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The Ultimate Guide Of Economical Christmas Drinks (Recipes) : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Dec 11-17

DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS DRINKS FOR EVERYONE   Serving economical Christmas drinks during the holidays doesn’t mean they have to be non-alcoholic. You can offer an array of fancy frugal beverages to your guests by keeping it simple or jazzing them up with a shot of alcohol. Of course non-alcohol will always be cheaper than buying booze but if you want to offer drinks with a splash of buzz I have our top Christmas drinks picks for you. Recently I’ve had readers of this blog ask me if they should include Christmas drinks in their holiday budget planning and the answer is, yes. If it is money coming from your bank account you always include it in your budget. One problem that could arise is that hosting a Christmas party might be a last-minute arrangement. This means when you set your Christmas budget for the year you may or may not have considered hosting expenses. This is one of those cases of not being able to budget for all projected expenses. Related: The Ultimate Guide For Christmas Desserts When creating your yearly budget if you plan to factor in projected expenses for the what-if’s it could save you in the long run. […]

The Best Frosted Apple Cinnamon Rolls

A PLEASANT SURPRISE AWAITS YOU WITH THESE CINNAMON ROLLS WRAPPED IN WARM APPLES WITH A BLANKET OF GOLDEN ICING   It smells so good in here already don’t you think? Today’s Apple Cinnamon Rolls recipe is a family favourite around here during the Christmas holidays. What’s even better is when my sister-in-law said my apple cinnamon rolls are the best she has ever tasted and she is a pretty good baker herself! Compliments are always welcome. Birth of the Apple Cinnamon Rolls recipe   My apple cinnamon rolls started with a recipe that I found in a library cook book years ago and modified it to suit our family tastes. I remember the first time I made these apple cinnamon rolls because I had one lonely apple in the kitchen that needed using up. Sometimes good things come from just one inspiration such as an apple. Since apples and cinnamon are such a tasty pairing and quite common in many recipes, it seemed to be an easy step to add that one apple to my cinnamon rolls. A new family recipe was born, Apple Cinnamon Rolls! I have to admit some of the measurements are not very exact but I […]

Extraordinary Co-workers Christmas Adopt A Family Story: The Saturday Weekend Review #244

IT’S AMAZING HOW THIS GROUP OF CO-WORKERS CAME TOGETHER TO ADOPT A FAMILY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.   I’ve always wanted to learn more about the Christmas Adopt a Family program in Canada and when a Canadian Budget Binder fan mentioned that her company participates, I wanted to learn more. So far, I’ve learned that there are a multitude of Adopt a Family Christmas programs in just about every community across Canada. That’s amazing! There’s nothing and I mean nothing that feels better than giving during the holidays or any time of year. Mrs. CBB and I often reflect on how fortunate we are and often donate time or money to services in our community to help those in need. In Toronto alone there are over 5000 homeless people living on the streets hoping to get into a warm shelter this holiday season. On top of this there are families that are struggling to put food on the table and individuals that have no money or limited resources to get them on their feet. During the holiday season it’s terrible to be alone with no family or Christmas dinner and cheer to participate in. Some parents may feel sorrow because priorities […]

3 Foolproof Savings Tips For One-time Expenses : November 2017 Budget Update

TAKE THE STRESS AWAY FROM ONE-TIME EXPENSES THE EASY WAY   Over the years I’ve had many fans email asking me how to budget for one-time expenses when using a budget. This is no surprise as we’ve made our fair share of mistakes during our newbie years of budgeting. Let me explain. If you’ve never used a financial budget before for your expenses and are contemplating ringing in the new year with a fresh look on money, you’ve come to the right place. You won’t find any hard-to-understand information here as I tend to keep it simple. The key to budgeting is to start slow and to remember that your first go at budgeting might need tweaking. You may find that using budget jars works for you or stashing money in envelopes for the month. Some readers would not dare keep cash at home for fear of dipping into the jar here and there. Everyone IS different the way they handle their money. What’s important to remember here is that it really doesn’t matter what budgeting platform you choose as long as it’s working for you and not against you. How do you know if you’ve found the right or […]

