Hi! I’m Sarah.

Welcome to When Life Gives You Lemons, Add Vodka. I’ll tell you about myself in a minute, but let’s first talk about how this website is useful for you.

There is a TON of financial advice out there, and personal finance blogs are a dime a dozen. Many of them are great – if you want to learn how to save money by cutting back on stuff that you don’t want to cut back on.

I am an avid reader, listener, and research junkie, and I bring that all to the blog. I give you ideas and solutions that actually work to change your financial behaviour, backed up by proof and sometimes actual acedemic research from popular books, blogs, and scientific sources.

I dig into the deep stuff.

Some people want a quick fix and something that they can read and move past. If that is you, then you probably don’t want to spend much time on my blog. Don’t worry, I won’t be offended.

But for those of you who actually want to make small changes for a big impact in the long term, I think you’ll like what you find here.

A little bit about my story, should you be so interested:

In August 2010, when I started this site, I was in school, working toward my Bachelor of Business Administration, full-time. I also worked full-time. What that meant was plenty of long days, late nights, and group projects.

It also meant paid internships and my running on adrenaline more often than not. When Life Gives You Lemons started more as a frugality blog. I wrote a lot about how I’d save money (preventing me from slipping into debt), and was attracted to other frugality blogs. I love frugality blogs, because I’m actually pretty stingy.

Now, however, this is not a frugality blog. I tripled my income in a matter of a couple of years (just with my day job). I’m now making almost double my day job income with my side jobs, (what my peers in the personal finance niche call “side hustles”) and don’t have much use for extreme frugality. I’ll always like to get the most bang for my buck, but not at the cost of living a fulfilling, carefree, and happy life.

My hope is that people my age – generation Y – start investing, start saving, start taking their careers and young lives more seriously, and stop digging themselves into debt.

I alone, without student loans, put myself through college. If you are willing to work hard, and you don’t want to owe “the man” for the rest of your twenties, you can do it. I did.

My interests include:

  • Travel (read more about that herehere, or here)
  • Career development (more about my own development here, or some advice and tips here, here, here, here or here)
  • Personal finance and making the most of your money (there are far too many posts on this to link to)
  • Living the best life possible!

Thanks for stopping by and reading, and if you have any comments, suggestions, questions, or just want to chat, you can find me:

On Twitter (@Add_vodka)
Via Email (addvodka@gmail.com)
On Pinterest (add_vodka)
On Facebook 







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  • Columbus
    May 18, 2011

    Greetings I discovered your webpage by mistake when i searched AOL for this subject, I need to express your site is totally valuable I also like the theme, it is beautiful!

  • wmwo
    August 15, 2011

    Hey Daisy, where do we go to get the password for your protected posts?

  • Shannyn @FrugalBeautiful.com
    January 15, 2012

    So glad to meet you and see that you’re paying down your debt- GO YOU! Keep up the good work and I hope this blog will help you get there! :)

  • Lorillia | Your Money Mentor
    February 24, 2012

    Hi Daisy, Stopping by to say hello. I’m another Yakezie fellow blogger. By the way I love your blog title. :mrgreen:

  • MaryAnne@ParentingandMoney
    March 9, 2012

    Love the blog title! I’ll be sending a few 20-something’s to your site who could use a lesson or two from you :-).

    • Daisy
      March 9, 2012

      Thank you! I would appreciate that :)

  • laurie best
    April 4, 2012

    You should meet my daughter, the newly-minted PhD. Her solution to the debt problem was to return to my empty nest. She finally left at age 36! In the interim, we actually discovered it was fun living together as adults and began writing a blog about our experience. Our book is currently being hawked by our agent at the London Book Fair and we have high hopes for it. You’d probably enjoy our take on the struggling student and more-than-struggling mom! Keep writing–I really enjoyed your blog. And anyone who loves chocolate is a friend of mine!

  • Josh @ Live Well Simply
    April 9, 2012

    Daisy, I was going through my comments and marked you as spam. Then I thought, hey I’ll just check to see if this person is legit. I’ve since approved your comments :) Thanks for commenting, my fellow Canadian!

  • SavvyFinancialLatina
    April 25, 2012

    Hi Daisy, I’m glad to be following you! I’m glad to find somebody else who is young and trying to figure it out.

  • Financial Samurai
    July 14, 2012

    Very admirable of you to work several jobs while going to school! You are going to be SO PUMPED when you graduate, and without much debt if any to boot!

    Can’t wait!

  • Modest Money
    July 21, 2012

    Congrats on finishing up your final school project Daisy! It was fun meeting you and some of the other Vancouver bloggers earlier this month. We’ll definitely have to do that again sometime soon.

    By the way, it really is impressive how much you manage to juggle at once. I don’t know how you do it.

  • Financial Penguin
    August 31, 2012

    Hey Daisy, have you graduated yet? I was just reading up there that you we’re supposed to finish college in August, 2012?? If you have, congrats!! If not, don’t worry, college is awesome, savor your time there!

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