I get excited each year about back to school sales. Its been a long time since I was a student or since I had to do school shopping for kids, but each year I still love to see the deals that are offered and I try to cash in on some serious savings ! Being in the Arctic doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the savings, there are some great deals available online.

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If you have Instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of your friends posting pictures of their victory or defeat in an escape room. You may have heard lots of talk about them….but have you had the chance to try one out? We wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so on our recent family vacation we had our first Escape Room experience.

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What is an Escape Room?

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Vacation appsFrugal northern living does not involve just being frugal when at home. Spending wisely and making your dollar stretch is just as important when traveling south as it is when living in the north.

For many “ southerners” who have moved north, your vacation time may be the time you feel you need to catch up on all the conveniences and luxuries you have gone without by living in the north. Most people have something they are anxiously waiting to do as soon as they land down south.

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There’s a lot of buzz today about Amazon Prime Day  around town and, well, all over the internet. 😉  Everyone loves a good deal and the annual event that Amazon holds sports some pretty deep savings on many items. For example, check out this hot product at 44% off! I’ve been wanting one for a year and finally got it today with a deal too good to pass up. I’m pretty sure it’s going to become one of my “can’t live without”

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When I told friends and family nearly 8 years ago that I was moving to the Arctic, one of the first things they said was “But you’re always cold!!! How will you survive in the Arctic!?!” It was true. For as long as I can remember I’ve always been cold. I would be bundled up, even inside the house, and always had a hot tea on the go to try to keep me warm.

Then we moved to the Arctic.

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Before we arrived on the frozen tundra, we used to live “down south” (aka any part of Canada below the North) and our home was surrounded by beautiful mountains and trees. I was a “tree hugger” for as long as I can remember….but nothing makes you appreciate the trees more than moving to the Arctic!

We’ve lived above the tree line now for almost 8 years and “tree time” is one of the things I look forward to most when we go on our annual vacation south.

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I’ve heard it said on numerous occasions, ” You live in the Arctic, you must not sweat” but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Sure we aren’t in shorts and a t-shirt with skin perspiring at the moment we set foot out the door…..but there is still plenty of sweat that happens in the north.

Try going for a walk on the snow covered tundra with layer upon layer of clothing hugging your body closely,

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I’m a confessed tea addict. I drink 1-2 pots of tea a day (or more). I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life (GASP!) Tea has been something I started drinking as a kid and never stopped. Some of my fondest memories growing up include late night tea time with my mom. You could say tea warms my heart as much as it does my body 😉

With living in the cold climate of the arctic,

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When we lived down south, mashed potatoes were a common side dish on our dinner plates, but when we moved North and saw the prices of the potatoes they soon became a luxury rather than a staple.  Due to the weight/cost of transporting the potatoes they are often one of the pricier options.

In search of a more affordable alternative, (not to mention a healthier low carb choice)  we began to experiment with cauliflower and ended up having a new favourite fast and frugal side dish.

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As much as I like Saving Green….I also love Living Green by choosing natural products to use to reduce my family’s exposure to harmful chemicals. Making your own products is a fantastic frugal way to both save green and live green, but sometimes its nice to save the trouble and treat yourself to some already perfected natural products. That’s why I was excited one day when I came across @Mountain.Air.Naturals  on Instagram. I noticed their All Natural Ingredients and Canadian shipping policy and just had to try them out!

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