PF Weekly grab a brew #38: Leading the CBB team plus a new blog design and move

Grab A Brew

When You Have A Team In Your Corner Lead Them

It will be 2 years January 2014 when I will celebrate the beginning of Canadian Budget Binder on a whim in my kitchen with a piece of paper, a pencil and a wild brainstorming session. Little did I know that in a short time I would have so many fans and other bloggers that are my rock and keep me going every single day.

If you don’t already know my wife is going for a major surgery next week and I’ve been very busy behind the scenes with her as she is more important than anything to me and is very nervous. I haven’t been around to comment much although I’m checking in at all my favourite blog hot spots to read and share with my fans.

A big thank-you to my good friend John from Frugal Rules and Karen at Lil Suburban Homestead and of course my in-house superstar mom and passionate lover of writing and helping others Katrina for accepting my call for help for guest posts while I tend to my wife in the next week.

I know you will love what you read and if you still want to guest post certainly get in touch with me. When I told my fans in my What’s for Dinner thread on Facebook what was going on they were more than supportive.

In fact I think the Canadian Budget Binder What’s For Dinner thread is so popular that my fans are coming together every night and becoming good friends. The thread is for my fans and they certainly all make me proud every night with all the chatting and sharing going on. You all know who you are, so thank-you.

When I logged into my personal Facebook page I noticed a comment on my wall from Michelle M and when I read it It brought a tear to my eye. I’ve run myself ragged the past 2 months with the surgery, doctors appointments and trying to role out the new blog design that she really made me feel like it was all worth it especially when it came to the blog.

Blogging is not what I thought it would because blogging is labour intensive and requires a passion for writing from the heart and a passion for the people. I have that passion and drive so I’m not going anywhere soon.

I do my best to interact every single day with all my fans and make a point to do all I can to help someone or lead them in the right direction towards someone who might be able to help them. The best part is they often lead me because like everyone else sometimes I need support and I need help and they share their knowledge with me.

I’ve also noticed my fans coming together to help each other even when I am not there and some fans tell me to take the day off (with brownie pay of course) and say that they will manage the Facebook page. My fans greet new fans who LIKE my Facebook page just as a welcoming committee would and you know, I couldn’t be happier to have them all on my side, on my team as we are all leaders when it comes to personal finance.

We all have unique stories sometimes fun sometimes sad but there always is a lesson to be learned from someone. We are a family here at Canadian Budget Binder and I am proud to be the owner of this blog and I’m proud to have a team of fans who support me through thick and thin, so thank-you. xo Mr.CBB

Below is the original message on my wall with some comments as well as a couple of comments from a new post I just put out on my Facebook page last evening. One of my fans Tammy posted something this morning that really is true about success and drive when you want something so bad. She is well on her way to being successful with her business and it’s because of her vibrancy and willingness to give it all she’s got.

Committed means you are willing to give your full energy, effort, focus and time. No one has ever been successful that has not been fully committed. Nothing runs itself, by itself … well.-Tammy B

Original Wall Post

Michelle M

I just wanted to say thanks…firstly for the Canadian budget binder page.I now have a few friends on my page who are truly and I mean truly are fantastic women. Secondly there would have been no way I would have found them by myself….I’m one blessed woman. Thanks so very much!!!

Michelle M: I should have tagged myself …so these women know this on my wall..

Mary C: And it’s such a pleasure to be a FB friend of yours Michelle!

Christine W: Thank you too!!!!

Cdn Budget Binder; Thank you so much Michelle for the lovely words. Ever since I started CBB there are have been a handful of fans that have always been there for me, the page, the blog and for each other and I’m am blessed to have such great fans sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed with the kindness. I’m happy you are happy. Mr.CBB

Mary D; Happy to have become connected with you dear Michelle. Group hug for CBB & FB.

Michelle M: ThAnks Mary Davies…you all are so wonderful….it’s hard to find great friends online..I’m truly blessed

Michelle M: That’s what I like…you all have great positive attitudes and we all are supportive of each other instead of bringing people down.

