The Saturday Weekend Review #9 December ~ Pray For Change!

Saturday Week In Review Mr.CBB

Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review

Even though it’s Saturday morning and I’m likely enjoying my morning café au lait it certainly doesn’t feel like winter to me. I know, I know be careful what you wish for because good old man winter will dump on you before you can say the word SNOW. I’m not holding out for much for the next few days but they are calling for it but we will have to wait and see. Not a lot been happening in my life except for baking my coconut, snowball and peanut butter balls and Christmas Shopping. We’ve met up with some of our mates to have a drink or two and some munchies before Christmas with the family. I always love how Christmas brings so many families together.

Connecticut School Shooting – Light a Candle For Change

We’ve been devastated since hearing of the massacre at the  Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut USA School. We need to take some serious immediate action with gun laws all around the world. How many people need to die before it registers, “this is not right”? There is NO reason this should be happening. If you own guns legally, “lock them up”. Let’s keep these families, friends, injured and the victims in our prayers leading up to the holidays. Nothing can take the place of a lost, loved one. I’m beyond words. I pray for change and that someone takes the lead and makes these immediate changes.

How do you explain this to your children?

Financial News Mr.CBB

What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder

Not much shaking on the financial home-front except we are spending our projected expenses left, right and centre. Between Christmas gifts and stickers for vehicles and e-test we are likely going to put a nice dent in that account. I guess we will have to wait until the end of December to see our monthly budget update. We realized that a good majority of our projected expenses (PE) all happen at the end of the year thus the large amount of money in our PE account. It all makes sense to us and that’s what matters. The best part is not having to scramble for the cash because it’s already tucked away.

Do you find you spend more money at the end of the year?

Canadian Budget Binder’s Weekly Post Recap

  1. Mr. CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks Dec 14,2102 Tek Who?
  2. The Celebrate Like Scrooge Christmas Gift Exchange
  3. Winter Vehicle Maintenance Costing You Less In The Long Run
  4. The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 10-16- 2 Weeks Until Christmas
  5. How To Earn Optimum Points Fast At Shoppers Drug Mart
  6. Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
  7. The Saturday Weekend Review #8 December

Guest Posts I Wrote:

Top Blog

This is where I will share the top website that sent me the most traffic for the week! The Top Blog To Drive Traffic To Canadian Budget Binder for this week goes to… once again this year Coupon Christine. Thanks Christine!

Weekly Top 2 Honourable Mentions

  • Blonde On A Budget
  • The Farmgirlfiles

Top 3 Blog Commenter’s- This is to recognize those fans that contribute and visit Canadian Budget Binder….

  • Jen P
  • Mary F Campbell
  • Christine Weadick

Blogs That Shared Us With Their Fans This Week!

I know many of my fans read this post as they tell me they wait for it each week. To all of my fans please check out these personal finance Bloggers below and follow them. I read their Blogs everyday and I know that you will benefit from them as well.  Come back each week as I will name other Blogs that I think you should follow!

Thanks to all the Bloggers that link up and share my posts and this is why I do my best to share your posts with my Fans via social media, so thanks! -Mr.CBB

(If I miss You..please let me know as I didn’t get the Ping and I will include your post next week as this runs Sat to Sat so if you linked me on Sat it will show up next week)

Carnival Mention

Personal Bankruptcy Canada Dec 12,2012 Carnival  mentioned: Bank Sales In Canada Not the Same As Bank Foreclosures in the USA

web search terms

What People Searched to Find Canadian Budget Binder on the Web

Search terms of the week are really a hoot! Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.  What are you saying about them? Any typos below are simply the person who searched who made the error or me ;-)

Top Pick- How To Stockpile Coupons In Canada- Shouldn’t you be stockpiling items not coupons? Who stockpiles coupons?

  • It’s Not About How Much Money You Earn It’s About How Many People You Know- Lol.. if you read below you will see my own quote and why this person was directed to CBB. I know lots of people, does that mean I should be filthy rich? Probably not.
  • ريحان – Your guess is as good as mine :-)
  • Telephone conversation customer complaining about defective products- Why do you need a play by play so you can write it out and use it when you make your call?
  • Hostess Twinkies Secret Recipe- Oh!! I hope they used my Twinkie Recipe.. it’s TOP SECRET lol..
  • Wealthy Snob Pushed Me In The Supermarket- Silly you why didn’t you push the snob back and steal all their money… HOW do you know they were wealthy? I’d love to hear this one!
  • Dogs that stay small and grow- Well which is it, you want the dog to be small or you want the dog to grow…??? Unless you want a Chia-pet they always stay one size but water them and they will grow baby grow!
  • TD Canada Trust Job Interview Questions- Sure because they put those on the internet so you can make up a cheat sheet… come on! lol
  • фен вектор- Got me again…??
  • If I earn 3000 a year how much will I get on Mat Leave?- Hmmm read that again.. but peanuts come to mind.
It's Not About How Much Money You Make It's How You Spend It

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I’m from the UK and now a recent permanent resident in Canada. I bought my first house at the age of 21 after University then my second at the age of 24. I’ve always been fascinated with personal finance, savings, learning to make money and watch it grow while combating debts along the way. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where I get to share my experiences with personal finance and learn about yours along the way. I hope you stick around and check me out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest where I am active on all social media sites. Cheers, Mr.CBB
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Comments

  1. Michelle/Jefferson @ See Debt Run says:

    The events in Connecticut have really shaken me to the core as a father of three.. I just cant grasp the reality of it.. It is almost making me question human nature.. If this doesnt bring about change to my country’s attitude towards guns, I don’t know what will…

  2. It is tempting to over spend at Christmas, but this year we are on a strict budget.

    We plan to go the gift route of baking breads and cookies as gifts.

