The Last Post

Divorce may be common these days, but it doesn’t make it any easier (kind of like student debt), so it’s with a heavy heart and still-light wallet that I sign the papers on possession of this blog over to GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca, and divorce myself from these weekly updates that have included musings on budgets, risk, saving, debt and car loans; but also friends, feminism, weddings, shacking up and drinking beer.

In order to write about money, it became immediately clear to me that I had to write about life. It’s life that costs money, life that earns you money, life that teaches you what to do and not to do with that money. This website is also a helpful resource, as are parents or other elders in one’s life, a Certified Financial Planner, and my new idol the smokin’ hot and articulate business reporter Amanda Lang (saving is so sexy, guys!).

Back in October I was worrying about feeding myself through till January when my next OSAP installment came through. I didn’t starve, and since then I’ve taken out a student line of credit to bridge the gap between what the government gave me and what I need to pay for:

  1. a field course to China next month, and
  2. gas and food this summer while I’m interning at St. Lawrence National Park in the Thousand Islands.

Come September, I’ll have time to secure at least a part-time job while I finish my degree, and by December 2011, I’ll be a Master of Forest Conservation and hopefully gainfully employed and ready to start paying back my loans. I can see the light, and no Mom, I’m not going back to school again for a long, long time.

Hopefully my posts have been jumping off points for further financial learning. I don’t pretend to be an expert on how to live off loans and love in the Big Smoke as a second-round graduate student, but I do hope I’ve kept you company in your own financial journeys, and offered a few bon mots along the way. I know I’ve enjoyed talking to you — you don’t talk back and sometimes that’s just what I need!

So, I’ll simply leave you with some parting advice:

  1. Ride a bike
  2. Get a roommate
  3. Cook your own meals
  4. Make a monthly budget
  5. Pay your credit card balance every month
  6. Open a savings account
  7. Do what you love, it’s worth it
  8. Try not to stress, and
  9. Drink Busch cans and make some bad decisions, just once in a while.

Stacey Bowman
Stacey Bowman

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