Homeless Care Package Ideas To Spread Christmas Cheer : The Saturday Weekend Review #243

MAKE ‘GIVING’ A FAMILY TRADITION FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS   As the weather in Canada gets colder the need for more shelters, beds and warm clothing is dire for the homeless in every community. Creating a homeless care package is not only simple and relatively inexpensive but life-changing for someone who has no one to turn or talk to when their cries for help are silent. I know that many of you reading Canadian Budget Binder love to save money using coupons and other means to stockpile family product essentials so I’m reaching out to you. Even if you’ve never seen a homeless person I can guarantee you there are many living on the streets where you live. I’ve only lived in Canada for 11 years and I’ve seen my fair share of homeless hovering in corners around the streets of Toronto. Just this past week we had an old friend of ours pass away from cancer only to find out that two years ago she was homeless and living on the street. She did not reach out to anyone and no one knew the status of her world. Although that troubles us and in ways we feel guilty we […]

How To Change Christmas Traditions You Can’t Afford : The Saturday Weekend Review #202

LET GO OF THE OLD AND BRING IN THE NEW BY ACCEPTING CHANGE AND CREATING NEW HOLIDAY MEMORIES.   Christmas around the world is different for everyone and there are no set rules to say how much to spend on festivities. Many people like to keep Christmas traditions going once they’ve moved out, gotten married or have children but can’t afford it. These parents want their children to experience the same traditions as they did however if money is tight things may have to change. According to Mrs.CBB when she was younger it was difficult to see under the Christmas tree for all the gifts that were stacked around it. Christmas traditions in their house began with a huge holiday morning breakfast and hours of gift-giving and receiving followed by plenty of wrapping paper clean-up. It was fun times she says and lots of memories were made but Christmas Traditions like that are hard to hang on to once you have a family of your own. Where you may run into problems is when some of the family members agree to change and others are not so happy about it. At the time there were no set financial limits when […]

Christmas Countdown: Traditions for a lifetime of memories

WE ALL COME TOGETHER FOR LOVE   December is here and with that the countdown to Christmas has begun. Christmas traditions are something that many families carry on to make Christmas a special and memorable time for their loved ones. Mr.CBB and I recently had a brief conversation about Christmas this year and how I will not see most of my family. He made the comment to me that the older you get the weirder life gets and weird would be an accurate description of my first thoughts about how Christmas will be this year. As families grow and many want to start having their own Christmas morning with their kids in their own home, things change and this is why Christmas traditions become so important. Some traditions may not be able to continue forever but can certainly make some memories that can last a lifetime. Spending time with family and friends and helping those in need is more important to me than any gift my kids and I may receive. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialization of the holidays and forget the true meaning of Christmas but that doesn’t mean you have to celebrate like Scrooge. […]

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