What If You Could Save $200/ month?

This is a real story. The headline might sound too good to be true, but it’s not… and it’s certainly not what you think.

5 min readFeb 16, 2022


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This is my story on how one simple change saved me $200 a month!

As a single income family, ever dollar counts.

Lisa Marie’s article really resonated with me and my comment on how I never eat out, apparently resonated with others.

“My work colleagues were shocked that I had not been to x, y, x restaurant. Ummm… I make less than you and we are a single income family versus your higher pay, plus being a double income family (or a single income family without kids). Eating out is several days worth of groceries!”

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My monthly vehicle fuel bill was $600/month!

Where I live — it’s expensive; it’s the price we pay for living in Canada without snow! (Yes, such a place does exist.)

I did some math and sold my combustion engine vehicle. I bought an electric vehicle for $400/month. As a bonus, I have zero vehicle maintenance costs – and it’s fun to drive!

Okay, not quite zero. Windshield wiper fluid does cost me $2.

In one year, I have reduced my carbon emissions by approximately 10 tonnes. That reduction is the equivalent of planting about 2,200 trees a year!

Now, had a led with “I am doing my part to care for the environment and you should, too.” Or, “Do this to respond to climate change” and I would likely connect with a very different audience. Or, quite frankly, I might just piss off some people who either, don’t believe in the science or are just sick of hearing from “darn environmentalists” and “false” chatter on climate change.




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