The promises of a guaranteed outcome are so compelling. It’s human nature to want stability and security, especially when it comes to our money. Whether it’s advice on investments or which items should be splurged on, there is often no universal answer.

Jean is living this truth with a real estate investment that is proving more challenging than expected. As a lifelong Roughrider fan, Jean knows the value of patience and how to weather both the good times and the bad as a fan. It’s a handy skill that can easily be applied to money matters!

Jean has some sage words of wisdom from a self-proclaimed shopper! She loves her dog so we were automatically smitten with her story.

What is your occupation?
I am a pharmacist at medSask (Saskatchewan Drug Information Service) and occasionally at Ring’s Pharmacy in Hay River, NT.

Where do you live?
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Where are you from originally?
Assiniboia, Saskatchewan

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been a Roughrider fan since I was 14 … okay, that’s not a surprise…

What is your favourite quote?
“Enjoy every sandwich.” – Warren Zevon

My proudest money moment:
Probably being able to afford to buy my first new car, a 1986 Honda Accord.

What is your top money frustration?
Currently, it would be trying to sell a piece of real estate in a flat market. I thought real estate was ALWAYS a good investment.

Financial security to me means . . . 
Having enough in reserve to be able to retire without worrying about unexpected expenses.

What is your favourite splurge?
Shopping – for anything, anytime, anywhere.

If you had a chance for one do-over in life, what would you do differently?
I don’t think there is anything I would do differently, except maybe get a dog earlier in my life.

What is the best piece of financial advice that you have ever been given?
Don’t buy it if you can’t afford it.