PF Weekly Grab a brew #44: When should you put the Christmas decorations up?


If you are wondering when you should put the Christmas lights up there really is no specified date to put up Christmas decorations.

We often get asked when is the best time for putting up the Christmas tree and to be honest, it’s up to you. But, should you wait? Wait for what?

Now that Halloween has come and gone many people are packing away the scary decor  and looking for bells and garland.

I know that we store all of our Christmas decor including our fake Christmas tree in the basement. If there is no snow on the ground we just don’t get that festive push though.


Remembrance Day


Not everyone is rushing out this morning to see if they can be frugal and find half price Halloween candy that they can stash away for the year.

Some people are dusting off the Christmas decor and talking about what they want to do and where the decorations should go for the upcoming holiday season.

I was scrolling through my Facebook page this morning and already I noticed a photo saying not to put your Christmas decorations up until after November 11, 2013 which is Remembrance Day.

The date November 11 is known as Remembrance Day or Poppy Day or Armistice Day.

This day is recognized every year as a memorial day celebrated by our commonwealth countries to remember those that fought and died for us in the line of duty while serving in the armed forces since the end of World War I.


Putting up Christmas decorations


My understanding is that is out of respect for those that we recognize on Remembrance Day we should hold off on Christmas decorations until after November 11 and when we give those couple of minutes of silence to the brave fallen men and women.

I can appreciate that and by all means I do wait to put up our outside decorations until after that date.

I do admit that I leave the Christmas lights on the house all year-long only because the roof is so large and has many peaks that it seemed like the easier thing to do.

The lights are all white and you can hardly see them as I have them pointing down and behind. I’m sure people have walked by and pointed and said look at them but oh well, I’m not taking them down. I’m not the only one who thinks this way as there are many houses we’ve seen who keep them up all year.

At the end of season sales last year we picked up a massive lighted wreath which I will wait to hang over the garage as well as put out some Christmas ornaments to jazz up the front of the house to create the love we have for the Christmas season.

I know that some of the houses around us have their Christmas lights up already and they are ready to rock and roll as soon as Halloween is done and that’s fine too.

We can’t control what everyone does or feels even though taking a moment to hold back turning the lights on and decorating seems like the proper thing to do.

I’m not one of those neighbors who will speak their mind and say that someone has done something wrong because essentially they have not.  There is no law that I am aware of stating we can’t put our Christmas lights up until after Remembrance Day unless I’m missing something.

So for now we will take a break after Halloween and leave the Christmas decorations at home in storage while enjoying the Fall leaves as they continue to fall to the ground and turn colours.

When do you start putting up your Christmas decorations?


Top recipe



Every day Food Bloggers from around the world pass by my other love the Free Recipe Depot Facebook page to share a daily recipe which I share with my fans.

This weeks Top Recipe comes from a blog called Feeding Darragh who shared this lovely Tortilla Chip Crusted Salmon recipe which I thought sounded pretty delicious.

Have you ever used tortillas to crust any meat or fish?


Weekly reads


Every week I share a few of the best personal finance blog posts that I read over the past week with all of you.

Well, that’s a wrap for this Friday’s grab a brew #44 so happy saving and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.



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The Saturday Weekend Review #8 December

Saturday Week In Review Mr.CBB


Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review

It’s Saturday and that means working late and sleeping in for me. The best part of waking up this morning was that last night I made Walnut and White Cheddar Biscuits a recipe from my mate Aunt B and they turned out amazing. The goal was to use them with my homemade Pulled Pork that I put in the crockpot this morning. Yep, the house smells.. well. porky!  I couldn’t take it any longer so I had to test a biscuit when I woke up this afternoon so I fried a couple eggs with a huge slice of ham and this is what it looked like…..

Ham and Egg On a Walnut White Cheddar Biscuit

Ham and Egg On a Walnut White Cheddar Biscuit

So keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for my homemade pulled pork recipe on the blog tucked in between the cushions of this lovely biscuit! Ok now that we have the food out-of-the-way this week I did alot of Christmas baking as you know….

