11 DIY Easy Christmas Decorations For Your Home : The Saturday Weekend Review #199

DECORATE YOUR HOUSE THIS HOLIDAY WITH HOMEMADE CRAFTS ON A BUDGET   It’s that time of year again when we start to think about Christmas baking, Christmas gifts, Christmas Tree Decorations Ideas, Christmas theme ideas and all of this costs money. Lots of money, especially if you don’t budget for the holidays. You’ll certainly feel the crunch come January though when the bills come due. You can eliminate a chunk of the holiday financial stress by making homemade Christmas gifts including DIY Christmas Decorations. If you’re already tight for cash don’t go out and spend your money on Christmas decor that you can make at home for a fraction of the price. To be honest I really like homemade Christmas decorations over store-bought. One of my fans was showing off her DIY Christmas holiday frames that she’s made. I would have never have thought to re-purpose a picture frame with some spray paint, bows with sparkly Christmas balls dangling. Brilliant idea. There are some pretty cool Christmas decorations you can buy that are outdoor but you’ll pay big bucks for them unless you wait until the end of season. On Boxing Day consumers flock to the stores to grab deals […]

PF Weekly Grab a Brew #52: Boxing Day madness wasn’t so mad

DEALS WORTH GETTING UP FOR   I don’t mind going shopping on Boxing Day as long as long as I don’t have an agenda. I find that every year we tend to head out to the stores with no goal in mind only to see what bargains are to be found. It’s more of a tradition each year now just to roam around and see what the stores are getting rid of at rock bottom prices. We set out early on Boxing Day bright and early at 5:30 with our first stop being Future Shop for 6am only to notice that the line-up wasn’t near as long as it was in 2012. What is going on? Are people not wanting to spend money on Boxing Day? Are the deals not worth getting up for? To be honest we didn’t even read the Boxing Day flyers as it’s been so busy. Is online-shopping taking front seat to getting up and venturing out into the cold waiting in line? Not everyone is comfortable shopping online yet but I’m betting over time we will see more people staying home unless the stores come up with better in-store deals. Future shop even went as […]

PF Weekly Grab a Brew #51: Money, my best friend and Boxing Day

WE ALL VALUE MONEY DIFFERENTLY Bang… yes that was the sound of the boxing day flyers hitting the porch last night. It didn’t take long to realize that the massive bundle of papers sitting was the boxing week flyer bundle last night after that loud thump. We are only days away from celebrating Christmas for the 2013 year and shops are well ahead of us already preparing for Valentine’s Day in the next week or so. Nothing is fly by the moment when it comes to marketing and advertising and some stores know a year in advance exactly what they will be selling on Boxing Day and for how much. We typically get out of bed around 4:30 am on Boxing day (I know it’s crazy) but we must do what we need to if we want to get in on a great deal. To be honest, we haven’t found any amazing deals that we needed over the years except for some major appliances but the timing was off. It’s become a tradition just to head out and see what’s on sale and just a way to get out of the house after eating so much food on Christmas Eve […]

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks Dec 27,2012 – A Day Early

I’m a day early for the weekly blog post picks this week and that is because I have a special blog post planned for tomorrow. Don’t try and squeeze it out of me but I’ll tell you it’s one you won’t want to miss especially if 2013 is the year you want to make magic happen. Although many personal finance Bloggers took the week off from Blogging there were still plenty of excellent posts that ended up in my inbox. I thought I was the only one that was nutty enough not to take a day or three off but I guess I’m not. Now that Christmas and Boxing Day are over now is the time for us to plan our New Year’s Resolutions or at least goals for 2013. Last year we both quit smoking and we are still smoke-free today. I’m not sure what we will give up this year but I do know that either way giving up smoking was our all-time “want”  and “need” to do. Blog Post Picks Of The Week A big thanks goes out to these excellent Bloggers for sharing my page with their fans and taking the time out to drop in and […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 24-30, 2012~Boxing Day

Boxing Day Deals kept piling up in our shopping cart today but that’s OK we planned to pick up some great deals and we did. Not everyone fancies going out for boxing day but for us we were pretty sure it would save us some money. I’m guessing many of the people working on boxing day were just as anxious to pick up deals. Our cashier at Canadian Tire told us that she wants to pick up a few things after her shift if there’s anything left. There was a great deal today spend $60 and get a $15 spending card so I don’t blame her. They were pretty much throwing money back at us and we used every bit of it. We planned to be at Sears for 6 am when they opened but that didn’t happen. Laziness kicked in and we just didn’t give  a toss when we got there because we thought if we find what we want great but we’re not running out at stupid-o-clock for a deal. We finally made it out by noon with a Tim Horton’s coffee in hand and made our way to the mall, Sears, Value Village and Canadian Tire. I personally don’t see […]

Capitalize on Boxing Day Deals in Canada

Boxing Day in Canada is most commonly viewed as a day of fighting through hoards of shoppers beginning in the early hours of the morning. Boxing Day is the day immediately following Christmas during which huge numbers of people will line up for hours outside of stores in the hopes of scoring the best deals. Happening yearly on December 26th, it’s the kind of holiday that people partake in without actually knowing why they’re celebrating it or even when it started. It’s also the time of year during which scores of naysayers argue that boxing day sales aren’t as rock-bottom as they would expect, but the main thing that needs to be understood is that older models and items will be heavily discounted, while a brand new TV that came out this year will unlikely be. The Meaning of Boxing Day and it’s History Though it’s unclear how Boxing Day truly originated, a few historical facts (or perhaps passed-down rumours that were never true to begin with) stand out: On the day following Christmas, wealthy masters of the household would hand servants gifts inside of a wooden or clay container as a kind of token of appreciation for the year, and more specifically for […]

Discounted,Discontinued,Dented and End of Season Sales=Buying Power

I call them the 3 D’s+E discounted, discontinued, dented and end of season, all friends of mine. By the end of September summer will take off for another year and seasonal reduced items are already being spotted on the shelves. Yet as fast as the shelves empty they are filled with you guessed it, Halloween décor and candy for the scary munch-kins. Yesterday at Canadian Tire almost all of their summer products were begging to be scooped up by savvy deal shoppers. Now is a great time of year to purchase next year’s vegetable and flower seeds, gardening tools, hanging baskets, lawn care products and if you’re lucky plants that need some love and care. When we purchased our house we picked up so many plants on offer at the end of the year and many of our friends are amazed at the beauty of our back garden. If they only knew we picked most of them up at a fraction of the price. Just after Boxing Day last year we were able to pick up enough outdoor lights to finish off our house. The first year we were here we picked up 4 boxes of  Christmas lights for outside the house […]

Solving Spending Pressures of the Holiday Season

You’re probably at the beach or spending time in the pool and snow and ice are the furthest thing from your mind. It’s only July but thinking about the Holiday Season early can save you money and help take the stress down a notch with a an early planning strategy. The Holiday Season was special for my family in the UK and there was a feeling of  joy in the air every day in December. We celebrated Christmas in the UK but just not on the level as Mrs. CBB’s family does here in Canada. Looking back I think if we had the snow it might have had a bigger impact on us. You know how we are all dreaming of a white Christmas… well that is part of the experience but not all of us get it. My father used to always say,”I was lucky if I got an orange son,you don’t know you’re born“. In other words you don’t know how lucky you have it now compared to life before you were born. My Mum and Dad would always help us kids decorate a tree and we would all have gifts to open on Christmas morning followed by […]