The Saturday Weekend Review #35: It was a start the car moment day today

Summer Is Coming To An End While enjoying the last weeks of summer we decided to head out this morning to garage sales. It was one of those start the car moments at the very first stop and we weren’t the only frugal deal seekers that thought so.  As usual I was the sensible driver and she was the erratic wife, yelling, “stop the car” lol… that’s OK I’m used to it now and on more occasions than one we have found some great deals so I’m not going to complain. Since it’s the Labour Day long weekend this weekend there weren’t many garage sales in our community so we thought we would go to a couple that were close the house. The very first one we hit at 7am had plenty of cars parked outside and for good reasons; the garage sale prices were amazing. We actually were fortunate to find a garage sale that had literally shelves of phenomenal books. The owner said that the books belonged to her father-in-law who had since passed away. He was an avid reader and collector of books and they wanted to get rid of them for ONLY $1.00 EACH or MAKE […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #29: Welcome 6000 Facebook fans, figs and a Contest

When I started my Facebook page in early February, 2012 I remember getting excited to have a few followers come on board. As the months crept on I found my Facebook page growing not only with the Facebook marketing, blog marketing and other social media and contests I was doing but from the fans and other bloggers that I follow. Over the past year and a half I have met some amazing people and those fans are still with me and take pride in Canadian Budget Binder, helping me to build our community day after day. Nothing makes me happier than to see my team of fans champion our page to grow by participating and sharing every day. They take control and they help each other out, they welcome new fans in and it’s overwhelming for me at times. I wish they could see the tear in my eye just to know I’ve made such an impact in their lives with this blog and page. Just as I have for them, they have affected my life. I want to take a moment to thank all of you. Each one of you know who you are because I talk to you […]

The Saturday Weekly Review #28: Frugal fun in the kitchen with basil

Holy basil this year in our garden, I can hardly see the neighbours property through all the basil that has grown. Not really, (that’s my sad attempt at humour today) but it all brings me joy. Just when you thought you wouldn’t have enough, your seeds start sprouting and you have an abundance of green aromatic beauty before you. That’s how I feel after growing basil this year in the planters that I built with leftover wood from building our deck. Over the years we have grown basil in the ground, in stand up pots but we’ve had much more success in the flat wide pots that we continue to use them year after year. Planting basil is not difficult, but if you want to grow basil you have to start early and get your seeds in the soil so they have ample time to grow over the summer. I spent the morning today making a frugal basil pesto. I call it frugal because it doesn’t contain pine nuts or walnuts both of which cost a fortune but we don’t miss that at all. A small jar of basil pesto like in the photo above can run you about $3.99 at the […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #27: Garage sailing without money in your pocket

Who said you have to bring money with you when you go to a garage sale. Garage sailing without money in your pocket is just as much fun if not more fun then spending money. Why? Well, you aren’t spending any money, that’s why. I had no intentions of bringing any money with us when we got up this morning to scour our area for ‘stuff’ that people wanted to get rid of for cheap. We didn’t go too far away from where we live but planned our route the day before. Since my wife had her friend come along I was simply the driver, as usual. The garage sale, yard sale, lawn sale whatever you fancy calling it has been a Saturday pastime for us but we don’t go that often these days. The reason is that we don’t need anything. I think if we had kids the need would be much greater because garage sales are littered with items for kids. You simply can’t beat the prices for clothes and toys for kids and the best part is your negotiating power, that is if you use it. This weekend we challenged ourselves to see if we could spend nothing, […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #18- Is It 24 Hr Lasting Perfection or Lasting Perfection “Style” ?

Lancome is feeling the heat over some 24 hour long-lasting perfection foundation make-up as one woman sues. Consumers want to know is it actually a “lasting perfection” product as it claims or is it lasting perfection style make-up? I know I’m writing about make-up today and not beer, budgets, gardening and DIY but I couldn’t help myself. When I read the lengths one woman is willing to go to sue a company because a product “faded significantly” “overnight I knew I had to keep reading. As a consumer we have marketing terms thrown in our faces all the time in hopes of reeling us in to buy products and spend our money. How many times have we heard people question whether products are organic, fat-free and so on but now the claim of a product not lasting long enough has surfaced. It’s just the name of the game for marketers, a game of who can capture their audience the best in order to sell product, full-stop. It’s been going on since the dawn of time and as consumers many of us are just used to the hoopla we read but there are some people who really do buy into it, literally and […]

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