Free love with a post-it note no calendar required- The Saturday Weekend Review #59

I love you pink post-it noteLOVE DON’T COST A THING


The written form of love even on a post-it note is easy on the wallet and the heart will embrace your uniqueness.

Not everyone is comfortable sharing their feelings so writing them down is a great way to express love.

No, I’m not busting out into the Jennifer Lopez tune telling the world to put the money away because it’s not what love is all about, but in a way I am.

I’m sure you’ve heard enough about Valentine’s Day and how much money men and women spend around the world for this one day every year.

Sickening really, to see how we put a date on love and romance when every day should be filled with expressions of love.

I wasn’t going to write anything about Valentine’s Day this year because, frankly I didn’t have anything to say that I hadn’t said before.

Related: Budgeting for Love on Valentine’s Day

I was contacted by The Brighter Life who wanted my Valentine’s Budget ideas so I fired them off in an email and they shared my thoughts on their website yesterday for the world to see.

You will notice none of it entails spending money on going out, roses or chocolates. Rather, I aim to keep it simple because I enjoy sharing love with my wife every single day of the year.

You don’t need to buy love nor do you have to feel obligated to rush out and purchase something just because everyone else is doing it.


Post-it note


While reading my morning dose of Yahoo news today an article caught my eye. It is about a man Jess Hale who lives in Kansas that started a 100 day project of writing his wife free love letters on post-it notes, sticky-notes whatever you want to call them.

Why stop at 100 days when you could do it all year-long, no calendar required?

Day 22 You are the reason couch manufacturers designed snugglers

What a brilliant idea and I know if my wife read that she would push me in that direction because she is a visual type person. She likes to create memories through photographs and feeds her heart through word and touch, so loving her is very easy.

This man has got it right and I’m sure his wife is loving every post-it note.

I think we over-think what love is supposed to be when love really should be natural, do what your heart tells you to do and that doesn’t always mean spending money. That wears off, trust me.


Love on social media


It was great seeing all the love on my Facebook page yesterday and although no one is perfect when it comes to love, it’s about learning and growing with someone you are compatible with.

More importantly wasn’t the photos of the flowers I saw but what was written. It is the written word that keeps card shops in business but if we dig deep inside our hearts we can do just the same for free.

Free love on post-it notes, all-year long. The best part is you can read them over and over and they won’t die or end up flushed down the toilet.


Meaning of love


Being in love to me is a connection with someone who understands you and can hold your hand through any storm. It is also someone you feel comfortable with, who is your best friend and lover at the same time. You have no fear telling them your darkest secrets because you know they won’t bite you rather support you.

It’s about all the little things like a kiss on the forehead, holding hands or doing things together that you both enjoy like walks in the park or road trips to sight see. The love letters even if written on post-it notes or scrap paper will create memories that will last a life-time.

My wife really likes the love letters and she should because they are free just like Jess Hale says and it shares your inner most feelings with someone about them. Saying you are in love is big business and for those that are true romantics say it because they mean it.

You can buy all the Hallmark cards you want but nothing says I’m in love with you than the written word followed by actions of being in love.

I love being in love just like the next person and trust me when I say you know when you are in love because you feel it. You can’t stop thinking about that person and all you want to do is make them happy even if they are a million miles away.

Happy doesn’t have to cost money either. Happiness should come simple and easy and when I read this story it made me realize that my wife really is someone who is simple when it comes to love because she embraces the world like nature.

Just like most woman a man loves to read about love even if they claim they don’t, they do. Most men love being in love and they want to hear from the person they are in love with and what they have to say.

It goes both ways in love, it’s never one-sided.

Never let the flame die because once it’s gone it may just become a memory. It’s hard to have someone you are in love with find that special place again but if it’s meant to be it will be just don’t push it in the wrong direction for no reason.

Using a post-it note love system is a great idea and maybe an important message to send to all those couples out there who are in relationships.

Money and debt may be a huge reason why relationships fail but that’s also followed by falling out of love with the person you claim to be in love with because you gave up or got too comfortable with them.

