Neighbour’s Unsightly Property Scares Potential Home Buyers : The Saturday Weekend Review #260

WHEN THE WEEDS DO THE TALKING AND THE BUYERS DO THE WALKING   Buying a home is a big decision for anyone to make which is why there are so many factors that can increase and decrease the potential value of your property, one of them being your neighbour’s house. I know people might say to mind your own business but in today’s world no one wants to buy a property next to a house that looks like a salvage yard. You probably worked hard to save for your down-payment and want that money to be spent on a home that brings you joy which includes the surrounding neighbourhood. This is why there are sought-after neighbourhoods and those to avoid. Would you risk losing 5-10% of your house value because your neighbour can’t be bothered to keep their property in decent condition? Probably not because no one likes to lose money for nothing but this is the reality many home sellers face today which is why we want to move to the country where it’s just us and nature.   Ways to decrease the value of your home   When you decide to put your property for sale no matter […]

How To Sell Used Children’s Clothes At A Garage Sale : The Saturday Weekend Review #259

SELLING USED CLOTHING IS A BIG CASH BUSINESS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS   Baby resale is a huge business in Canada especially used children’s clothes and if you want to get the best return you need to use strategies and negotiation skills to rake in the cash. Over the past 6 months we’ve been clearing out our son’s closet of clothes, shoes and accessories he no longer needs because he’s growing into a big boy. Whether we bought items second-hand or brand-new our goal was to sell it all so we could buy for his current needs. The idea of buying and selling children’s clothes is to not necessarily profit from it but to put back into the pot money that can be used for the next school year or for every day seasonal clothing. There is never not a need for children’s clothes from infant to toddler. Well, we need clothes for the rest of our lives and buying and selling is the best way to clothe yourself without added expenses. If buying and selling is not your thing and you’d rather not donate your children’s clothes you may want to consider local children’s consignment stores. […]

Why Is A Frugal Lifestyle So Popular Yet Humiliating? : The Saturday Weekend Review #258

MONEY HAS NO FEELINGS SO DON’T LET IT OWN YOU.   Money has no feelings so don’t let it own you, not now not ever because that circle of desire vs. need can get tricky when you lead a lifestyle you think you deserve. What I mean by this is that there are people out there and perhaps yourself reading this today who want to act rich but live a frugal lifestyle without anyone knowing. That’s all fine and dandy but what I don’t understand is why is it so humiliating that you can’t admit it? I am a self-confessed nosey person but I don’t think I ever considered finding a bargain to be a deal breaker when it came to conversation. Even when I was a broke student I would look for deals and would tell my close friends about them because I was thrilled about it. I wouldn’t pretend to them that I bought something I likely couldn’t afford to buy retail or even on sale. No, I bought it USED. You might be that person who loves to save money and considers themselves part of the frugal lifestyle movement but not prepared to tell anyone about your […]

What Does Affordable Housing Really Mean? : The Saturday Weekend Review #257

AFFORDABLE RENT AND AFFORDABLE MORTGAGES   I’m betting that everyone reading this today can tell me that they’ve heard about a certain area in the city they call home to stay away from because it’s sketchy. Most often you will find housing projects, low-income housing and government-funded or geared to income housing for people in need. There seems to be a stigma around housing projects such as low-income or no-income, disability or other health related issues. To be honest I couldn’t tell you anything about living in Ontario and what areas to avoid but back home, you just knew. Now, I had plenty of mates that lived in council estates and they are still my friends today. Don’t let income level and where someone lives dictates whether they are a good person or not. Just don’t do it. Affordable housing doesn’t always mean what it seems especially when dealing with different pocketbooks and perspectives. Let me explain. Affordable housing should be attainable by working full-time earning a living wage a wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living., but is it really? I’m sure you’ve toggled with the should I rent or buy question in your […]

14 Flowers and Herbs That Repel Mosquitoes : The Saturday Weekend Review #256

MOSQUITOES WILL CRASH YOUR PARTY AND FOLLOW YOU AROUND UNLESS YOU TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF   I love gardening but what I don’t love are mosquitoes so I’ve decided to fight back to try to keep our property and bodies free from the pests that can cause an itch and potentially serious disease in humans. One of our biggest concerns when it comes to mosquitoes is the bite and not so much for the itch that follows but because of illnesses and diseases linked to mosquitoes such as West Nile Virus and Encephalitis. Although not all mosquitoes carry a disease it’s still important to protect yourself and through research I’ve found plenty of simple ways you can do that. There is a West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report that you can follow with the Canadian government if you’re interested in being in the loop of these pests. What is West Nile Virus? A bite from an infected mosquito can cause infection with West Nile virus. Infected mosquitoes can spread the virus to humans and other animals. Source- You can buy all sorts of products that claim to help rid of mosquitoes from coils to […]

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