TGIF: Thanks for a Great First Meet-up!

July 25, 2014

I didn’t take a single picture on my phone this week, other than of the final steps of my decluttering process, so no beautiful BC shots today, I’m afraid. Truthfully, the weather changed quite drastically this week, as it often does on the “wet coast”. Don’t tell anyone, but I loved every minute of it. Despite the fact that I’m a summer baby, I much prefer the fall. Give me crisp air, warm sweaters, a little rain and weekends under a blanket with a book any day.

Of course, I’m grateful the clouds parted for a few hours last night, before I drove downtown to my first planned meet-up with some Vancouver readers. Walking into it, I had no idea what to expect – but the night went better than I could’ve hoped. Imagine sitting in a circle with a bunch of like-minded individuals / strangers, talking about what you learned about money growing up, how much debt you once had, what your financial goals are, how you scrimp and save, and so on. It was just like the conversations we have here but offline… and I LOVED it!

I know I said it a few times last night, but thank you again to everyone who came to yesterday’s meet-up. Thank you for helping us create an open and safe place to talk about a subject that is normally so taboo. Thank you for having the courage to share your stories and your numbers, and offer advice to one another.
<— This is what I loved most about last night. I learned so much from all of you, and am so grateful you took the time out of your day to join in the discussion. <3

The low of my week was being stuck at the hospital for close to 6 hours, waiting to get that freaking bone scan on Monday morning. I’m so glad that’s over! Although, waiting for the results is no fun either.

The high of my week was, without a doubt, last night’s meet-up.

A blog post I loved was The Elegant Art of Not Giving a Shit. I often feel like David’s posts are published exactly when I need to read them; that says a lot about his ability to write about what happens in our everyday life. And his chart is now the background on my desktop.

The best money I spent was $0 on the free coffee Tangerine made me last night. (Wait, does that even count?) It was just a cup from a French press, which is what I make at home, but it still felt like a treat to have someone make it for me. (This is what happens when you’re not allowed to get takeout coffee! lol)

My plans this weekend include having brunch with Krystal tomorrow, doing the Grouse Grind with a friend from college on Sunday (on my summer bucket list!) and getting some writing done.

How was your week, friends? What are you up to this weekend?

  • Dayle July 25, 2014 at 5:37 am


    So glad to hear the meet-up went well… looking forward to the Toronto one! If you end up getting some other guys coming, maybe I will bring bf.

    This week I felt like I was constantly chasing the next thing I had to do, constantly tired, and constantly playing catch-up. This is not normal for me! lol …I was starting work an hour early all week, and I really noticed that missing hour each day. I finally got around to cutting my grass on Wednesday, I hadn’t done it since July 1st!

    This weekend…I don’t have much in the way of plans…shocking, right!? I’m working for a few hours tomorrow morning, I’ll work out, and we were going to go jet-skiing weather permitting. But, it’s supposed to rain all weekend so we might end up starting Season 5 of Breaking Bad. I’m on vacation after I finish work tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to relaxing for the first half of the week, and then heading to Boots & Hearts on Wedneday and having a crazy fun long weekend.

    Enjoy your weekend, Cait!


    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      So jealous of your time off! Hope you enjoy every minute of it, Dayle. :)

  • Retired By 40! July 25, 2014 at 5:56 am

    What an awesome time! I love the positivity and the fact that you are able to meet up with your readers – and are willing to do so!

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Of course! Last night just showed me I should’ve done it sooner. :)

  • Will July 25, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I had fun at the meetup!

    JK, I wasn’t there. I was a few thousand miles away but would’ve come otherwise.

    I’m going to a Marvel movie marathon at my cousins house tomorrow. I’ve only seen Iron Man so I hope I like the others!

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Ha! You’re funny, Will. Sounds like a good time. Enjoy!

