When You’d Rather Be A Redneck Than a Rich Girl : The Saturday Weekend Review #179

  Just because you call yourself a redneck doesn’t mean you are a funny talking, uneducated, financially unstable hick who only thrives in the country-side. Being a redneck means you don’t give a rats about high society or being part of what some would consider a life draped in gold without the essence of understanding the true meaning of the words, living the dream. So often I see status updates on social media alongside a photo that says, “Living the Dream” and honestly there are times where I’ve wondered where in the photo that dream was. It occurred to me that what someone else finds motivating, entertaining, peaceful and rich is not how others view it. However, when we compare people who have money society believes they are in fact the lucky one’s who are living the dream, whatever that is. It all boils down to the ability to have “stuff” and potentially less financial stress. Not all rich people have vanished money concerns either because as their estates, adventures and toys grow so does debt and bills. While enjoying the Canada Day festivities yesterday we went to our friend’s house for some backyard fun in the kiddie pool, cold […]

How I Made My Move To Canada From The UK : The Saturday Weekend Review #178

  THE BEST MOVE I EVER MADE WAS TO MY NEW HOME IN CANADA.   Living in Canada was never on my bucket list until I met the love of my life ten years ago while on vacation. Once I made my move to Canada I never looked back and still haven’t been back to the UK only because starting a new life in Canada has been hectic for the wife and I. Our years have been so busy for us in Canada that it’s taken me this long to get on my feet financially and in a career that I love after going back to school for a second time. Since coming to Canada and going back to school, starting a new career and having a baby we’ve also paid off our mortgage and are debt free. Life is good and we are thankful for everything. We do have plans to head back to the UK for a visit in 2017 but for now we will continue to live the Canadian dream or at least, our dream. As the stock markets tumble after the shock of the UK Referendum (Brexit) where voting determined that the UK was pulling out […]

Celebrate Canada Day enjoying our beautiful country: The Saturday Weekend Review #78

APPRECIATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS   Canada Day is just around the corner and many people are gearing up for a long, long weekend of fun. If you are lucky you may even have a couple of days off next week with the holiday falling on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. This past week I had the opportunity to take some day trips around Ontario as I’m on holidays from work and I can’t get over the beauty that surrounds us here in Canada. I don’t often take the time to sit and enjoy what nature has to offer and breathe in the surroundings but I’m learning to take that break from life. I’ve been going non-stop with work and my education since moving to Canada from the UK almost seven years ago. Last year I wrote about the five things I love about Canada and as another year has passed I still love Canada perhaps more than I did the previous year. There is so much to explore here and I’ve only barely scratched the surface. I know many people like to jet off to other countries but I think we will stay here a while to see what secrets surround this […]

Top 5 things I love about Canada

Canada, A Place To Call Home   Since today is Canada Day I thought I would share my top 5 things I love about Canada and why I’m proud to be a permanent resident in Canada. I used to be a Canadian tourist and now I get to share my stories in hopes of inspiring those who want to visit Canada or move to Canada. Related: How I made my move to Canada from the UK Sometimes I still can’t believe that I am living in Canada a land that I never thought would pop onto my radar, but here I am. It’s been almost six years now since I landed in this beautiful country not knowing where my life was going to take me. What I knew at the time was that I had a beautiful wife who I was and still am deeply in love with to take me under her wing and show me the ropes.   Career and Education   Moving to a country where you don’t speak the same language is a challenge but moving to a country where you do speak the same language can be frustrating. Since moving here I really did have to […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #26- Canada Day around the mulberry tree

A Day To Celebrate Canada  It’s Canada Day on Monday July 1, 2013 which is also a statutory holiday in Canada. We will be celebrating what will be 146 years of beauty in this land we call home on that day. Last year I wrote a blog post about Canada Day where I talked about wanting to explore more of this country but sadly we haven’t had the time. Maybe it’s more about not making the time because we keep letting everything else get in the way. With me finishing up school we thought we could plan a few days away but we’ve only managed to take some day trips to explore surrounding cities. One of my favourite trips so far was a trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the lake. There was something familiar about staring down the main drag down-town at Niagara on the Lake that reminded me of the UK. The small shops, narrow streets and flowers in bloom no matter what direction I would look was a bit nostalgic for me. Niagara Falls was, how shall I say, amazing. I know many of you that grew up in Canada may think, ah it’s only Niagara Falls big […]

PF Weekly Grab A Brew #26: School is out for summer

No Need To Sleep In When Summer Is Here When is school out? School is out for summer in Ontario starting today although I’m not sure these days if they are singing the praises of Alice Cooper, but I’m sure they are happy to leave the books behind. With Canada Day just around the corner we are gearing up for fun in the sun and plenty of activities for both adults and children. A few of our friends who are teachers are in class today just to sort out final paperwork for the school year. When that’s done it’s home for a few months of volunteering, summer vacation and getting ready for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic term beginning after Labour Day in September. I often remember when I was a child (who doesn’t) when life was easy, we didn’t have to worry about paying the bills, budgeting or who was going to make sure the bread and milk was stocked in the kitchen. Nor did I have to worry about planning my day, but that was all about to change one summer. As an adult I’m a planner, I always plan my day but sometimes I realize that doesn’t always work […]

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks July 6,2012

My weekly blog picks might be slim this week as it’s been a hectic week for me with Canada Day and Landscaping the yard. I’ll admit I haven’t gotten so far with the yard but I promise you that once the materials get dropped off I will be a hot n sweaty bloke for days on end. So far my vacation has been good with visiting the relatives for Canada Day to hanging out with Mrs.CBB doing some of the fun things we like to do such as hiking,making olive bread, walks in the evening and hanging out with our friends. Picture: Making Olive Bread- recipe to follow on Blog! This week I was able to get in a few good reads from the blogs that I follow.  I hope you all get a chance to check these awesome blogs out. I want to start by thanking Jeremy at Modest Money for hosting a poll for fans to vote for their favourite  Top Personal Financial Blogs. Congratulations to Canadian Budget Binder for taking Top Spot! All Blogs have something unique to share but at the end of the day it’s about helping Canadians save money for all of us. Here […]

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks June 29,2012

Another week has come to an end and I’m usually thrilled but that means that one week of my vacation is almost complete. On a good note it’s Canada Day Weekend so Happy Canada Day everyone! I’ve been a busy boy getting the materials ready to landscape our property so all my mates who have submitted guest posts I thank-you. If you have something to say and think my fans would love to read, simply send me an email or you can read my guest post guidelines here.  Guest Posts I wrote: Why We Designed A Budget- Canadian Free Stuff Tips To Kick Start Your Way To Financial Freedom- Frugal Sally Canadian Budget Binder’s Week In Review Saturday-12 Ways To Save Big Money On Car Insurance- Guest Post by Maggie who blogs at Square Pennies Sunday-Mr.CBB’s Easy Spinach And Wheat Tortilla Recipe Monday-5 Unusual Places To Stash Cash At Home- Guest post by GenTM Freelance Writer and blogger Tuesday- The Grocery Game Challenge June 24-July 1- Happy Birthday Canada Wednesday-Understanding Investment Diversification– Troy Adamson at Canadian Performers Money Thursday-  Finances Through The Sick Mind– Guest Post by Femme Frugality Some of my Favourite Reads of  the Week If you would […]