Ian Stead

Ian has always been cheap. He was able to escape the University of Ottawa with a B.A. in history debt-free, and the attractive tuition for Algonquin's Professional Writing program was decisive in his enrolment. Ian hopes to work as a freelance editor and writer, and enjoy a life filled with friends, family, cooking and reading—on the cheap.

Life on the Cheap

How to spend less and get more out of life

Friday
Apr082011

Death and Taxes...and Rent

Friday
Mar252011

Cheap Therapy

 

Before I adopted my dog, Joey, I wasn’t very good at dealing with stress. In fact, I did all the wrong things to try and relieve it, like smoking cigarettes, buying a new video game or drinking beers. All these “techniques” just left me even more strung-out and unmotivated—and cost a lot of money!

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Tuesday
Mar222011

Frozen Vegetables

Bill Thurlow is perusing the booths set up in the Fairmont Chateau Laurier's Drawing Room, part of a meet and greet between Ottawa restaurateurs and local farmers hosted by Savour Ottawa, an organization that promotes local eating in the city. He's guzzling coffee and seems to know everyone in the room, slapping backs and trading smiles. The old farmer ambles into my periphery, fresh cup in hand, and asks, “Now, would you like to try the best honey in the world?

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Friday
Mar112011

Frugal Fun

Now that we’re clothed and fed with hundreds of dollars to spare, what should we do? Why don’t we have some fun with friends and—you guessed it—save even more money in the process?

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Tuesday
Mar012011

Opinion: How to Go Out for Dinner

What better way is there to spend your evening than to go out for dinner? You and your date can enjoy each other's company in a pleasant atmosphere, have your dinners prepared and brought to you, and allow that bottle of wine to soothe your day's worries away. I have to admit, a restaurant is one of my favorite places to be—unless I'm on the other side of the equation. Yes, I'm a server, and I have been for almost four years.

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Friday
Feb252011

Everybody Loves a Winner

 

If clothes make the man then I'm a winner—a cheap winner, but a winner nonetheless.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Tennessy Willems, "The Wood Burning Pizza Joint"

I'll admit it: I'm an obnoxious food snob, and even though I’m usually cheap I have no trouble spending money on good food. So as soon as I heard mutterings of a wood oven pizza place opening up on Ottawa's “Epicurean Row”—a string of trendy restaurants along Wellington West that includes the Wellington Gastropub, Petit Bill's Bistro and Absinthe—I had to see how it fit in. My financee Erin and I called up our friends Adam and Sylvia and we set a date to dine at Tennessy Willems, “The Wood Burning Pizza Joint” (1082 Wellington St.).

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Tuesday
Jan112011

To Spend is Human, to Budget is Divine

 

From Benjamin Franklin's immortal adage, "time is money," to the Wu-Tang Clan's declaration that "cash rules everything around me," money has been—and will continue to be—one of the most powerful influences in our lives.

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