“Out of the Ditch and back in the right direction” sums it all up in this article about the Blackberry Z10 and the new name for RIM this past Wednesday in New York City. The surprise when CEO Thorsten Heins said goodbye to RIM and hello to Blackberry was as if something new had been born and I’m sure the feeling is mutual all around. I think it was long overdue and Blackberry will now start to pump up the volume sort of speak, something they’ve wanted to do for some time. Joshua Topolosky goes on to say in his review of the new Blackberry device that it is a perfectly usable device with a strong (OS) but the battery life is not much to be desired.
One thing with cell phones that I used to find a con was the battery life as well and I’m sure you’re all shaking your head in agreeance. There’s nothing worse than having to charge your phone day after day because it won’t hold a proper or long enough charge. Many of us are on the go for hours or days on end and plugging in to charge up can be a bit of a slow-down although there’s nothing wrong with a plug-in during sleeping hours.
Will you make the switch back to Blackberry? When I asked one of my mates they said no they have no desire to move back and forth. The article says the phones will hit the shelves in Canada Feb 5 which still leaves you time to think about your options. Personally, I don’t own a cell phone but I did in the UK as it was cheaper than a land-line The price point is still hard for me swallow as it’s much more expensive to own a phone in Canada than in the UK. The wife has a phone but nothing fancy and only has it for vehicle emergencies even though I still don’t think that’s necessary. We did grow up in the 70’s after all and we made it through just fine without them. Go ahead, try your luck and haggle a great deal with Rogers or whomever for a fancy phone if you want but we’re already looking for ways to cut our budget. In my opinion (not the Mrs.), unless someone REALLY needs a cell phone, then it’s a pointless waste of money with these high prices, even if the Mrs. still insists on it. Never know, I might be back to this post one day and eat my words but for now I’m sticking to it.
On an even brighter note Ticketmaster has been ordered to pay back $850,000 in a court order settlement to Canadians who bought tickets from a site called TicketNow a resale site for concerts and events. The cheque might not be much $36 less some legal fees but it sends out a big message to the organization. Apparently, Ticketmaster would say they were “sold out” yet divert customers to TicketNow who magically had tickets BUT the catch is you would have paid a premium cost for those tickets. According to the Yahoo article, “Ontario and Manitoba have enacted a anti-scalping legislation that makes it illegal to divert regularly priced tickets to a site that demands premium price”. Although who’s to say this is even going to stop the scalpers, likely not as they will always find a way and hope they don’t get caught.
I have yet to go to a Concert in Canada and it’s because costs are astronomical and they know people will pay the price. If you really think about it, who is their competition, no one. Back in the UK I used to go to concerts once in a while but have since stopped because I really don’t fancy paying the crazy prices. Time to come back to reality, but just like everything else once money starts to be abundant some can get greedy and want more and more. There is always someone, somewhere willing to pay the price even if it is overinflated for that once in a lifetime opportunity, so they think. Those will be the one’s that will argue the toss about what I have to say and that the price is worth it to see their number one band live and that’s OK, spend your money, it’s yours after all.
When was the last time you went to a live concert and what did you pay?
Party Time…..Love Making, Baby Making and Money Making all rolled into one weekend!
Happy Super Bowl XLVII Weekend to all you NFL fans… here’s some SUPER BOWL Party Ideas from my mate John at Frugal Rules to get you in the mood for a party!! Julia at Save Big Live Better has a must have for every party and that’s her homemade fluffy pretzels something which I’ll be testing out real soon. Got Kids and want to watch the Super Bowl no worries, Rather Be Shopping has you covered. Not into the Super Bowl, well then you could always try your hand at a game of Doggy Doo with the family like Justin at The Family Finance does or engage in of 100 Cheap Hobbies that James came up with… sure to keep you busy at Free In Ten Years. If partying is not your thing and you want to just roll in the cash Michelle has the top tips on how to become a virtual assistant at Making Sense of Cents or get busy in the bedroom but read what Glen at Monster Piggy Banks has to say about the costs of having a baby. No time for lovin or you’ve had enough, suit up and start hunting for bargains to redecorate your home for zero $$$like Jake and his wife at I Heart Budgets (love the flowery couch btw). Break it down further and start selling other people’s stuff and make money, says Jen at Master The Art of Saving.
Get Ready for the Love….
Buckle Up, It’s now February the month of LOVE…. the big V is around the corner and Unique Gifter has some nifty Valentine’s Card Ideas for you~ or Will You Be My Frugal Valentine by Sean over at One Smart Dollar.
TOP BLOG POSTS WEEKLY READING LIST
Thanks for your continued support of Canadian Budget Binder and now I’ll share you with my fans who tell me they look forward to this weekly list and catching up on the best articles I’ve read. This list only scratches the surface of Bloggers that I have networked with and connect with me on Canadian Budget Binder, comment, share and genuinely enjoy the hard work I put into this site. Thank-You
- Money Bulldog Uk- A Trip To London On A Budget
- Well Kept Wallet- 5 Habits Of Broke People
- We Only Do This Once– The Learning Is In The Doing
- My Personal Finance Journey- You Get What You Pay For
- Average Joe- 5 Lies Bad Advisors Tell Their Clients
- The Brighter Life– Will You Outlive Your Retirement Savings?
- Debt and The Girl- How Compromise Can Help Save Finances In A Relationship
- and looking to learn to coupon, Christine is your gal.. check out her workshops!
- Money After Graduation- How To Make A Budget You Can Live With
In The Kitchen-Recipes of the Week- Do you want to see your recipe featured here… connect with me on social media and say hi!
- Moms Plans- Peanut Butter Trail Mix Balls (Gluten and Dairy Free
- Aunt B on A Budget- Earl’s Moms Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
- Lil Suburban Homestead- It’s A Cheezy Celebration
Tweet Tweet… Goes my Twitter Followers!
There have been so many awesome people who have tweeted my posts on Twitter this week. Since there are so many it’s easier to say thanks to all of you at once, so thanks!
- The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling In Canada Part 2 of 2 (canadianbudgetbinder.com)
- Mr.CBB’s Personal Finance Weekly Reading List #4 Rob Ford In From The Cold, The Sandwich Generation (canadianbudgetbinder.com)
- Canadian Budget Binder-Personal Finance Weekly Reading List #1 (canadianbudgetbinder.com)
- New Year’s Resolution:Canadian Debt and Tackling Personal Finances (canadianbudgetbinder.com)
- Finances In The New Year + New Budget = Success Formula (canadianbudgetbinder.com)