10 Tips to find employment that suits your budget and lifestyle

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HOT JOBS: ARE THEY HARD TO FIND?   Most people don’t want to work in a minimum wage job the rest of their lives. Having further education or skills should help people find meaningful employment that earns more money. Finding employment that will earn you enough money to balance your budget doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you follow simple rules to get you the dream job you deserve. You may not find full-time employment in your dream job instantly but that’s fine as long as you get your foot in the door. Right now I’m working part-time in my dream job and they’ve already asked if I’d be interested in full-time just 2 years later. So many people put off working an extra part-time job just to squeeze their way in but sometimes you have to give up something to get in the door. I had to give up having days off and spending time with my family but I know that it will benefit us in the long run when I can be home quite a bit more. The best part is I am earning a great income while doing this and it doesn’t even feel […]

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How To Save Money When Buying Meat : The Grocery Game Challenge #1 Apr 6-12, 2015

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YOU CAN SAVE MONEY ON MEAT   Meat prices in Canada have gone through the roof as many of you may have noticed. Meat lovers across the land are seeing a rise in their grocery expenses because the meats they love are not as cheap as they once used to be. Just last week I noticed a pound of lean ground beef was hovering around the $9.00 mark. When I was standing in line to cash out I noticed the lady in front of me buying lots of no-name products then there was this pack of beef that looked about 2lbs for $25.xx. I shook my head and thought there had to be better ways to save money on meat than paying some of these outrageous prices that the grocery stores are asking these days. I don’t know what the mark up is on meat but judging by the price fluctuations it depends on farming, slaughtering processing and transportation costs. Either way we look at it meat is costly to eat but there are ways we can stretch our dollars to make sure we can add meat into our meal plans. I know many of you might say to suck […]

Oatmeal NUTELLA Cookies

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NUTELLA IS NOT JUST FOR BREAKFAST   You won’t catch me spreading Nutella on my bread for breakfast but for kids and adults all over the world this hazelnut spread brings a happiness to their day. I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate? I prefer to enjoy Nutella other ways, such as in cookies. Buying the big jar of Nutella at the grocery store will probably cost you around $5.99 or $10.99 for a double pack. Don’t get confused the large jar of Nutella isn’t the only jar I’ve seen. According to the Nutella Website you can buy many sizes of Nutella: 200g 725g 2x950g 375g 2x 725g I’ve seen probably the worlds tiniest jar of Nutella that was the size of a Tic Tac box at my friends. He is a Nutella fanatic. He’s also had a picture taken with a giant 5kg Nutella jar. Now that’s a jar of chocolate. Whether there was actual Nutella in the jar, that I don’t know.   Nutella History   So, where is Nutella made exactly? That is a question I was hoping to find answers to.  After some research I did find what I was looking for at the Nutella Canada website […]

How we created Easter Weekend Fun For Mere Dollars : The Saturday Weekend Review #115

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CREATIVITY GOES A LONG WAY   It was nice to have at least one day off this holiday Easter Weekend with my family. As Facebook is flooded with beautiful Easter photos it’s time for us to reflect on life whether it be for religious reasons of for your own reasons. My wife said to me her favourite holidays during the year are the days when everything is closed in Canada. She said she feels some sort of peace with the day as there is little to no stresses of daily living. It just seems to vacate for the day. I know not every business or operation is closed as we still need to run hospitals, fire, police, ambulance and so on but the majority of stores were closed Good Friday 2015. Although, if you are a fan of Tim Horton’s rest assured they were open yesterday and the long line-ups proved just how much money they are making when all the other coffee shops are closed. Many restaurants are open for the Easter Weekend along with some Shoppers Drug Mart stores. I guess it really depends on where you live so check your local listings. Come Easter Sunday again most […]

How I saved $336 by being my own mechanic : March 2015 Budget Update

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FIXING YOUR OWN STUFF   We all know that car maintenance costs can rip a chunk from the budget but what’s worse is waiting until something falls apart. There is a reason that vehicles especially a new vehicle will come with a car maintenance schedule. Not everything on a vehicle has to be replaced but it should certainly be serviced and inspected for any wear and tear and potential problems. Vehicle Maintenance costs are what most people dread but if you are handy you might even get away with some mechanical DIY. If you are not handy please don’t attempt any work on your vehicle. You will only cost yourself more money in car repairs over the long-term. You may even repair something incorrectly if you just “guess” and it could cause an accident. Plenty of people play the mechanic role and do repairs or even their own oil change so they don’t have to fork out big bucks to a shop charging $100 an hour for their mechanic. Keep in mind there is a reason why they are in a trade and it takes many years to become Red Seal Certified. You can’t do everything a mechanic does unless […]

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How to find Love at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Mar 30-Apr 5, 2015

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LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE AND GROCERY SHOP   If you have a love affair with the grocery store and are single, I’m going to tell you how to find love while roaming the food aisles. Most people are looking in all the wrong places for love and doing the deed isn’t going to be your fast-track way to the alter either. There’s more to finding love than what happens in the bedroom. Sadly the first place that comes to mind for those who want to find love is by going to the bar. The bar dating scene is so old these days especially with free online dating sites like Plenty of Fish and even apps for your smart phone that it has taken on an entirely new direction. The problem with the meet at the bar mindset is that it’s always been where people go to enjoy drinks, dance and meet people. In one sense we are conditioned from the time we are in University and College that the bar scene is where people hook up because that’s where students go to unwind and have fun. It’s time to think outside of the clubs because there are more places to find […]

How to prevent financial secrets in a relationship

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TOGETHER MEANS TWO   Unfortunately if you are married debt is a family affair and if there are any financial secrets hiding in your closet you still may be on the hook for them. “My spouse secretly racked up credit card debt.” How many times have we heard that scenario, over and over again? A guy I know went through this relationship changing scenario with his now ex-wife. He got married shortly after University to the woman of his dreams. She was a happy, smart woman whom he had lots of fun with and they connected well, they were in love. On the outside it seemed like she had her stuff together. I met her a few times and she was always pleasant. Over the years they bought a house and worked their way up the corporate ladder. It was in 2012 when his wife lost her job due to downsizing that everything went downhill for them, and fast. She struggled to find a new job in her field of work that year but as far as he knew she was still looking for work. They had less and less money to keep their huge house running so they had […]

Classic Rhubarb Pie with Meringue Topping

Classic Rhubarb Pie Topped with Meringue

THE BEST RHUBARB PIE   Since Spring has sprung I’ve decided to make my Classic Rhubarb Pie with the perfect meringue topping. I know many of you may think my Rhubarb pie should be topped with a lattice or a crumble topping, but not necessarily. Those are both 2 delicious ways to top off a Rhubarb pie but I also like to top my pie with a delightful meringue. Meringue also makes the pie very light and fluffy. I also make my lemon pie with meringue at the same time since I make a large batch of meringue. It seems the Rhubarb pie is ALWAYS the first to go. If you enjoy strawberries you can also add some to the pot and make a Rhubarb Strawberry Pie which will add a bit more sweetness to the pie as Rhubarb is very tart. Some people like to eat Rhubarb with a bit of salt and sugar for the reason of it being so tart. Don’t believe me? Take a bite next time you have some Rhubarb and you’ll see. When I was younger I used to pick my moms fresh Rhubarb from the garden, wash it and then dip it straight […]