Easy Strawberry Ice Cream: No Machine Required!

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WHAT’S YOUR FLAVOUR?   I’m a huge strawberry ice cream lover but honestly I love any kind of ice cream, especially if it’s homemade. I’ve only once made homemade ice cream and that was on the off chance that it would work without an ice cream machine, and it did. Growing up my parents really didn’t buy much ice cream as it wasn’t a staple that we needed in our house. Having ice cream might have been a treat when we were out shopping or travelling but you’d never see it in our grocery shopping cart. My parents were just as involved with a grocery budget as Mrs.CBB and I are today. My mum made almost all the sweets in our house and that’s why I try to the same in our home. I was always watching her in the kitchen or helping my dad around the house and garden. Every once in a while I get an email from a CBB fan who wants to share one of their recipes with our community of frugal fans. Today I have one of those recipes to share with all of you.   Eggless Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream   Last week Pat […]

Are basic mathematics skills are a must-have when dating? : The Saturday Weekend Review #112

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NUMBERS DO MATTER!   I wonder if these online dating websites have “math” listed as a qualification one can check-off as a “must-have” for their desires in a partner. It wouldn’t shock me because more and more people want partners that understand how to balance a budget and not send them to the poor house. Times have changed and so have dating and relationships. With each new generation of lovers comes new problems that we all must face but one thing is for sure money will always be one of them. Some may ask why understanding math is even a topic for discussion but it is a BIG problem for many couples who end up divorced or a relationship fails because they don’t “get it”, math that is. I know you can all think of someone who spends money like it’s water but that water isn’t flowing in as fast as they are spending it. They simply don’t get the basics of math because if they did, they wouldn’t put themselves into such a terrible debt situation. It was strange when my wife started to tell me about an article she read where a woman from New Delhi, India walked […]

A Workforce shortage is not easy on staff : February 2015 Budget Update

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MONEY TALKS IF YOU HAVE TIME TO EARN IT   Have you ever worked somewhere and for whatever reason the organization has a workforce shortage? Some people wish they could get more hours to earn some over-time pay because extra money is always nice in the bank account. Others may cringe at the thought of working more than they have to, especially if they are paid salary with no-overtime pay. Not everyone lives to earn money because there’s more to life than just work. Being tired all the time is tough and for some people working too much can bring on bouts of depression. Some people just don’t know how to say no they can’t work because they have other obligations. It may even break down a relationship. In my line of work we have workforce shortages happen occasionally especially since you can’t just hire anyone to fill such a demanding role. There really is no shortage of work or unemployment in my field because of the options we have which makes it equally as frustrating. This just means there are more vacancies than qualified people to fill the job. I don’t talk about what I do to protect my […]

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How monthly grocery shopping can help your budget: The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Mar 9-15,2015

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PLANNING FOR A MONTH MEAL PLAN   I’ve never given much thought to those who must undertake monthly grocery shopping trips because I’ve always done the opposite. In my previous situation it wasn’t about distance or lack of grocery shops in my village it was about the “space” factor. Living in the UK I only had a small refrigerator the size of a beer fridge and no big freezer like many people in Canada have. Not many people have full-size refrigerators back home unless they have the space to fit one. Both my parents and sister did but not near the size of refrigerator like you can buy in Canada. There were more than enough grocery stores in the area even if I had to make a 10 minute trip into town. I really didn’t have any other options though. I would make frequent trips to the grocery store each week just to stock up my little refrigerator otherwise I’d be a hungry boy. I remember the look on my wife’s face when she pointed to my refrigerator and said “What’s that?” Why my refrigerator of course. She only would see those in school dorm rooms or at the local […]

Savings competitions helped couple save $20k to buy a house

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MONEY COMPETITIONS CAN BE FUN   I’ll admit that I was always the competitive type growing up because I wanted to be successful at whatever I did. When I did participate in something I did it to the best of my ability and tried to surpass any goals that I set for myself. I could easily say money is a big part of my life in the sense that we need it to survive so I compete to keep earning it while building my career. I don’t challenge myself to earn a certain amount of money although we do set financial goals for ourselves. If it happens, it happens but we do live a frugal lifestyle and use a budget to help the process along. If I didn’t push myself to live each day to the max my life would be boring. My wife would never be surprised with the special things I do for her to make her day easier. Our son would not have the dad that goes above and beyond for him if I didn’t have some form of competitive nature in me. I want the best for my family so I work hard for them every […]

Oat Cream Biscuits Just Like HobNobs

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DON’T DREAM ABOUT THEM BAKE THEM   Today was a lovely sunny day and a much-needed boost for me to get baking my Oat Cream Biscuits in the kitchen. Since Mr.CBB shared his version of a Starbucks Lemon Loaf last Sunday I thought I would share my little hidden gem of a secret today. I was up early making bread, Apple sauce and my version of  HobNobs that I remember enjoying as a child in Scotland. First off, we say biscuits instead of cookies in the UK so don’t get them confused as they are the same thing. Biscuits in Canada are also known as scones which can make it equally as confusing but don’t worry it’s fairly simple to understand. What are HobNobs? McVitie’s HobNobs are a British biscuit that you can buy in Canada at local British shops but are quite expensive. You can also buy them at the Bulk Barn and I’ve seen them at Walmart in the small British section that they offer. I’m sure there are other places you can purchase them if you source out the small shops in your area that carry international foods. HobNobs are generally a plain oat biscuit or you […]

Would you rent a converted garage for $1000 to live in the big city? : The Saturday Weekend Review #112

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WANTED: A PLACE TO CALL HOME   Some people will rent the weirdest places for absurd amounts of money just to live in the big city. There is an allure of being in the midst of the rich and famous, potential career opportunities or to be close to loved ones even if the price-tag is high.   Capture the big city living dream   Not everyone understands the attraction of living in the big city especially if you can’t afford to live in it. For those that do successfully life can be an opportunity that many people could only dream of. If you are looking to buy a house in let’s say a big city like Toronto or Vancouver get ready to pay upwards of a million dollars to live where all the action happens. The fun doesn’t stop there because buying a house can be just as challenging as finding the right place to rent. We live in the Greater Toronto Area and I can assure you that houses are NOT cheap to buy. A one bedroom rental can run you upwards of $800 a month to more than a thousand plus. On the low end it’s not the […]

Peer-Pressured Party boy is failing school with $30,000 debt

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POPULARITY CAN BE COSTLY   Graduating from high school and moving on to higher education is life-changing for many young people who then turn to their friends for support. I remember when I was getting ready to move on from secondary school to University  in the UK I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I completed some education research through my school and finally decided on a career path that I wanted to take and a school that I thought I might enjoy going to.   Education or Friends   I had friends growing up but I was never one who was always out partying because my time was very limited. My parents always kept me busy and when I went on to University I kept myself busy with my studies and my part-time job. I needed a balance of friendship but that was small compared to wanting to graduate and find a good job. Some but not all the friends that I did have always wanted to go to the clubs drinking but I was never into all of that. I’d go once in a while but it wasn’t really my thing, thankfully. Personally […]