How NOT to get duped with Play Money Like We Did

FUNNY MONEY IS EVERYWHERE   I honestly never thought we would get caught accepting play money BUT it happened. Let me tell you how it happened and what you can do to make sure you’re not getting duped too! If you think we were silly enough to be handed Monopoly money and accept it, think again. I’m pretty sure any cashier would spot that from a mile away and likely laugh it off because we all know you can’t pay for goods and services with play money. Or can you? My wife and I are huge finance buffs as you can tell from reading this blog and saving money is important to us. If we can save a dollar on toilet paper with a coupon or even using coupon apps to get further discounts we will do it. The point here is that all these dollars and cents add up over the course of the year. Why work hard for your money if you don’t care where the small stuff goes? While shopping for bits and bobs at our local Dollarama store the other day with our son in tow we went to the cash register like any normal customers […]

Spending less: Kids’ birthday parties on a budget

A Birthday That Won’t Break The Budget Spending less for a kids’ birthday party while still having fun is easier than most people think. You don’t have to spend like the “Party Mamas” (yes the Slice TV program) and have the event catered in with the entire circus, Justin Bieber and custom-made attire for your child to make memories that last a life-time. Budgeting for your kids’ birthday party is something you can easily plan into your monthly budget so you don’t have to dig into your emergency savings or put the birthday party on a credit card. We recently celebrated my daughters’ 3rd birthday this past weekend and to save money I planned a private party well in advance. We had friends and family over for the afternoon to enjoy a backyard barbecue and no birthday is complete without cake and ice-cream. I had planned some outdoor activities for the kids but unfortunately there was thunder and the threat of rain all day which put a hold on any outdoor fun. I still grilled burgers and hot dogs but we ate inside. The kids ended up playing on the new scooter my daughter received for a gift. They took turns going from […]