Inexpensive Beach Essentials You Should Pack This Summer : The Saturday Weekend Review #227

GOING TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER? DON’T LEAVE ANY OF THESE BEACH BAG ESSENTIALS BEHIND!   Planning a road trip to the beach is like camping for a day in the sand which means packing all of your beach essentials, including the kitchen sink. Add kids to the mix and you’re sure to have your hands busy, but it’s all about family fun. Laugh away but I’m sure many of you are guilty of bringing too much stuff to the beach as if you were next in line to be stranded on a desert island. Not a dessert island a desert island even though hanging out on an island filled with sweets wouldn’t bother me one bit. The point… Don’t Pack too much unless you are going to a remote location with no amenities for miles. My wife is the worst at over-packing to go ANYWHERE! If it’s not her purse bulging at the seam her luggage (laundry basket) is filled to the top with clothing just for a simple few days away from home. “You never know what you will need”, she always says but also notes how often she hardly puts a dent in that white laundry basket. […]

Why We Bought Our Toddler Christmas Presents At The Dollar Store

THE TOP TEN DOLLAR STORE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR KIDS ARE SIMPLE BUT FUN.   Christmas presents are only part of the holiday season but one of the most expensive. While some parents might drop a jaw reading the title of this post and say they’d never spend money buying Christmas Presents at the Dollar store for their children other parents say this is all they can afford. Our little guy is working his way up to three years old and recognizes toys and anything that goes zoom from a mile away. That’s why we chose to find the Top 10 Hottest Christmas Presents for boys and girls at the Dollar Store this week. Whether you think the toys are cheap that’s up to you but remember what you buy will soon be buried and forgotten. How’s that for a smile and a wad of cash?   Kids only get what we give them. Your choice, Your money.   We have no issues with stopping by Mastermind Toys, Toys R Us or any other store that offers children’s toys with our boy. He’s perfectly happy just looking at the boxes and on occasion playing with toys that he can get his […]

15 Frugal Ways To Stock Children’s Books For Your Home Library

READING IS ABSORBING INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN’T GIVE BACK   Reading DOES matter in a child’s life and should start the minute they can look into your eyes, listen with their ears or touch with their hands. We began reading to our son shortly after he came home from the hospital. Not only that but we began to play soft music throughout the day like my wife did when he was in her tummy. That might sound daft to some people but for a baby hearing their parents voice talking to them is soothing and what better way to begin than by reading a book.   Children’s Books can be expensive   Have you ever seen the prices on brand new books that have never been cracked open? Some of the prices are mind-blowing especially on children’s books. Next time you’re in a book store or if you have any children’s books at home flip them over or look in the front cover to check for prices. Shoppers who pay full retail price for children’s books only do so because they really, really want it. Sometimes it’s hard to resist those cute books that you know your son or daughter […]

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Must-Have Kitchen Tools For The Home Chef On A Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Mar 21-27

FROST YOUR KITCHEN WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS   There are some pretty cool kitchen tools on the market but most often they are a waste of money because they are valuable in the moment but then fade away deep into the back of a kitchen cupboard. You all know what I’m talking about because you likely have some of those kitchen tools you’ve forgotten all about screaming to be used. I know we do. Under the cupboard we have an apple corer, grilled cheese machine, Pampered Chef cheese grater and I’m sure I could find a few more if I left the computer now and had a look, but you get the point. One of these days I’ll be the one selling these kitchen tools on Kijiji because I’m sure there will be a buyer out there looking for these items that will complete their kitchen gadget list. Some of you might dig this All Ware Stainless Steel Pineapple Easy Slicer and De-Corer kitchen tool but for others it’s just another expensive addition to the kitchen that will likely collect dust. The original price is $28.95 but if you are certain it will add value to your kitchen tools list […]

Mom wants limited Easter chocolate and healthier baskets : The Saturday Weekend Review #114

SAVE THE CHOCOLATE BUNNY   No, you won’t get an Easter basket filled with carrots and apples but some parents are cutting back on the amount of Easter Chocolate their kids are eating and receiving. Move over Chocolate Easter Bunny…Easter Peeps, Props and Crafts are moving in on you. Just last week while we were at the photographers getting our sons Easter Photos shot along with other parents. One of the mothers who was also getting Easter pictures for her son was getting him all excited about the Easter Bunny and of course he screamed “Easter Chocolate”. That’s when the conversation started! One mother to another Mother 1: My kids love chocolate too much and I don’t want family and friends going overboard this year. Mother 2: I know what you mean and to be honest I’m thinking about telling everyone NOT to put Easter Chocolate in the Easter gifts for the kids. Our mouths dropped…as we deflated into our seats as it felt like they just killed the Chocolate Easter Bunny. My wife says she remembers Easter chocolate being a huge part of Easter when she was a child. Her parents would hide Easter eggs all around the house […]

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Buying Cheap Food At The Dollar Store Shouldn’t Be Your Only Option: The Grocery Game Challenge #3 Nov 17-23,2014

IT’S WORTH SPENDING THE TIME TO GROCERY SHOP   It’s no secret that for many Canadians debt is a big problem as it is all over the world. With high debt loads some people feel that buying cheap food at their local dollar store is the only way to put food on the table and to balance their grocery budget. It’s not the only option, let me explain why. If you go to your local dollar store like we do and buy stuff that you know has a price tag that just can’t be beat why would you pay high prices? Most often we give up quality and value just to find something that will work like a $3 IPod Charger as opposed to buying one at The Source for $29.99 plus tax to do the same thing. My theory is we could buy 10 cheap chargers for the price of one and so what if it breaks. Not only can you buy seasonal items and housewares but almost every dollar store also sells cheap food although it’s hard for me to make that same comparison for many of the products. You don’t have to eat unhealthy foods just because […]

Should business owners control student group shopping? : The Saturday Weekend Review #93

HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS   Student group shopping is not new and neither is theft in retail stores across the world. Living in a city where there is a University we see plenty of students come September roaming the streets in large groups. The same goes for high school students. The shops in our city are jam-packed with students and line-ups are huge especially if the shop is in a school district. I know the Shoppers Drug Mart we go to is always packed with groups of University students from September until school breaks for summer holidays.   Large student groups are hard to control   Theft happens every day but for Dollar store giant Dollarama in Toronto a policy of one student in the store shopping at a time is being called discriminatory by local area high school students. The store is taking preventive measures to control the mobs of students that come in but not saying they don’t want students as customers rather they want to protect themselves from loss. Shoplifting is a big deal to any store and sometimes students dare each other to steal just to see if they get caught because it seems like something […]

Scare more and spend less money in the budget this Halloween

Would You Pay $40.00 For A Can Of Soup?   Is there really any other holiday that is more fun than Halloween? It’s one day every year when we get into the spirit of Halloween and dress up in scary, outrageous and hilarious costumes, purposely try to scare people and eat lots of candy and chocolate. Could it get any better?  It’s that one day a year where adults get to unleash their inner child and bring their wild fantasies to life by becoming someone they want to impersonate. If you are in a relationship you might consider a couples Halloween costume which have on more than one occasion made us all laugh. When all the werewolves and superheroes rest for the night we pack up all the decorations and costumes and wait to do it all again next year. Buying costumes, candy and decorating your home can get expensive quick but with some planning and do-it-yourself ambition you can save yourself a lot of money in your budget from year to year.   Budget your holidays   One great way to save for the holidays like Halloween is to save money every month in your budget as a projected […]

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