Top 2 Profitable Purchases of 2017

2017 isn’t over yet but I guarantee that nothing else I buy in the next 3 months could surpass these 2 products. Read on if you want to:

  1. save time for what’s REALLY important
  2. save energy
  3. maximize your productivity and efficiency

BACKGROUND

I have two kids, a 3 year old and 5 year old, which I home-school and I also do some work from home. So with the 2 kids, you can imagine what kind of mess I have to deal with daily on top of my regular chores. I used to use a cordless stick Dyson vacuum for all of the little messes on our hardwood and spent about 15 minutes per day sweeping/vacuuming only in the kitchen/living room area. On the weekends I would spend an additional 45 minutes vacuuming the carpeted areas in the house and the bedrooms.

15min x 7 days = 105min + 45min = 150min/week x 52 weeks in a year = 7,800min /60min = 130 hours per year /24 hrs = 5.42 days a year

DOING IT MYSELF

That means I spend almost FIVE AND A HALF DAYS in a year vacuuming or sweeping. OK fine, some days I’m too tired or lazy and don’t vacuum / sweep at all so lets round it down to five days a year (reduced by 10 hours). That is STILL FIVE DAYS OF MY LIFE of which I can think of much better ways to spend my time!

HIRING HELP

So lets say you would rather have someone come into your home and vacuum for you. The average hourly rate for housekeeping in Edmonton according to care.com is $16.44 x 130 hours per year is $2,137.20 (or rounded down again to 5 days = $1,972.80/year).



 

PURCHASE # 1 – iRobot Roomba 860 or iRobot Roomba 890 <— we have the 860, not the 890 so I can’t comment on how well the 890 works, I just wanted to point out that 890 was wi-fi capabilities and you can control it with iRobot’s HOME App.

This is a vacuuming robot (there are higher end versions which maps out the layout of your home but we purposely chose 860 as it doesn’t have Wi-Fi)  You can schedule the Roomba to vacuum every day of the week at a certain time or just press CLEAN when required. These 2 also have the tangle-free rollers/brushes which the older versions DO NOT, so they are much easier to clean than the older versions. We had an older version with the brushes that have bristles so I had to cut the hair out of the bristles each time I cleaned Roomba and eventually I got tired of cleaning the bristles and decided sweeping is faster.

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  • The extractors are tangle free now – no more bristles, the hair just accumulates in rolls at the end which just fall off when I clean the extractors
  • There is a little Virtual Wall Barrier that you can turn on to stop Roomba from going past certain points or around a certain area
  • If it detects dirt in an area Roomba concentrates in that area. Cleans under beds, furniture and along walls
  • Does not fall off of the stairs (cliff detector)
  • Lets me know when the debris bin is full
  • Comes with High Efficiency Filters captures 99% of dust, mites and allergens as small as 10 microns
  • Once it’s done it goes back to it’s charging station to charge up for the next cleaning session


 

PURCHASE # 2 – iRobot Braava jet 240   This is a mopping robot. You just attach a a cleaning pad (I bought reusable ones here), put WATER in and press clean. Once it’s done you press the button to eject the cleaning pad.

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  • 3 cleaning options: Wet mop, damp sweep, and dry sweep
  • Great for cleaning “small spaces” like kitchens and bathrooms (I clean 1 area at a time, charge up/refill the water and continue cleaning the next room)
  • Systematic pattern cleaning
  • Small and compact to clean around toilets, under beds and cabinetry
  • Does not fall off of the stairs (cliff detector) and doesn’t go up rugs
  • Super quiet

 



The cost of hiring help for 5 days a year just to vacuum (and not mop) is almost $2,000/year. This alone almost covers the cost of purchasing TWO Roombas and TWO Braava jets! My previous Roomba is still working and is now 8 years old so these purchases are definitely worth it (plus the amount of time it saves me each year is worth much more to me than the $2,000 each year).

We would love to head from you about what your profitable purchases are.

 

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Fluoridation of our Water!

Many of us don’t know much about fluoride except that it is supposed to be good for your teeth and reduce cavities but there is so much I didn’t know. 

As quoted from Nassim Taleb’s Anti-Fragile (Chapter 21. Medicine, Convexity, and Opacity) “The non-natural needs to prove its benefits, not the natural—according to the statistical principle outlined earlier that nature is to be considered much less of a sucker than humans. In a complex domain, only time—a long time—is evidence.”

