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Caitlin McKay

Writer, runner, snowboarder and fan of cat memes.

A writer in Toronto who writes about politics, international issues and, of course, living with the parents at 24.
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My First Federal Election as a Taxpayer

When I was in university my political views were pretty straight forward. The school bubble made it easy to be passionate and lean one way on the political scale. Then I started paying taxes. Now I face my first federal election as a taxpayer and my views have shifted since the bubble burst.
10/19/2015 01:10 EDT
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My Mother's Own "Cheap Week"

When I read my daughter's article about her "Cheap Week" it warmed my heart that she is as cheap as I was. It brought back memories of my own youthful financial desperation. It's good to know that she's inherited the family cheap streak. I, too, had to be cheap, so why did I get concerned when I realized my daughter was tippy toeing around the poverty line?
12/30/2014 06:22 EST
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Why You Should Start Your Own 'Cheap Week'

We were being financially responsible. But as we were talking, we realized that there were a few ways to save money. Somehow we always caved to that morning coffee at Starbucks. It was those nights out, morning, afternoon (sometimes late night) coffees and shopping that really chipped away at our finances.
10/20/2014 06:07 EDT

My Dad on His Best Job Interview Advice

Recently, my daughter began to come to me for advice. The Junior Child, so named because she is the youngest, called me, her father, to get input on job interview techniques. Job interviews can be intimidating for those who are just entering this hyper competitive job market.
09/04/2014 12:19 EDT
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The Three Words That Will Help You Rock Any Job Interview

Interviews are scary. After graduation I felt completely unprepared to answer the question, "why do you want to work here?" However, before one particular interview my dad gave me some advice that really helped me get over my fears. Though I suspect he gave me this advice so I would stop calling him all the time.
08/24/2014 11:19 EDT
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How To Deal With Adult Children Living at Home

After the initial shock of Junior Child moving back home we started to realize that this situation was not so bad. Our individual lives, which had expanded to include activities and friends that were not possible during the child rearing years, were not curtailed. We started to enjoy the company of our adult daughter and were able to offer help with cover letters and resume writing.
08/17/2014 07:51 EDT
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5 Ways to Survive Living With Your Parents as a 20-Something

There are no secret dates no matter how hard you try. Turns out, my parents are kind of smart. I didn't want my dates to meet my parents because, well, I didn't want to have that awkward "let me introduce you to my mom" exchange. She asks everyone extremely personal questions. So I lied about my dates. Luckily, or unfortunately, (depending on your perspective) I didn't have to lie a lot.
08/08/2014 12:23 EDT