Donna P: Canadian Budget Binder has connected us all to some great friends. They seem more like family then friends. We share our daily meals.Sometimes our health, our budgets, our accomplishments and anything you would talk to your friend about. We love Mr.CBB for giving us the chance to make such great friends.If we have a question we throw it out there & we all work to answer it. Michelle it has been my pleasure to have you for a friend . You make me laugh till I have tears I’m my eyes. You are a neat person I enjoy. I love all my CBB family.

Christine W: Donna, having Mr CBB and his site is like sitting around the table coffee cup in Hand with a bunch of very good friends….. We are here for each other and together we have ourselves one heck of a support group going here. I love it and all my friends here!!!!

Cdn Budget Binder: Wow, I’m overwhelmed right now reading this. You all make me tear up when you say these kind words. I started CBB not thinking anyone wanted to listen but I’ve been proven wrong and now have a second family, my passion…. all of you. We learn together, it’s amazing… I’m proud of each and every one of you. I wish you could see me now….. I’m smiling.

Donna P: Mr.Cbb don’t ever think what you are doing is not appreciated & needed. You have connected hearts across the world. We may live all over the world but we really aren’t that different. We go through the same things in life. Now we get to share our ideas & ways. Heck !!! I get to go to Canada every night & sit at the table with my friends. Share our day & our meals.

Tammy B:  I know I have been absent a lot lately, but don’t think for a minute that I don’t often check in quickly. Mr. CBB we have created a bond, a friendship that I adore and the same goes for so many friends I have gained through this page You are a true inspiration to me and always will be

Trisha J: We stick around cause u guys rock tis fun and informative teachers should teach more this way I may have payed attention more in school lol

Donna P:  I stick around because you & the people who follow you are so down to earth & real. I’ve never felt like I was talking to strangers. You may be in Canada but you open your arms to the world. We share our recipes ,our days,our ups our downs . It’s as we have all said. It’s like the Walton’s. Gathered around a big table shooting the breeze. All the way down to our Goodnight Johnboy !!! Lol. Love ya & our family & look forward everyday to putting my feet under your table. Sharing our lives & our love for food. Goodnight Mr. Cbb . See you Friday night .Want to see how those new cookies turned out !

New blog design

Well, I know it’s been just about one year since I said  I was going to get this site re-designed as I had to hire a new designer but we are finally here to unveil the finished product. I worked hard with Greg from Engine 1 Media to create what I was looking for so I hope when the day comes (very soon) that you will enjoy the new blog as much as I do.

I’ll talk more about that re-design when it goes live. When it goes live that means I will be going self-hosted with Blue Host as my hosting company and will no longer blog here at My site will be transferred over so you have nothing to worry about. You will keep on getting my daily email if you subscribed via email.

NOTE: If you are a WordPress subscriber (meaning you own a WordPress blog and just clicked Follow you will no longer receive my daily emails. You MUST sign up via email which you can do on my home page. I urge you to do that and I will do the same for all the WordPress blogs I follow so I don’t miss sharing your posts.

PF weekly reading line-Up

If you missed any of the posts from the week you can check them out right here.

Weekly reads

Every week I share a few of the best personal finance blog posts that I read over the past week with all of you.

Top Read: Do you know your real hourly wage- Critical Finance

Top recipe

Maple Pumpkin Crisp

Since we are practically rolling in the Fall weather I wanted to start showcasing some Fall recipes like this one today for Maple Pumpkin Crisp from Erica’s Recipes which she posted earlier this week on my Free Recipe Depot Facebook page. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do. Every day Food Bloggers from around the world pass by my other love the Free Recipe Depot Facebook page to share a daily recipe which I share with my fans.

Have a great week everyone and I hope you enjoyed this edition of my Personal Finance Weekly Grab a Brew #38: My CBB fans are my rock and new blog design and move.

Join me again next Friday when I do it all over again.


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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 all every day, so thank-you from the bottom of my heart.

At times when the page would get stuck in a rut my fans would encourage me to say “they will come”, and they did. I set a goal for 2013 of 5000 Facebook fans and surpassed that earlier this year. I set a further goal of 6000 Facebook fans and we have now achieved that as well.

