The best of Canadian Budget Binder 2013

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THE BEST IS YET TO COME   The 2013 year has gone by so fast and with 2014 looming around the corner I am looking forward to our third year here at Canadian Budget Binder. Over the past two years I have been met with many ups and downs here the biggest being re-designing the blog which took nearly a full year. Personal finance has been a passion of mine for many years now and it’s been wonderful learning about Canadian personal finance and reading what others have to say while sharing my personal insights and stories. I especially love to share fan stories because the blog is for the fans, this is what I’m here for, you. A huge positive for Canadian Budget Binder in 2013 was bringing Katrina and Nicola on board with me to share their insights and recipes. They are both my rock here and committed to helping others as much as I am and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Although Canadian Budget Binder is all about personal finance we all have to eat and eating costs money. Food is a huge part of the success of this blog and it’s here […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 23-29, 2013 #4- Final grocery budget yearly analysis

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GROCERY BUDGET YEAR-END REVIEW   Where has the 2013 year gone because it certainly seems like it’s flown by since we posted the first Grocery Game Challenge post in January. This year has certainly proven that we can get over any hurdles we create with our grocery budget but not without turbulence. There were a few months that we spent more than the grocery budget of $235.00 per month and it took a while to get back on track. Some of the items either purchased on the stockpile budget or just included in the main shop were bought to accumulate so it will become cheaper for certain items throughout this coming year. A prime example of this is the “Clear Shampoo” which was at an unbelievable bargain of $0.99, which has led to acquiring approximately a year’s supply. To be honest it didn’t feel so good having to spend less and less each month so we hope that next year we can try our hardest to stay out of the stores when we don’t need to be in them and to stick to the grocery budget. In 2014 we will likely start using the Checkout 51 program so we can […]

Baked Loaded Cauliflower Pizza

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  Cauliflower Just Got A Whole Lot Better If you are in the mood for an easy pizza recipe or if you aren’t good at making pizza dough than this is the pizza for you. I know you are thinking cauliflower pizza sounds disgusting but trust me it’s far from what you think.The best part is that you don’t need any flour and it’s not going to cost you lots of money to make this frugal pizza in a flash. When I am on Facebook, particularly my Canadian Budget Binder and The Free Recipe Depot pages I see recipes in  my news feed all the time and many of my fans like and share recipes as well. The other day one of my fans and I can’t remember who mentioned or liked this cauliflower pizza recipe and I knew I just had to make it. I thought it was a brilliant idea since we had a great big bowl of cauliflower mash in the refrigerator that my wife and I made the previous day instead of mashed potatoes. Her sister came around with a head of cauliflower that they weren’t going to use up on time and asked if we […]

Mr.CBB’s crispy baked avocado fries with dip

Anything Is Possible With Your Imagination Of course you can make beautiful green fries with an avocado, if you use your imagination. I am a huge fan of the avocado and try and scoop them up when they go on sale at the grocery store. My homemade guacamole dip is a popular tangy party dip around our house and often gets top priority when we throw a get-together for our friends. What is an avocado? If you are not familiar with the avocado they are native to Central Mexico where they grow in abundance and also known as an “alligator pear”. Cultivated in Mediterranean and tropical climates the avocado boasts a green flesh that has a texture similar to butter. You can even grow avocado from the unrefrigerated pit indoors which will sprout but will not produce fruit, rather a decorative tree that you can prune. Grafting from a fruit bearing tree may help speed up the maturity process of an avocado tree. If you want a fruit bearing tree you would have to have more than one tree to cultivate for cross-pollination to happen, as well as plenty of sun. This process may take many years. Either way, just to […]

Mr. CBB’s mixed fruit custard crisp squares

Blasts Of Fruit Flavour  A piece of my mixed fruit custard crisp and you will know why I wanted to spruce up the typical crisp that we’ve all come to love. When I think of the sounds of summer, the birds chirping, the children laughing and the sunshine in the mornings I think of simplicity. I wanted a simple yet elegant dessert that was bursting with flavour and full of bright colours to serve as a lovely finish to a meal. I’ll be honest and tell you that I had no idea if this creation would turn out so it was mostly a waiting game. To my surprise it turned out better than expected but I learned what I would do different the next time. We have a couple of bags of frozen mixed fruit in our freezer that needed using up and plenty of rhubarb from our garden. I decided to mix a bag of frozen fruit which included peaches, kiwi, pears and cantaloupe along with fresh rhubarb and cherries into this dessert. What I learned about this dessert was not to use fruit with all the juices, just use the fruit. When you layer your fruit in the bottom […]

PF Weekly, Grab A Brew #24: Who Has The $23,000 Box

Two people are on the hunt for the $23,000 box and you might be the winner. I thought since it’s Friday this would be a great post about silly things people do since Saturday is typical a garage sale day around Canada and the USA. Today I’m sharing what I read about Eric and Racquel Cloutier from California just because I enjoy reading stories about things that make you go, hmm. This poor guy really did have the best of intentions for his wife and children but now he hopes that honesty will bring back his mistake and make it right.  Keep reading to find out what happened. I’ve talked about what you can and can’t sell at a garage sale  in Canada and for good reason, a potential safety hazard and protecting those from harm, mainly children. Then there was the post where I share garage sale tips and another on how to price items at a garage sale. Now I’m thinking I might need to write another post on what Not to sell at a garage sale and why you should always ask other occupants of the home if it’s OK to sell something. You don’t want to end up on […]

Mr.CBB’s Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins

Forget about learning how to make a strawberry cheesecake when you can make these strawberry cheesecake streusel muffins to satisfy your sweet tooth. I found this strawberry muffin I created to be a dense white muffin with the amount of eggs I used but moist because of the yogurt. I used the same muffin base similar to my white cake batter that I use for other cakes as I wanted it to hold the strawberries without making the muffin soggy. If you like desserts with strawberries, you might just fancy this strawberry muffin because it’s one of those easy strawberry desserts that don’t take hours to set or cool to enjoy. It’s not often we get strawberries in our house, fresh ones at that and since we had tubs of cream cheese in the refrigerator we got to work in the kitchen. What Are Strawberries? We have wild strawberries growing on our front lawn although they don’t produce any fruit. Maybe that’s a good thing otherwise we’d be holding a strawberry festival out front with the neighbours. I’ll be ripping it all out though when I do the landscaping. The Strawberry was first grown in France in the late 18th century and […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #22: Our Neighbours And The Fence Plus Free Stuff

This Saturday weekend review is going to be filled with what I’ve been up to this past week. First off, lets talk about Free Stuff. I don’t know if you remember a while back, maybe a few weeks now where I was complaining about our fence post needing repair. We were convinced the neighbour would hear nothing of it since they didn’t want to participate in preserving the fence a few years back for a mere $50 per neighbour. So, I thought I would just get the post for however much it costs and get it done on my own. I figure if the bloody fence is going to fall over I don’t want it happening on my vegetable garden this summer so it’s something I have to get done. Our Neighbours and The Fence In yesterday’s blog post I talked about how the May 2-4 holiday brought almost everyone outside to clean up their yards mainly because there was nowhere to go. The day was very relaxed and people were having a good time. The most intriguing thing happened though and that was the neighbour coming to talk to me. In my head I thought it was a miracle […]