Just like the insecticide, DDT, discovered by a Swiss chemist (who actually won a Nobel Award for it), cigarettes, plastic, & cellphones were “harmless” until it all proved to be harmful after a long period of time. Or years ago, scientists came to the conclusion that cholesterol in food was bad = eggs were bad. Now, decades later, we find out the effect of egg consumption on blood cholesterol is minimal when compared with the effect of trans fats and saturated fats and according to a study at the University of Connecticut the fat in egg yolks actually helps to reduce LDL (“bad” cholesterol).

The approved 1.00ppm of fluoride in drinking water now MIGHT be harmful after another decade of studies.

If studies now show that it does affect IQ and other things then I’m going to do my best to avoid it in water where we cannot control how much fluoride we take as we need to drink a lot of water to keep healthy. There is already fluoride in some of the foods we eat/drink, & toothpaste. Other countries have access to fluoridated salt (ie. Switzerland) where the fluoride intake can be controlled for EACH individual. A smaller child can use less salt vs. an adult <— this makes much more sense than FORCING every single person to take fluoride through their drinking water.

  1. US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Critical Review of Physiological Effects of Ingested Fluoride as a Public Health Intervention (“CONCLUSIONS: The results support the possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment. Future research should include detailed individual-level information on prenatal exposure, neurobehavioral performance, and covariates for adjustment.”)
  2. Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health: Developmental fluoride neurotoxicity: a systematic review and meta-analysis  

    (“RESULTS: The standardized weighted mean difference in IQ score between exposed and reference populations was -0.45 (95% confidence interval: -0.56, -0.35) using a random-effects model. Thus, children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas. Subgroup and sensitivity analyses also indicated inverse associations, although the substantial heterogeneity did not appear to decrease.

    CONCLUSIONS: The results support the possibility of an adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment. Future research should include detailed individual-level information on prenatal exposure, neurobehavioral performance, and covariates for adjustment.”)

  3. Translated research report Fluoride 41(2) 115-119 April-June 2008 – Effects of the level of fluoride in drinking water on the intellectual ability of school-age children
  4. Fluoride news & lawsuit

So then I looked into Edmonton’s water: 2017 YTD median of fluoride in Edmonton’s water is 0.68 ppm!! Whereas most developed countries, including 97% of the western European population (Switzerland included), do not consume fluoridated water. 

After learning this we decided we had to switch our Mavea water pitcher out for something that could remove fluoride and found two products: Berkey and Zero Water. Pictured below is the Berkey which we thought was right for our family. 

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The Berkey system effectively removes harmful viruses, bacteria, parasites and unhealthy contaminants from water and leaves essential minerals that your need. It purifies tap water & raw untreated water from sources such as remote lakes and streams.  It is SOOO good that they even recommend you to test your system after setting it up by putting water and RED FOOD coloring into the tank and the water that comes out is clear. The system which includes 2 Black filters and 2 F-2 filters cost us $351 plus we purchased an extra set of each filter so that it filters faster. After the water is filtered I empty the system into glass bottles and put them in the fridge (the system is BPA free but we avoid keeping food/drinks in plastic whenever possible). Use it at home, at the cottage, on a camping trip, or at your office/shop for clean water. I also recommended it to my parents for when they go back to Vietnam for vacation (who knows how clean the bottled water actually is!?)

Below are the cost in cents per litre of water filtered for both systems after 12 years: Berkey 0.0403 cents/litre (Amazon)  and Zero 0.1188/litre (Costco) and Zero 0.1387/litre (Amazon)  [The break even point is 2 years]



Here are the links to Amazon or Costco for those that have memberships at Costco for the Zero system:

Zero Water 10 cup pitcher Amazon $39.48 or Costco $64 

Zero Filters: Costco 4 filters for $70 or Costco 8 filters for $119 or Amazon 2 filters for $33  or Amazon 4 for $82.69 or Amazon 8 filters for $142.35



Below is more calculations I did for our family. The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) of water for my family would be:

2.36 litres (1.18 litres/day for 4- 8 year olds & I have a 3 year old and 5 year old 1.18 x 2 = 2.36)
3 litres for men per day
2.2 litres for women per day
—————
7.56 litres / day of drinking water for my family + extra water is required for cooking

The Berkey Light has a capacity of 10.4 litres so I would need to refill the system once a day for drinking and cooking. Using that I calculated how long my filters would last my family:

