Tara Struyk's blog

Don't Panic! How to Meet a Deadline

You can't cheat time; and hair pulling, sweating, and crying won't get it done, either. But you can meet a tight deadline with one or more of these tips.

25 Reasons Why You Should Take a Walk

Walking is simple, accessible, and good for the mind, body, community, and soul. If you're looking for an excuse to go for a walk, try one or two of these.

7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work

It’s 5 p.m. Do you know where your energy went? Follow these easy suggestions to feel great at the end of your work day.

Lifestyle Inflation: The Ultimate Financial Trap

Lifestyle inflation takes extra money and turns it into a vain attempt to buy joy. Avoid it by changing your perspective on money and happiness.

Lessons in Simple Living From Extreme Minimalists

You don't have to forsake your worldly possessions to find bliss, but we can all live more frugally — and more elegantly — by learning from those who have.

Are Your Spices Fake?

If your spices don't have the smell and taste you expect, they might be old. They might also be fake. These are the likeliest impostors in your spice rack.

Why Canada’s TFSA Is Totally Awesome

If you live in Canada, you should definitely make a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) part of your retirement savings plan. Here's why.

How to Get Rid of Your Old Electronics

These four responsible ways to dispose of old electronics will keep them the out of landfills and may even put a little more money in your pocket.

Buying Your First Home: What to Do and When to Do It

Buying your first home can be incredibly rewarding — and incredibly stressful. Keep your head on straight (and even enjoy the process!) with this guide.

You Shouldn’t Buy a Home If…

Home ownership isn’t for everyone. And even if it’s right for you, it might not be right for you right now. Read this to help figure out if you're ready.

Canada and U.S. Retirement Showdown: Which Offers More for Retirees?

In the spirit of friendly cross-border competition, Canada and the U.S. face-off on retirement. Which country offers the best deal for retirees?

20 Great Body Weight Exercises (and Why You Should Do Them)

Body weight exercises seem simple, but they can be very challenging. Best of all? You don't need expensive fitness equipment to do them.

Why You Pay More at the Grocery Store (and How to Stop)

Grocer tricks and bad habits lead you to pay more than you need to for groceries. Learn how to break free and save more on your food.

How to Save Money by Going (Mostly) Meatless

By making a few clever substitutions, you can save money going (mostly) meatless — and make food that tastes so good, you won't even miss the meat.

4 Tips for Making Resolutions Stick in the New Year

Almost everybody makes New Year's resolutions, and almost nobody keeps them for more than a few weeks. But resolutions can work — here's how.

7 Great Investments for First-Timers

If you're new to investing and unsure of where to start, don't fret! Check out these investments that are great for newbies.

7 Inexpensive Lifestyle Habits That Can Add Years to Your Life

These seven simple changes can add decades to your life — and many of them don't cost a penny. How's that for a return on investment?

In a Rut? 6 Tips for Getting Out

Whether it's emotional or physical, whether it has to do with work, relationships, or personal goals, being in a rut sucks. Here's how to help yourself get out.

Honesty Really Is the Best Policy, Especially at Work

When you listen to the news, it can sometimes feel like dishonesty is the only sure way to get ahead. Discover why telling the truth really counts.

Why You Should Do Things You're Bad At

Competence is comfortable — but maybe it shouldn't be. Doing things you're bad at has some serious mental, physical, and emotional benefits.