  • Ramona July 25, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Hi Cait!
    Glad the meetup went well in Vancouver! I REALLY hope you will do a Toronto one! :)


    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      I absolutely will! I’m thinking it’ll be the first week of September. Will post it here, when I know more details. :)

  • Colleen July 25, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Grouse Grind! One of my favourites…let me know how it goes. It’s been a couple years since I’ve done it but I’d love to get there this summer.

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Eek, yea I’m a little nervous! But then I figure… I’ve done the Chief. I must be able to do this. Errr… right!? :S

  • Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore July 25, 2014 at 8:36 am

    So happy that the meet-up went well for you! That’s great :)

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks, Kayla!

  • Alicia @ Financial Diffraction July 25, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Ah, I so wish I lived close enough to attend your meetup! It sounds like a great time. And it’s so freeing to openly discuss things that are usually so taboo offline (aka IRL). My week was pretty blah – I was on edge at work and was super paranoid about a few different things that went on. I *think* I am over it though :)

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Oh no! Hope you can relax and not worry about it this weekend.

  • Kassandra July 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

    That’s great that your meet-up was a success and that people felt comfortable to talk about money.

    I may go see a show tomorrow featuring Darius Rucker (lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish) tomorrow in Long Island. Enjoy your week-end Cait.

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Sounds like fun, Kassandra! You should definitely go. :)

  • Kristyn July 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I had a great time last night too! Hope I didn’t talk everyone’s ear off! I can’t wait to see some of the new topics the blog might start to address, there’s always something new to learn :)

    • Jacquie July 25, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Hey Kristyn, it was nice to meet you last night! Don’t worry, I was worried I talked everyone’s ear off too ;)

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      NOT possible – I might’ve been lost without all your input/ideas! So happy you were both there!

  • J. Money July 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

    What a great idea for a meetup!!! Look at you go!

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Oh, shucks.

  • Jacquie July 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Thanks again for last night, Cait. I feel so lucky to have met you.

    We were super savers yesterday too, you with your free Tangerine coffee and me with my thermos! Hurrah for no take out coffee this week!

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Yahoo! Go us! And thank you again for coming. I’ll text you next week, Jacquie. Have a great weekend!

  • Lindsey P. July 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    The meetup was so fun! Thanks again for organizing. :)

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Thank YOU for coming, Lindsey. It was so nice to see you again!

  • Jenny July 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    It was very nice meeting you last night! I’m glad I attended and brought my friend along. She was very inspired by what everyone was saying and how a lot of us are or use to be in the same boat. Thanks for organizing!

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      I’m so happy you both came, Jenny, and that you passed along the blog. I’d hoped that was the takeaway for people – that this is something we all deal with daily. There’s no point hiding it. We might as well talk/share/ask for help/offer advice where we can. Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Nicole July 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Cait,

    It was nice to meet you last night, along with everyone else at the meet up. There is nothing I love more than having a good discussion about finance, definitely inspires me to keep on track! I hope you enjoy the Grind, I’m hoping to hike around Buntzen Lake tomorrow. Thanks for arranging the meet up :)

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      It was so nice to meet you too, Nicole! And enjoy Buntzen! I live so close but haven’t actually made it there yet this year. I’m sure you know this but GO EARLY – parking is a nightmare after like 10:30 a.m.

  • Kristyn July 25, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    UPDATE: I was inspired last night to get even more ambitious with my savings and today set up monthly automatic transfers. So elementary but I needed a little reminder that my savings shouldn’t just be whatever is left over at the end of the month! Now I’m paying myself first :)

    • Cait Flanders July 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm


  • Marieke July 25, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Aw too bad you are doing the grind on Sunday, as I work with the bears on Saturdays :) Was hoping to come to your meet-up but had a work fundraiser.

    Good luck grinding, and don’t let the 1/4 mark get you down! It’s measured by elevation not distance.

  • Travis @Debtchronicles July 30, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Glad to hear that your meetup went well, Cait – looking forward to hearing about your future ones!