New blog and self-hosted

I know I’ve said we are going to get a new blog design and trust me we are. I’ve run into problems that were beyond my control and my new designer is working with me. I’ve seen the new site and we are working to get it up for all of you as soon as possible. I hope you love it as much as I do. Note: If you are a Word Press follower please subscribe via email so you don’t lose my posts when I move my blog to self-hosted where I am hosting with Blue Host.


I want to give a big shout-out to a few special friends who have always been around to help me out on Facebook and the blog since the beginning. They don’t hesitate to come over and comment, share my posts and help me when needed. If you are not fans of these pages I encourage you to LIKE their pages. I know I may be missing some of you but I can assure you nothing goes unnoticed, especially if you share and comment from my page. If you do it from your own, well I might not see that, but thank-you kindly.

Lastly, a shout-out to John from Frugal Rules  for hanging out with me almost every night at What’s For Dinner post. Its nice not being the only guy who loves to cook although on occasion we have other guys who chime in. You must join us for this post as we have a great conversation every night from 5-10pm EST with one heck of a group of CBB fans who inspire each other to cook homemade meals. I’ve always encouraged my fellow personal finance bloggers to come around and introduce themselves and say hi and to all of you that have, I thank-you.

I’ve also made friends with many new Foodie bloggers who share my recipes and I have gone on to start a second Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot which is growing day by day. So to all my Canadian Budget Binder fans from around the world… keep on doing what you are doing.

If you are not a Facebook Fan yet, please do join us.

Enter to win!

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Vanhoutte coffee prize package contest 2

Contest Rules:

  • Must be a Facebook Fan and/or Blog Subscriber for your entry to be valid.
  • LIKE the Facebook Post
  • Canadian Residents Only
  • Must be a Coffee Drinker … OK, this is not mandatory!
  • All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post sharing your most memorable moment at CBB or what advice you have taken from CBB that has motivated you the most.
  • Contest closes Monday July 22, 2013 Midnight EST

I’ve set my next Facebook goal for 6500- Let’s do it!

Katrina and I both thought that it would be a great idea to give something away since we met our milestone. Together we have a Keurig K-cup Van Houtte Coffee Package, Sample Product Package and a Coupon Envelope stuffed with Canadian Coupons up for grabs.

Please follow the rules above and Enter to win today!

Good Luck~ Mr. CBB and Katrina :)

Gardening and Landscaping


This week I wanted to share with you our lovely figs on the fig tree that we take such good care of.  My wife treats this tree like it’s her baby and wants to see it give us the best fruits every year. This year we have loads of figs and I noticed one that was soft and that it had turned a white-yellow colour. My wife picked it, washed it and sliced it open.

She was going to add honey on top but decided not too. We added a few slices of aged Australian cheddar and some kalamata olives and this snack plate was perfect for mid-afternoon cravings that we were having. We are currently enjoying our first crop of figs which started in the Spring and already see new figs starting to grow for the second crop of the year.

If you have never tried a fig the have a sweet flesh inside with tiny seeds and you just eat the entire fig as is, just not the stem. I’m not sure of the kind we have but it may be the Italian white fig, but there are many variations of figs around the world. We also enjoy the black fig as well. If you know, please let us know as the tree was given to us.

What are Figs? 

Figs are also known as Ficus Carica or the common fig which is native to the Middle East and western Asia but is grown all over the world, even in my back garden in Ontario, Canada. Figs were also a common food source for the Romans. The fig tree is grown for its fruit or for ornamental appeal as the leaves are large and shaped with 3-5 lobes which make the tree unique.

The tree or shrubs can grow as tall as 10 meters high and has very fragrant leaves. It prefers light-medium soil that is well-drained. We keep our fig tree in a large 1/4 barrel with holes in the bottom that I drilled. We picked the barrel up at Home Depot last year I believe.

Although commonly referred to as a fruit, the fig is actually the infructescence or scion of the tree, known as a false fruit or multiple fruit, in which the flowers and seeds are borne. It is a hollow-ended stem containing many flowers. - Wikipedia

Since the fig tree likes hot and sunny during the Canadian winter we bring our fig tree indoors.  Some people cover them up to over-winter them as well or bury them underground.

