Postage stamps can hit the budget hard at Christmas: The Saturday Weekend Review #100

Canadian Permanent Stamps P

SENDING COSTS MORE THAN GIVING…   Postage stamps rise in price just as the gas prices do in Canada. The only difference is that gas actually goes down in price just like we’ve seen lately. You’ll never see that with postage stamps. You know it wouldn’t be so bad if we bought Hallmark greeting cards but when you shop for a greeting card at the dollar store and then stick on a stamp that’s worth almost the same it seems a bit much. Having friends all over the world seems that the cheapest route for us is using the internet to say, “Happy Birthday”, “Merry Christmas”, “Happy New Year”, “Happy Easter”, “Congratulations on your Wedding, Baby, Pet” etc. well, you get the point. Mind you we haven’t stopped sending cards but we have noticed the difference postage makes to our budget. I don’t miss opening a greeting card that comes in the post which eventually ends up being tossed in the garbage. My wife and I are always asking each other “How much is the price of a stamp?” but mostly for my International stamps. The permanent “P” Canadian stamp that we can buy means that even if prices go […]

PF Weekly Grab a Brew #52: Boxing Day madness wasn’t so mad


DEALS WORTH GETTING UP FOR   I don’t mind going shopping on Boxing Day as long as long as I don’t have an agenda. I find that every year we tend to head out to the stores with no goal in mind only to see what bargains are to be found. It’s more of a tradition each year now just to roam around and see what the stores are getting rid of at rock bottom prices. We set out early on Boxing Day bright and early at 5:30 with our first stop being Future Shop for 6am only to notice that the line-up wasn’t near as long as it was in 2012. What is going on? Are people not wanting to spend money on Boxing Day? Are the deals not worth getting up for? To be honest we didn’t even read the Boxing Day flyers as it’s been so busy. Is online-shopping taking front seat to getting up and venturing out into the cold waiting in line? Not everyone is comfortable shopping online yet but I’m betting over time we will see more people staying home unless the stores come up with better in-store deals. Future shop even went as […]

Double-Crust Mincemeat Pies Part 2


CHRISTMAS MINCE PIES A couple of weeks back I promised you that as soon as 4 weeks was up after making part 1 of this recipe the mincemeat filling we would get started on making some mincemeat pies. You can read about “What is mincemeat pie?” and “The history of mincemeat pie” in the link above if you want more background about this lovely festive treat. Today I am using the mincemeat that has been maturing over the last few weeks. As I opened the jar of mincemeat filling that I recently made my heart just melted it took me right back home to eating Christmas pies with my family with a cuppa tea! My sisters and I would always fight over the mincemeat pies as there was five 0f us in the family. There would always be couple of mincemeat pies left and after mum got hers we were down to the last one which we would wrestle over. My dad on the other hand doesn’t really like mince pies as he prefers his apple pies. My kids were there when I opened the jar of mincemeat asking what we were going to make today as a family because […]

Stollen bread for the Christmas holidays


SWEET AND SIMPLE THIS FRUIT BREAD IS PACKED FULL OF FLAVOUR   If it’s a sweet treat you crave but don’t want to indulge in chocolate or something ooey gooey then this recipe is a must try. Christmas prep is in full swing at my house and the hustle and bustle in the kitchen only means that I’m baking up a long list of holiday favourites for everyone to enjoy. I like to be ahead of the game and get some treats and breads ready in case of unexpected guests or even just as a sweet treat on a cold winter’s day! With so many rich, traditional foods at Christmas, it can be a welcome change to be offered a slice of delicious home-made Stollen bread with butter, cheese, or a homemade preserve such as my carrot marmalade which I also use in this recipe. With the coming and goings of expected and unexpected guests during the Christmas holidays it’s a good idea to have a stand-by recipe for bread suitable for all occasions. This Stollen bread recipe offers just that and it’s not that difficult to make but it’s the culture behind the bread that most people often wonder […]

The power of plastic points


If you’re like most people, you probably have a wallet full of colourful plastic cards that are taking up space and making it harder and harder for you to close the clasp! If you look through them, you’ll likely discover that while some of these cards are useful credit and debit cards than a few are loyalty cards you just never use. It’s understandable how anyone can end up with such a collection. Practically every retailer offers a loyalty point scheme. At the time, it can be hard to think of a good reason to refuse and with a little effort, the points we collect with plastic can be worth it … as the following tips show.   Be selective of points cards   Before saying yes to every loyalty point card which is put under your nose, think about how often you shop in a particular store. Is it really worth the effort of filling out the application form? Think about where you would shop regularly even if you weren’t part of a loyalty scheme. Once you’ve identified these stores then take advantage of the schemes that they offer. One of our favourite shops to use a rewards points […]