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

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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

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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 […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge-Oct 30-Nov 4,2012 Halloween and Rain!

One day until Halloween and today is the start of the November month for The Grocery Game Challenge. Rain, rain go away and take Hurricane Sandy with you so the kiddies can trick or treat! I know some cities are talking about re-scheduling Halloween due to the weather conditions. If you are stuck indoors you could always make a quick batch of some Halloween treats I made on the weekend, Mr.CBB’s Scary Witch Finger Cookies. I have a hard time saying no to these buttery cookies. With the last two months of the year approaching we are looking back and reflecting on our grocery budget of $190 since we started this game in February. We had some blips along the way and will share our goals for 2013 some time in December. This week we didn’t have too much to purchase but we spent more than we should have, oops. Sometimes those in-store deals can get ya and we are just like everyone else having to make the split decision of yes or no. How will this decision effect our grocery budget for the month? We are not over for the month but we will have to concentrate on sticking to […]

Spooky Frugal Halloween Fun! Mr.CBB’s Scary Witch Finger Cookies!

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Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead.. and Halloween is just around the corner! If you are looking for an easy cookie recipe that is fun and frugal this is the one. With so many Halloween parties happening in October this scary quick cookie recipe will be a hit for any party whether with your friends or co-workers. These are also great little treats to send with the kids to school or day care if they are permitted. You can’t buy these cookies around where I live but they are so cheap to make. I would say all said and done not including time and hydro they cost us around $5.00 to make. That’s not bad for a yield of just over 36 cookies. The best part is they are fun to make and making these with the kids, well you can’t buy memories can you now. The ingredients in these cookies are basic ingredients although the almonds, almond and vanilla extract and red decorator gel are something you might have to head to a bulk store to pick up. Believe it or not the bulk barn actually the cheapest price on the almonds and decorator gel. If you can get your […]

Canadian Budget Binder-The Saturday Weekend Review #2

Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review Saturday comes so fast and for some it’s the weekend of fun and pleasure and for others like me it’s a bit of both work and pleasure.  With Hurricane Sandy in the midst we brace for a wet weekend and upcoming week. Canadian Hurricane Centre says we won’t see the worst of  Sandy until next week when it hits us in Ontario. Lots of rain already, and it still keeps on coming. This past week I was back in the yard hopefully for the last clean up of the year. You know when you get your lawn looking just right, no leaves then a gale of wind comes and dumps another load. Well, that’s how my lawn looked a couple of days after all the work I did the previous week. Meh, I’m never going to get through my to-do list but at least I’m doing it. The Welfare Food Challenge is over but The Grocery Game Challenge I hold each Tuesday is still on. We continue to eat some amazing food here in the CBB home that doesn’t cost alot out-of-pocket like ginger lemon mushroom chow mein noodles topped with lemon pepper fish. Keep checking in each Sunday as I […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge October 1-7, 2012-Giving Thanks!

It’s October already can you believe it with Thanksgiving knocking on our door and the scary monsters are anticipating the fun of trick or treating. It’s that time when we give thanks for all the blessings in our life and appreciate this beautiful world we have been given to live in. Take the time to thank those that have helped you in any way even if it is opening a door or making you smile. The power of the spoken word can make someone’s day a little brighter, especially those that don’t hear it often enough. The Grocery Game Challenge has been going on almost all year now and we are a few short months away from seeing how we made out for the year. Although I suggest checking in every few months to make sure you are on track for the most part if you stick to your budget you should hit the mark. We are aiming to ramp up our goals for next year and make some new changes with our grocery budget. We hope the changes will allow us to better get a grip on our expenses. I’ve also updated the grocery game template that will help us […]

Mr.CBB’s Creamy Apple Caramel Harvest Muffins

With the Fall Season beginning yesterday I was influenced by my mate Julia who runs SaveBigLiveBetter a Canadian Coupon Site to make apple muffins. Apples are in abundance this time of year in Ontario and there is nothing more soothing than being in the kitchen and whipping up Fall apple recipes. Julia posted a picture of her muffins and I knew I had a few apples that  needed using up. Jokingly I said we should have a muffin-off as she says that my muffins look very similar to hers. Clearly we already know who the winner in the kitchen is here ..ermmm… ok, maybe I’m tooting my baking horn..toot…toot because Julia is not here to stop me! Something tells me I’ll pay for that comment for years to come. You can find all sorts of great recipes at her new blog Cooking Up Crafts. There is something nostalgic about the Fall air and the smell of cinnamon, apples and nutmeg swimming in the air. Standing in the kitchen I can close my eyes and take a deep breath and it reminds me of when I was a child and my mother would bake on Sunday morning. We don’t buy baked […]