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The Ultimate Guide for Budget Christmas Desserts : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Dec 4-10

DON’T GET CAUGHT AT THE BAKERY WHEN YOU CAN MAKE INEXPENSIVE CHRISTMAS DESSERTS AT HOME   When you host a holiday party you must consider the costs of the food you prepare in your meal plan. Apart from the main meal Christmas desserts can get just as expensive as the dinner itself. Prices for baked goods and ingredients sky-rocket during the Christmas holidays which means a bit of planning goes a long way. Just the other day I found a lady who was selling Christmas shortbread cookies on Facebook that were gorgeous to look at and I’m sure delicious but not for $20/dozen. Nope, not happening. Mrs. CBB and I have never hosted a Christmas dinner at our house because we don’t have any family here to invite. Every year since I’ve been in Canada we’ve celebrated Christmas at my in-laws house which has come to be somewhat of a tradition. Below you will find lots of great Christmas desserts that you can make at home for a fraction of the cost of buying them pre-made at a bakery. I’ve also included below the Ultimate Guide links to past articles I’ve written about holiday baking including tips to stocking your […]

Gourmet Keto Low Carb Bagels (Gluten-Free)

ENJOY LOW CARB BAGELS WITH THIS UNIVERSAL GLUTEN-FREE DOUGH   You won’t believe that there are ONLY 6 ingredients in these low carb bagels which by the way are also gluten-free and keto-friendly with 1.5 net carbs each. Soften the butter, cue the cream cheese, get the sugar-free jam ready and let the drooling begin. (that’s how Mrs. CBB explained it to me) Every low carb kitchen with a keto stocked pantry will already have these few ingredients so that making this recipe is even easier. If not, stock up because you’ll need all the wonderful products that bring keto recipes together along with plenty or protein and vegetables. If you’ve wanted to satisfy that bread craving you’ve had but without all the carbs you won’t want to miss this recipe for gourmet keto low carb bagels. We actually had lots of fun making these and consider this recipe one of the best low carb bagel recipes thus far.   Why are these gourmet low carb bagels?   Why not? I can promise you that once you make this recipe for low carb bagels you won’t turn back. These low carb bagels are hand-made in your kitchen and anything that […]

Homeless Care Package Ideas To Spread Christmas Cheer : The Saturday Weekend Review #243

MAKE ‘GIVING’ A FAMILY TRADITION FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS   As the weather in Canada gets colder the need for more shelters, beds and warm clothing is dire for the homeless in every community. Creating a homeless care package is not only simple and relatively inexpensive but life-changing for someone who has no one to turn or talk to when their cries for help are silent. I know that many of you reading Canadian Budget Binder love to save money using coupons and other means to stockpile family product essentials so I’m reaching out to you. Even if you’ve never seen a homeless person I can guarantee you there are many living on the streets where you live. I’ve only lived in Canada for 11 years and I’ve seen my fair share of homeless hovering in corners around the streets of Toronto. Just this past week we had an old friend of ours pass away from cancer only to find out that two years ago she was homeless and living on the street. She did not reach out to anyone and no one knew the status of her world. Although that troubles us and in ways we feel guilty we […]

Magical Budget Jars Change This Couples Life Forever

EVERYTHING BECOMES MAGICAL WHEN YOU BELIEVE- EVEN YOUR FINANCES   Every so often I get an email from a CBB fan which sparks a conversation which then turns into sharing their budget journey on Canadian Budget Binder. I absolutely love sharing fan stories because they are real and all of us can relate to them in one form or another. In today’s blog post you’ll learn how one couple goes from two incomes to one and managed to turn some glass jars into magical budget jars. If you don’t take your finances seriously someone else will but that someone else won’t be on your side. Each of these budget stories inspire others including myself to continue to believe in the power of positivity and not giving up when the going gets tough. There is a financial solution out there for everyone whether they choose to believe it or not. It may not what you want it to be but in the end it’s likely for the best.   SEEMINGLY EMPTY TO MAGICAL JARS   Hello Mr. CBB, Here is our budget story …. When my husband and I met we were both struggling from breakups leaving us with less money […]

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