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. […]

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The Ultimate Guide Of Economical Christmas Drinks (Recipes) : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #2 Dec 11-17

DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS DRINKS FOR EVERYONE   Serving economical Christmas drinks during the holidays doesn’t mean they have to be non-alcoholic. You can offer an array of fancy frugal beverages to your guests by keeping it simple or jazzing them up with a shot of alcohol. Of course non-alcohol will always be cheaper than buying booze but if you want to offer drinks with a splash of buzz I have our top Christmas drinks picks for you. Recently I’ve had readers of this blog ask me if they should include Christmas drinks in their holiday budget planning and the answer is, yes. If it is money coming from your bank account you always include it in your budget. One problem that could arise is that hosting a Christmas party might be a last-minute arrangement. This means when you set your Christmas budget for the year you may or may not have considered hosting expenses. This is one of those cases of not being able to budget for all projected expenses. Related: The Ultimate Guide For Christmas Desserts When creating your yearly budget if you plan to factor in projected expenses for the what-if’s it could save you in the long run. […]

The Best Frosted Apple Cinnamon Rolls

A PLEASANT SURPRISE AWAITS YOU WITH THESE CINNAMON ROLLS WRAPPED IN WARM APPLES WITH A BLANKET OF GOLDEN ICING   It smells so good in here already don’t you think? Today’s Apple Cinnamon Rolls recipe is a family favourite around here during the Christmas holidays. What’s even better is when my sister-in-law said my apple cinnamon rolls are the best she has ever tasted and she is a pretty good baker herself! Compliments are always welcome. Birth of the Apple Cinnamon Rolls recipe   My apple cinnamon rolls started with a recipe that I found in a library cook book years ago and modified it to suit our family tastes. I remember the first time I made these apple cinnamon rolls because I had one lonely apple in the kitchen that needed using up. Sometimes good things come from just one inspiration such as an apple. Since apples and cinnamon are such a tasty pairing and quite common in many recipes, it seemed to be an easy step to add that one apple to my cinnamon rolls. A new family recipe was born, Apple Cinnamon Rolls! I have to admit some of the measurements are not very exact but I […]

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 […]

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Top 5 Christmas Cookies For The Budget Baker : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Nov 29-Dec 4

Christmas Cookies Without The High Costs Start Now In Your Kitchen.   This time of year budget bakers are on the hunt for Christmas baking ideas that won’t cost them a fortune. Just because you have a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy home-baked Christmas cookies. You don’t need to be a baker to make simple Christmas cookies that you can bring to a holiday cookie-exchange or to wrap up as gifts for friends and family. I’m betting if we did a count of hands here that most of us would love to receive homemade Christmas cookies over a boring gift that doesn’t suit them. Everyone loves Christmas cookies! Related: Holiday Baking On A Budget Some of the best Christmas cookies that I’ve ever had before came from our family kitchen and those of our relatives. I must admit my wife’s family is quite amazing when it comes to baking and the holidays. There is never a holiday that we don’t show up at the in-laws house without our Christmas cookies. My mother-in-law has a huge spread on the dining room table and her side table full of Christmas cookies, Christmas cakes, Panetone, Chocolates of all descriptions. Turtles comes […]

No-Bake Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Squares (Low-Carb)

A SUGAR-FREE DESSERT RECIPE FOR ALL OCCASIONS   Not everyone can enjoy sugar-laced treats especially when there is a holiday such as a Birthday, Christmas, Easter and even Valentine’s Day. There are however some amazing sugar-free peanut butter squares that I want to share with you today that I adapted from a recipe I found online. My wife no longer consumes sugar and with Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to surprise her with something sweet that I knew she would love. She’s a peanut butter enthusiast even though I’m not the biggest fan I must say that these sugar-free peanut butter squares are pretty amazing. It’s important that you buy unsweetened, no-salt peanut butter for the recipe. Peanut butter traditionally has quite a bit of sugar so make sure you read the labels carefully. How much sugar is in peanut butter? Even though your sugar-free peanut butter is only crushed nuts you will still have 1 gram of natural sugar per tablespoon (15g) and 3 grams of carbohydrate. If you can buy organic peanut butter that is unsweetened and just crushed peanuts…even better. You’ll pay around $5-6 a jar. The coconut oil we use is Grace premium virgin coconut […]

Tis The Season For Giving : Merry Christmas Wishes To All

SPREAD CHEER EVERYDAY OF THE YEAR   It’s Christmas Eve as I write this and apart from variety stores and a couple of gas stations everyone else is closed as loved ones gather to begin the Christmas festivities. Laid out on the dining room table are all sorts of Christmas treats, vegetables and dips, cheese balls and lots of fruits for the evening affair of spending time with the family. After some eating it was time to get out of the house to spread some Christmas cheer. No, I don’t mean by caroling although my wife is that woman who loves to sing and isn’t shy to go door to door. I on the other hand am not a singer, at all. The city was a ghost town as we went looking for Tim Horton’s coffee only to realize of course they are closed. I guess the only thing giving to us would be the kettle so back home we went after a quick drive around to see some Christmas lights. Although almost all shops are closed there are people out there that have to work, police, hospital and healthcare staff, paramedics, fire fighters and so on. Big thanks to […]

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