Berkey Black filter set purifies approximately 22,000 litres so 22,000 L / 10.4 L = 2,115.38 / 365 days = 5.8 years (5 years and 9.6 months) !! I purchased an extra set of Black filters so I have 2 sets of black filters = 5.8 x 2 = 11.6 (11 years and 7.2 months)

PF-2 Fluoride & Arsenic Reduction Filters is recommended to be replaced after 3,785 litres so 3,785 L / 10.4 L = 363.94 which is almost a full year! I purchased an extra set so I have 2 sets of PF-2 filters = 363.94 days x 2 or basically, 2 years.

Meaning I would need to buy around 5 extra sets of the PF-2 filters because of the life expectancy difference = $66 x 5 = $330

$351 system w/ 1 set of black filters and 1 set of PF-2 filters
$205 additional 1 set of black filters and 1 set of PF-2 filters
$330 additional 5 sets of PF-2 filters for the 10 year difference between the black filters and PF-2 filters
——
$886 / 11.6 years = $76.38 / year in clean fluoride free water!

As that includes the system the calculation below is for the NEXT 11.6 years of clean fluoride free water

$390 for 2 sets of black filters and 2 sets of PF-2 filters (11.6 years & 2 years)
$330 additional 5 sets of PF-2 filters for the 10 year difference between the black filters and PF-2 filters (10 years)
——
$720 / 11.6 years = $62.07 / year in clean fluoride free water!

REMEMBER! The number of PF-2 filters MUST match the number of Black filters to work as the PF-2 filters attach to the Black filters.


The PF-2 filters remove:

  • Arsenic V and peroxidized Arsenic III

  • Targets entire family of arsenic oxide anions as well as the arsenic cations

  • Other residual heavy metal ions

WARNING: huge list below these 2 photos of what the Black Berkey filters remove!!

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VIRUSES >99.999%

  • Exceeds Purification Standard (Log 4):

  • MS2 Coliphage – Fr Coliphage

  • PATHOGENIC BACTERIA SURROGATE >99.9999%

  • Exceeds Purification Standard (Log 6):

  • Raoultella terrigena

  • TRIHALOMETHANES – Removed to >89.8%

  • (Below Lab Detectable Limits):

  • Bromodichloromethane

  • Bromoform

  • Chloroform

  • Dibromochloromethane

INORGANIC MINERALS

  • Removed to below Lab Detectable Limits:

  • Chlorine Residual (Total Residual Chlorine)

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

  • Removed to below Lab detectable limits

  • Alachlor

  • 1,1,1,2-Tetrachloroethane

  • 1,1,1-Trichloroethane (TCA)

  • 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane

  • 1,1,2-Trichloroethane

  • 1,1,2-Trichlorotrifluoroethane

  • 1,1-Dichloroethane (1,1-DCA)

  • 1,1-Dichloroethylene (1,1-DCE)

  • 1,1-Dichloropropene

  • 1,2,3-Trichlorobenzene

  • 1,2,3-Trichloropropane

  • 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene

  • 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene

  • 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP)

  • 1,2-Dibromoethane

  • 1,2-Dichloro-1,1,2-trifluoroethane (CFC 123a)

  • 1,2-Dichlorobenzene

  • 1,2-Dichlorobenzene-d4

  • 1,2-Dichloroethane

  • 1,2-Dichloropropane

  • 1,3,5-Trimethylbenzene

  • 1,3-Dichlorobenzene

  • 1,3-Dichloropropene

  • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene

  • 2,2-Dichloropropane

  • 2,4,5-T

  • 2,4,5-TP (Silvex)

  • 2,4-D

  • 2,4-DB

  • 2-Butanone (MEK)

  • 2-Chlorotoluene

  • 2-Hexanone

  • 2-Methyl-2-propanol

  • 3,5-Dichlorobenzoic Acid

  • 3-Hydroxycarbofuran

  • 4-Bromofluorobenzene

  • 4-Chlorotoluene

  • 4-Isopropyltoluene

  • 4-Methyl-2-pentanone

  • 4-Nitrophenol

  • 5-Hydroxydicamba

  • Acetone

  • Acifluorfen

  • Alachlor

  • Aldicarb

  • Aldicarb Sulfone

  • Aldicarb Sulfoxide

  • Aldrin

  • alpha-Chlorodane

  • Ametryn

  • Aroclor (1016, 1221, 1232, 1242, 1248, 1254, 1260)

