Makeup And My Beauty Routine Is Going To Bankrupt Me : The Saturday Weekend Review #191


BEAUTY IS A BIG INDUSTRY THAT CAN SWALLOW YOUR MONEY WITH DESIGNER PROMISES   My wife was talking to her sister on Skype while she was getting ready for work yesterday morning. She was in the bathroom straightening her hair and said she had been up since 5:30am and she was running behind as it was 7am. I’m in the kitchen prepping the pumpkin spice coffee into the coffee pot that was graciously gifted to us by our neighbour for watching his cat while they went on holidays. In the midst of pouring the water in the back of the worst coffee pot ever I’m trying NOT to listen to them chat but it’s hard not to when the topic is about Money. You have to understand something about my wife’s sister, she’s a Hollywood beauty enthusiast and loves everything to do with make-up, body lotions, creams and perfume. Her closet is an entirely different situation but let’s just say in the past 3 weeks she’s donated over 4 garbage bags full and she’s still not done purging at the advice of her mother. When she was younger there was no hiding that she had debt because she was spending […]

There’s a Cheaper Way to Save When Buying Used Stuff : The Saturday Weekend Review #139

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USED STUFF SHOULDN’T BE SO EXPENSIVE   My wife and I have enjoyed saving money over the years by going to second-hand shops such as Value Village and Goodwill to buy new and used stuff. These aren’t the only two places to buy used stuff in Ontario but they are the most commonly known shops around. Lately though it seems that every time we go into these stores especially Value Village that the prices are outrageously high for used stuff that they were given FREE. I can understand vintage used stuff or used stuff that holds value but they keep that stuff under lock and key. Even then some of those prices are a bit out of touch with what one can find elsewhere for less. Keep in mind not all of this stuff is in mint condition or has all the parts or accessories either. We’ve questioned over and over if it’s even worth shopping there any longer when we can find used stuff cheaper other ways. There is always that tendency for us though to walk back in just to see if we can “Find anything“. I’m sure many of you have said and done just that. Even […]

PF Weekly Grab a brew #44: When should you put the Christmas decorations up?


HOLD BACK THE URGE TO DECORATE If you are wondering when you should put the Christmas lights up there really is no specified date to put up Christmas decorations. We often get asked when is the best time for putting up the Christmas tree and to be honest, it’s up to you. But, should you wait? Wait for what? Now that Halloween has come and gone many people are packing away the scary decor  and looking for bells and garland. I know that we store all of our Christmas decor including our fake Christmas tree in the basement. If there is no snow on the ground we just don’t get that festive push though.   Remembrance Day   Not everyone is rushing out this morning to see if they can be frugal and find half price Halloween candy that they can stash away for the year. Some people are dusting off the Christmas decor and talking about what they want to do and where the decorations should go for the upcoming holiday season. I was scrolling through my Facebook page this morning and already I noticed a photo saying not to put your Christmas decorations up until after November 11, […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #43: Demanding kids and budget Halloween costume ideas


HALLOWEEN COSTUMES CAN DENT THE BUDGET   Not everyone has the creative flair when it comes to Halloween and spending less on candy and decorations but with a bit of planning you can celebrate without breaking the bank. Kids and costumes   Kids can get pretty demanding when it comes to Halloween because they want to dress up in what they want and once they have an idea in their head they stick to it. My best friend’s daughter wanted to be a character from Pacific Rim and has her heart set on being a giant robot. He will do anything to make his daughter happy so he set out to Wal-Mart to buy all the materials to create this costume for her. The cost for the materials came to $54 so far and he still has to figure out materials to make the arms. That’s a pricey costume for a child but if you want to see your children smile and you can afford it in your budget than why not go all the way to make the night a magical moment for your child. Another alternative is to have the child save part of their allowance or if […]

Canadian Budget Binder-The Saturday Weekend Review #3 November 2012

  Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review Well, Halloween has come and gone but I did promise that I would post a picture of the pumpkin I carved. Please don’t mind the obvious blurry picture as clearly I would have gotten out my tripod. Mrs.CBB said, “nah, it will be OK”. So this is her version of “OK” in the following pictures (after a few drinks). I also scooped out the pumpkin seeds like others said they do. I know it sounds strange but it’s only my third pumpkin that I’ve carved. I cleaned the seeds, added some sesame oil, salt, pepper, paprika and steak seasoning lol.. (gosh I hope that’s not odd). Then I roasted them in the oven 2 days after Halloween so I could let them dry out a bit. That’s not entirely true. The tray was taking too much room up on the counter so we tossed it in the oven. Well 2 days later Mrs.CBB says, “Babe, I think we forgot to roast the pumpkin seeds”. They don’t look so appetizing in the picture but I’m currently munching on them as I type this and they aren’t so bad, if you like cardboard. A nice cold beer to […]