Is your Gas Tank Eating Into your Budget?

Didn’t you just fill the tank honey? What do you mean you are on empty already? If you’ve heard these lines before don’t despair, so have I. Everything around us is going up except the numbers in our bank account. In Canada every street corner adorns a petrol station with your choice of price. Take your pick, spin the bottle or take a chance that the station you chose will do the least damage to your budget. How depressing is that? Driving up the road after filling your tank realizing you could have saved $5.00 down the street. It was clear I needed to do my homework before I went a bit nutty. I managed to come across this website where you can check-in on the prices around town Ontario Gas Prices. Sounds great doesn’t it? Sure if you make it there on time but still a great reference. I remember 6 years ago when gas was 75 cents a litre and I thought it was great compared to my mates overseas. When I over-heard people complaining in Canada about how expensive gas was I remember thinking, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In the UK I drove a teeny weeny Ford KA 1.3 litre and it cost me […]

Kick the Smoking Habit Save your Health and your Budget- Update Week 3

Hey there fans! It’s now Feb 19, 2012 and 21 days ago on Jan 29 @ 9pm Mrs. CBB and I made the decision to give up smoking. We had both been smoking for some time now and wanted to make a healthy change. My Mileage Smoke-Free Days: 21 Cigarettes Not Smoked: 210 Amount Saved: $67.20 Life Gained: Days: 1 Hrs: 22 Mins: 9 Seconds: 45 Although we are not heavy smokers saving $120 a month will certainly come in handy in our budget. We’re  making changes to our budget as it is important to always tweak it if you need to update it like we need to. Check in next week as I do our monthly budget  to see how well we chopped the budget in February. Wake up and smell the roses…. boy did I ever! It was a celebration for me in the shower the other morning when I went to apply body wash to my loofah. The overwhelming musty smell of the product rushed up my nose. It was not a scent I recall smelling so vibrant, yet manly.  It was at that moment I realized I am moving in the right direction. Smell is a gift so beautiful and we should all experience it in its glory. Throughout the Days……….. […]

Nonna’s Meatballs and Pasta Sauce $1.65ea Feeds 10

What to cook with meatballs? Pasta Sauce of course! Well you’ve been waiting for it and here it is, Nonna’s Meatballs and Pasta Sauce. You can also create this easy pasta sauce and meatballs in a crock-pot if you want to set it and forget it. If you like pasta sauce in the jar, you have no idea what you are missing with homemade sauce. I’ll warn you this sauce is loaded with fresh garlic and basil and it tastes like nothing you’ve ever tasted before in a sauce. Unless of course you have an Italian nonna or have the secret recipe. I think every family who makes their own pasta sauce no matter what culture they are from has their own magic that they put into the pot. Making an easy Italian pasta sauce takes no effort at all. If you don’t like meatballs and would prefer a meat sauce for your pasta you can still make a huge pot of sauce that will taste better than anything you will ever buy in a can. All you need to do is sautee the  meat ingredients and add them right into the tomato sauce. If you don’t like the meat, make […]

The Mule was your Ride and the Backpack your Head

You watch the Food Network and your mouth begins to water and somehow your stomach starts fighting for your attention. Could it be that the recipes you see are so tantalizing you can smell them through the television. Yes, it’s true cooking from scratch is the best way to go. Celebrity Chefs and the Food Network thrive on all the amazing food they dish up to Canadians and Americans around the world. But does it have to break the budget? Do we really need to be eating convenience in can because we think we can’t afford fresh food? For the mere $1.29 cost of  canned pasta in sauce I can whip up something super healthy in a flash. Even College and University students are now taking a notice at their budget and meal planning in advance using flyers and coupons. The Mule was your ride and your backpack was your head You see, back in the day money was not so readily available to most families. You would see farmland from as far as the eye could see. Many families would grow produce, garlic,nuts, beans and grains etc on their land. They worked hard to put a roof over their heads and food […]