Never give up.

IF all it takes is a minute to write a quick love message on a post-it note every single day then you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Like a photograph that stands out in your mind forever so do the words of love that live in your heart.

Now, let’s hit the dollar store and load up on those post-it notes, shall we?

How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?


Canadian Budget Binder this week


If you missed any CBB posts from the week here is the list of posts you can catch up on reading!


CBB at home and the blog


Not too much going on this week except I was being a nosey neighbour and went to an open house with my wife down the road.

The house was a flip so I wanted to see the kind of workmanship that went into 3 months of house flipping. To say I was shocked and surprised is about right. The materials they used were top of the line for the most part and the kitchen was amazing with quartz counter-tops and dark wood cabinets.

The railings were new and also a dark solid wood with wrought iron that were stunning. When I got down on the ground though it was all the things behind the prettiness that makes me wonder.

I could easily see where corners were cut and they did cheap out on some things just to get the job done. I’m going to start the renovations on this house so I don’t want to over-renovate our home so seeing what’s in the neighbourhood is important to me.

The house is on a decent lot and was selling for over $600,000 although it is a bit bigger than ours. It’s about 600 sq. feet bigger upstairs with a larger basement so we should be ok with what we want to do.

Sometimes spending more money on your home than what others in your neighbourhood are doesn’t always net you the best return so take caution.

Other than that it’s almost time to get the garden seeds going, how about you? I’m sure Katrina will have lots of great landscaping and gardening tips for us all summer long.

Are you excited to get rid of this snow, I know I am. I’ve had just about enough of it.


Fan deals and inspirations


fan deals Facebook auction

Submit your Brag or Inspiration If you have a brag that you want me to share email me at canadianbudgetbinder (@) [yahoo] [.ca] or fill out my contact form by Friday each week to have your brag considered for the Saturday post.

This week CBB fan Jen Peacock shares how Facebook can save you money with online-auctions.

Here is my organizational deal:
  • Little Tikes toy chest bought from a local Facebook auction site: $19 (retail unknown but newer versions are approx. $80)
  • Shelf with bins bought from a local Facebook for sale site: $25 (retail on sale at Canadian Tire $39.99)
Now Adam’s toys are organized!  (the Little Tikes bin is FULL of Mega Blocks that I got at a garage sale for FREE!)


Making a difference


If you know a personal finance blogger that is making a difference and want to nominate them please send me an email so I can reach out to them for a feature story.

Note: If you are a blogger who gives back and would like to be featured by all means get in touch with me as I am filling spots up for the rest of 2014 and they are going quickly.

Problem:  I had a Blog all lined up for today however the document sent over was corrupt so I couldn’t load it to the computer. If you are sending over a write-up for Making a Difference simply send it in an email. 🙂 Hopefully we can have her blog photo and write-up ready to go for next Saturday.

If you want your blog featured email me now!


What is a blog carnival?


Some fans have asked me “what is a blog carnival?” so a little explanation is due here for anyone reading for the first time or for my long-time fans.

A blog carnival is where a blog or website hosts what we call a carnival of blog posts from around the web. Most blog carnivals have a theme and certain rules for submitting which must be followed.

If you are a blogger and would like to learn what blog carnival directories I submit to each week you can find the information in a previous Saturday Weekend Review post that I wrote.


Carnival glory


A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals and/or sharing my blog posts with their fans.


Google search terms



Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog.

Here are a few of my favorite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.

  • How to pay off $100,000 in one year?– Either you better have a huge salary, win the lottery or have wealthy friends and relatives who don’t want you to pay them back.
  • Snow storm meals- That’s new to me…. I wonder what they cook when it rains?
  • Imagine Dragons Net worth– Nope, won’t find that here. Amazing how people want to know how much others have.
  • Canadian Budget Binder Retirement plan– I don’t think I’ve really put a plan out there for all of you yet
  • Sexy Men’s kitchen tool– I can only imagine


That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #59– Free love with a post-it note no calendar required.

