Happy New Year 2014 Is here to stay!

As we move into 2014 I notice how life can slip by in an instant if we aren’t paying attention and how it’s a blessing to wake up in the morning. Simplicity and life at it’s best work together when we just live a life that makes us happy as individuals. No amount of money can be put on happiness, not now, not ever. Money pays for things we need to survive, full-stop. It is what it is and to be honest, those who do that are missing out on much of life’s precious moments. One thing I like to do is not dwell on the past, rather look forward to a brighter future and believe that the path ahead will bring much joy and happiness into my life. Life is a series of photos and what you create in these photos is up to you most often but for those times you have no control the only control you have is those over your emotions. Be strong. We create paths in our lives and we also follow the path that gives us or what we believe will benefit us the most. Overall, the end result is mostly a product […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 30-Jan 5, 2014 #1: Join the Challenge starting Now!

JOIN THE GROCERY GAME 2014   As the 2013 year and Grocery Game Challenge comes to a close, our thoughts are turned to a new year and a new grocery budget.  All of us who have posted our grocery budget and shops throughout the year must now reflect on the final numbers.   Canada’s top grocery game   The Grocery Game Challenge is one of the original grocery shopping games in Canada but it’s not really a game it’s more of a challenge against your own grocery budget. Look at it as a means to take back some control if you have been just throwing whatever you want into your shopping cart without giving much thought to it. The grocery game challenge has quickly become well known all over the internet and although it’s more of a challenge to get people to join I know that I can only put out the information, it’s up to you to do the rest.   The budget   Many of us are thrilled as we have been able to stay under our yearly grocery budget and others have to make some changes in order to stick to their goals. Grocery shopping on a […]

The best of Canadian Budget Binder 2013

THE BEST IS YET TO COME   The 2013 year has gone by so fast and with 2014 looming around the corner I am looking forward to our third year here at Canadian Budget Binder. Over the past two years I have been met with many ups and downs here the biggest being re-designing the blog which took nearly a full year. Personal finance has been a passion of mine for many years now and it’s been wonderful learning about Canadian personal finance and reading what others have to say while sharing my personal insights and stories. I especially love to share fan stories because the blog is for the fans, this is what I’m here for, you. A huge positive for Canadian Budget Binder in 2013 was bringing Katrina and Nicola on board with me to share their insights and recipes. They are both my rock here and committed to helping others as much as I am and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Although Canadian Budget Binder is all about personal finance we all have to eat and eating costs money. Food is a huge part of the success of this blog and it’s here […]

How to survive a winter storm with no power

MAKING IT THROUGH THE STORM   While the ice storm that we had this week in Ontario created quite a sight to see, sparkling trees covered in glistening ice and an ice covering over everything, this Winter Wonderland also came with a lot of destruction, inconveniences for many and sadly a couple of deaths. With hundreds of thousands of people losing their power there are still a number of people who are waiting for theirs to come back on, 48 hours or more after the storm while others enjoyed Christmas Day in the warmth of their homes. Being prepared for an extended power outage can make getting through those long, cold days less of a struggle. The recent cold snap hasn’t helped the situation.   Staying Warm   Having no power means no heat in your home. Staying warm will be a challenge if you are not prepared. We had a little notice that this storm was coming and I have to admit I was not as prepared as I could have been. Beyond having lots of blankets and warm sweaters to put on, seeking out warming stations that many cities provided would have been an option if our power […]

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES   Good Morning to all of you reading this Christmas greeting hopefully with a smile on your face and a hot cup of coffee or mug of tea in your hands. I just wanted to take a moment to thank-you for your continued support here at Canadian Budget Binder because without you there would be no blog to read. Have a fun-filled day with your loved ones, eat and drink lots and make memories that will last you a life-time. It’s these times that we remember how thankful we are to be so blessed. If you are going to brave the crowds tomorrow to go Boxing Day shopping I wish you all the best of luck finding that bargain you were hoping to find. It’s time for me to get up, get crackin and dive into some chocolate and coffee for breakfast.  Mmmmm Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014, Mr. CBB xo     Are You New To Canadian Budget Binder? Follow Me on Social Media:  Twitter, Facebook , Pinterest , Stumble Upon,  Reddit and Google+ Don’t forget to Subscribe to the blog so you get my daily email. If you need to get in touch with me the best way […]

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