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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 31-Jan 6 #1~Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year’s to all my fans here at Canadian Budget Binder. The Grocery Game Challenge has been amazing this past year and I know 2013 will be even better. We have had fans from Canada and the USA post their grocery shops weekly and we are growing each month with more people who want to stick to their grocery budget. If you are looking for ways on how to save money post your shop in the grocery game each week. I often have people email me to ask me “How much should my grocery budget be?” but the question should be “How much can I afford?” to spend in the budget.  I can’t tell you the amount of people who are looking for magic numbers telling them what they need to spend on groceries every month. I’ll tell you all loud and clear you are the one holding the answer to your question. No one on the internet can tell you what to spend. Once you figure out your monthly budget using your net income the numbers should fall into place. Balancing the budget is the only way you will know how much to spend and besides there may be […]

Mr.CBB’s British SpudNuts a.k.a Zeppole Potato Donuts

Italian Zeppole potato donuts

Ring in 2013 New Year’s with a sweet or savoury Italian potato donut also called zeppole. Zeppole in Italy is a traditional fare that is served on Saint Joseph Day March 19 and during the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. Last week when I posted my Thai Fish Cakes recipe which is also a great New Year’s finger food I mentioned our mates Marco and Christina and their famous Italian recipe for savoury potato donuts. Being British and all I joke around and call them spudnuts donuts just because that’s what we call potatoes in the UK. I turned their zeppole donut into my Zeppole Spudnut based around the same concept adding my own flavours. Since moving to Canada and being exposed to Tim Horton’s and the famous Boston Cream donut I always wondered; how do I make donuts? It can’t really be that difficult and with the myriad of donut flavours available you can’t go wrong with a homemade donut recipe. From what I understand there are 2 types of donuts a cake donut and a yeast donut but heck I’m not a donut connoisseur. Is a donut a cake? Well when you bite into a Boston Cream Donut for example that is a yeast […]

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks Dec 27,2012 – A Day Early

I’m a day early for the weekly blog post picks this week and that is because I have a special blog post planned for tomorrow. Don’t try and squeeze it out of me but I’ll tell you it’s one you won’t want to miss especially if 2013 is the year you want to make magic happen. Although many personal finance Bloggers took the week off from Blogging there were still plenty of excellent posts that ended up in my inbox. I thought I was the only one that was nutty enough not to take a day or three off but I guess I’m not. Now that Christmas and Boxing Day are over now is the time for us to plan our New Year’s Resolutions or at least goals for 2013. Last year we both quit smoking and we are still smoke-free today. I’m not sure what we will give up this year but I do know that either way giving up smoking was our all-time “want”  and “need” to do. Blog Post Picks Of The Week A big thanks goes out to these excellent Bloggers for sharing my page with their fans and taking the time out to drop in and […]

Capitalize on Boxing Day Deals in Canada

Boxing Day in Canada is most commonly viewed as a day of fighting through hoards of shoppers beginning in the early hours of the morning. Boxing Day is the day immediately following Christmas during which huge numbers of people will line up for hours outside of stores in the hopes of scoring the best deals. Happening yearly on December 26th, it’s the kind of holiday that people partake in without actually knowing why they’re celebrating it or even when it started. It’s also the time of year during which scores of naysayers argue that boxing day sales aren’t as rock-bottom as they would expect, but the main thing that needs to be understood is that older models and items will be heavily discounted, while a brand new TV that came out this year will unlikely be. The Meaning of Boxing Day and it’s History Though it’s unclear how Boxing Day truly originated, a few historical facts (or perhaps passed-down rumours that were never true to begin with) stand out: On the day following Christmas, wealthy masters of the household would hand servants gifts inside of a wooden or clay container as a kind of token of appreciation for the year, and more specifically for […]

Mr.CBB’s Thai Fish Cakes

Mr.CBB's Thai Fish Cakes

Thai Fish Cakes recipes are so easy to make and the best part is you can flavour them with the tastes that you enjoy. When I was in Thailand on vacation this was a common food you would find on the streets. To be honest I fell in love with Thailand and not only for the generosity of the people and the scenery but for the amazing food. My days would consist of me hanging out with the locals because I was nosey and wanted to learn about their culture. No one wanted to hang out at tourist restaurants, well at least not me. You would find me tucked away on a side street eating some of the best foods I have ever eaten in my life and making new friends. Last week we had our favourite mates over (Christina and Marco) who are Italian to give us a run down of what their family has on their Italian menu for the holidays. Those melt in your mouth Italian Potato donuts we made last week are not only part of their Christmas menu it is also a Christmas eve and New Years Food gracing the good eats tables. They assured us though that […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #10 December-White Christmas,Facebook $1 Fee

FREE GIVEAWAY!! Don’t forget to ENTER the $100 CASH GIVEAWAY that I am co-hosting. Open to USA and Canada or as long as you have Paypal. Giveaway ends on December 28,2012~ Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review A White Christmas may actually been in the forecast for Ontario however it seems to change hour by hour. All I care is that we arrive at our destination safe to spend the Holidays with our loved ones. If you are on the roads please make sure your vehicle is winter ready and drive safe.  Happy Holidays to All! What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder OK, I must have a bit of a chuckle after learning about the Facebook $1 Fee that they will be testing out when someone sends a message to strangers. I posted this on Facebook last night and many fans came to say they would never pay to use Facebook. I agree, neither will I. Personally it doesn’t really affect me as I don’t contact random people.  I don’t know where they will take this but it seems some groups might be affected from what I’m told. Couponing sites and buy and sell Facebook pages rely on the messaging back and forth to […]