Do you like Figs? How do you use them?

Next week… I will show you what new plant we purchased at the nursery for a bargain basement price and how our raspberries and rhubarb are coming along.

Weekly blog post review

You can now follow Canadian Budget Binder via Bloglovin and continue to get my daily posts in this reader.

If you are a regular reader you would have already received these awesome posts in your email or reader but just in case you missed reading one I’ve put them all together here just for you.

PLUS…. check out the NEW FEATURE I’ve added which is my New Free Recipe Index! You get all the recipes that I have posted here at Canadian Budget Binder in one spot so you don’t have to go looking for them.

Garage sailing with Jen

Jen and her husband have made many improvements to their shopping habits and their budget. You can read all about it in her guest post, Budgeting With Mr. CBB Got Us Back On Track. Jen shares her weekly garage sale finds with us for the summer to show just how much she can save for her family.


  • Silver Coors Light beer cooler $.50 (they were asking $1.00)
  • Smaller blue cooler – free :-)

Great deal on the cooler bag for $0.50 Jen as they can get a bit pricey and are great for grocery shopping as well in the summer heat.

Making a difference

Making a difference is a part of this post where I share a personal finance blog that I interact with daily and has made a difference in my life. I have asked the blogger to introduce themselves, their blog and how they want to make a difference with their blog for the fans and for themselves. Today, I bring you my good friends, fellow Canucks from The Outlier Model. They live by the example they set and that is CBB and why I am passionate about their journey and I hope you are as well.

outlier model

Greetings to all the Canadian Budget Binder fans out there! I hear there are a lot of you, and we wanted to congratulate Mr. CBB on reaching over 6,000 fans on Facebook this past week. We are CF and Brian, who run The Outlier Model – a blog about living life just a little bit differently. We’ve been blogging for over two years and truly the best part about it has been the connections we’ve made with like-minded individuals, both locally and from afar, like Mr. CBB!

So, how do we make a difference? We live by the example we set. We are very public about our Master Plan, aren’t afraid to set tough goals and show you through our blog how we are achieving them. Hopefully, we will be inspiring enough to motivate some change for those who wish to be a little bit different and get control of their finances (and thus their life!).

Thanks to CF, we have a lot of great recipes to share which help us eat healthy and frugally. I swear I would be 15 lbs heavier if I didn’t have CF’s inspiration in the kitchen! We’ve taken a strategic investment in real estate and have lots of great tips for becoming a landlord and managing your own property. In the end, we hope to be financially independent in less than 10 years from now – come along for the ride as we challenge the norm, achieve the impossible and help you live a better life.

Blog share

I really appreciate when other blog owners recognize my hard work at Canadian Budget Binder and share my posts with their fans. Here are the blogs that did just that this past week, so please head over and check them out.

What is a blog carnival?

Some fans have asked me just what a blog carnival is so a little explanation is due here for anyone reading for the first time or for my long-time fans. A blog carnival is where a blog or website hosts what we call a carnival of blog posts from around the web.

Most blog carnivals have a theme and certain rules for submitting which must be followed. If you are a blogger and would like to learn what blog carnival directories I submit to each week you can find the information in a previous Saturday Weekend Review post that I wrote.

A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals

Carnival glory

Google search terms

web search terms

What are Google keyword search terms?

Keywords for search engines help me to understand what people are looking for at Canadian Budget Binder. Although I get thousands of keyword searches from Google users that come in each week I pick out a few that catch my eye and make me smile.

Top pick- Nosy Neighbour Signs- I wasn’t sure if they meant to put up an actual sign or they were looking for signs their neighbour might be nosey. Almost all neighbours are nosey, admit it! You know at least something about someone on your street that you don’t even know. 

  • Ran out of money renovating house- I guess you will have to save up some money now. While planning a realistic budget is important once you tear down the walls you might just open up a can of costly worms.
  • Mensexmen- not here we’re a family financial site.
  • Canadian Budget Binder App-  now that’s interesting
  • Loving smoking-  if you love it then you accept the consequences
  • Financial Advisor waste of money- What do you think?

