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Your bank account lookin’ a little empty? The pressures of debt weighing you down?
Well, let’s shake off our money woes together with these 10 songs about money that will get your rear in gear!

1. Independent Woman – Destiny’s Child

2. Gold Digger – Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx

3. Money Ain’t A Thang – Jermaine Dupri ft Jay-Z

4. Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani ft. Eve

5. It’s All About The Benjamins – Puff Daddy ft. Notorious B.I.G, The LOX & Lil’ Kim

6. Glamourous – Fergie ft. Ludacris

7. Whatever You Like – T.I

8. Ride Wit Me – Nelly ft. St. Lunatics

9. I Get Money – 50 Cent

10. Money (That’s What I Want) – Flying Lizzards




My first survival job was working as a hostess at a steakhouse (I was a vegetarian at the time). As a recent graduate of a Radio and Television Program, I couldn’t find a paid TV gig, so it was the #restaurantlyfe for me.
I quickly realized part-time hostessing would simply not pay the bills, and I was becoming increasingly defeated.
With no TV opportunities in sight, and my optimism for my future hanging by a thread, I knew I had to make a change.
The catalyst for me was the ‘breakdown before the breakthrough’ – I simply couldn’t take struggling anymore and knew I had to make a change.
This change lead me to these three tips I’m thrilled to share about picking the right ‘survival job.’

1. Begin with the End in Mind.

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I knew I would be leaving the restaurant world. I knew I needed a job with a fresh start every day, so when I left I wouldn’t leave my employers high and dry.  Working as a barista or bartender is a great gig if you know you’re going to be peacing out down the line.

2. Shift Your Mindset. You’re now ‘Funding The Dream’

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The term ‘survival jobbing’ sounds stressful. Shift the language around it to believe you’re now  ‘funding your dream’ – AWESOME! I stumbled across this term on the interwebs and it helped me realize that I could use this to help me find a positive aspect of working towards something great.

3. Find a Survival Job that Mirrors Your Dream Job.

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I chose working in a restaurant because I knew it would have a lot of similar aspects to my dream job at the time: hosting a TV show. I was representing a brand, I was ‘the face’ of the organization, I had to be cool, calm and collected, and have the ability to instantly connect with people. So look for a ‘survival job’ (or volunteer experience) that has similar qualifications to your dream job so when you go into the interview for your ideal gig, you can intelligently explain why you’re currently working at a restaurant.

4. Be Strategic with the Restaurant or Coffee Shop.

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When I was working at the steakhouse, I quickly realized I didn’t like my surroundings. I was surrounded by extremely rich businessmen who saw right through me, and my colleagues tended to complain about their situation a lot. Since I didn’t have any TV opportunities, I figured I go to where the TV people are and find a job there. On a whim, I applied to one of the fanciest restaurants in the city. It was for an upscale clientele (celebrities and professional athletes were frequently there), and it was right across the street from one of the biggest TV networks in the country. Through a lil’ bit of luck, I got the job. And guess what – a few months into the gig, a TV producer I used to work with came in for lunch, we caught up, and she ended up giving me my foot in the door for my first TV job!

These are the tips I’d suggest looking back on my survival jobbing days! You got this!

– Gwen Elliot: Marketing + Chief Podcaster


When you finally save up enough money and you start to think you’ve kind of got it together but then life is all like NOPE! And suddenly you have to buy a new computer or some sh*t.

When you’re like no, I won’t stoop to the level of selling my body for science for $400.

But then your rent is due and you think to yourself, “I’m not going to do it. I’m not. Okay f*ck it.”

When you haven’t checked your credit card balance in a month…


When you get your first OSAP bill and you’re like “I’mmmm just going to look the other way.”

When you realize your dog has more flexibility with money than you do…
When you realize you didn’t pay your minimum balance…

When people who’s parents pay for everything complain about not having the latest Canada Goose jacket, and you just wanna be like.

The tantrum we all wish we could throw about money.
When it’s Cyber Monday and you just need a sign from God to stop BUYING ALL THIS DAMN STUFF!!!
When you want to buy a cup of coffee and you’re $.10 short.
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Since we’re now able to binge-watch Friends on Netflix, I can’t help noticing how Joey pretty much speaks to me (and defs others) regarding my financial sitch.

La la la… If I can’t hear you talking about income tax then I don’t have to pay it

Sorry, you want to eat my food that I can barely afford? Prepare to lose some fingers.

Wait… that’s the MINIMUM amount I have to pay for my credit card?! Why is it so much???

Attempting to read (and understand) the fine print of any government form.

What do you mean I have to choose between paying rent or buying a new outfit?

When it comes to stretching a paycheque to the end of the month, I’m a champ.