Mr.CBB's Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB’s Peanut Butter Balls

I also went down to the Ministry of Transportation to pick up a $15 temporary sticker for our winter vehicle. On the way there some donut decides to run a red light and do a right hand turn as I’m going 80 up a highway (brilliant) hand on horn and Mrs. CBB could practically touch the car if she opened her window. Didn’t have a minute to live I guess. No accident thank goodness but if there was someone in my left lane things would not have had a happy ending I can assure you. (Anyhow…. while at the Ministry) Upon asking if there was a cheaper way to do this  to eliminate the cost of the temp sticker as we had to get an E-test first then come back and get the actual sticker.  She tells us, of course. Did you know that your E-test lasts for one year? Nope, I had no idea. We didn’t have all of this in the UK so it’s all new to me.  Now I know that I can get the E-test done before I park my vehicles that way I won’t have to waste $15 on a Temporary sticker (money grab ) just to drive the bloody thing to the garage to get an E-test (money grab) and back to the Ministry to get a sticker.  Everyone wants money…. and it’s only bound to get worse.


Financial News Mr.CBB

What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder

I’ve noticed a nice little spike in traffic for CBB so I’m hoping it’s only up from here. It’s great to have so many fans and Personal Finance and Foodie Bloggers that support CBB because you are all the reason CBB is gaining support amongst the fans and our peers. If you’re not a fan of Canadian Budget Binder on Facebook please head over and give us a LIKE. My goal is 3000 by the end of 2012 so I could use all the support to get me there!! *WINK* Don’t be afraid to come chat on my wall like John at Frugal Rules, Glenn at Monster Piggy Bank and others. My fans like to mingle with other Bloggers and that my friends is how we network!

Did I tell you how excited I am about……..

I know I’ve mentioned it before but I thought I should mention it again to keep everyone in the loop.  Canadian Budget Binder will be going through a facelift… Botox and all.. plump this site up, get it ready for some action. I’m just as excited as the fans are so keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for this! It will also be our 1 year anniversary at the end of January so I’m looking to gather some neat prizes for the fans. Nothing big as I’m just starting out but just something to say thanks! If you want to add your name to the give-away list, contact me today!!!

I’ve also been collaborating with one of the top sites that I like to check out for finance news and more…. but that’s all I’m going to say. I’m happy to be teaming up with such a friendly bunch of people.

That’s all for now folks… carry on down this post .. you haven’t even gotten to the good stuff…. those search terms! 


Canadian Budget Binder’s Weekly Post Recap

Guest Posts I Wrote:

Top Blog

This is where I will share the top website that sent me the most traffic for the week! The Top Blog To Drive Traffic To Canadian Budget Binder for this week goes to…  Modest Money who is coincidentally holding an amazing contest you might want to check out!! It’s a Cash Giveaway! Good Luck and thanks Jeremy for sharing CBB with your fans!

Weekly Top 2 Honourable Mentions

Top 5 Blog Commenter’s- Imagine that the same as last week!! Gotta love it when the fans take a minute to comment on your hard work. I sure know it makes me feel good when others read my work and have something to say about that is meaningful!

Blogs That Shared Us With Their Fans This Week!

I know many of my fans read this post as they tell me they wait for it each week. To all of my fans please check out these personal finance Bloggers below and follow them. I read their Blogs everyday and I know that you will benefit from them as well.  Come back each week as I will name other Blogs that I think you should follow!

Thanks to all the Bloggers that link up and share my posts and this is why I do my best to share your posts with my Fans via social media, so thanks! -Mr.CBB

(If I miss You..please let me know as I didn’t get the Ping and I will include your post next week as this runs Sat to Sat so if you linked me on Sat it will show up next week)

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What People Searched to Find Canadian Budget Binder on the Web

Search terms of the week are really a hoot! Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.  What are you saying about them? Any typos below are simply the person who searched who made the error or me ;-)

Top Pick- Can you pee on a dollar store pregnancy test?- Well I’m sure spitting on it won’t work. Read the instructions that always helps.

  • Babies room with five senses- Better than having six I’d imagine… 
  • Mrs. Fresh Twinki-  As opposed to Mrs. Day-old Twinki haha always like my Mrs. to be fresh..
  • Costco Welfare Diet- I did say buying in bulk would save money for those on welfare as they build their pantry.
  • Sexy and Intelligent Guy- Well you’ve come to the right place…  ok, tootin my own horn, hey nothing wrong with a bit of confidence!
  • Mess with My Family Quote- oh oh lol.. someone’s up the crapper
  • I need my ex back- I need a lot of things to but my ex ain’t one of them.
  • Lawn Darts For Babies- Now there’s a genius idea.
  • Bathtub of hummus-  Ya that’s where I want to dip my nachos..
  • Looking for Mr.Santa- Well mate, hate to break it to you, you’ll be waiting a long time, how about you go grab a $7 Starbucks coffee…
  • Ideas to Decorate Pasta Salad- What, like with a bow? lol…

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The Saturday Weekend Review #6 November

