The Poor People On The Other Side Of The Fence

YOU GROW UP QUICK WHEN YOU GROW UP POOR   Being part of the poor people gang was not something I realized I was part of until I understood what was on the other side of the fence. Just remember this story is through the eyes of what a child hears and sees and not as an adult where we can make decisions based on life experiences. Children see things far different. Back in the 70’s our family was very young and my dad had a decent-paying job in construction and my mom worked in retail for minimum wage. We were part of the working poor who made ends meet and lived pay to pay. There was just my younger sister and I at the time and life seemed as normal as it could be as we went on family vacation to Marine Land, Niagara Falls and African Lion Safari. Those were the good times, best memories but short-lived. There was nothing better than going on a road trip with my family that took us to theme parks where we could go on rides, buy junk food and just be kids. It was nice to see my mom and dad […]

Thrift Store Back To School Clothes Are Still New Clothes

Back To School Shopping: In With The Old Out With The New   Back to school is typically associated with buying new school clothes and supplies only because we’ve been sucked in by a mass marketing system. The further we get pulled the more we believe and want rather then simply spending money because it’s a need. As soon as August rolls around the Back to School deals start showing up in the local flyers and media because they want parents to get ready ahead of time. With many families struggling to get ahead financially spending a fortune on school clothes is just out of the question. Then again you might be a parent who buys a new wardrobe year after year to go to work. Why is there this need to always wear something new or different? I’m pretty sure most people spend their time worrying about other things rather than what John or Suzie wore to work. Maybe clothing is the next step up the career ladder and if Suzie dresses better than Sarah she’s a shoe-in. Sounds daft BUT this really does happen. We put too much emphasis on what people wear rather than what their skills […]

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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 […]

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