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The Ultimate Guide To Simple Kitchen Downsizing : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 June 5-11

TOUR OUR KITCHEN FROM BULK TO THE MINIMALIST SLIM VERSION   Smart kitchen ideas start with an organized clean kitchen for you to prepare healthy meals without wasting time, energy and money. Look around your kitchen and think about the stuff that you have and consider the last time you’ve used it. I’ll wait here until you come back. Kitchen downsizing has become a new trend for 2017 among our circle of friends because they are feeling the dollar crunch. They aren’t buying as much and they are selling what they have too much of, us included. When looking to buy a new house your realtor may tell you to forget about the stuff the current owner has and imagine the room without it. Some homeowners hire a home staging company to help them downsize their belongings to make the home seem larger. When you buy a house the idea of enjoying that large space can easily be chopped when you start filling it up with stuff. Not only do you lose space but you create an environment for more cleaning and dust. We know from experience. We took a proactive approach the last month to tackle kitchen downsizing by […]

How To Stop Wasting Valuable Time At Garage Sales : The Saturday Weekend Review #219

UNDERSTAND THE BUY AND SELL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY WHEN SHOPPING FOR DEALS.   Please don’t state the obvious especially if you don’t fancy garage sales because I can already hear responses echoing in my head- “Don’t Go”, “Stay Home” or take a little walk and the urge will go away. I’m afraid you can’t take the frugal out of us especially when we can save big buying used to compensate what we can’t save money on. Having a toddler in tow makes second-hand shopping far more interesting because there will always be something needed. Each year after a season of garage sales which start slowly in the Spring I seem to learn something new about what I like and don’t like about them. Then what do I do? I come and blog about my findings to all of you so you learn from mistakes or like I say, “Money projects”. My money projects are about research, doing things differently, being the bad customer, the good customer etc. In fact I’m probably the buyer I describe as “avoid at all costs” but without personal experience it’s hard to say I know how something is when I haven’t lived it. You can’t […]

grocery game monthly challenge

The Ultimate Guide To Find Recipes For Free or Cheap: The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #3 Nov 21-27

LET ME SHOW YOU ALL THE SECRET PLACES THAT RECIPES MIGHT BE TUCKED AWAY   Years ago the father would be the head of the household and go to work and the mother would be a stay at home mum who cooked, cleaned, grocery shopped, paid the bills and looked after the kids. Both are uniquely full-time jobs except the wife got to stay home which meant cooking meals from scratch was popular as were finding new recipes to create for family meal time. Picture the woman in the kitchen with her apron on and her family sitting at the dinner table while she serves the food. This was the image that was depicted back in the 50’s and 60’s but not everyone could afford to have a stay at home mother. This is a rare position these days although just because two parents go to work doesn’t mean the job doesn’t have to get done. We all need to eat which means we either create recipes, find recipes, eat out or buy convenience foods which I don’t care for myself. Juggling the role of working parents and homemakers is a tough job,(I know because I do this) but it […]

Do you pay debt back on time? : The Saturday Weekend Review #89

 NEVER TOO LATE TO PAY DEBT   Sometimes people think that paying back debt that they owe will disappear if they just forget about it. I have helped friends and family pay debt in the past and it has taken months if not up to a year to recover the money owed to me. It’s likely a reason why I don’t offer money to help people out of debt often because waiting to get the money back is sometimes hit or miss.   Pay debt back   Just recently I received money back from a relative which was borrowed well over a year ago and although I didn’t say anything it puts you in an awkward situation when people think their debts will go away. She told us that she didn’t think we wanted the money back right away since we weren’t in any debt and we both made good money with our jobs. The way I look at it is if you can’t afford to pay your debt than borrowing money will either get you by until money comes your way or you will get further into debt just by paying off one debt yet owing another. Sometimes the […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #40: Nothing is free at a wedding not even being a guest

Money Can Ruin Relationships, Tread Carefully   Nothing in life is free but expectations put on guests when it’s party time especially for a wedding can get out of control like it did for these two ladies below. It’s another one of those wedding letters that a guest writes to the bride because she turns into some money hungry bride who wants her guests to pay for the extravagant wedding that they couldn’t afford. I’m always amazed at how the wedding gifts seem to be more important than the day itself. It’s probably why my wife and I never bothered with a traditional wedding or why some decide to jet off to the Dominican or other hot spot destinations to get married. I remember one of our guests gave us a hand painted tea-cup and plate and although it was simple it was a reminder of friendship and her presence at our wedding.   Wedding budget   We did not request any form of gifts from our guests and to be honest we wouldn’t have cared if they brought anything at all because we saved up the cash to pay for our entire wedding in cash with a realistic budget […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #32: Define pay it forward

Don’t Say Try, Just Do It Any time I read one of these ‘pay it forward stories’ it does remind me that there are good people in this world.  Our minds become clouded watching the darkness of negativity in the news whether it be in print, television or listening on the radio. That is really part of what sells in the media and most people although saddened thrive on what’s going wrong around the world and forget about what’s going right. When reading a positive story it simply lightens up the world just a bit brighter than it was the day before. We don’t often hear of all the good Samaritan stories but when we do in most cases it touches our hearts and makes us wonder how we can give back if we aren’t already. This morning I read this pay it forward story on Yahoo which was a nice change from all the crap we get to read on a daily basis in the news. To paraphrase what happen, some guy was checking his baggage at the Tampa International airport when his credit card was declined. While he was trying to sort out the problem one of others […]

Junk To Funk: Some Woman Down The Road Left Me With Hardwood

Turning junk to funk isn’t a side hustle of mine just yet but I do enjoy putting a little elbow grease into something that practically lands in my lap for free. Although I enjoy saving money in our budget picking up junk and taking it from poo to new it is something I will do as long as it doesn’t cost me a fortune in money and time. You can’t just pick up any old crap, sometimes it’s thrown out for a reason.  Free Stuff So as long as I keep finding these freebies, I’ll keep blogging about them especially if it’s saving us money, better yet, making us money. In the past I’ve talked about finding beer cans that my neighbours don’t seem to want to return for the cash. Sure it’s only cents but all us frugal minded and personal finance people know that a few cents can add up to a barrel of money over time.  I found a particularly crusty looking Lawnmower once, but after replacing a couple of parts it only cost me a few bucks and some time to clean it up and it looked brand, spanking, new again. It sure was worth it considering […]

Mr.CBB’s Blog Post Picks Of The Week~May 19-25,2012

By: Mr.CBB I’m back again with my second blog post picks post (say that 10 times). What a week it’s been for Canadian Budget Binder. We surpassed 25,000 blog views and have a wonderful 1500 Facebook Fans whom are a great team to talk to every day. My Twitter Followers have been growing slowly but that’s ok, we all have to start somewhere. My followers keep me up to date with the latest and greatest which I enjoy reading and re-tweeting.  I was also surprised to get nominated for another blogger award called the Kreativ Blog Award by my mate Dennis at What To Cook? Thanks again Dennis! When I started this blog it was merely to see if anyone out there wanted to listen about how we save money and stay out of debt. What I wasn’t prepared for were the vast amounts of not only Canadians but diverse cultures all over the world looking for advice, tips and answers to their questions.  I’ve met and teamed up with some amazing bloggers and fans that motivate me to keep doing what I do. To all of you, I thank you for taking a small blog like Canadian Budget Binder into […]

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