Saturday Week In Review Mr.CBB

Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review

So the snow touched down in Ontario yesterday and boy and I smiling from ear to ear. I was more than happy that the Christmas lights went up when it was nice and toasty out. Not alot happened on the home front this week besides the usual work and cleaning up the garage. I’ve managed to get everything off the ground (tire racks are great) so we can park both of the vehicles inside for the winter as intended. I could never understand why some people pack their garage floor to ceiling instead of wanting the ease of getting in and out of their vehicle during the winter months. I have no problems sipping on my coffee and waving to neighbours as I drive past as they are giving their wind-shield death with the ice scraper.  Scenario: Mr.CBB opens window, waves, “have a nice day Mrs.Jones” while enjoying his hot beverage, driving away in his toasty vehicle.  Do you park your vehicles in your garage if you have one?

Cineplex Theatre Mag - Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

Finally as promised I told you Mrs.CBB and I were going on a “date” to see the final movie in the Twilight Series Breaking Dawn 2 on Monday. Yes I did endure the entire movie and there were plenty of men to ease the pain. I must admit they picked a lovely young actress, Mackenzie Foy to play Renesmee Cullen who fit the role nicely.  OK, it wasn’t so bad since I had seen all the movies with the Mrs. It seemed to be a triumphant ending yet sad time for the fans. A standing ovation and clapping by most really hit home how much this series affected the viewers. Not to mention the bank accounts of all those involved including leading actors Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and the writer Stephenie Meyer.  But it ain’t over until the fat lady sings they say. Meyer would only comment that “there’s a chance I’ll go back to their story” on whether Jacob could father a child with Renesmee. Who wouldn’t if they already knew it would be worth millions. Long live the Vampires! Oh and yes Mrs.CBB picked up the Cineplex Theatre Magazine to read more about Robert’s feeling on the ending of the series. Wiping tears.. **

Financial News Mr.CBB

What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder

I’ve been all over the place with the blog this week as I’m heading towards a new design as I might have mentioned earlier. I’m not sure when the unveil will happen but asking my Facebook fans about what they would like to see with Canadian Budget Binder has been fun. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask my blog fans and any others who read CBB to share your comments on what you would like to see here. I think a site that is designed with ease of use and enjoyment for the fans and the owner benefits both parties.

We’ve had some great guest posters over the past few weeks and more to come. I’ve also written some guest posts which will be going live soon on other amazing blogs. I enjoy having others share their expertise and experiences with my fans so if you are someone who owns a blog and wants to guest post get in touch with me today.

Canadian Budget Binder’s Weekly Post Recap

  1. Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks November 23,2012 Shop Til You Drop
  2. Killing Your Mortgage In 3 Easy Steps
  3. Reader Question: Homemade or Store Bought Which is Cheaper?
  4. The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 9-15 Black Friday and 35 Days Until Christmas
  5. Book Review: How To Be Ricer,Smart and Better Looking Than Your Parents
  6. Mr.CBB’s Cream Filled Homemade Twinkie Style Cakes

Top Blog

This is where I will share the top website that sent me the most traffic for the week! The Top Blog To Drive Traffic To Canadian Budget Binder for this week goes to…… Christine at Coupon Christine!

Weekly Top 2 Honourable Mentions

  1. Jeremy at Modest Money
  2. Mark at My Own Advisor

Top 5 Blog Commenter’s: 

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Blogs That Shared Us With Their Fans This Week!

(If I miss You..please let me know and I will include your post next week as this runs Sat to Sat so if you linked me on Sat it will show up next week)

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What People Searched to Find Canadian Budget Binder on the Web

Search terms of the week are really a hoot! Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.  What are you saying about them? Any typos below are simply the person who searched who made the error or me ;-)

Top Pick- Giant Santa Cupcake- So big that you eat it for days….

  • Wish you could notice me- there I just did, I noticed
  • Best time to go to Value Village- When they are open
  • Knock Off Twinkies- You bet I knocked them off, please..
  • Outings without cash- The backyard
  • How do you make the cream in filled stick donuts?- Is that what they are calling Twinkies these days, filled stick donuts lol

That’s all for this weeks “The Saturday Weekend Review” head on back next week, same time, same place.-Mr. CBB

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Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks October 12,2012

