve had some time to get things done around the house that have been on my to-do list.  The time after Christmas is a great time to knock a few things off the list, especially tasks which are infrequent or sporadic in nature. Housekeeping At the end of the year when you are probably home during...

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Posted in: Home, Life Hacks
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