Important Tips To Protect Yourself From A Roofer Scam Artist

IT’S SO EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP WITH THE COSTS OF LARGE RENOVATIONS THAT IT’S SIMPLE TO MISS THE SIGNS OF A SCAM ARTIST.   When we bought our current home in 2009 we knew that we would have to put a new roof on with-in a year or two as it was the original. By the time we got the keys to our new home the roof was already 15 years old and the 20 year builder grade shingles had seen better days. The average cost to install a roof on a 1500 square-foot home in our area is between $6000-$8000 dollars. How long would it take you to earn and save thousands of dollars? You wouldn’t want to see your hard-earned money walk away but for many unsuspecting homeowners a roofer scam artist can take them to the cleaners. If you’ve been scammed by the roofer scam you’ll know how it feels to lose a big chunk of money or be left with significant repairs or damage by an unskilled roofer. Not all home insurance policies will cover roofer scam artists let alone their shady work. Always read the fine print on your home insurance policy and if […]

Inexpensive Long Weekend Activities Rain or Shine : The Saturday Weekend Review #224

BIRDS CHIRPING, EARLY SUNRISE, KIDS PLAYING, WATER SPLASHING, GRILLS ON FIRE, MUSIC AND LAWN MOWERS BLAZING-IT’S THE LONG WEEKEND VIBE!   The first long weekend of the year is upon us this Monday for Victoria Day 2017 and I’m at work, but maybe you’re not. You will want something to do even if it’s an hour or two just to get out of the house or short travel to destination to enjoy the sunshine. Don’t you just love the feeling you get go through your body and mind when you wake-up knowing it’s a long weekend and you don’t have to work? I do too but sadly that won’t be me for the Victoria Day long weekend. What I love about a long weekend is that people seem to be  relaxed and they tend to smile more and become engaged. This may be the best time to ask your neighbours to split a cost for a new fence or ask for help, haha! Even though we’re scheduled for some rain in the Greater Toronto Area on Sunday for the long weekend don’t let that hamper your plans. Grab an umbrella, rain boots and away you go whether you have a […]

Change Your Life With The Perfect Pair Of Shoes : The Saturday Weekend Review #223

LIFE-CHANGING EVENTS HAVE THE POWER TO TAKE AWAY YOUR DREAMS OR OFFER OPPORTUNITY.   I’m not selling shoes or even marketing them in this blog post. No. I’m sharing with you how important it is for you to pick the perfect pair of shoes, toughen up and find the riches that you dream of. This is a story about two sisters 10 years apart and on two different financial journeys. It’s tough for siblings to sit back and watch each other grow up because they venture in different directions for school, career and love. What’s even harder is being successful and then watching family members suffer financially. It’s hard to be happy but we know that in order to change your life you have to accept failure, learn from it and move on. How many pairs of shoes do you own and wear? Most people have 1 pair of shoes which is really all you need to get what you want from life. Don’t let anyone tell you that in order to become successful you must look a certain way. Accessories are just that, extra stuff you don’t really need and that includes shoes. Walk in my shoes for a […]

Why This Senior Doesn’t Care If He’s Retirement Poor : The Saturday Weekend Review #222

DON’T LET MONEY KEEP YOU LOCKED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.   Finance has consumed Joe’s (changed name) entire life and now he says that he doesn’t care if he’s retirement poor. Who is Joe? Joe is a guy we met last week at the gym while babysitting his grandson. The gym has become a hub for parents/grandparents/caregivers who have little to no social life. We joke about this just about ever week. All wired up in the corner of the gym there were 6 of us parents chatting about the cost-of-living and how it’s been getting harder and harder. This is where Joe jumped in to say that he’s tired of worrying about money and he doesn’t care if he’s retirement poor or not. “I’ve lived a good life and seen more than I thought I would ever see”, as he calls over to his grandson to get out-of-the-way. Joe is an athletic almost retired man with white hair and a big smile that most people would gravitate towards. Even though he knows he hasn’t saved near enough he says being retirement poor won’t stop him from doing the things he loves especially when it comes with a free price-tag.   […]

Crazy Notions About Being Young And Living Debt Free : The Saturday Weekend Review #221

IF YOU GET EXCITED ABOUT WHAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS DONE ASK THEM IF THEY WILL TEACH YOU TO DO THE SAME.   There was a time in my life where I would come down on myself hard because I was sick and tired of not being able to live the dream. Whatever that meant back then I can’t tell you but I know today that it means living debt free. If one of my mates had rich parents I would be jealous about it and wished I was that lucky. There was lots of wishing going on and not much doing. Once I had my first job earning money that’s all it took because I never looked back, only to say I’m sorry for judging you in my own little way. I wanted all the riches back when I was a boy but as I became older and lived through many financial experiences that super-charged my mindset. I’m finally at a happy place in my life where money doesn’t matter so much. It’s just nice to have and money stress is gone for the most part. I don’t go to work for the money, I go because I love it. […]

5 Inexpensive Gadgets All New Parents Should Own : The Saturday Weekend Review #220

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A BABY SHOWER GIFT THESE GOODIES HAVE BEEN THE BEST PARENTING INVESTMENTS YET.   I’m sure many parents reading this can think back to some baby gadgets or products which made their new role as parents a bit easier. Hands up if you’re one of those parents who bought too much useless baby stuff just because you thought you’d need it. Yes, that was us. >>>Both hands in the air. Now that our son is almost 3 years-old (wow where did the time go) Mrs. CBB and I have gone through boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of baby clothes (I know, right?) and piles of stuff we never used. The biggest problem was that we read too much, believed too much and fell into the “new parent syndrome” mode making sure we were fully stocked with what we needed. Related: How having a baby affected our monthly budget I will admit that we have boxes of baby diapers that haven’t been opened yet, clothes that still have the tags and other crazy things that have never come out of the box. We have a formula mixer that we bought just in case our son […]

How To Stop Wasting Valuable Time At Garage Sales : The Saturday Weekend Review #219

UNDERSTAND THE BUY AND SELL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY WHEN SHOPPING FOR DEALS.   Please don’t state the obvious especially if you don’t fancy garage sales because I can already hear responses echoing in my head- “Don’t Go”, “Stay Home” or take a little walk and the urge will go away. I’m afraid you can’t take the frugal out of us especially when we can save big buying used to compensate what we can’t save money on. Having a toddler in tow makes second-hand shopping far more interesting because there will always be something needed. Each year after a season of garage sales which start slowly in the Spring I seem to learn something new about what I like and don’t like about them. Then what do I do? I come and blog about my findings to all of you so you learn from mistakes or like I say, “Money projects”. My money projects are about research, doing things differently, being the bad customer, the good customer etc. In fact I’m probably the buyer I describe as “avoid at all costs” but without personal experience it’s hard to say I know how something is when I haven’t lived it. You can’t […]

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