Mr.CBB’s Week in Review

This week has been a relaxed but busy week for me as I finished putting up the Christmas lights. The only problem is that I am short around 6 feet so now I’m stuck looking for a 6-8 ft set that match. I went to Canadian Tire to check out their Christmas lights and nearly lost my gut when the sales woman told me 33 ft of the lights I needed cost $119.00. Are you bloody kidding me? I didn’t want to buy Christmas lights that are just getting put up on the shelves and have not even been in the flyer yet for sales. With my luck I’ll pay full price and it will go on sale the next week. That’s not so bad though as I could always return with the receipt for a product price adjustment but it’s just the time and gas that you have to factor in. I said to Mrs.CBB you watch if this last 6 ft of lights will cost me more than the 8 boxes or so that we got at end of season the past 2 years.  Gotta love it! I still haven’t finished the deck completely but the house is winter ready. All the plants are in, water is turned off and the Central Air is wrapped up. Lastly I was able to plant some rapini for next year.  Just waiting for the snow, not!

What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder

Canadian Budget Binder has been hopping this week with many people who want to guest post which I think is great. I really like to show case other blogs so if you want to share your expertise contact me. I must admit though that some posts I get in are just not making the cut. I really do look for quality posts that readers can learn something from and sparkle with that personal touch.  Other than that we had a smashing week with the numbers and the one’s that need to go down are going down the one’s that need to go up are going up. The one’s that land money in my pocket are still non-existent.

I’ve almost convinced Andrea from Nuts and Bolts Media that I’m going to become a male stripper or a Tom Cruise Cocktail bartender for the extra money to create and move my website if that’s the only way I can get it. OK, so I won’t strip but bartending can really bring in some extra cash if I turn on the Secret Prince charm. Anyone hiring? It’s not easy convincing your wife that you need a chunk of change to make money. Does anyone else have the problem? Spending money to make money but it also takes explaining to the other half why I’m doing it and how. So, until then Canadian Budget Binder chugs along like a good little blog.


Canadian Budget Binder’s Weekly Post Recap- If you missed a post click on the links below and see what we have shared with our fans.

Blogs From Around The Web That Shared Us With Their Fans!

Thank-You for taking the time to link up to CBB!

(If I miss You..please let me know)

Beginning Of October 2012 Favourite Posts- Modest Money (Top Site Driving Traffic to Canadian Budget Binder- Cheers to my Mate Jeremy!)

Top Blog Picks Of The Week-

These are Posts I think You will Love to read! 

The previous Lists had grown so big that I’ve cut it to 10 top Bloggers that interact and engage the most with Canadian Budget Binder and those posts I believe my fans would benefit from or New Bloggers I’ve Connected with.

  1. Modest Money- How The Internet Makes Saving Your Money Easier
  2. One Smart Dollar- 5 Ways To Help Get Out Of Debt
  3. Work Save Live- Short On Cash and Bills are Due. What Do You Do?
  4. My Canuck Buck- How Does an Increase In Interest Rates Affect Your Savings?
  5. Club Thrifty-Making Alot Of Money:The Opportunity To Not Be Broker
  6. Frugal Rules- 4 Easy Ways To Avoid Holiday Debt
  7. Plunged In Debt- Teaching Honey Boo Boo Some Budgeting Skills
  8. L Bee And The Money Tree- On Money and Sex

Twitter #PF Peeps to Check Out!

These are the Blogs and Websites that took the time to tweet a blog post from Canadian Budget Binder more than twice this past week.

Here are some great Facebook Pages to Check out!- If you want your page to appear here… Like and Share Canadian Budget Binder posts on Facebook!!

What People Searched to Find Canadian Budget Binder on the Web

Search terms of the week are really a hoot! Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.  What are you saying about them?

Top 10 How we found Mr.CBB>>>>>>

My Top Pick- If I have a Baby Is my OSAP written off? – Ya in your dreams! That’s all we need is students who can’t find jobs after school getting pregnant to get rid of one debt and start another that will far surpass any education… bringing a child into this world.

  • Good Employer Budget- That almost scares me to see they have to look it up on-line
  • Canadian Couples $0 cost Wedding- Ya, keep dreaming
  • Binders HR Should Have- You really need to look this up?
  • If A Something Cost $93.31 and it was marked down 40% what was the original price? –  If you read this the way I did, you are laughing, if not it’s simply a math question from someone who doesn’t understand basic math.
  • men sexy- If you say so
  • Can you eat too much fresh basil? Knock yourself out mate, eat it all day long if that’s what you fancy.
  • Mr. a s picks- add this to the list of Mr. searches
  • zzzquil at Shoppers Drug Mart- lol… haha sorry this was funny
  • garlic onion student special- sounds like something I’d want for lunch
  • Save money or have fun after a divorce? – really you need a friend or mentor not a computer.

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