Messy Money Minute #3

I feel like the white rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. “Oh dear, I’m late.” This Messy Money Minute is long overdue.  We are nearing the end of the fiscal year at work and it has been cuckoo crazy bananas.

Messy Money Minute 3But I am here now and have some updates.

I recently watched the documentary Happy. I learned a lot about happiness and realize that I could use a little more happiness in my life (who couldn’t?) so I have been working on things that will contribute to my overall happiness. I’m on a happiness mission. We will see how that goes.

In the Pursuit if Frugal I shared that we had cut the cable. It has been a bumpy ride for the family and we have not been coping well and the threat of a mutiny is real. I am ashamed to even write that we are struggling with cable withdrawal, it is such a “first world problem.” We have not brought the cable back and I have asked them to give me more time to find suitable alternatives. My family has given me a week to figure it out. Not kidding. This is not helping with my happiness mission.

And neither is this:
I was saddened and shocked by the events in Quebec and Ottawa this week. We have visited Ottawa once and it was a beautiful city and I can imagine that there must be a dark cloud hanging over it now. When we were there we stayed at the historic Chateau Laurier right beside the parliament buildings. The kids loved it, and we felt like royalty. We will be going back in March for an international hockey tournament. No Chateau this time though.

On to Blogging Things…

The Messy Money Minute

Net Worth

A few weeks ago, I decided after much deliberation to post my net worth. I wanted to join in the fun and was added to Rockstar Finance list of blogger’s net worth. People really want to know this information!   It is now the most visited post on this site and I think I will need to provide regular updates and progress reports. Not a bad thing I guess.

Guest Post

In case you missed it, I had my first guest post published a month ago at Canadian Budget Binder. I talk about thoughts about fashion and as usual how I don’t quite fit in. If you haven’t seen it check it out. One of my favorite TedTalks is featured at the end. I hope there are more guest posts in my future.

Messy Money Cleverness

My story of how I was Ripped off by a Nun resonated with people and it was featured as a clever post of the week at Clever Dude and as one of the money saving masterpieces at Art of Being Cheap. Many thanks.


Don’t you just love that word? Well turns out Femme Frugality is also a fan of German Words to Use in Your Everyday Personal Finance Conversations over at Aspiring Millionaire, inspired by my post on Schadenfreude.

Proof I am a versatile Blogger.

I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award at Couple Money. You can find 7 weird things about me here. Couple money has started recording financial podcasts on a variety of subjects and with others from the blogging community. I read these blogs and “hear” their blog voice then I listen to the podcasts and really hear their voice = mind blown.  Maybe I am just weird.

Did I miss anyone?  If so, please let me know so I can include it in the next minute.  A million thanks to everyone above.  I appreciate your support.

Posts That I Enjoyed

Two posts I have read in the last few weeks that have changed my life.

1. Emma Lincoln’s post,  Our Living Room is a Storage Unit spoke to me.  If you have not read it yet – I recommend you pop over and check out their bold decision.

2. Over at Early Retirement Extreme, this Guest post: Can anyone retire immediately? nearly made me call into work and quit my job.  This post should come with a warning.

Coming up on Messy Money

  1. I think that discovering the concept of financial independence has ruined my life.
  2. An update on my “Happiness Mission.”  I wonder how it is going to go since my life has been ruined by item 1.
  3. I get to play the 6 word game with some other bloggers.
  4. I will be co-hosting Financially Savvy Saturdays with BrokegirlRich and I will be hosting the Yakezie blog carnival on November 16.  If you are a blogger and want to promote your posts please consider joining in.

Stay tuned for these and other exciting developments.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. We cut the cable and donated the televisions in August 2013. Let me tell you, that was hard! I think it was hardest on me. But once you find better alternatives, you stop looking back. Best wishes on that & God Bless Canada! 🙂


    1. That is great news. Happy to hear others are getting by just fine. It it a lot of money. I figure about $7,000 (not including potential interest/growth) over the last 5 years. That is a lot of entertainment. Thanks for coming by.


  2. Don’t be ashamed of your first world problems : ) We all have them. Thanks for your concern about Ottawa. It’s where I live, and last Wednesday was a shocking horror. I do feel heartened by responses to the tragedy, and I believe we’ll come out stronger.


    1. Very sorry about Ottawa, held my breath a few times as it was unfolding. I hope it was just an anomaly. Can’t wait to visit in March. We will be going to see the Ottawa Sens play (Boston I think) while we are there and hope to visit the Canadian Mint.


    1. Great to hear there is life on the other side of cable. LOL. I hope a year from now, family will not even remember a time when we had cable.


  3. I saw Happy a few years ago and loved it. Money is partially irrelevant!

    So sad about Ottawa. There is so much unexplained horror in this world. My thoughts go out.

    Thanks for including that post. You are an inspiration!
    FF @ Femme Frugality recently posted…How did it end? The soccer drama.My Profile


    1. *blush* Thanks. Happy was a good documentary and I took a lot of great info away – Happiness is a skill. Who knew?


    1. Thank you. It is a hectic time of year, hoping things slow down a bit in November.


  4. Cutting cable can be tough. I’m sure it will get easier as time goes on. Did you consider letting you company know you were thinking of leaving? Typically they will give you a deal. Good luck!
    Brian @ Debt Discipline recently posted…Week End Round Up #53My Profile


    1. Thanks Brian. I had no idea that the family would be so grumpy about it LOL. The cable company did try to save the account but I was ready to try life without it. Hopefully it will get easier with time.


    1. It is difficult. I thought I had planned but clearly not enough. Fingers crossed we can get through this.


  5. I’m curious to see how you can avoid the family guillotine by finding a suitable alternative to your no-cable situation. 🙂


    1. It is going to be an adventure that`s for sure. I hope beyond hope that we can stay unplugged.


    1. I am really interested to see how the updates that the end of October look. It has been a rough month. Thanks for coming by.


    1. I am working very hard (mentally at least) to get the FI idea from brain into computer based font. It is feeling a bit like a bad version of the Matrix but I will keep working on it. Following the white rabbit…. LOL Thanks for coming by and hope your weekend was splendid as well.


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