A leaky shower: Watching your cash flow down the drain

DIY HOME IMPROVEMENTS FOR LESS It pays to be involved in the workings of your own home and understand what happens when something goes wrong so you can be fixing items the frugal way. I’ve always prided my self in the fact that I have never had to call out a trade in an emergency situation, but I do call trades in to complete installations of services. It all seems to have happened in and around the water system this past few weeks. First, the water drain for the kitchen sink blocked up and wouldn’t shift when using a plunger. Liquid plumber was used to release the build up inside the trap as the trap for some reason is not equipped with a clean out. Once the standing water was drained, part of the problem was solved. The trap clean out part of the problem that has been noted and will be dealt with during the kitchen renovation. The second issue was the opposite of not draining. Having our inner tank of the water softener split on us earlier in the year and replacing the water softener myself things have been running smooth. That is, up until a few weeks ago when the shower started to leak on a […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Nov 11-17, 2013: International grocery store shopping

GOURMET FOOD IN YOUR KITCHEN   The traditional grocery store is getting so big these days and it’s because they are trying to incorporate everything from convenience food, health foods, in-store bakery, deli, fish counter, fresh produce to health and beauty as well as international foods from around the world. Add in the electronics, house and home, clothing etc and you have one huge store to shop in.   Grocery store app   Don’t laugh but I think that some grocery stores given the size they are now should have a grocery store aisle map available to the customer as soon as they walk in the store just to tell them where everything is. Just look at how big the Real Canadian Superstore is now and immediately upon entering you think about how you will travel around to do your shopping. Granted though many stores have giant visible grocery store aisle signs that are hard to miss and easy to find what you need. I think the grocery store aisle map is a brilliant idea though because it helps the customer to solve a grocery related question without having to find a staff member to do the same. You know […]

Is being taken for granted taking more than just your time?

BUILD CONFIDENCE AND YOUR BANK ACCOUNT There is only one reason someone will take you for granted and that is because you let them. You are the nicest person anyone could ever wish to know, you have a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone because you are so kind, honest and enjoy seeing others happy. Treating others with respect and if they need you for something you will always be there for them no matter who they are or how they have impacted your life in the past and present. If the above sounds like you then you are also an easy target for those who want to take advantage of you whether it be with or without intent. Most often it’s the people who are closest to us in our lives that get accustomed to your good nature and think that you will do something all of the time with nothing in return. We are all created the same way but the way we think, feel and act are all learned in my opinion and we become the person that we are because it’s what we were trained to do or it’s the way we handle […]

Lemon Citrus Syrup Yoghurt Cake

A YOGHURT DESSERT YOU EAT WITH A FORK   I know what you are thinking it’s not yoghurt….. but wait it is. Yogurt, Yoghurt and Yoghourt are all proper spellings of the delicious fermented creamy treat we all have grown to love. Last Saturday was a girlie night and the five of us had decided that we would have a pot-luck supper. I really do enjoy meeting up with the girls just good to have a chat, relax and eat good homemade food. I decided to make them my food creation guinea pigs and to try a few different tastes and flavors while we were all together. They never complain so and I love to whip up new ideas in the kitchen and see what my friends and family think of them. You all know how I like to combine different tastes and today was no different. I had lemons and some natural Greek yoghurt in the fridge that really needed to be used up and some eggs. Many people use yoghurt in all sorts of recipes so a Greek Yoghurt cake paired with lemon citrus was what popped into my head. At the very least I knew that with […]

The Saturday weekend review #45: Outrageous online pricing deals gone wrong

PRICING ERRORS HAPPEN EVERY DAY No matter if you shop online or if you shop in store human error is possible and pricing errors can happen and sometimes depending on policy can be a perk for the consumer. Just yesterday I noticed a sale at Metro for a product that boasted the regular price at $2.99 and the new lower price being $2.99 which was exactly the same. Sure I had a laugh and took a photo of it because it was funny, but it was also human error. Online shopping has been going on for years now and its presence is only becoming much more powerful in the world of technology simply because people don’t have to leave home in order to go shopping. For those that are super busy or have less than optimal amounts of time to spend with the one’s they love shopping online cuts down on time. For some people who go into a store it triggers spending more than they earn because when they go to the store they tend to ‘want’ more because they physically can touch it. The same could ring true with sitting behind a computer screen and shopping with the […]

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