Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks November 30,2012 Bring On The Egg Nog!

Mr.CBB's Weekly Blog Post Picks

It’s the end of November already and I still can’t believe the ground is not white 3 hours after writing and it’s now snowing like buggery.  I remember one year when I had come to Canada right in the midst of Winter. We had driven to the relatives for Christmas Holidays and all was well until the return trip. Not only was I in a new country but I was driving on the 400 series highway for the first time in the middle of a winter storm. Oh ya, can you say I was trying to be strong for Mrs.CBB who was near faint as she hates winter driving but I also wasn’t ready for this surreal driving experience. Put it this way, I never owned a pair of winter tires in the UK because I simply did not need them. There was not enough snow ever to justify having them.

So, a 2 hour journey took me about 5 hours with white-outs and  trying to stay on the road (there were no lines) and praying that we made it home safe. That journey, those 5 hours made me a stronger person. It made me realize that there are many people who put their lives at risk driving for a living or simply driving in the winter just because we have to. It’s so important to slow down when driving and what I like to say “have a minute to live“. So as the snow falls please take the time and precautions necessary to stay safe this winter season while driving.


Found on Pinterest- Chocolate Mousse Brownie

Found on Pinterest- Chocolate Mousse Brownie

Mr.CBB’s Top Blog Post Picks of the Week

In no particular order, sit back, go ahead grab a mug of cold milk or in my case Egg Nog and a chocolate mousse brownie (if you follow me you know I have a passion for brownies, just check out my Pinterest board) and  enjoy these good weekend reads. This is a list of some of the posts that I read this week and hope you enjoy. I draw the limit at 50 although I read tonnes of blogs just know that if I am subscribed, I’m reading!

  1. The Last Bobby Pin Effect- Plunged In Debt
  2. Can’t Save, Write it Out Bitches- The Free Financial Advisor
  3. How To Budget For Home Renovations- When Life Gives You Lemons
  4. Double Check Your Paycheck- Tight Fisted Miser
  5. Does It Make Sense To Pay Off The Mortgage EarlyEyes On The Dollar
  6. The Myth Of Having To Work Until Retirement Age- Nurse Frugal
  7. At What Point Will You Ask For A Pay Raise?Money Bulldog UK
  8. Budgeting On Household Products To Save MoneyModest Money
  9. Be Rich, Give it AwayOne Smart Dollar
  10. Little Debt Wrangler Coming Soon, Any Advice?Debt Round Up
  11. Be Wary of Overseas Credit Card Charges When Travelling Work Save Live
  12. 5 Ways To Make Side IncomeYoung Adult Money
  13. How Do You Get Out Of Debt, The Big Picture Part 7Celebrating Financial Freedom
  14. How Do Credit Cards Make Money? Frugal Rules
  15. Things I’d Rather Hire Someone Else to Do- Club Thrifty
  16. Identity Theft (Someone Bought A House In My Name)Making Sense of Cents
  17. Upcycle Scarves into Hats- Femme Frugality
  18. Kraft Has A Plan To Get You To Buy More Salad DressingMoney Beagle
  19. Saving Money With Green Business ImprovementsThe Savvy Scot
  20. How I Actually Make Money Off My Credit Card- Debt and the Girl
  21. Frugal Travel Tips on The West Coast- The Outlier Model
  22. Netflix Canada Doesn’t Suck How to Save Money
  23. It’s Not Your Imagination Prices Have Been Rising Over the Past 10 Years- My Canuck Buck
  24. 10 Habits Of People Who Are Well Off- Pelican On Money
  25. Why You Need A Grocery Stockpile and How to Grow One- Thirty Six Months
  26. Our First Budget Story– IHeartBudgets
  27. Why Using Your Nest as Your Sole Retirement Egg is a Bad IdeaMy Own Advisor
  28. Alcohol and The Early Retirement Budget-Free In 10 Years
  29. Living Rooms- Low Cost Designs- The Frugal Toad
  30. Who Doesn’t Like Free?Lil Suburban Homestead
  31. When You Find Yourself In A Hole, Stop Digging- Budget and the Beach
  32. Investing in an MBAMoney after Grad
  33. The Only Real Get Rich Scheme- This is Common Cents
  34. Celebrate the Holidays Without Going Broke- Money Coaches Canada
  35. Healthcare Gifts- UGifter
  36. Two Savings Rules To Live By- LBee and the Money Tree
  37. Minimalist Christmas Decorations- My Alternate Life
  38. Using Checks Is Bad For My FinancesEnemy of Debt
  39. Festively a Minimilist- Broke Ass Mommy
  40. Three Tips for Christmas Decorating On A Budget- The Entry Level Dilemma
  41. Should You Share Finances With Your Partner- Grown Up And Stuff
  42. 5 Indications You Might Be In Financial TroubleFinancial Highway
  43. How To Avoid BankruptcyMonster Piggy Bank
  44. To Gym or Not To GymBlonde on a Budget
  45. Travelling Abroad On A Budget Part 2Budget Blonde
  46. The Art of Window ShoppingThrifty Dad
  47. Taking Personal Finance Blogs With A Grain Of SaltMo Money Mo Houses
  48. TD E-Series PortfolioVix Money
  49. How You May Be Getting Ripped Off Every DayFinance Fox
  50. When Did You Realize Money Was Important? –The Family Finances

