Should your husband help with household chores? : PF Weekly grab a brew #71

CLEANING ISN’T JUST FOR THE LADIES   I’ve done household chores for as long as I can remember and it’s really not that big of a deal. Some people loathe cleaning but I would prefer to have a clean environment rather than having to deal with creatures, dust and who knows what else. Note… I’m not talking just messy because when kids are involved messy is part of life even though growing up we still were responsible for cleaning up our toys when we were old enough to understand. If you read my blog you know I bought my first house from a young age and I kept my investment spotless. Not only did I make sure to maintain the property I bought I made sure it was kept neat and tidy. I was a single guy at the time so if I didn’t clean no one else was going to do the household chores for me. Sure, I could have hired a maid but why pay for something that is so easy to do. I find that if you were told to do housework from a young age and your parents taught you to keep your space clean you […]

Happiness Is everything: Saving Money, Buying Time

By: Katrina Keeping Life Simple Makes Life Easier Keeping in theme with Mr. CBB’s post this week ‘Money isn’t everything, happiness is‘ relationships and love I decided to share a bit about my day-to-day life. You all know how hectic and busy my life is but now I want to share with you how I am making more time for things that make me happy and saving money at the same time. I’m a mom on the go so working, caring for your children and a house can be overwhelming and challenging. I strive to find the proper balance between them all. I love my job, wish I could spend more time with the kids and less time cleaning and organizing our house. What is worth your time? How often do you say I just need a few more minutes or a couple more hours in a day? What could you eliminate from your life or reduce the amount doing in your day to find that time? I want more time to do things like work on my son’s writing and my daughter’s drawing and spend less time doing housework. Mr.CBB’s to-do list has been great in helping me get some of the bigger projects […]

What Products To Stockpile For Maternity Leave

Deciding what products to stockpile for your maternity leave, and how much, is no easy task! It’s no secret that when you transition to maternity leave you will take a big hit to your regular monthly income. What can make it even harder is that the adorable bundle of joy you just brought into the world additionally has a not so cute impact on your bank account! So, how do you cope? Plan ahead! They say hindsight is 20/20, and I fully believe it! This list is based on my own personal experience of what I wish I had stockpiled for our munchkin’s arrival, and what I will be stockpiling when munchkin #2 comes along! The best items to stockpile are the ones that will help counteract the new expenses being introduced to your monthly budget while you still have a regular income, and simply to help you still live life with as little adjustment as possible! Products To Stockpile For Maternity Leave Stockpiling Diapers–If you are planning on using disposable diapers, try to have at least your first 3 months already on hand by the time baby arrives. If you plan far enough ahead, you are given the luxury of waiting for clearance sales and coupons to combine with them […]

Take Note: Mr Cbb’s Top Six Money Wasting Pet Peeves!

You should know by now if you read my blog that I am a fairly easy-going laid back type of guy. Not much seems to bother me and I just let crap roll off my back. Life is too short after all to sweat the small stuff, right? Well for me it’s true all the way up until money starts going out the window for things we can control. Since moving to Canada and into my first home here I’ve learned from my neighbours and friends on what NOT to do to save money. I understand debt ,credit cards, lines of credit, mortgages, school loans, and personal loans and how it can take over our life. What I don’t get is how some people let common sense fly out the window then complain that they have no money! Seriously, I see it all the time! Is education key? Absolutely as some people have no idea of how money is flying through their fingers faster than they make it. So let’s start with some basic pet peeves of mine and areas where you might be able to save a buck or 10! For instance… how many of you know someone who brushes their […]

Get Smart With Your Smart Meter!

Get Smart With Your Smart Meter! By: Canadian Budget Binder Everybody’s got ’em, some have ’em working already, others will be starting in May 2012 and most already hate ’em. You guessed it, I’m talking about the new TOU (Time Of Use) Smart Meters. Although not a new concept in the grand scheme of things, they’re here whether you like it or not. There are other countries that have had a variety of  “time of use” schemes for years.  I can remember as a child in  England me mum always had the hot water on a timer coz of “Economy7“. Having cheaper electricity at certain times of the day has been natural for me, but for the Canadians I know it’s quite the sore point. What’s the problem? Well the Canadian climate for starters isn’t exactly stable, where swings of 70 degrees Celsius between summer and winter exist. Heating and Cooling the house is a major player in the bills department. What did I do? For starters I got rid of my old Mercury switch thermostat and replaced it with a 7 day programmable. I can set the thermostat warmer for when the fans kick in on cheap rate, then have […]