It happened. Panic had spread far and wide, governments asked or ordered people to isolate themselves, and the economy is in a downward spiral. What better time to launch this blog than during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, in the midst of chaos and uncertainty?

I had been wanting to start a blog for a while, and the pandemic has taken me off the hamster wheel long enough to reflect and act on that idea.


Vancouver, BC, is the most expensive place to live in Canada. Year after year, it ranks among the priciest cities in the world in terms of cost of living, according to Mercer’s annual cost of living survey.

For readers who may not know, the city has been nicknamed ‘no fun city’ by locals due to its lack of nightlife, entertainment venues, and general social stiffness. With public events being cancelled left and right this year due to coronavirus physical distancing restrictions, the city continues to live up to its moniker.


Many who live here, or have lived here in the past, are well acquainted with the financial challenges of Vancouver life. I’ll be chronicling my financial journey as a resident in this city – lessons learned, deals had, and stories of frugality, with a dash of career and entrepreneurship.


There are plenty of blogs and video channels featuring 20-30 something year old millennials striving to hit financial freedom or a million dollar net worth before they hit their late 30s or 40s. I’m not one of those; as a married guy in my 40’s, that train has already left the station. While I think it’s great to set targets, life happens to many people, including myself.

My goal is to reach financial freedom, while still being able to enjoy the journey .. so no, I’m not forcing my family to eat ramen noodles, but my time horizon may be a bit longer. I hope you can relate.

I aim to tell things as I see them – from the point of view of an average guy with no formal financial background, learning as I go. I don’t consider myself an expert on financial matters, so this blog is for entertainment purposes only. If you end up losing all your money after trying something that I wrote about, not my problem!

However, I do hope that you will learn something, be inspired to do some independent research, and get some entertainment at the same time. As singer Alicia Keyes sings in her song “New York” – If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere – and so can you!

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