Recipes of the Week:

  1. Easy Minestrone Soup– Budget and the Beach
  2. Spinach and Leek Pizza– Reach Financial Independence
  3. Why You Need This Stuff In Your Kitchen– Aunt B on A Budget

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  1. I’m giving up soda pop since my daughter can no longer drink it so I guess I won’t be trying coke and egg-nog, not that I would anyway ;). Thanks for the mention CBB, you are a class act!

  2. Thanks for the mention!

  3. Thanks for the mention, Mr. CBB! I know all about winter storms, being from Minnesota and all. 🙂 Two years ago we went to a wedding out of town – and even though there was a major storm predicted we went anyway. It turned out to be a full blown blizzard. It took us an hour to get from the small town where the wedding was to the next small town where the reception was – it was only 6 miles away – we basically went at “idle speed” the whole way barely being able to see the tail lights of the car in front of us! We ended up sleeping on the floor of the reception hall that night…yikes!

    • Funny thing Travis, is that sounds about what we went through. I hope I never have to experience that again. I don’t care how macho anyone thinks they are … that shit can kill! Better to be safe than sorry and slow down. My life deserves that much as do the ones I love and those others on the road. Cheers and Happy Holidays mate. Mr.CBB

  4. savingmentor says:

    Thanks for the mention as always Mr. CBB. Always appreciated!

  5. Thanks for the mention as always Mr. CBB. Much appreciated!

  6. Thanks for the include mate, loved your guest post on Modest Money last week!

  7. Justin @ The Family Finances says:

    Thanks for the mention. Here in northern Indiana (US), we get decently bad winters. We have this stuff called “Lake Effect” snowstorms that come in off Lake Michigan that can drop 20-40 inches of snow over a few days. I’ve lived here my whole life though, so I’m used to it.

    • Sort of how I lived in the Uk and got used to blah wet, rainy days every day of the week, I hear ya! Can’t win them all but I do like the different seasons here in Canada. Cheers Justin and thanks for the mentions on your site, always appreciated. Mr.CBB

  8. I wish we had your snow! We just have a bit of nippy weather that’s all. Thanks for the mentions, my wordpress is not notifying me who’s sharing the link love 🙁

  9. Thanks for the mentions. I am finally starting to enjoy my Facebook page. It isn’t so scary. I wouldn’t give you two cents for eggnog, but I could eat my weight in brownies. It isn’t good to have them around the house. My good friend makes a wonderful Creme de mint brownie. I will have to post that recipe for sure.

  10. Great PSA. It’s so important to remember that it’s better to get there late than to get there dead. The worst place I’ve ever driven through is Erie, PA with lake effect storms going on.

    Thanks so much for the mentions!!!

    • There were so many road closures and accidents today on the first snow fall. Sometimes people won’t get it until they are dead or kill someone else because they don’t slow down or take precautions and make sure their car is winter ready… sad.

  11. Thanks for including me Dude! Have a great weekend!

  12. Thanks for the mention and boy you have a lot of blog pics I don’t know that I will make it through them all but I have to say I envy your ability to read and keep track of so many blogs! This is why I do one stop shopping and just come to your site! Have a great weekend!

