Santa, All I Want For Christmas From A to Z : The Saturday Weekend Review #246

NOT EVERYTHING FOR CHRISTMAS COMES WRAPPED IN A BOX   I often reflect on just how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family and know that I don’t need anything more but happiness in my life. Money is nice too BUT it won’t make or break what it is inside my heart. This has become my new rich and because of the way my financial mind has changed over the years no one can stop me from putting family first, not even money. I won’t make this a long post today because I realize most of you will be out doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, baking, drinking, partying and maybe even catching up on sleep.   Just more smiles   Funny how the mind of a child works. Perhaps adults could learn a thing or two about looking outside the box, literally. Yesterday as the doorbell rang and Mrs. CBB opened it to find more Amazon deliveries waiting to be brought in the house. If you’ve ordered from Amazon Canada you know that every box comes with the signature arrow from A to Z. Our son can’t understand why Amazon keeps sending us boxes of smiles. […]

How A Gift Closet May Be Your Secret Source For Savings : The Saturday Weekend Review #245

FINALLY A CLOSET THAT YOU’RE NOT AFRAID TO OPEN   I’d like to introduce you to our new savings source, The Gift Closet. Just about everyone I know has a junk drawer or closet where odds and ends gets tossed in hopes it may get used again. You know what I mean right? However, last week one of my readers gave me this idea about getting organized with our junk closets and opening up a gift closet. Sounds like you’re starting your own business but in a way, you are. If you consider savings for your bank account a business then you’re in business. It’s that simple. Not everyone has gifts they need to buy for people during the course of a year but there may be those odd times you find something that is too good to be true and you buy it. You may not want or need to use it right away so instead of it getting lost in the dust pockets of your home you open your gift closet. A good example for us are dish towels. Mrs. CBB has a love for dish cloths and towels and quality products are expensive to buy. When she […]

Extraordinary Co-workers Christmas Adopt A Family Story: The Saturday Weekend Review #244

IT’S AMAZING HOW THIS GROUP OF CO-WORKERS CAME TOGETHER TO ADOPT A FAMILY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.   I’ve always wanted to learn more about the Christmas Adopt a Family program in Canada and when a Canadian Budget Binder fan mentioned that her company participates, I wanted to learn more. So far, I’ve learned that there are a multitude of Adopt a Family Christmas programs in just about every community across Canada. That’s amazing! There’s nothing and I mean nothing that feels better than giving during the holidays or any time of year. Mrs. CBB and I often reflect on how fortunate we are and often donate time or money to services in our community to help those in need. In Toronto alone there are over 5000 homeless people living on the streets hoping to get into a warm shelter this holiday season. On top of this there are families that are struggling to put food on the table and individuals that have no money or limited resources to get them on their feet. During the holiday season it’s terrible to be alone with no family or Christmas dinner and cheer to participate in. Some parents may feel sorrow because priorities […]

10 Simple Resources To Get Free Christmas Gifts : The Saturday Weekend Review #200

IF YOU’RE SHORT ON CASH OR WANT TO SAVE MONEY THERE ARE WAYS TO GET FREE PRESENTS.   If Free Christmas Gifts sound tempting I’ll show you all the tricks that budget mad shoppers use to save cash and spend less during the holiday season. There’s no gimmicks, just a bit of hustle and time and you’ll be showered in free Christmas gifts before you know it. The moment Halloween is over the Christmas panic sets in, the weekly flyers are just as heavy as a sack of potatoes and money signs start running through our heads. Buying Christmas gifts can be expensive especially if you don’t have the money to spend in the first place. I’m a huge fan of second-hand shops, freebie sites and browsing buy and sell sites online. Every year without fail there is someone who posts an ad looking for Christmas help. It may be that they are a single mum or dad with no spare cash looking for gift cards, free Christmas gifts, food or decorations. Whatever the case may be it’s tough to read and even tougher to respond to. I want you all to know that waiting until the last month to […]

Nuts and Bolts Recipe

THE PERFECT SNACK AND HOMEMADE GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS   If you’ve thought about making a homemade Nuts and Bolts Recipe for the holidays also known as a “cereal snack mix” check this easy recipe out. Last week this gorgeous Nuts and Bolts photo showed up on my What’s For Dinner post on Facebook and I knew I wanted to share it on the blog with all of you. My wife has asked me for years to create my own Nuts and Bolts Recipe but I’ve always put it last on the baking list. I’ve had many different versions of the Nuts and Bolts Recipe over the years but mainly around the holidays. The salty flavour of the Nuts and Bolts pairs perfectly with a lovely holiday beverage. I still prefer a cold beer. Some people also put chocolate in their Nuts and Bolts Recipe once cooled down to add a sweet element to this popular snack. Others eliminate the nuts like this recipe has which also keeps the costs down. If there is someone who cannot eat nuts this snack may work well for them. When my wife was younger she remembers a best friend of hers whose mother […]

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