8 Ways To Waste Money You Could Be Saving : The Saturday Weekend Review #209

8 ways to waste money you could be saving



How often have you thought to yourself that you should have more money in your wallet? Probably more than you care to admit but the truth is Canadians spend more money than they save and it’s just not high utility and living costs that are the naughty culprits.

You are your own worst enemy when you waste money.

We’ve talked about buying stuff we don’t need on the blog many times over the last 5 years and as much as I don’t want to admit it, we all do this. Unless of course you are extreme frugal and you’ll find it free first before you spend money buying it. You will wait to make a purchase then to impulse buy which stores bank on so they market that mindset to consumers. It works.

Related: I Can Buy It But Can I Afford it?

This is how Mrs. CBB and I are today although we didn’t get this far without some money mistakes along the way. Although we are debt free we still struggle when we spend money we shouldn’t and we’re just as guilty today as we were back then. It’s an ongoing fight that we’ve gotten a hold of but not secured the way we’d like.

What’s it going to take? Teamwork. When a husband and wife go shopping they tend to buy more especially if they look to supporting the purchase from a spouse. I bet 9 times out of 10 most spouses would rather agree to spend money because they’d rather not argue about money, especially in public.

Being in denial about where your money is going is the worst way to work towards debt freedom. If you want to pay all your bills, get out of debt and have money saved for a rainy day you must put the brakes on the way you spend money. That means if going shopping every week at Costco turns into a family lunch or dinner affair, stop it. You might warrant that its cheap eats or the only time you eat out but that’s not good enough.

If you have consumer debt then you need to validate not how much you spend money on stuff rather why you need to stop spending and focus on using that money to pay the debts off. Instead of eating out 4 times a month slice that in half, take the money you were spending and put that towards your debt.


Spend money in silence


If you are one of those spenders who like to spend money in silence then you’re someone who would benefit from cutting this from your ‘to do list’. It’s not helping your situation especially if you spend money because it makes you feel better about your current situation.

New stuff is a feel good medicine whether you spend money buying second-hand or brand new stuff. Spending is or at least should be something we can control or it will control us. For those of you whose emotions have control of the way you spend money you should break up with that relationship.

Make a plan, take time and execute a spend less money challenge with proper investigation and no expectations other than success. Your debt won’t walk away paid in full and unless you want your financial house to collapse you should take the time to research your options.

I’m sure I could make a massive lists of ways we spend money that we shouldn’t have because of human error, computer error, emotional error, money error, budgeting error. Lots of errors can lead to the worst money wasting opportunities being presented.


You waste money when you …


Below are 8 or so ways we waste money or have wasted money in the past. What are your money wasting secrets? Don’t be shy, admit them, formulate a plan and execute it. Win.


Bank Fees


You waste money when you pay for bank fees that other no-fee banks offer such as President’s Choice Financial. Not everyone enjoys the teller free banking lifestyle but if paying a premium for human interaction works better for you then certainly do what’s best. We don’t pay any fees with PC apart from any specialty requests such as a wire transfer or money exchange.


Food Waste


One of my biggest pet peeves is when people throw away food that easily could have been switched-up into another meal. With our son being a toddler he wastes so much food so we’ve been working on a solution that works for all of us. This will help us so we don’t become stressed when we see our money being tossed on the ground, up in the air or mushed in his hair. Save more on food by not spending too much money in the stores.

Related: Food Waste In Canada


Eating out


The only reason we would eat out is because of the occasion but we hardly ever go out just because we want to eat a quick meal with a cold beer. By the time you pay the tip and the costs of luxury dining you may realize how much you spent and why eating out is a great way to waste money. Cooking ahead and homemade is always the better option for healthy and budget.

Related: Eating Out vs. Eating In the Comparison


Utility Bills


Hydro has been the big topic on the minds of home owners and renters over the past couple of years as we’ve seen our bill double ‘dublin’. (see keyword section below) If you want to waste money here don’t call and try to arrange a deal or look for promos.

You can also waste money by leaving lights on, flushing the toilet too much when it’s not low-flow and not following time-of-use rates. If your cell phone bill is high you can waste money by not calling your provider and asking what promotions they have on for the month.

Related: How to haggle with your communications company


Shop Around


If you want to waste money don’t bother shopping around for what you need. Simply go to the place that sells it and make the purchase. You might think that price doesn’t matter but it sure does when you have debt you owe someone.

If you have internet access as I assume you would if you’re reading this post today comparing prices online is the fastest way to find out whether you are getting a deal or not.

Another great way to waste money is by not using coupon apps, asking for price reductions or buying reduced products.  It’s amazing how good the fruits and veg are on the cheap rack that could save you money.

Related: Price Matching in Canada


Gimmicks/Tools/Home Decor


If you want to waste money keep buying unnecessary new tools, gimmicks and home decor that you don’t need. Unless you are a mechanic or other tradesman you shouldn’t have to waste money buying up every tool that you can find. I remember there was a time I had to tell Mrs. CBB that we needed to stop buying home decor items even if they were on the reduced rack, at garage sales or on Kijiji. A cluttered house is never an appealing house.




You can negotiate just about any service provided you know the company adheres to this policy. Most people won’t dare ask for a deal. Almost always we have been given the products for free or marked down to the retail price even though they might be sold out. A rain check is always your best bed if you want to save money and not waste money.

Related: How to haggle with your communications company

If you want to waste money don’t bother negotiating with anyone and just pay the price that is asked or leave it. Most often if you buy in bulk you can get a nice discount but you must be ready to ask for it.




We buy a big majority of our clothes, household decor, baby items etc but the prices will certainly be much more if you go the new route. You can easily waste money if you let your desire for fashion and a new wardrobe take over your closet.

