Month: June 2016

saving money on grown-up stuff

People that know me, know that I love to save money. I may have made my boyfriend book and cancel a hotel room 3 times last year because I kept finding better deals. We ended up saving $400, he never made fun of me again.

I particularly love saving money when it’s on “grown-up” things like insurance. I was recently talking to some co-workers at work and they were telling me that they left their cars in their small towns with their parents because their insurance would be close to $300/month which is so crazy! That is actually more than what I pay to own my car, I don’t blame them for deciding to park it and take transit in the city. When it comes to insurance, I usually check it every time I get a renewal and will happily change if I’m not getting the lowest price. I recently made some changes to my insurance and THEN I found out about LowestRates.ca, which I will definitely be using when I’m next up for renewal.

This site  helps people compare rates for car insurance companies, in just a few minutes and a little information, you can get a quote from 10 companies. It is so much easier than having to fill out the forms or even worse, call someone to be asked the same questions over and over again (although, now I can tell you exactly when I got my G1, G2 and G license). I input my vehicle information, along with my driving history and within 5 minutes, I received a quote from 10  insurance companies, highlighting which was the best deal for me. I could also add additional cars and drivers if necessary. Once I received my quote, I was also able to recalculate it based on changes to the coverage, such as deductible amount and amount of coverage. I found out that the insurance I’m with now is giving me the best rate available, which makes me very happy. As soon as I get my next renewal, I’ll be checking the comparison site again to make sure I’m still getting the best deal.

Lowest Rates also allows you to compare rates for mortgages, credit cards, car loans as well as a variety of insurances (part of being a grown-up is having insurance on more than just your car!). It can be so tedious and annoying to compare but not comparing can cost you several hundred dollars a year, as it was with my home insurance.

Next time you need to get a quote on any financial services, I would definitely recommend using a comparison site to make sure you’re getting the best deal so you can spend that money on other important things, you know – like beer, trying new restaurants, make-up and clothing.

 

madison community services annual gala

I wanted to share an awesome event coming up next Thursday! Madison Community Services is hosting their first gala at The Chefs’ House on King St. The evening begins with drinks and networking with attendees and the board. Following that, there will be a 4-course meal prepared by students of George Brown College’s Chef School.

Madison Community Services is an organization that promotes the independence, health, recovery, and community integration of persons with mental health and/or addictions challenges through advocacy, education and a broad range of case management, supportive housing, and other specialized services.

The event takes place next Thursday night and tickets are available online now for $125 each. These tickets will help fund programs such as RISE, aimed at helping refugees from war-torn countries with services to address both their mental health and settlement challenges and The Equitable Bank-Madison Client Bursary Fund which has provided funding for 77 clients to pursue formal education and professional skills training, they hope to increase this number in years to come.

I’m looking forward to this exciting event for a great cause – hope to see you there!

thirsty thursday: tyskie

Happy Thursday folks! It’s been a while since I posted a Thirsty Thursday and I’ve got so many great ones to share with you. Expect to see some from my travels east in the coming weeks. But! This week, I have a new beer.

This beer is a light Polish pilsner, Tyskie. I had never had it and was offered a sample to try it out and I have to say I was presently surprised. I have to admit, I kind of expected it to taste like most “generic” beers but this one was a little different. Definitely on the lighter side but the flavour was much stronger than you’d get from a Canadian or Budweiser and had a great after taste. It was slightly sweet but also bitter, it was a great tasting beer.

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I would definitely recommend checking out Tyskie if you’re looking for a new beer now that patio weather is finally upon us!

Have you tried Tyskie? What did you think?