    • Well that’s good to know and you are not the first fan who says they wait until I post so they can sit and read through them all as it’s easier. I’m glad I can make it that way for everyone. Keep me posted on how things are going with you and school!! Cheers Karen. Mr.CBB

  13. Christine Weadick says:

    I hear you on the winter driving… yes we have snow tires on the truck. Been on since last month. I had the pleasure (?) of driving on a closed road a few years ago. Had to pick up the youngest after an exam at the high school in Stratford. He called when he was done and I left to get him. The local police depts were already advising folks to stay off the roads as things were getting nasty, and our area is subject to lake effect snows. I made it to the school, parked in the bus loading zone and went into the cafeteria where he was waiting with his buddies. Once I saw him I told him to move it as I wanted to get out of town while I still could, so we headed out. At the traffic light just before leaving town he looked at me and said that he could see why I was in a rush to go. I laughed and told him to wait until we hit the highway. We got maybe one concession road past the town line when it came over the radio that the OPP were closing the number 7 highway from Elginfield to Stratford…… care to guess what road we were on? Yup the 7. It was white knuckle, and white outs all the way home, cross winds, blowing snow and drifting…..Took twice as long as usual to make it, but we got home in one piece…..As the OPP here in Ontario say…..if you see snow………..Go Slow!!!!!!! I’ll check out the different blogs over the next few days…. they look very interesting…… Now I’m thinking I might get out my sister-in-laws brownie recipe!!!! I’m craving chocolate!!!!! Thanks!!!

    • That’s about what mess I had to drive in that one day and yes very scary even for a skilled winter driver if that even exists. Have you tried my brownies yet? What are in your sister-in-laws brownies? You do know I’m a brownie addict right lol.. Cheers Christine and thanks for sharing the words of wisdom with the fans. Mr.CBB

  14. You have the most thorough round-ups and the MOST DELICIOUS BROWNIES!!!! Ergh. Need one. Now. I don’t mind snow but driving on black ice is the absolute pits. My first (and only) accident was ten years ago, when I slid on black ice and nudged into the car in front of me. Thankfully a very minor accident, but still scary!

    • Ha, I don’t make all the stuff I post like these mousse brownies but I would like to. I do have my own brownie recipe on the blog which I was told is pretty darn good by a couple fans who made it. Yes I’m getting used to winter driving each year but the main thing is to slow down. Some people just don’t have a minute to live.

  15. I couldn’t imagine driving in the snow and not being able to see. I struggle enough in when it rains heavily.

    I’m not going to lie, I was hoping my recipe was going to make your site this week, I mean who does like meringue with chocolate hazelnut topping? I’ll be sure to come up with a super recipe next time so I can make the grade 🙂

  16. 10 months after I got my license and started driving to school, we had a blizzard and school closed early. I remember there being a lot of (minor, thankfully) accidents that day, but my old Beetle got me home like a real trooper. So far this year, we’ve gotten a couple dusting but that’s it. I’m starting to get worried that we will have another dry winter. Usually the first decent snow-fall is in late October.

    Thanks for the mention. That’s quite a list.

    Oh, and I am definitely going to have to try that brownie.

    • Hey Edward! Cheers for hooking up on Twitter. Ya it’s bloody awful here today been out shovelling a few times. Not looking forward to going to work. I’m used to the winters now but still don’t fancy them that much but they are tolerable. Ya I have a problem with brownies.. get used to it.. lol Cheers mate.

  17. Have you ever driven on ice roads? Ever since I saw ice road truckers I have a strange fascination with it. It amazes me how much money is spent each year to make a road that will melt four months later, and how people can be so isolated had it not been for the road.

  18. John S @ Frugal Rules says:

    Ok, seriously, you have to stop posting those brownies! 🙂 I just may have to ask my wife to make some tonight. I can relate to your driving as I’ve had similar experiences in the snow, but driving in ice is even worse. Thanks so much for the mention!

  19. Thanks for the mention Mr CBB, and for the reminder about winter. It’s important to be ready. 🙂 Good links too. I’ve already checked out several of them.

  20. Glad you are finally getting snow over there! We have definitely been dumped on this past week. 🙂
    Do you have snow tires? I finally got them a couple years ago and they do make quite the difference.

    Thanks for the mention; hopefully you are making progress on your investment decisions! Have a good weekend. 🙂

  21. Thanks Mr. CBB for the mention. I really appreciate it. I would say enjoy the snow, but I think living in Canada might make you feel a different way than how we feel about snow in North Carolina! Have a good weekend.

    • Ya, you know mate the snow was wonderful, exciting really the first couple years. Then the hourly shovelling started, and no where to dump the excess tonnes of snow, bla bla… and now we dream of a winter getaway home lol.. Have a good one.

  22. I rarely drink Coca-Cola but many years ago a friend suggested I try a mix of Eggnog and Coke and it is delicious! We’ve been getting snow for the last 24 hours and I bet it is heading your way.

  23. grownupandstuff says:

    Thanks for the link to my post Mr. CBB, you’re a real gent 🙂

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