Why the fixer-upper house might not be for you: PF Weekly Grab a brew #83

EXPENSES BEHIND THE WALLS   It’s true that our dreams can get crushed when we don’t have the cash to do what we thought we would especially when you buy a fixer-upper house. Of all the people I’ve ever met they said they didn’t feel that renting was helping them to build a financial future for their retirement years. Although this is a wide-open topic that will bring in all sorts of controversy it’s certainly a personal decision that we must make on our own. Acquaintances of ours in their early thirties are looking to buy an older home that is their dream home but the catch is they want a fixer-upper. They do plan to have kids as well in the near future. He asked me my thoughts about older fixer-upper homes since many homes in the UK are very old. I was honest with him but ultimately it was my opinion and they need to make their own. I don’t want to be responsible for one of the biggest purchases of their lives. They are currently renting and have never owned a home before so owning a home is like the golden ticket for them or anyone really. […]

Would you pay to watch a new movie in premium Cineplex seats? :PF Weekly grab a brew #72

CINEMA MOVIES ARE A LUXURY   Watching a movie particularly at the Cineplex theatre may cost you approx. $2 more if you are hoping to take in a new movie and opt for new premium seats. Cinema movies are just as popular today as they were many years ago even when the drive-in theatre was a popular night out. You might still find the odd drive-in movie theatre still in business but for the most part people head indoors in bunches every night to take in a new movie or two. With new movies coming to theatres often movie fans want to get their fill of seeing the best new movies on the giant screen while being able to pick the best seat in the house. Cineplex like any other business is looking for ways to increase customer service and of course revenues even though most people cringe at the prices they pay to snack on movie favourites such as buttered popcorn, nachos and cheese and large-sized pops. Just ask CBB blogger Katrina who went to the movies last week and I believe she mentioned she spent around $40 in snacks to bring her kids to see Rio 2. She […]

Holiday gas price increase hits the wallet: PF Weekly grab a brew #68

DON’T WAIT TO FILL UP   With every holiday in Canada we see a gas price increase at the pumps but that’s only the beginning of what to expect. Although the gas price increase seem to be a tradition here in Canada there are no real Easter traditions for myself but the Mrs. likes to spend time with the family around Good Friday and Easter. This year is no exception and we have enjoyed a couple of days away and will eat lots of fish for our Good Friday meal today.   Gas price increase   While we have been off from work we noticed a sharp gas price increase, in fact where we are it shot up 10 cents per litre overnight. I was quite lucky because we had just filled up the day before the gas price increase which is fine for now but what about continuing on? Apparently the gas price increase is supposed to be hitting the $1.47 per litre mark sometime soon and people will have no other choice than to pay it. The other option is to get rid of the vehicle and ride a bike, take the bus, walk or car pool. This increase combined with the new […]

Would you buy a jar of clean air? : PF Weekly grab a brew #67

IF THERE IS A BUYER IT WILL BE SOLD   There have always been odd products on the market that most of us shake our heads at but would you jump at the chance to buy air? I’m all for the entrepreneurial spirit and using your creative imagination to invent a product or service for the public in order to make a profit. Forget about encouraging your children to be young entrepreneurs selling just the obvious like lemonade or making their way to Dragons Den when you can score some big bucks selling air. (I’m just having a laugh… please do encourage your children’s creative side.) The most you have to pay for is the glass jar you store the air in and labelling because well, air is free as long as it is clean air. I know I’m having a laugh but really it’s true that not just one person but 3 people are selling air and making a nice profit from it.   Buy my air   That’s right I nearly fell off my seat this morning wih my coffee in hand when I read a Yahoo article about a male artist from Beijing who is protesting the […]

Are tattoos the next advertising phenomenon? : PF Weekly grab a brew #65

GET INKED TO SPREAD THE WORD   You are either someone who loves tattoos or hates tattoos because they tag along with you everywhere you go. Are you looking for a cool tattoo idea? I think I’ve just found one! At least I think I have although I may be behind with the times. Some people don’t worry about what others think of tattoos and others have felt the wrath of discrimination just because they are “different from others when they really aren’t. We are all human with a heart after all. I find that many people who love tattoos have them as a way to express themselves or their creative side just as a photographer might with his/her portfolio or an artist with his/her paintings etc. The only difference is tattoos are for the most part permanent unless you want to have tattoo removal. I’ve heard it’s not only as time-consuming as getting a tattoo or worse it’s costly and painful. Why would you want to get it removed after spending all that money to get it put on? Some people do because they make split second decisions and down the line change their mind. A relationship might end […]

Fast food restaurants are a dime a dozen: PF Weekly Grab a brew #60

A LOST BUSINESS IDENTITY CAN COST $   It’s no secret that I use my allowance to buy coffee at fast food outlets like Tim Horton’s or McDonald’s but I don’t ever invest in much more. Some people live and breathe the products that are new at their favourite fast food outlets but in the past few years it’s become overwhelming. There are changes though coming to one of the most popular coffee giants, Tim Horton’s. You may notice some of your favourites missing from the list and ice-cream is on it’s way out the door.   Business model   I don’t know the in’s and out’s of the fast food industry but as a consumer watching in from the outside my feedback is just as important. I’ve participated in many focus groups for the fast food industry over the years and to be honest with you things have changed dramatically. Sure we get fast food back in the UK and although I haven’t been home for about 6 years it’s hard to say what’s changed but what I do know is competition among the restaurants in this industry is cut-throat. It’s about who has the healthiest fast food menu […]

Not everything online is free for the taking: PF Weekly Grab a brew #59

ASK BEFORE YOU TAKE   Be careful what you post online because someone might just think they can use it for free. In fact, it’s true many people do share information online but fail to credit the original owner. Granted, mistakes happen. Could you imagine pouring your heart and soul into a work of art or a hobby of yours online only to have someone take it and use it to make a profit? They are making money… yes dollars off of your skill. I read somewhere once that if you have a skill and are good at it don’t do it for free. What happens if someone just takes it though? You go after them, that’s what you do. Is it worth it to you though? That’s your decision. So why is it ok that someone thinks they can take something that a skilled person created and posted online and use it to make money for themselves? Greed? Maybe.   Protect your stuff   It happens all the time and it’s why I always suggest to try to protect any work that you put online so you have proof that you are the original owner of that work. The […]

Do you know the laws when travelling abroad? : PF Weekly Grab a brew #58

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS   Do you really read about the laws of the country you are about to visit when travelling abroad? Shaking your head no, don’t worry me neither. I’ve been to many countries around the world in the 30 odd years I’ve been around and Canada was the only place that I did. To be honest the laws of each destination that I visited weren’t something that crossed my mind although it really should have been. Before I became a permanent resident in Canada I did look into the laws of the road and driving and how I would be insured since I was visiting from abroad only because my wife had brought it to my attention. It’s important to know what your rights are and whether your insurance will cover you in the event of an accident but also what the laws of the country are involving certain situations such as the horror described below. I was disturbed to read an article earlier this week about Canadian Justine Davis from Toronto who was travelling through Cuba with her three-year old son. While on a rented scooter just before this past Christmas they were involved in an accident […]

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