Have a great week and catch me here again next Saturday with more updates.



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Mr. CBB who was born and raised in the United Kingdom, moved to Canada where he is now a permanent resident. He is also a father to a very active 3 year old boy which keeps him young at heart. He bought his first house at the age of 21 in the UK after graduating University and his second at age 24. Mrs. CBB bought her first house at the age of 30. Both Mr.CBB and his wife are 40-ish year-old finance lovers who accomplished debt freedom before the age of 40. Canadian Budget Binder is a fun, family-friendly place where he shares their financial journey with his readers and hopes to learn about theirs. No silver-spoon just hard work and perseverance. Welcome to Canadian Budget Binder! You've got this!


  1. Great post, Mr. CBB. One of my favorite sayings, from a song from many years ago, is “Love isn’t someplace that you fall, it’s something that you do.” Not do, as in buying thing, etc., but, as you mentioned, in the daily every days of life. I try and send Rick some sort of email every day at work, just telling him “I love you”, or, “you rock” or whatever. Marriage is, in it’s best form, about being there for each other and about teamwork, not about seeing what we can get from the other person. If we can get that straight, we’d have a lot less divorces.

    • I agree with you Laurie and sometimes people base relationships on money, who has more debt, who makes more money etc….although important true love is hard to find so it’s a balancing act at best but if it’s true love you’ll work through the storm, right? Have a great day.

  2. Christine Weadick says:

    Other than a doctors appointment and then stopping at No Frills for a few groceries on the way out of town we didn’t do anything for Valentines Day. I’m sure the grandson will have a hand made card for us next time I see him……Looks like I’m looking after him next Sat. while his Mom has a First Aid/Infant CPR course. Lots of little boy hugs and smoochies!!!
    We are looking at 38 years of marriage as of this June, and over those years we have been through hell and back. More than once. These days love means making sure hubby gets his medications properly, driving him around to appointments, and sitting with him by the hour in Emergency. The health problems the last couple of years have changed life as we know it here. We came very close to losing him in late 2012. That knowledge puts a lot of things in a different light. Hopefully we make it to 38 years…39 years…. There is no way of knowing what tomorrow will bring….
    Jen got some nice deals!! The grandson has one of those toy shelf things…..he will haul out a bin to play with what ever is in it. Hope you have a good weekend!!!!!

    • Sounds to me like you know how to keep the love alive in a relationship, 38 years is a long time. It’s amazing what you can learn about each other. Jen always finds great deals… she’s a good shopper.

      • Christine Weadick says:

        What’s that old saying?……Divorce ,never…Murder, definitely ….. There have been days like that over the years.a lot of them…. I hang onto my sense of humour as hard as I can. As I told Donna Pierce the other night, the old Waylon Jennings song…. I’ve always been crazy but it’s kept me from going insane…….

  3. MomofTwoPreciousGirls says:

    I am surprised at how “hated” V Day is! I guess I can understand if people are stressing about the “perfect gift”. Other than our very first V Day (which was only 2 months in), we have never put a focus on the gift but I see nothing wrong to a day of focusing on your loved one. I feel the same about mother and father days! Yes we SHOULD appreciate our loved one every day, but with work, kids, finances and life in general sometimes you don’t. To have a reminder to stop and really focus on your loved one and reflect on that love. My only expectation from my husband is a thoughtful card (can be handmade). Last night we had the kids stay at Parents Night Out at daycare (no guilt either after spending three days cooped up in the house from the snow and state shutdown in GA). We ordered take out and watched a few of the new episodes of house of cards! Simple. Cheap. Romantic. Perfect.

    • I don’t hate it I just think the commercialization of the day is too much. Loving someone should be all year-long and making time in a relationship is important no matter what the obstacles. It will always be personal opinion. I like the handmade card idea. Sounds like you both had a well needed romantic night away. We don’t have any kids so maybe my perspective will shift if we ever do. Thanks for poping by MOTPG :). MR.CBB

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