My name is Renée. Well, that’s my pen-name., I am 34 years young, and live on Prince Edward Island, on the beautiful East coast of Canada..

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, entrepreneur, insomniac, personal finance geek, mostly plant-based vegan (vegetarian some days) and wanna-be minimalist.

I’ve moved quite a few times, I have some serious wanderlust, saudade, if you will. I love to travel and there are quite a few places left on my must-see list.

I bought a small fixer-upper house in 2008 (by myself) that I renovated mostly on my own and was able to sell in August of 2016! You can find more on The Littlest House page. I have many interests and few true hobbies – I like to try new things! I love to cycle and discovered snowboarding in the winter of 2019. B-). I occasionally make feeble attempts at stringing words together because I like to write. My dog Copper was previously occasionally thrown into the mix of this blog because he used to be my epic sidekick (he now lives with my younger sister because Tom is not a dog-fan, sometimes I refer to my boyfriend Tom on the blog (also a pen-name)) and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

Why Nickel by Nickel

This is primarily a personal blog and journal that started out in 2010 as a chronicle of consumer debt-repayment. Nickel by Nickel has since evolved from finance to cover my thoughts on life, faith, travel and just winging it, nickel by nickel, as I jump from trying to save money to learning how to invest to seeing the world to renovating my fixer-upper house on the cheap.

Some of the greatest accomplishments I’ve achieved since starting out with blogging are

With my passive income and current financial assets I am financially stable and to some degree financially independent. While I can theoretically live off my current investments, I will continue to supplement my income and am thus not retired by any means. I do consider myself BaristaFi’d and can choose what I want to do most days.

I’ve learned a lot these past ten years through the personal finance blogging community and am applying this knowledge to better my financial situation to hopefully some day achieve financial independence.

The PF community 

Through blogging, I’ve found many great resources, websites and other personal blogs some of which you will find linked on the Link-Love tab. To contact me, you can find my info here.

This page was last updated on March 26, 2021

For my seedshop; click on over to my site The Little Island Seed Co. or find me on Etsy.

19 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey, Renée! Thanks for leaving a comment on GRB today! 🙂 I look forward to reading through your archives and hopefully "getting to know you." (As much as you can through a blog anyway!)


    1. is it bad that that makes me want to say something really stupid like "EAST COAST WEST COAST, represent?' Errr, yeah.

      Cool! I've been as far as Banff but never really into BC, I will venture there in the next few years, you will have to hook me up with the best places to check out 🙂


  2. Hey! I'd recognize that pink spot anywhere! Haha… j/k. Cool you're from CA — lots of PF bloggers from there. See ya around the webs, my friend!


  3. Hey Renée! I realized I never commented on your about page. Thanks for all the supportive back and forth e-mails. I really appreciate that. Also, buying and fixing up a house on your own is very ambitious. So I give you lot of credit there. Glad to hear that you're enjoying your trip in Europe right now. Don't eat too many croissants lol.


  4. Ha, good you’re still around (judging by your new posts)! Unless of course you scheduled posts years out and now they are being published without you remembering… That’d be eerie! Sounds like a love story or something. Like you die, and then we get to read your final thoughts long after you’ve died.


      1. TX 4 mentioning my website early on in your blogging, Nickel. How are things going in your (debt) world?


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