Canada Day is just around the corner and many people are gearing up for a long, long weekend of fun. If you are lucky you may even have a couple of days off next week with the holiday falling on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
This past week I had the opportunity to take some day trips around Ontario as I’m on holidays from work and I can’t get over the beauty that surrounds us here in Canada.
I don’t often take the time to sit and enjoy what nature has to offer and breathe in the surroundings but I’m learning to take that break from life. I’ve been going non-stop with work and my education since moving to Canada from the UK almost seven years ago.
Last year I wrote about the five things I love about Canada and as another year has passed I still love Canada perhaps more than I did the previous year. There is so much to explore here and I’ve only barely scratched the surface.
I know many people like to jet off to other countries but I think we will stay here a while to see what secrets surround this wonderful country before we look outside our world of harmony.
Sometimes we work so hard that we look around and find that life passes us by when all we had to do was take a moment to realize that the world is calling our name. I don’t think many people understand that life isn’t just about “stuff” and spending money, it’s also about taking time for yourself.
Canada Day celebrations
This week is a holiday for me with Canada Day in the mix and I’m planning on spending it with friends and family and not worrying about the things that plague my mind every day. One of my blogger friends Catherine at Plunged in Debt told me the other day to not worry so much. I like to get everything done and on time especially when it comes to this blog because I take it seriously as it’s something I’ve poured my heart into.
I told her I wish I was more like her. I just realized that all the personal finance blogs that I subscribe to send me an email notification when they publish a new blog post however they were being turned away from Yahoo. That means that for weeks now I was slowly not getting any email updates from my blogger friends, hence why I might not have been around to their blogs.
It got to the point where I knew something was wrong and of course now I have to set up a new email and re-subscribe to all my favourite personal finance blogs. I’m old school I guess and although I use Blog Lovin I enjoy reading blog post updates like my fans through my email. So, if you are a blogger I normally interact with that’s why I might not have been around.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, I know. I’m learning that worrying gets us nowhere and life isn’t supposed to be filled with our minds on-call 24/7. Life should be a balance between what makes us happy and what we need to do to get to that point. Sometimes it’s hard to face the truth but it is what it is. That’s one of my favourite sayings.
I plan to enjoy this holiday with the Canada Day parade, food and festivities ending with Canada Day fireworks to celebrate what Canada has given to me, a new beginning. If you are fortunate to live in a tourist town take the time to explore what your city has to offer because what you might take for granted others wish they could soak up, i.e a beach.
I know my wife misses home all the time and every time we go back it’s a flood of nostalgic memories for her. She remembers all the good and not so good times but mostly misses her friends and loved ones. Sometimes she wishes she did a bit more to explore where she grew up but now as she is older she realizes how important the small things really are. She’d rather spend her time discovering the beauty of nature and travelling to different cities to explore culture and history over going to nightclubs.
I hope you all enjoy Canada Day weekend and remember you live in a country filled with freedom and a beauty that only we can call home.
Happy Canada Day.
Guest posts wanted
If you are a Personal Finance Blogger I’m looking to book High Quality Guest Posts for the months of September and October to help me get through a very busy period. It’s a great way to share your thoughts and the way you write with my fans. If you are interested please contact me today as spots are filling up. ~MR.CBB
Weekly CBB posts
If you missed any CBB posts from the week here is the list of posts you can catch up on reading!
- How the new anti-spam law in Canada will affect your email subscriptions
- Do you buy magazines at the checkout?
- Will signing a room rental agreement feel like moving home?
- Crunchy Baked Chicken with Tzatziki
- First Day of Summer and Family Activities
- Should The Brick honour this customers extended warranty claim wishes?
Fan deals and inspirations
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 P shares her garage sale deals that she found this past Saturday.
Hi Mr.CBB and fans!
Here are today’s garage sale finds 🙂
- Child’s bike with training wheels- $5 (they were asking $10)
- Pool noodle- $.25
- Measuring cup- $.25
- Timer- $.25
- Duct work and sandpaper- $.50 (they were asking $2)
- Volumizing hair accessory- $.25 (they were asking $1)
- Black flower hair accessory- $.25
- Food saver roll- $1 (they were asking $2)
- 2 pairs of capri pants- $1 (they were $.50 each)
- 2 Christmas tree ornaments for teachers gifts next year- $1 (they were asking $2)
- 8 books (for my friends daughters birthday gift)- $2 (they were $.25 each)
- Medicine ball- $1
- Small light fixture- $.50
Thank goodness my friends daughter’s birthday is next weekend so I can stop buying her stuff! 🙂
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 canadianbudgetbinder (@) yahoo.ca 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.
Today my mate Dan from Our Big Fat Wallet shares a bit about his blog with all of us.
Dan is an Accountant in his late 20’s who lives in Calgary, Alberta. He is passionate about everything related to finance. He started his blog mainly to empower others to take control of their finances. His belief is that the more openly people can talk about money-related issues the more people can learn about everything related to money. The blog focuses on 3 things: saving, investing and frugal living.
The goal of the blog is to help people improve their own financial situation – regardless of their age, gender or location. Three unique things about him: – He rarely pays the full price for anything.
By using coupons, buying items at the right time of year, negotiating and waiting for deals he saves thousands each year off everyday purchases. He has never had any consumer debt and graduated from university with no debt and $10,000 in the bank. He is a CPA with a degree in Accounting. He is happily married with no children (yet) and one dog.
When he isn’t working he enjoys watching/playing hockey, long distance running, traveling, admiring cars, watching movies and reading books. His writes at his blog called Our Big Fat Wallet.
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.
If you don’t see your blog it’s likely because I don’t know that you shared my post so send me an email to let me know. Thanks.
Not too much action this week so thanks to those bloggers who take the time to share my posts with your fans. Your kindness is always remembered. ~Mr.CBB
- Financial carnival for young adults- The Value Geek
- Yakeezie Circus- Get Loans Solutions
- Yakeezie Carnival- Reach Financial Independence
Google search terms
Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. Keep in mind any spelling errors below are because I share with you the exact way they typed their search engine query to land on my blog.
- OSAP Sex video– I’m pretty sure you’ll find something about Ontario Student Loans here but no videos I’m afraid. Sounds like someone was looking up OSAP then had a change of mind and wanted to watch a video but forgot to clear the OSAP from search first… I don’t know I’m just guessing lol.
- Romantic candles and Rose Petals– Now doesn’t that sound romantic
- Thickest cherry cheesecake- I don’t know if I have the thickest cherry cheesecake recipe but mine is thick. An unusual request for cheesecake.
- What you need to survive mat leave- Patience and a glass of wine might help if you want to wind down 🙂
Thanks for joining me for this edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #78. Join me here again for more crazy stories from around the web and at home!
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