That’s all for this weeks edition of The Saturday Weekend Review. Join me again next Saturday to see what trouble I’ve gotten myself into during the week and some awesome updates. Have a great week.

-Mr. CBB


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The Saturday Weekend Review #10 December-White Christmas,Facebook $1 Fee

Saturday Week In Review Mr.CBB


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Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review

A White Christmas may actually been in the forecast for Ontario however it seems to change hour by hour. All I care is that we arrive at our destination safe to spend the Holidays with our loved ones. If you are on the roads please make sure your vehicle is winter ready and drive safe.  Happy Holidays to All!

Financial News Mr.CBB

What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder

OK, I must have a bit of a chuckle after learning about the Facebook $1 Fee that they will be testing out when someone sends a message to strangers. I posted this on Facebook last night and many fans came to say they would never pay to use Facebook. I agree, neither will I. Personally it doesn’t really affect me as I don’t contact random people.  I don’t know where they will take this but it seems some groups might be affected from what I’m told. Couponing sites and buy and sell Facebook pages rely on the messaging back and forth to make coupon trades or sales of used and new items.  Will it be a matter of time before “Free Facebook” becomes “Fee Facebook”?

Other than that the blog as you know is going through a redesign and one that I was told by my awesome designer that would be super-duper awesome. Not in so many words but I know that Andrea is going to change the way we look at Canadian Budget Binder. I’m sure all of us will look back and laugh at the site that I have now and wonder how I made it through one year. I’ll tell you, it’s the awesome fans and that’s why I’m taking this site up a notch! Get ready for the New Hot ,Sexy, and Stylish  CBB!!!

Canadian Budget Binder’s Weekly Post Recap

I’m currently accepting guest posts. If you are a blog owner give me a shout! I can’t guarantee everyone a spot but give me your best topic pitch and show me what your work looks like!

Guest Posts I Wrote:

Top Blog

This is where I will share the top website that sent me the most traffic for the week! The Top Blog To Drive Traffic To Canadian Budget Binder for this week goes to, Thanks Cassie!

Top 3 Blog Commenter’s- This is to recognize those fans that contribute and visit Canadian Budget Binder….

Blogs That Shared Us With Their Fans This Week!

I know many of my fans read this post as they tell me they wait for it each week. To all of my fans please check out these personal finance Bloggers below and follow them. I read their Blogs everyday and I know that you will benefit from them as well.  Come back each week as I will name other Blogs that I think you should follow!

Thanks to all the Bloggers that link up and share my posts and this is why I do my best to share your posts with my Fans via social media, so thanks! -Mr.CBB

(If I miss You..please let me know as I didn’t get the Ping and I will include your post next week as this runs Sat to Sat so if you linked me on Sat it will show up next week)

Carnival Mention

Personal Bankruptcy Canada- Personal Bankruptcy Blog Carnival December 19,2012

web search terms

What People Searched to Find Canadian Budget Binder on the Web

Search terms of the week are really a hoot! Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.  What are you saying about them? Any typos below are simply the person who searched who made the error or me ;-)

Top Pick- Where in Ontario are the biggest snobs from? – Who looks up this crap, really?

  • Scrooge Gifts- Ba Humbug, I’ll just look on-line this year says Scrooge…
  • Women Who Want Men Initiate- Who’s complaining?
  • Why do my balls not hard?- Please tell me you are referring to peanut butter balls.
  • Is Growing Celery Hard?- Not unless you plan to wake up in the middle of the night to feed it and sing it a lullaby.
  • Canadian Government Scanning Me- Why, are they after you?
  • Why I like Scrooge- Maybe because he’s frugal because it’s certainly not his personality or looks.
  • How do you mate cauliflower and broccoli- Feel the love folks! Welcome baby Caulibroc!
  • Where to buy peanut butter balls? – At my house of course… “Open for Business” :-)
  • Canadian Version of The Grocery Game- You got it baby.. except this one cost you no dinero (that’s no money) and has nothing to do with the American Game at all.
It's Not About How Much Money You Make It's How You Spend It

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