Happiness Is everything: Saving Money, Buying Time

By: Katrina Keeping Life Simple Makes Life Easier Keeping in theme with Mr. CBB’s post this week ‘Money isn’t everything, happiness is‘ relationships and love I decided to share a bit about my day-to-day life. You all know how hectic and busy my life is but now I want to share with you how I am making more time for things that make me happy and saving money at the same time. I’m a mom on the go so working, caring for your children and a house can be overwhelming and challenging. I strive to find the proper balance between them all. I love my job, wish I could spend more time with the kids and less time cleaning and organizing our house. What is worth your time? How often do you say I just need a few more minutes or a couple more hours in a day? What could you eliminate from your life or reduce the amount doing in your day to find that time? I want more time to do things like work on my son’s writing and my daughter’s drawing and spend less time doing housework. Mr.CBB’s to-do list has been great in helping me get some of the bigger projects […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #33: Friends and family buy our kids too much stuff

It Looked So Cute We Couldn’t Help Buying It I openly admit that I talk too much sometimes, but these days I enjoy it even more because listening is how I am able to help others and learn from them. I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that my wife wanted to head out to garage sales this morning with her friend. I tagged along as the “hold this” guy not the driver this time so it was a fairly simple task for me. I’ll openly admit the most intriguing item I saw was a book called “How to make love and cook at the same time”. I thought maybe I might give that a try some time lol. Bad visual I know, sorry but the book really was an excellent cook book packed with laughter and good eats. We need a bit of humour in our lives every single day. Along the way I met a teacher who told me a story about a man who quit smoking and drinking heavily at age 40 and turned his life around and hiked across Canada. She wanted this man to speak to her students so he could motivate them to pursue their passions […]

PF Weekly Reading List #18-Come Hang Out In My Closet, I’ve Got Beer and Breakfast!

Hanging out in my closet sounds silly and it probably would be if you saw the size of our walk in closet. As a guy who enjoys ripping things apart and creating new spaces I’m the first to admit the closet is NOT at the top of my remodel list. I’m afraid there are many people who beg to differ with me and have taken what to some is just an obvious hole in the wall with a door to a WHOLE new level. Gone are the days where closets were just for hanging our clothes in, it’s party time, so come hang out in my dream closet, I’ve got beer and breakfast. Most women and plenty of men would love to have a chef’s kitchen that really is GOURMET. I’m not talking about the rubbish you read in some of the MLS or For Sale By Owner listings that have a bog standard kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, island, microwave about the stove and granite counters. That is FAR from a chef’s kitchen to me, I’m talking about a real fancy gourmet kitchen with a stone work-top, walk-in 2 storey pantry, climate controlled wine cooler, Sub Zero refrigerator and […]

Newlyweds: How We Avoided Debt on One Income

Although we avoided debt on one income it certainly was not easy as Newlyweds. By no means would I consider my husband and I “rich”, conventionally speaking, but we have been able to stay debt free, from paying for our wedding to buying a new car. With the exception of a mortgage, which we’re paying off at a crazy fast pace, we live debt free, on a single income. We don’t have a wallet-full of credit cards, we avoid financing anything, and we always have an emergency fund. My husband and I are very fortunate, in that we chose to live on one income, instead of being forced into this lifestyle through job loss. My husband and I decided early on in our marriage that I would be a stay-at-home wife, and he would be the traditional bread-winner. It was definitely difficult, a newlywed couple in their early 20’s trying to live on one income. There were times I considered getting a job, thinking how easy things would be with a second income. Eventually, I caved and took a job at a local shopping mall, getting home each night when my husband was just getting ready for bed. We might have […]

Buying Clothes from Second Hand Shops..Is it worth it?

Do you shop at Thrift Stores? Many of these second-hand shops offer new or gently used clothing, accessories and household items for a fraction of the cost at a retail store. Who wouldn’t shop there first, right? Wrong! Some people take a look around them when they attempt to walk in a second-hand shop to make sure no one they know is around.  Myself I waltz right in as I just love second-hand shops. Tip: If you are worried what your neighbour or mate might say because they see you in the store ask yourself this “If they see you then you must see them” so what? Who cares? The stigma put on second-hand shops that they are for the poor or for starving students is WRONG. These stores such as Value Village, The Salvation Army Thrift Store ( Sally Ann)  have grown in popularity in exponential rates over the past decade. Why? The answer is easy many people now see the value in second-hand items. They also see the savings and understand  the cost to the environment and the re-use value.  Most clothing if not donated ends up in clear bags ending up in our landfills. We need to […]

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