Ways To Save Money On Your Water Bill This Summer!

Photo Source: Mr.CBB It’s amazing the things we take for granted in Canada and around the world and water is one of them. Water is free when it rains but turn on the tap or flush the toilet and you will pay! I didn’t have a big garden back home in the UK but we definitely made use of conserving water best we could as home owners. I remember seeing business offices run out of  old homes where an office water system using the rain barrel was being used. All they needed to do was walk out the office door, fill the watering can and water the plants. You have to save money in the budget wherever you can even if you are a business owner. When the rain decides to stop and we turn on the tap money is rolling out as fast as it’s coming in. Not everyone knows the facts on water and how to conserve and save money. Today I want to go over a few ways to save money on water using simple water collection systems, low-flush toilets/shower heads and rebate programs. Rain Barrel Photo Source: Mr.CBB I noticed last spring and summer our water usage during […]

Time for a change?..DIY Oil Change That Is! Save $$

By: Canadian Budget Binder Is it worth doing your own oil change? Mr  Lube, Jiffy Lube, Canadian Tire, Economy Lube, there’s more places to change the oil and filter than my vehicles can handle in a 12 month period.  Not all, but most around the $53-$55 mark, that’s for an oil and filter change (my truck takes 5w20 synthetic). Our other vehicle would be around $35-$40, except this time it’s using 10w30 conventional oil. Some lube companies use their own filters, some places use bulk oil (cheaper) and depending on your maintenance schedule and your driving habits you could be back another 3 times during the year. The harder you drive it the more you’ll be caring for it Yes, you can Save $$ Money$$ if you know how to change your own Oil and Filter! I do my own oil and filter change, I use premium filters and premium oil. My engine maintenance schedule calls for 6,000 miles or 6 months (whichever comes first) for one and 5000 miles for the other (under ideal conditions)……both vehicles are lucky if they get 5,000 km annually. So maybe I maintain them a little too much?!? Truck $6.19 for one filter + […]

5 Exercise Methods That Cost Absolutely Nothing!

Guest Post Not everyone thinks of the simple exercise methods they can easily do at home costing them nothing at all. As the summer approaches, everyone steps up the effort to start looking a little bit better. Over Christmas and New Year’s we’re known to indulge in a few things that aren’t exactly beneficial for our weight, so the few months after are always a struggle to get back into shape. The best way to do this is to eat properly and exercise. Many people join a gym, but some people don’t have the money  or the time do be doing so. Here are 5 great ways to exercise and lose weight and save money at the same time. Running/Walking The most obvious and popular method is going for a run. On my way to work, I’m constantly having to shift over for runners to get past me. On average, a person can expect to burn 700 calories with an hour of running – so if you can keep to a balanced diet, that’s a pound lost every 5 days (3500 calories to a pound). It’s free and can be done pretty much anywhere. If you’re like me, however, and don’t like […]

Get Smart With Your Smart Meter!

Get Smart With Your Smart Meter! By: Canadian Budget Binder Everybody’s got ’em, some have ’em working already, others will be starting in May 2012 and most already hate ’em. You guessed it, I’m talking about the new TOU (Time Of Use) Smart Meters. Although not a new concept in the grand scheme of things, they’re here whether you like it or not. There are other countries that have had a variety of  “time of use” schemes for years.  I can remember as a child in  England me mum always had the hot water on a timer coz of “Economy7“. Having cheaper electricity at certain times of the day has been natural for me, but for the Canadians I know it’s quite the sore point. What’s the problem? Well the Canadian climate for starters isn’t exactly stable, where swings of 70 degrees Celsius between summer and winter exist. Heating and Cooling the house is a major player in the bills department. What did I do? For starters I got rid of my old Mercury switch thermostat and replaced it with a 7 day programmable. I can set the thermostat warmer for when the fans kick in on cheap rate, then have […]

Keeping the Costs Down-Spring Cleaning in the Canadian Sunshine!

Spring is in the Air! We’ve been waking up to windows open and the sun beaming down on us in our bed with the birds chirping a beautiful song for a couple of weeks now. You know it’s time to get up when all the familiar sounds, sights and smells engulf your space. Visions of cleaning our home inside and out, top to bottom, fill our heads as I’m sure it does yours. Winter is nice to chill out watching a movie by the fire, so what you shovel here and there but the term “lazy winter” is what it is! The first day of  Spring quickly came upon us yesterday March 20 but for weeks now the weather has been more than cooperative all over Canada and the USA. As the snow began to melt the unsightly landscaping of surrounding houses reminded us that this year was our year~ We await the flowers to bloom and the bees to jump about in their glory. This year is the year we are not only tackling our “Spring Cleaning” chores but have to landscape our property before the wildlife mistake it for their new home.  We will also be using “Vinegar” , baking soda and lemons […]

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