  • Atraton

  • Atrazine

  • Baygon

  • Bentazon

  • Benzene

  • Bromacil

  • Bromoacetic Acid

  • Bromobenzene

  • Bromochloromethane

  • Bromodichloromethane

  • Bromomethane

  • Bromoform

  • Butachlor

  • Butylate

  • Carbaryl

  • Carbofuran

  • Carbon Tetrachloride

  • Carboxin

  • Chloramben

  • Chlordane

  • Chloroacetic Acid

  • Chlorobenzene

  • Chloroethane

  • Chloroform

  • Chloromethane

  • Chlorpropham

  • cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene

  • cis-1,3-Dichloropropene

  • cis-Nonachlor

  • Cycloate

  • Dacthal Acid

  • Dalapon

  • Diazinona

  • Dibromoacetic Acid

  • Dibromochloropropane (DBCP)

  • Diazinona

  • Dibromomethane

  • Dicamba

  • Dichloroacetic Acid

  • Dichlorodifluoromethane (CFC 12)

  • Dichloromethane

  • Dichlorvos

  • Diclorprop

  • Dieldrin

  • Dinoseb

  • Diphenamid

  • Disulfoton

  • Disulfoton Sulfone

  • Disulfoton Sulfoxidea

  • Endrin

  • EPTC

  • Ethoprop

  • Ethylbenzene

  • Ethylene Dibromide (EDB)

  • Fenamiphos

  • Fenarimol

  • Fluorobenzene

  • Fluridone

  • gamma-Chlorodane

  • Glyphosate

  • Halo acidic Acids (HAA5)

  • Heptachlor

  • Heptachlor Epoxide

  • Hexachlorobenzene

  • Hexachlorobutadiene (CCC)

  • Hexachlorocyclopentadiene

  • Hexazinone

  • Isopropylbenzene (Cumene)

  • Lindane (Gamma-BHC)

  • Merphos

  • Methiocarb

  • Methomyl

  • Methoxychlor

  • Methyl Paraoxon

  • Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE)

  • Metolachlor

  • Metribuzin

  • Mevinphos

  • MGK 264

  • Molinate

  • Monochlorobenzene

  • m-Xylenes

  • Naphthalene

  • Napropamide

  • n-Butylbenzene

  • Norflurazon

  • n-Propylbenzene

  • Oxamyl

  • o-Xylene

  • Pebulate

  • Pentachlorophenol

  • Picloram

  • Prometon

  • Prometryn

  • Pronamidea

  • Propazine

  • p-Xylenes

  • sec-Butylbenzene

  • Simazine

  • Simetryn

  • Stirofos

  • Styrene

  • Tebuthiuron

  • Terbacil

  • Terbufos

  • Terbutryn

  • tert-Butylbenzene

  • Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)

  • Tetrahydrofuran (THF)

  • Thiobencarb

  • Toluene

  • Toxaphene

  • trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene

  • trans-1,3-Dichloropropene

  • trans-Nonachlor

  • Triademefon

  • Tribromoacetic Acid

  • Trichloroacetic Acid

  • Trichloroethene (TCE)

  • Trichloroethylene

  • Trichlorofluoromethane (CFC 11)

  • Tricyclazole

  • Vernolate

  • Vinyl Chloride

HEAVY METALS:

  • Aluminum (>75%)

  • Antimony (>97.5%)

  • Barium (>80%)

  • Cadmium (>99.5%)

  • Cobalt (>95%)

  • Chromium (>95%)

  • Chromium 6 (>99.85%)

  • Copper (>95%)

  • Lead (>97.5%)

  • Mercury (>98%)

  • Molybdenum (>90%)

  • Nickel (>95%)

  • Vanadium (>87.5%)

ALSO, REMOVES OR REDUCES:

  • Arsenic (>99%)

  • MBAS (>96.67%)

  • Nitrites (>95%)

  • Selenium (>97.5%)

  • Thallium (>99.5%)

  • Rust, Silt, Sediment, Turbidity, Foul Taste, and Odours

What expenses can I claim? Can I claim a home-office?

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You can deduct any reasonable current expense that you have paid or will have to pay to earn income and you cannot deduct personal expenses. For more information click here for a link to CRA’s List of Expenses.

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