Top Seven Budgeting Mistakes

Budget, Budget, Budget- Only families with children and the white picket fence need one of those, right? WRONG…everyone should use a budget. Did you know that many people don’t even know how to budget? You see most people don’t talk about finances let alone chat about where their money is going. Try telling my old school parents about budgeting and you better duck as hands will be swinging. Whether your plan to start a budget is to get out of debt or stay ahead of the race don’t linger around the Jones’ pad as you might be calling on Uncle Jed to bail you out. Did you Know? In 2011, the Vanier Institute of  the Family released data claiming the debt-to-income ratio is a record 150% noted at Seven Common Budgeting Mistakes You don’t have a budget- If you are wondering why you can’t get that new toy or why you can’t sleep at night it’s because you don’t have a budget. Designing a family or personal budget will keep your spending and saving on track. You don’t save your receipts– It’s so important to keep all your receipts so you enter this data into your budget binder spreadsheet. If you […]

Til Death Do Us Coupon- Are you doing it Canada?

Two things in life are for definite “Taxes” and “Death”.   Creeping the list is “Debt”  which is a reality for most Canadians. It really doesn’t matter what your neighbour has, it matters what YOU have! How can we dig ourselves out from this mess we created? Yes we all did it, purchased items with money we didn’t have. Now we need to clean it up. One way to help the clean up is using coupons to save money. I never thought I would say this. Coupons… Really? What man uses coupons? Not this one, no way! That’s what I thought a few years back. Now it’s a no-brainer.  Yes, couponing can and will help you save money but it’s just one step in getting debt under control. Extra money you save from couponing you can put towards your debt or investments. Some people have to coupon just to put food on the table but at the end of the day, money is saved. I remember my granny clipping coupons when I was a lad. Of course I had no idea about coupons back in the day. Who knew 30 years later consumers around the world still clip coupons to […]

Budgeting for Love on Valentines Day

Like most men, I wonder what I should plan special for my wife on Valentine’s Day. An automatic Day where love is in the air,  but seems like every other day to me. You ask any man and he is terrified about not doing enough for Valentine’s Day or getting the right gifts for her. He wants to make sure everything is perfect! I ask myself….. Do I love her more today than I did yesterday? Romantic Valentine’s Ideas come to mind but at what cost? Breakfast in Bed Candlelit Dinner Dozen Red Roses Box of the best Chocolates A beautiful card that says I love you! A date she will never forget Men save your dollars for today is the day, you WILL break the bank or potentially break her heart. According to Global TV News men spend an average $158 and women $75 on Valentine’s Day. Planing ahead and budgeting for these expenses are simple. Did you know that “Rose’s” are most expensive on Valentine’s Day than any other day of the year? Learn how to save money on Rose’s and why Red may not be your first pick. Whether you are dating or married you should budget in the “Love” if that’s the kind of  spender you are. […]

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Can we stick to the Grocery Budget Feb 2012 Week 3?

Week: February 13-19 We will not Shop, We will not Shop, We will not Shop Like usual I open the front door and there upon the mound of snow is our weekly flyers. I’m still confused why she avoids the mailbox which is clearly hanging on the wall. Perhaps, she just doesn’t care that my flyers are soaking wet. Changes to our grocery budget in February,2012 has us committed to a “Shop Free” week once a month. The grocery game is a system we use to keep the budget in check. Shop Free week has arrived for us and it’s bitter-sweet. Gazing into the refrigerator I’m amazed to see temperature controls on the back wall. I typically brace for explosion with produce, condiments and beverages. Now that we’ve taken it down a notch it makes me realize how little we need to make it through the week. Our Discovery…….Shop for what you need now, not what you think you will need. Less Food=Less Waste= More Money for the BUDGET You know when you’re at the grocery store and you convince yourself you need ( insert product here). We’ll use Mangos. Reasoning would be … It’s so hot outside and I can […]

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