grocery game monthly challenge

Grocery Store Etiquette and How You Can Participate For Free : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 May 8-14

KINDNESS GOES A LONG WAY-EVEN AT THE GROCERY STORE.   Over the past almost 6 years that I’ve blogged at CBB I’ve rattled on about grocery store etiquette because it needs to be said. Today I’m dedicating this post to the lady in the grocery line behind us last week and to those of you who need a crash course on how to be polite. Understanding the code of etiquette and following through are two different things. Both need to be in place in order for you to be a nice person and not a hard-nosed grocery shopper (in this instance). With the rising costs of living everyone (almost everyone) is trying to save money wherever they can. Our biggest financial fight after the mortgage was the grocery store and we’ve battled it ever since and documenting our journey on this blog. Related: How we became mortgage free in 5 years First off let’s explain what the word “etiquette” means for those of you that may not be familiar with it. Your mom and dad might have told you to “be nice” or “treat others as you’d like to be treated” growing up. Ring a bell? If not, this post […]

Poverty Stories: Growing Up Poor Made Me Rich But Not Happy

SOMETIMES WE KEEP LOCKED UP THINGS THAT HURT US THE MOST.   Fan Submission to Poverty Stories My parents married when they were 17 years old back in the early 70’s and lived in a town just outside of Toronto. Shortly after I was born into what was a loving family environment that did what normal families do. This was the happiest and scariest moments for my parents because financially they were just getting started. Luckily both of their parents lived in the same city and they were able to get help from them with babysitting and anything else they needed. Both my parents are the youngest of many siblings who watched their brothers and sisters grow up to become successful in their careers.   Walk down the aisle   Back in the early 60’s and 70’s it wasn’t uncommon to get married before the age of 20 years old so naturally having a baby was the next step. My mother was an accomplished musician among her peers and my father followed his passion as a plumber in the trades. By the time they were in their mid-twenties they were both working steady jobs and life was getting busy. My […]

In 1 Minute This 10-year-old Educated The World About Materialism : The Saturday Weekend Review #184

NO ONE WILL REMEMBER THE NAME BRANDS YOU WEAR BUT THEY WILL REMEMBER THE TYPE OF PERSON YOU ARE.   I took one minute out of my evening to watch a wise 10-year-old kid teach everyone around the world why America is addicted to materialism and what matters the most. The thing is, it’s not just American’s who have a problem with spending more than they earn, it’s a world-wide dilemma. Some say the next generation is going to hell in a handbag but I beg to differ because logic doesn’t skip over everyone and all it takes is one person to build an army of people who believes in him/her.   Wear what you like   What’s incredible here is that a 10 year-old boy has such a powerful message to deliver that I’m betting most adults wouldn’t dare take on. It’s easy to warm up to this kid and want to listen to him because it’s clear he’s confident and in charge of the situation. It doesn’t matter if you wear Jordans, Vans, Nike, Fila or Joe Fresh what matters is that you wear what you like. If you’re looking for your next president we should keep an […]

Parents downsize to $400,000 small house and kids are embarrassed

LIFESTYLE CHANGE IS NOT EASY   Downsizing to a small home can be a struggle from finding the right home to selling what you no longer need.  You might also find there is opposition from others that live in the house about moving to a not as “posh” area as we will learn today from one couple. Downsizing is an interchangeable word where it can be to sell a large home to buy a smaller one or simply to get rid of something or stuff that you no longer need. My parents did just that but it was after I moved to Canada. They were living in a 3 bedroom home in the UK and once my parents were near retirement they decided to rent out the home, downsize and buy a caravan. The caravan is custom trailer that looks just like a home on the inside with all the amenities minus all the maintenance. There is a bit of work to do but not near as much as my parents had in the past. My mum and dad took all the belongings they didn’t need any longer and sold them at a car boot sale (a.k.a garage sale). The […]

Why you should teach your children respect: The Saturday weekend review #61

THE PARENT LEADS THE WAY   Here we go again talking about kids again and this time about respect. It’s important for every parent or parent-to-be to read this. Are we raising a generation of “self- entitled, lazy, disrespectful brats” as one person commented on another article about disrespecting adults that gets me upset. Not all teenagers act this way but it’s true the bad situations stick out in our minds more than the pleasant one’s that hardly ever make headlines. If we give in to these children who always want and never work to earn what they want they will continue to use this behaviour in life because that’s what they believe works to get what they want. It becomes a form of manipulation that they end up mastering because you let them master it with you, the parent. If you don’t tell them it’s not right to tell an adult what they are going to do and not going to do they will continue to do so. Sure you will have people stare at you and wonder what’s wrong with your kid and why on earth are they talking back to adults in such a manner. Yes, they […]

Bullying To Homeschooling Our Two Kids On One Income- 1 of 2 Part Series

My name is Nicole and I live in Calgary, Alberta and have homeschooled my two boys, ages 14 and 10, for 2 years now. Homeschooling was our oldest child’s idea due to bullying and other peer issues at his elementary school. They were in the public system before that and it was a huge nightmare for us. Homeschooling has been a huge blessing and stress relief for our entire family.   Why We Chose To Homeschool and  the process   Our oldest was dealing with major bullying issues in elementary school and it actually landed him in hospital for a week. During this time he had talked about homeschooling but didn’t think we would be able to do it because my husband and I worked full-time. We explained to him that if he thought it would help him and relieve some stresses, we would look into it. It must have been meant to be because of the way things lined up. He had mentioned this on a Thursday. The following Wednesday we went to an Open House for the Centre for learning at Home. The next day we went to an Open House at CHER where we can buy all of […]

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