If you waste money buying new clothes you’ll know it by looking in your closet to see what you have worn and not worn. You may end up with a basket full of clothing with tags that hadn’t made the cut yet. An example like this would signify a need to waste money to feel good and look good but without the cash to do so.

Related: Buying second-hand clothes- Is it worth it?

Minimize what you have in the closet and get rid of what you don’t need. I bet you will find stuff that you forgot you had bought or still has tags attached. Shop for clothes once a month or every two months and buy accordingly. If you spend too much buying clothes you may end up with constant loads of laundry as our son grows up.

Overall, Mrs. CBB and I have made vast improvements since implementing our monthly budget but we still waste money from time to time. Sometimes it’s not clear until the time we use or don’t use something we’ve bought new in a reasonable time frame. You get out what you put in so tackle debt with as much effort as you can and eventually you’ll see a mind-shift when it comes to your spending habits.

Discussion Question:

What are some thing you know you are wasting money on but trying to stop?


My week in review


Hey there everyone,

Thanks for all your support as I’m working to get over this horrible cough. I’ve had a rough week trying to sleep as I’m up coughing and although the meds do help with sleeping I continued to cough throughout the night. This led to the couch and I to become friends.

Mrs. CBB was struggling to sleep and our little guy picked up a runny nose likely from what I have. So far Mrs. CBB seems to be fine but it usually starts with me, our son and then my wife. I’m hoping this coming week will be a better week for all of us.

This week we didn’t do a heck of a lot as the weather has been off an on. Our weekly run to the grocery store and the gym was part of the agenda as was a doctor’s appointment. We’ve been contacted by the school where our son will attend to find out they will be offering a pre-school program. This is great news since our son needs more social interaction so we’re hoping to hear more about the program in the coming weeks.

Hopefully I can carry on looking for places to travel to once we get to the UK this week and researching the best way to travel with a toddler. I’m sure there will be a post on this topic coming soon. If you have any tips please leave them in the comment section today. I may quote you in an upcoming blog post.

If you haven’t heard I added a “Money Confessions” tab on my Facebook page. The point of this tab is to encourage people to share their money confessions or ask questions without anyone knowing who they are. I don’t even know. I then moderate and post the money confession on Facebook for fan feedback to help the person.

Happy 5th Birthday to CBB! Stick around Facebook for a contest coming up shortly to celebrate.

Have a great week everyone,



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payless shoes discountHey Mr. CBB Fans,

I needed some new footwear for work. I stopped in at Payless on the weekend as I received a rewards member email with a 30% off coupon. On top of the 30% I received another $10 since I am a CAA member.  I saved $50!!

– Jen Peacock.

Way to go Jen~ Is the CAA savings a one-time deal?

We are CAA members so I”m going to remember this for the next time we go looking to buy shoes at Payless Shoes.

I’m pretty sure Mrs. CBB has purchased shoes at Payless in the past and didn’t have her Payless Savings Card so they looked it up using her phone number. Another way to get savings is by allowing Payless to text your mobile. They offer some great deals for those that sign up like Jen has here today.


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I read lots of finance posts from all over the world every week and I learn something new from each one of them. This week I stopped by the personal finance blog, Mad Money Monster about Using the Rule of Half. What an interesting post because Mrs. CBB and I do just that. Just because the instructions on products say to use x amount doesn’t mean you have to.

I loved the part where they talk about adding more milk to cereal than is necessary. This is true as most people have leftover milk when the cereal is gone. Most people might drink it and others pour it down the sink which is a big money waste.  Great post.


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heart shape peanut butter cookies valentines day recipeFood is a big part of any budget and a struggle for so many people which is why I’ve created frugal recipes for my family and yours for many years.

I have a second Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot where I exclusively share recipes from Food Bloggers around the world. Check out the Free Recipe Index on CBB compiled of frugal recipes that are 100% tested and accepted by family and friends!

This week I was over at The Semisweet Sisters blog to check out this simple Valentine’s Cookie idea for Heart Shaped Peanut Butter Cookies.

If you’ve been tasked to bring cookies for heart day these cookies you can bake with your eyes closed. Well, maybe not but if you struggle for time this is the recipe you will want to make.

You’ll love how easy it is to create the heart shape without a cookie cutter. If you have a cookie cutter you could certainly use it but I think the way this baker has gone about shaping the cookies with a knife will cut down on prep time for this recipe.

Another thing I love is the design marks on these heart shape cookies which can be hard to achieve if your cookie batter is too wet. I tend to refrigerate the batter first to make it cold and easier to work with. I’m not sure if that would work with this recipe but worth a shot if you are struggling to get it right.


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gardening secrets the experts don't tell you about

Gardening season is fast approaching so Mrs. CBB and I have chatted about whether we will be growing much this year since we are going on vacation for a few weeks. Over the years our vegetable and herb garden have gotten smaller but the savings sure add up.

While visiting Den Garden I came across a post about 101 Gardening Secrets The Experts won’t tell you that I know you will love.

Save all your banana skins and let them dry outdoors. Plant them at the base of your tomato plants: It’s like giving your tomatoes a pick-me-up and will encourage growth. You can speed things along by pureeing the banana peels with water in a food processor or blender and then pouring this around the base of the tomato plants.

Will you be planting a garden this year? If so take photos… there will be a photo contest again!!


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That’s all the fun for this week, thanks for dropping by and we’ll see you all again next Saturday.


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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. Colleen K says:

    Yes I will be gardening again this year…but…after learning what works and doesn’t work so well in my pallets and tubs last year there will be some changes as to what I plant…

  2. Teamwork really helps to avoid these eight ways to waste money. I and my wife have a good teamwork as we most of the time ask each other’s opinion, but most of the time we are on the same page on most of the eight ways, We barely eat out, have less or no food waste, and others.

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