Did you just say rent is past due?

The second your parents try to talk to you about being “fiscally responsible”

My attitude towards job hunting.

When you are almost out of food and have to start rationing everything.

“Hey, Let me tell you about my job with full benefits that pays more than minimum wage…” NOPE!



For the love of all that is holy.

The glorious Taylor Swift just MUTHA F*CKIN WON THE CROWN OF LIFE by helping a huge fan with her student loan.


Watch the below video and try to hold back the tears 🙂 [actually, don’t, tears are FUN!]

<3 <3 <3




I’m 25 and just moved home with my parents for the second time.

If you were to tell me that last year I would’ve politely laughed and then proceed to show you out (perhaps followed by slamming the door behind you and yelling ‘AND NEVER COME BACK!’)

You see, I truly love being independent.

My first taste of parental freedom was at seventeen, when I moved away for university. It was pure bliss. I grew up in a small-town sharing a room with my three younger sisters, so to say I appreciated having my own room with cable television was a huge understatement.

But after graduating from university at twenty-one, feeling crushed under the weight of student loans, and dealing with a nasty case of ‘analysis paralysis’ I admitted defeat. I moved home.

That was a dark time for me as I was so frustrated with myself. I also got into the toxic habit of constantly comparing my life to my friends on Facebook (pre-Insta era) wondering what was wrong with me and why I couldn’t get it together.

Needless to say when I moved out for the first time a few months later I vowed I’d never do it again.

And yet, here I am. Moving home with the parents…again.

So what’s the deal?

The reason for this is two-fold:

1) The lease on my apartment was abruptly coming to an end, so there was a fork in the road: find a new place and move out in less than a month (in mid-January in Toronto) or move home.

2) I’ve come to realize that I’ve built my life on sand rather than rocks. Working on various contracts as a mediapreneur, in positions that require a constant state of ‘fight or flight’ lead to burnout. When I didn’t care about setting New Year’s intentions, exercising, eating healthy and felt ‘meh’ towards all social opportunities – I knew something was wrong.

Initially, my plan was to keep my new home life quiet. I figured I’d move home, get it together, and move back out without anyone knowing. A blip on the radar that I’d soon forget.

But over the holidays, I couldn’t keep it quiet with close friends and extended family.

And to my surprise – it was such a relief to be honest and not be heckled for it. And further, I’ve started to notice a trend with friends, that they have had to move home too.

It’s freakin’ hard out there nowadays so it’s becoming more accepted. Well.. as long as you have a plan to ditch the home cooked meals and childhood bed sooner rather than later.

So here are my top three tips to get back out there while still embracing home life:

1) Set a date to leave. This helped my parents agree to take me back in too.

2) Get to know your parents again. As it turns out parents are real people! I appreciate this so much more as an adult, and actually listen to their advice now (well… some of it ;)

3) Stay in your lane. I’ve taken Instagram and Facebook off my iPhone. I’ve installed ‘Self Control’ on my computer. When in a vulnerable place, work hard to not compare yourself to others!


**This blog was reposted from Written by Gwen of The Sisterpack.



Girl, we’ve been there.

You are overwhelmed and frustrated at f*ck at society, your parents, and yourself.

What not to do (*actually happened*):

Drink a bottle of red wine and start watching ‘A whole new world’ on YouTube while crying to try to ease the pain.

Clean your entire house instead

Snapchat an ex. Ya know…to distract yourself.

Eat an entire bag of brownies. Followed by 2-3 beers.

Essentially: DO. NOT. NUMB. OUT.

We know if can be incredibly painful to take stock of exactly where you are. In fact there may be raging tears of sadness and feelings of failure.

You will get through this.

What to do:

Choose a day/time when you feel your best. Are you a morning person? Do it then. Night hawk…girl you got dis.

Turn on Self Control on your computer. Aim to eliminate the distraction and temptation of Buzzfeed and Jenna Marbles.

Breathe. You will get through this.

What to do when you get the truth.

It could actually be not that bad! PARTY!

You could be EXTREMELY ANGRY. I strongly suggest finding the nearest pillow and screaming into it as well as punching it until you feel better. Seriously.

Cry. Do not hold onto these emotions. I have had many epic meltdowns that involved my tears ducts just saying ‘we’re breaking up.’

Once the emotions are out.

Start small.

Choose one area to focus on.

Maybe you noticed that you buy a fancy coffee everyday on your visa bill and it’s completely racking up.

Choose to make your coffee at home for ONE DAY a week and put the $5.00 in a jar.

Apps like LIFT or PINE can help you build the habit.

You can do this. Let us know how it goes in the comments below or email us your story at

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