How A Guy Managed To Break The Poverty Chain: The Saturday Weekend Review #206

A CHANCE MEETING WITH A STRANGER CAN SOMETIMES PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE FOR YOU   Breaking the poverty chain seems like an easy thing to do especially if you’ve lived a life where money hasn’t been a stressful event for your family. You also don’t have to live in the hood to be part of the poverty chain even though there is a stigma attached to such neighbourhoods. It’s not just moms and dads collecting money from the government but also for those people who can’t seem to get ahead no matter what they do. Are they doing something wrong? Possibly, yes. There are plenty of families who have a dual-income that simply can’t manage their money which leave them struggling month after month. There is a face for poverty and then there is a hidden face for poverty that can weigh heavily on the shoulders of every family member, especially the kids. While I was making a tea at work there was a guy I had never seen before at the lunch table reading the Toronto Star and having a bite to eat. Out of the blue he says, “I don’t understand why people complain about price increases” to […]

Why Are You Being Frugal When You Don’t Have To Be?

MIND YOUR OWN FINANCIAL BUSINESS   The whole saving money and being frugal movement is always filled with people who just don’t get it. Wanting to save cash is not a new concept even if you think someone shouldn’t have to. It’s amazing how saving money ideas are crucial when running a business but not when it comes to personal finance for some people. Even if you don’t own a business you can bet your employer successful or not is always looking for ways to curb spending. You don’t have to be budget poor to live a frugal life and you can be rich and frugal at the same time-Imagine that! Mrs. CBB and I were at a friends dinner party about a week ago enjoying some of the finest foods including triple brie, prosciutto, melons and a main dish that we would only make for a special occasion. I guess that means we were all special. Most of the people in attendance would be considered “rich” or “well-off” because they own successful businesses or have thriving careers in the medical field. My wife and I don’t typically talk about personal finances with anyone however sometimes we’ve been happy to […]

15 Frugal City-Living Tips To Save Your Budget

LIVING IT UP ON A BUDGET   Living in the city isn’t for everyone—it’s hectic, expensive and not the most natural outlet for frugality. Or is it? I’ve found that city-living actually lends itself very well to the frugal life. There are plenty of ways to extract value and reduce your expenses while living in traditionally high-cost locales. Mr. Frugalwoods and I have done the city thing. Since graduating from college, we’ve lived in New York City, Washington, DC, and Cambridge, MA (twice). Why would we, as notorious frugal weirdos, live in some of the most expensive cities in the world? Well, to be honest, because we wanted to. We were both raised primarily in the mid-western United States and had romanticized visions of the chic, cutting-edge, cultured cities of the fabled east coast. We wanted to prove we could make it, that we could succeed in these notoriously competitive job markets, and that we could maintain our frugal wits in these havens of lifestyle inflation. And we have. The past 8 years have been an incredible experience for us. It has also been instrumental in teaching us what we really want out of life, which, as it turns out, is the exact opposite of […]

You’re cheap if you decorate rooms frugally

Things To Do When Moving Into A New Home No I don’t think you are cheap and you will never hear me say that, trust me. A friend of my wife who has a great job in a senior level position as does her husband feel that we are too cheap when it comes to decorating our house. I guess everyone has their own definition of cheap and frugal but for us it’s simply spending less when we can. We know loads of people who skim the online ads looking for a deal in their community. Newlyweds and those moving into their first place typically have what they acquired over the years living at home or while away at school. With more and more students exiting school with student loans that may take them years to pay off scouting for discounts on home décor is worth the effort, in my opinion. New home new stuff Everything in Cheryl’s house (changed her name) is pristine and has the price tag to prove it. When we were house sitting their cat on the weekend just going inside their house alerted us to the smell of a new home. She keeps it immaculate […]

How we quit comparing financial numbers

Adjusting Your Financial Focus  Some people like knowing what their friend’s financial numbers are, other’s don’t. Comparing what you don’t have to what they do have could hurt you in the long run if you don’t view it from a positive angle. People will complain, moan and groan about what they have or don’t have and why they deserve more or how they worked hard but life crumbled on top of them. Sure everyone has a story and likely a story worth listening to but will anyone really care about what you didn’t do in order to be happy with your life? Note I said happy, not rich and famous. I’ve talked about it before how both my wife and I never did use a budget when we first got married.  We simply spent less than we earned and packed away money when we could after our everyday expenses were paid. That seemed like the common sense approach to personal finance and how people would amass their net worth. We knew that it didn’t matter how much money we earned it was how we were saving it that mattered. You can make $1000 a week but if you blow $950 […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Grocery Game Challenge #2 May 13-19, 2013-Discount Days And Rewards Programs

  What would the grocery game challenge be without discussing discount days and rewards program perks to save money in the grocery budget? Essentially a discount day is a day or many days where a grocery store offers discounts to its customers and in some cases like Juanita’s, a further discount for holding a loyalty rewards card. I was intrigued by the deep discounts some of the fans, especially Juanita who scored some great deals on groceries at Sobeys during a discount day that offered a %10 discount to all customers and a further %5 if you were a Club Sobeys member. She may not have gotten everything free or a 98% savings but she saved a significant amount of money by planning this shop and the savings that came with it. I’m not too familiar with discount days at Sobeys as I don’t frequent that grocery store as it’s too far of a drive for us to the nearest shop. I find it interesting to read all about the different discounts and savings programs all around the world, not just in Canada because pricing isn’t always the same. In many cases staple foods are not the same either so our diets differ and […]

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 […]

My Best Financial Tip

THE ONLY WAY UP IS TO LISTEN TO THOSE YOU WANT TO SURPASS   I could probably come up with many Financial Tips but there can only be one best tip from me. When I started writing this blog at the end of January 2012 I told you a bit about us and our journey towards debt freedom. Although we now have the money to pay our mortgage in full we have had our fair share of debts along the way. I’ve never proclaimed to be a financial guru rather just an average guy that wants to get from point A to point B with minimal fuss. I’ve learned that there are brick walls and once you get stuck in the maze it can be tough to find your way out. Don’t hang your head in despair, where there’s a will there’s a way. Sometimes the solutions may not be the optimal choice but we learn from our experiences and do our best to not let them happen again. I’ve met many people who take the time to set goals yet they are so unrealistic even I would fail at them. Today I’m blogging for financial literacy which is led by Glenn Cooke of […]

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