Mr.CBB’s Blog Post Picks- Dec 21,2012- Christmas, Immigration and Miss Universe

Mr.CBB’s Top Blog Post Picks of the Week Well the countdown to Christmas is on and we are ready to drink up and eat until we no longer can look at food. No, we really don’t eat that much but we sure do indulge as it’s the one time of year we can eat foods that we don’t normally have in the house. Don’t worry I won’t bore you with all that end of the world crap you are reading today. Rather let’s focus on the what we DO know. As we move forward towards the end of 2012 we remember all the losses and all the victories we have had in this world. Keep them close to your heart and always remember them. Miss.Universe Crown comes home to the USA yesterday to American Olivia Culpo. I’m not sure how I feel about these pageants as I clearly don’t watch them nor do any other men I know. I sometimes wonder if it truly is to motivate women to be the best they can be and never give up. What are your feelings about these pageants and are they a good idea? I don’t know if there’s a men’s pageant but if […]

Mr.CBB’s Festive Coconut Balls

These Festive Coconut Balls also called snowballs for some are part of our family tradition each year. Just before the Holidays arrive we load up the kitchen with baking ingredients and get to work. If you like coconut cookies or better yet chocolate coconut cookies you will love these coconut balls. The great thing about these treats are not only are they cheap to make they are an easy no-bake coconut balls recipe. So no need to turn on the oven to heat up the house and send your smart meter into overdrive.  If there is one thing I like in the kitchen it is no bake recipes or no bake foods which keeps it simple, at least for me.  Just last week we whipped up a few batches of no-bake chocolate peanut butter balls but we have to hide them because they are so popular around here. All you need is a double boiler or a pot and a stainless steel bowl and you are ready to make these elegant treats flavoured with a sweet condensed milk. You can wrap these chocolate coconut balls up for friends and family or place in the centre of a table for your holiday guests. […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #9 December ~ Pray For Change!

Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review Even though it’s Saturday morning and I’m likely enjoying my morning café au lait it certainly doesn’t feel like winter to me. I know, I know be careful what you wish for because good old man winter will dump on you before you can say the word SNOW. I’m not holding out for much for the next few days but they are calling for it but we will have to wait and see. Not a lot been happening in my life except for baking my coconut, snowball and peanut butter balls and Christmas Shopping. We’ve met up with some of our mates to have a drink or two and some munchies before Christmas with the family. I always love how Christmas brings so many families together. Connecticut School Shooting – Light a Candle For Change We’ve been devastated since hearing of the massacre at the  Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut USA School. We need to take some serious immediate action with gun laws all around the world. How many people need to die before it registers, “this is not right”? There is NO reason this should be happening. If you own guns legally, “lock them up”. Let’s keep […]

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks Dec 14,2012- Tek Who?

This is one of the last couple of weekly blog post picks for the 2012 year. Yes we all know the Holidays are going to be kicking it into high gear soon for most but for TekSavvy Customers the Grinch may have stole Christmas or at least put a bit of a damper on it for some. Is there a good reason though? To Voltage Pictures, studio for The Hurt Locker they think so. The law is the law and they want to know. If  a court order is produced forcing TekSavvy to hand over contact info of customers who may have engaged in copyright infringement this would be the biggest of its kind. If an IP address matches that of a customers they say the customer may be part of this request.. OUCH! I hope for all involved they sort this out for the best. You can read the full story here. Although TekSavvy has retained a legal counsel they are saying if a customer is caught up in this they might want to seek legal advice.  I can only imagine the legal fees  for some of these customers let alone the company. Will this hurt business for TekSavvy? Who […]

The Celebrate Like Scrooge Christmas Gift Exchange

Now I know that old Ebenezer Scrooge has a reputation, and it isn’t as a suave investor or brilliant saver. I imagine him walking about in a house coat with a grimace and a hook for a nose. Not exactly the kind of guy I want babysitting my three kiddos. But let’s not deny that he was a hard worker who amassed a large fortune by spending very little and sacrificing where required. Besides his gruff exterior and dislike for Christmas, isn’t he just a wise spender! There is a lesson here, I can sense it In honour of Ebenezer Scrooge’s wise habits I am going to change my giving this year and would like to have you join me in this new tradition. I am going to cut back on non-essential gift giving, and definitely not go into debt while shopping. That’s right! I am going against the social norm to start a new tradition. No more generic $20.00 trinket or gift card. My friends and I are going to give each other crap from our basement. To participate with me, just find something hideous or broken in your basement and wrap it up in newsprint to give to some poor sucker in a Christmas […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 10-16, 2012 -2 Weeks Until Christmas!

The Grocery Game Challenge is drawing to a close for 2012 and Christmas festivities are about to begin in 2 weeks time. What a year it has been for all who have joined in to post their grocery shops with us. I’ve heard so many great stories from all of you about how some of you have lowered your grocery budget and have made better choices when grocery shopping. Others were able to stick to their budget and continue to strive and set goals for 2013. As the next couple weeks roll in and the festivities start to come to a high this challenge will still be posted so please check in or subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss posting your shop. If you haven’t had a chance please read a guest post I wrote for my mate John at Frugal Rules titled 10 Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Budget. It really does showcase all the tips we’ve learned this year from all of you and from understanding our shopping habits. When the New Year comes in I will be posting a brand new year of The Grocery Game Challenge and this is the perfect time to join because […]