The Saturday Weekend Review #23: In-Car Espresso, Home Prices and The Garden

When Saturday rolls around I know it’s my time to reflect back on the week which gives me a moment to check in and see how we’re doing in terms of our goals for the month. So far, so good. Home Prices Not a big shock to read on Yahoo this morning about Canadian home prices and how they are far too high. It’s no surprise and I’m betting there will be a correction to the market, the question is when. Royal Bank has already announced they will be raising their interest rates  from one-tenth to two-tenths of a point depending on the mortgage come Monday according to the Yahoo post affecting mainly the 5 year closed mortgage term. That house I told you about last week in my post  one house, one home, two mortgages and a pool, well it sold. It sold only after they reduced the price further this past week. To be honest I still believe it was overpriced and I hope the new owners have no plans to move any time soon. Good for the sellers, I’m sure they are relieved after 2 price drops that the home sold. They did lose money though having […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #22: Our Neighbours And The Fence Plus Free Stuff

This Saturday weekend review is going to be filled with what I’ve been up to this past week. First off, lets talk about Free Stuff. I don’t know if you remember a while back, maybe a few weeks now where I was complaining about our fence post needing repair. We were convinced the neighbour would hear nothing of it since they didn’t want to participate in preserving the fence a few years back for a mere $50 per neighbour. So, I thought I would just get the post for however much it costs and get it done on my own. I figure if the bloody fence is going to fall over I don’t want it happening on my vegetable garden this summer so it’s something I have to get done. Our Neighbours and The Fence In yesterday’s blog post I talked about how the May 2-4 holiday brought almost everyone outside to clean up their yards mainly because there was nowhere to go. The day was very relaxed and people were having a good time. The most intriguing thing happened though and that was the neighbour coming to talk to me. In my head I thought it was a miracle […]

The Saturday Weekly Review #21- End of May And A Dog and Garden Update

It’s near the end of May so a garden and a dog update is in order even though the weather has been less than cooperative. I was hoping to have all my plants in the ground by now but that’s far from what’s happened.  It’s nice to see all the neighbours outside now though cleaning up their yards and gardens keeping the neighbourhood tidy. With the weather being so unpredictable lately it seemed like every time I wanted to get some landscaping done it would rain. I’m happy to say the worst of the landscaping job is done and I probably saved myself a couple of thousand dollars doing the work myself. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve brought our plants in and out. I was outside last night covering our fig tree and planter boxes in case they were damaged with the expected -5 wind chill.  All the other plants that were movable came inside for the night. I guess that’s one thing about having lots of plants is that you need a back up plan just in case frost does hit. You want to protect your investment but at the same time you don’t want to go […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #20-The Young Cookie Selling Entrepreneur

No Cookie Monster hiding in this post.. just cookie selling and one interesting day. Since it’s the Victoria Day long weekend we decided to get up early and battle the garage sales. I spent 10 minutes last night jotting down the info in our garage sale route list so we knew exactly where we are going. Half of the battle is getting to the garage sales the other half is finding something you need for a great price. As we made our path from sale to sale and picked up a few items that we could certainly put to good use we stumbled upon some other experiences along the way. The first garage sale we stopped at was raising money for cancer research. Each year a garage sale  is organized with a few neighbours who bring all their unwanted luxuries to to sell. We found most of the garage sale items reasonably priced and for good reason, overpriced items end up back in the house. They also had some amazing baked goods up for offer such as monster cookies and brownies. Selling cookies for Cancer research seemed like a great way to help spread awareness in hopes one day they can […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #19- Mothering Sunday Is Mother’s Day!

Mothering Sunday is what we call Mother’s Day in the UK, the equivalent of Mother’s Day In Canada and other places around the world. In the UK Mothering Sunday is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. In 2013 Mothering Sunday in the UK (Mother’s Day UK) was celebrated on March 10, 2013 where Mother’s Day in Canada and the USA is celebrated on the second Sunday in May which is May 12, 2013. I call my mother my mum where in Canada my wife says her mom. I try to stick to mom so I don’t confuse people but sometimes I forget but I’m sure you all get it. We only celebrate Mother’s Day during the Canadian celebration date and my mom is fine with that. Some day soon she will get me in the flesh and blood as we hope to make a trip back to the UK very soon. We are hoping to plan something very special maybe visiting our friends in Spain, Germany and Italy. Yes. I will take lots of photos when we go and make sure we hook up with the best eats around. I’ve been to many places in this world but the wife […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #18- Is It 24 Hr Lasting Perfection or Lasting Perfection “Style” ?

Lancome is feeling the heat over some 24 hour long-lasting perfection foundation make-up as one woman sues. Consumers want to know is it actually a “lasting perfection” product as it claims or is it lasting perfection style make-up? I know I’m writing about make-up today and not beer, budgets, gardening and DIY but I couldn’t help myself. When I read the lengths one woman is willing to go to sue a company because a product “faded significantly” “overnight I knew I had to keep reading. As a consumer we have marketing terms thrown in our faces all the time in hopes of reeling us in to buy products and spend our money. How many times have we heard people question whether products are organic, fat-free and so on but now the claim of a product not lasting long enough has surfaced. It’s just the name of the game for marketers, a game of who can capture their audience the best in order to sell product, full-stop. It’s been going on since the dawn of time and as consumers many of us are just used to the hoopla we read but there are some people who really do buy into it, literally and […]

The Saturday Weekly Review #17- All Mouth And No Trousers!

Behind Closed Doors With Mr.CBB It’s Saturday, so close the door and come on in, sit down, grab a cuppa tea, relax and hang out with me for a moment. No, nobody is going to massage your feet and take the tension from your shoulders and rub hot oils all over your body to take the worry from your mind here at CBB. To make up for the lack of spa like atmosphere at this moment If I can have your attention for 5 minutes I promise I will make you forget about all the crap you have to do this weekend. If not, go have a beer or cocktail with an olive and suck it up! It’s not every day on the blog I get a chance to kick back and wind down for a bit with everything that’s going on in my life. With a newish career, the blog and working hard to renovate around the house life can get a bit hectic for me. I haven’t even factored in the wife but she gets me when she wants so I try not to bundle her in with “stuff to do” list or I may find myself in a […]

The Saturday Weekend Review- #16 Are You Making A Difference?

Making a difference seems an appropriate title for this post since I want to share Bloggers and fans who are making a difference with my community here at CBB. When I started Canadian Budget Binder I really had no idea what I was setting myself up for but it certainly wasn’t what it has become today. It’s been one heck of a year and I’ve learned so much from people all over the world. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the Texas fertilizer plant explosion it was just another grim reminder that life can pass us by in an instant. All the things we wanted to say, all the things we wanted to do may never get heard or accomplished. Some of the photos, the heroism of the people who did whatever they could to help the injured, really there is no words. Amazing. I remember life in the 80’s when having fun and being carefree was part of a daily routine for me. There were no computers to play on so I just hung out with my friends learning, building things and taking them apart, but goofing off most days. This world has changed alot, some […]

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