How Do You Decide When to Spend More Money?

I just bought this coffee from Green Bean Coffee through Fresh Option Organic Delivery. It was about five times the price of my regular coffee, but I'm okay with that. I'll readily admit I don't always buy organic and fair trade. But I feel that I should as much as I can. I'm not broke and I'd hate my wealth or early retirement to come at the expense of an underpaid worker. How do you decide when to pay more for a product? If you do the math, do you use the percentage difference or the actual cost difference?  Is it about liking…

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US vs Canada Food Price Comparison

It’s hard for Canadians to avoid comparing our food costs to American food costs shared online. I’ve always known there was a price difference, but I didn’t know how much of one. So when the opportunity arose to compare food prices in Phoenix, Arizona to Winnipeg, Manitoba I took it. Based on the below chart of food purchases you can see how there is a significant difference between Canadian and US prices. This difference is even more profound when one doesn’t take into account the exchange rate. It is clear that food costs in the US won’t necessarily reflect the…

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Take Pictures of Your Receipts

Want to keep track of prices? Not sure what info you’ll need later? Don’t want to deal with all those receipts or their fading ink? Use your smartphone or other mobile device to snap a picture. Try to include the date and store. If you are tracking your spending you now have a hard-to-lose record of that purchase. And comparing prices while shopping is easy. Scroll through your past photos to find out if that price is really a good deal or not. And with annotations you can easily include even more information in your photo. Here's my review of some…

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