The Saturday Weekend Review #31: Homeless and living on $8.00 a day

A Few Dollars Can Go Further Than You Ever Imagined I don’t believe many people think about life as a homeless person, who would unless you were forced to. I honestly can’t imagine what life is like for homeless people but what I do know is many are skilled and many just want someone to give them a chance. There are times when people give up on themselves because others give up on them. Although we should fight for what we want sometimes the war is won and it’s hard to get back what you’ve lost without a miracle or perseverance of sorts. Homelessness is potentially caused for many reasons, one being lack of employment and somewhere to live. I was touched by kindness this morning when I watched a video on You Tube where a couple of guys who prank people and share it on their channel called Vitalyzd TV gave a homeless man a full makeover.  This was no prank though, it was real and it was uplifting for many people to watch, over 3 million so far on You Tube. To be honest I wasn’t going to watch it but something compelled me to just check it out. […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #30- Nature is free to enjoy

The Beauty Of Nature Costs Nothing Growing up I was always around nature and marveled in its beauty, only because it was clear to me that the simple things in life were free. My friends will tell you that I am a passionate guy who should probably write love stories or become a movie writer because I am able to connect so well on a different level than most. I’m not too sure about the love stories but I agree that I am passionate about what makes me happy in life. Probably why my wife says I’m such a romantic but it’s deeper than that because I appreciate life and the opportunity to experience it. I believe it’s more about the ability to ‘shut off’ and recognize the things we all take for granted most days, until it’s gone. You will find I have a passion for photography but don’t fancy taking photos of people as I do photos of nature or unique scenery. Nature’s beauty Too often we are in such a rush to enjoy a few moments of bliss in the morning while the birds are chirping, the chipmunks rushing from fence post to fence post looking for […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #29: Welcome 6000 Facebook fans, figs and a Contest

When I started my Facebook page in early February, 2012 I remember getting excited to have a few followers come on board. As the months crept on I found my Facebook page growing not only with the Facebook marketing, blog marketing and other social media and contests I was doing but from the fans and other bloggers that I follow. Over the past year and a half I have met some amazing people and those fans are still with me and take pride in Canadian Budget Binder, helping me to build our community day after day. Nothing makes me happier than to see my team of fans champion our page to grow by participating and sharing every day. They take control and they help each other out, they welcome new fans in and it’s overwhelming for me at times. I wish they could see the tear in my eye just to know I’ve made such an impact in their lives with this blog and page. Just as I have for them, they have affected my life. I want to take a moment to thank all of you. Each one of you know who you are because I talk to you […]

The Saturday Weekly Review #28: Frugal fun in the kitchen with basil

Holy basil this year in our garden, I can hardly see the neighbours property through all the basil that has grown. Not really, (that’s my sad attempt at humour today) but it all brings me joy. Just when you thought you wouldn’t have enough, your seeds start sprouting and you have an abundance of green aromatic beauty before you. That’s how I feel after growing basil this year in the planters that I built with leftover wood from building our deck. Over the years we have grown basil in the ground, in stand up pots but we’ve had much more success in the flat wide pots that we continue to use them year after year. Planting basil is not difficult, but if you want to grow basil you have to start early and get your seeds in the soil so they have ample time to grow over the summer. I spent the morning today making a frugal basil pesto. I call it frugal because it doesn’t contain pine nuts or walnuts both of which cost a fortune but we don’t miss that at all. A small jar of basil pesto like in the photo above can run you about $3.99 at the […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #27: Garage sailing without money in your pocket

Who said you have to bring money with you when you go to a garage sale. Garage sailing without money in your pocket is just as much fun if not more fun then spending money. Why? Well, you aren’t spending any money, that’s why. I had no intentions of bringing any money with us when we got up this morning to scour our area for ‘stuff’ that people wanted to get rid of for cheap. We didn’t go too far away from where we live but planned our route the day before. Since my wife had her friend come along I was simply the driver, as usual. The garage sale, yard sale, lawn sale whatever you fancy calling it has been a Saturday pastime for us but we don’t go that often these days. The reason is that we don’t need anything. I think if we had kids the need would be much greater because garage sales are littered with items for kids. You simply can’t beat the prices for clothes and toys for kids and the best part is your negotiating power, that is if you use it. This weekend we challenged ourselves to see if we could spend nothing, […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #26- Canada Day around the mulberry tree

A Day To Celebrate Canada  It’s Canada Day on Monday July 1, 2013 which is also a statutory holiday in Canada. We will be celebrating what will be 146 years of beauty in this land we call home on that day. Last year I wrote a blog post about Canada Day where I talked about wanting to explore more of this country but sadly we haven’t had the time. Maybe it’s more about not making the time because we keep letting everything else get in the way. With me finishing up school we thought we could plan a few days away but we’ve only managed to take some day trips to explore surrounding cities. One of my favourite trips so far was a trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the lake. There was something familiar about staring down the main drag down-town at Niagara on the Lake that reminded me of the UK. The small shops, narrow streets and flowers in bloom no matter what direction I would look was a bit nostalgic for me. Niagara Falls was, how shall I say, amazing. I know many of you that grew up in Canada may think, ah it’s only Niagara Falls big […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #25: Watch our garden grow

There Is So Much Beauty In This World A little of this and that is how I describe this post today as so much has been going on in our lives now that the hot weather is here. Starting today, Saturday and through the weekend it’s going to be hot, humid and sticky in Ontario. Even though I still have to run the electrical for my outdoor lights for the landscaping I might just put that on hold. I still need to get on the roof to wash all the windows again inside and out. When I was cutting the concrete for the new path there was so much dust it has made a mess of them again. I managed to clean off the garage door the other day which made a huge difference. Sometimes just the smallest jobs like taking a bucket of water and washing down a door helps the curb appeal of a home. I also want to remove all the window caulking and put  in new caulking that is clean and not cheap builder grade junk. I replaced the garage door track and seal last week so that’s done. The more I tear this house apart […]

The Saturday weekend review #24: Limes are our new money tree

Looking Back Over The Past Week New blog When Saturday rolls around it has to be one of my favourite days for writing a blog post because it’s a time that I just let loose and tell you how great or miserable my week has been. I know that I’m teetering on very busy territory shortly as my new blog design and move to self-hosted is on the horizon. I hope you really do enjoy the new look that’s been created and that I continue to improve upon this site that has been built for you and for me. I must admit that WordPress is one of the best free blogs I’ve ever used. It’s so easy to learn and navigate once you get used to it and support here has been absolutely wonderful to me. Moving to self-hosted has meant that I’ve had to find a hosting provider and I’ve decided to go with Bluehost which came highly recommended to me. You can read all you want online there will always be the good, the bad and the ugly so experimenting is what I plan to do. I’m sure I will do a small bluehost review once I’m settled in […]

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