  3. What a terrible tragedy. I don’t get why you would need a firearm unless you live in the middle of nowhere and there are lots of wild animals around. I live in a region with a lot of drug traffic and all the narcos come to town with guns in their pants, they look so ridiculous. They usually shoot each other but once in a while normal people get caught in the middle. It is really weird to walk into a restaurant that says “sorry, no guns” at the door. Thanks for the mention Mr CBB have a nice weekend.

  4. I am at a loss for words. I have a kindergartener, and can’t imagine someone shooting up her school. I’m going to try and be more grateful and mindful of how lucky I am

  5. Thank you for the mention Mr. CBB. I don’t have any good way to explaining the tragedy in CT. It was senseless. The issue is much deeper than gun control. I own a shotgun, but it is locked up. I only use it for hunting on a rare occasion. Many times people that want to shoot someone just get a gun illegally. It is far too easy to get a gun around here illegally. I think they need to tighten up the legal ways to secure a firearm because it takes so little time. Unfortunately, no one will ever know why people “snap” and do things like this. Just tragic.

  6. The end of the year is usually a pretty big month for us. Lots of social events and presents and just wanting to spend time with people and treat them.

    It’s tough to fathom something so senseless.

  7. Thanks for the mention CBB!

    The events in CT were horrific. I can’t imagine what the families are going through….

    The USA has some serious culture issues…and sadly, if nothing is done, it will only get worse and impact us here; more in Canada.

    On that note, I feel for the children of the next generation. It might not be a very nice world to live in. I will try and stay positive but these events make me wonder….

    Try and have a upbeat weekend and count your blessings in the process.

    Mark

  8. Christine Weadick says:

    I read the paper about the events in CT and online. I don’t watch TV so I missed that part of the coverage. Our grandson is 3 and will likely start JK next year….. right now that thought scares me to no end. Has anyone read what the actor, Morgan Freeman had to say about this?? It’s worth tracking down for the read, as he makes a very good point. He blames the media for a lot of this, by making the name of the killer a household word. Not the names of the victims….. but the killer. This he feels encourages others to go out in a blaze of glory instead of just offing themselves somewhere. Trying to one-up the other guy. Lets face it, the criminals are not going to give a damn about registering their guns, so why have the registry? I too have friends that have guns as they hunt. I’m fine with that. It’s the bad guys we have to worry about, not the law abiding hunters. What happened is heart breaking, especially for the families. My heart goes out to them with prayers. As a three time mom and a grandma (Moomah to a little boy) I can’t imagine the pain……..
    On a happier note I loved the search terms!!! Really makes you wonder about some people…..
    I’m hoping to work up some kind of budget for the new year and actually have it work….. not that I’ll get much help here on that one but I intend to try. We’ve already switched some big bills, like insurance and taxes, to monthly payments to spread things out a little better..

    • I read it yes.. it’s all over FB… we should all hear his message. Cheers Christine..

      TURN OFF THE NEWS…….

      Morgan Freeman’s brilliant take on what happened yesterday :

      “You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

      It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
      people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

      CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

      You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”

      • It totally breaks my heart. I cannot watch it on the news. Truthfully, I wish the media would just piss off and let these families HEAL and GRIEVE rather than media looking for ‘raw emotion’. It makes the situation so much worse. I could go on and on what I think about gun laws but I won’t…all I’ll say is, very rarely does this shit happen in, say, Canada; and I doubt it has anything to do with us having less mentally ill people….

  9. How can I even say in words how devastating the event in Conn is? I don’t have children yet, but my husband and I just stared at each other and wondered how we can ever keep our kids safe? It’s truly tragic and even more so because it’s around the holidays.

  10. mycanuckbuck says:

    Thanks for the mention Mr. CBB. I am with you on the events in the U.S. I’m just boggled – I cannot comprehend how someone would do this..

  11. the farmgirl files says:

    I received word of the killings via a friend. We don’t have Tv, but I looked it up on the computer and proceeded to bawled my head off. I have a 5-3 year old, but they are homeschooled because I have been blessed to be able to teach them at home. If my children attended school I think I would have a difficult time going come Monday just because of this event.

    I wanted to let you know I really enjoyed both your guest posts this week. I had some spare time this weekend and read them. Most enjoyable. We always are learning new things.

    My Dearest and I are both 51. After reading one of your earlier posts this year I called our car insurance company to see what they could do for us.I was told, no specials until 55. However we both have a clean driving record, three cars, kids all have clean records. My goal this new year is to find a better insurance company for car,farm and rental property.You keep me on my toes!!

    • Thanks darlin. I’m actually working on a post about homeschooling. I put out a call on Facebook looking for families who homeschool and want to share their experience. I’m hoping to hear from the Canadian side and the USA side both of which have approached me. Many parents may turn to homeschooling after these events and I want to be able to share these experiences with these families that are not sure where to go or what to expect. I’m sure you can work on getting that insurance down if you shop around. Let me know how it goes. What I just read is that being a mom or dad doesn’t have an age or number and you’ve just made our day!! :-) So thanks!

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