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

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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 the news like Eric hoping that someone does the right thing.

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What did he do?

He just bought himself time in the corner, spare bedroom, the dog house, take your pick I’m betting his wife was far from pleased with him. While his wife was in hospital having their fifth child he decided to sell items in the house that have collected dust. What better time to hold a garage sale just before you bring your new baby home.

Clutter really does take up space and with five children space is at a premium for most families. Typically people go around their home and pick out stuff that has no value to them. When I say no value that means it’s worth nothing or hasn’t been used and likely won’t get used in the near future.

When you have items worth some money and you let them rot or collect dust it’s comparable to leaving money on the ground and stepping on it instead of picking it up. I have to interrupt my thought here because another story caught my attention in regards to silly things people do.

We’ve talked about 5 unusual places to stash your cash here at Canadian Budget Binder but where should you NOT stash your cash?

Just don’t make the same mistake as the woman in China who stashed $65,000 US  in her dresser drawer only to find out 6 months later that it was eaten up by termites. Yes that did happen, can you imagine the horror opening up your secret stash of money only to find bits and pieces left of it. I’d be horrified. Put it in the bank people or invest it, don’t keep piles of money or very expensive items stashed around the house that easily could get lost or in that case eaten up.

Back to the story… I seem to get off track when I start thinking of these odd stories I read on Yahoo while drinking my morning brew. So the husband goes around the house with good intentions of course picking out items on his own that he thought hadn’t been used and that he could score some money selling from.

He comes across this box which was a watch box in the closet which he felt had been there for far too long. He whips it out and prices it for ten dollars and sure enough someone snatched up this bargain which was likely worth between$120-$130 according to the Yahoo article.

What was in the old watch box?

Yep, Eric sold his wife’s $23,000 wedding ring, oh that was bright alright now you’re in big trouble. We’re not talking chump change here either. She hid the ring in a bottom compartment to keep it safe from their 2-year-old twins. Just not safe from her own husband.

I’m sure every person reading this story in California that went to a garage sale on the weekend and bought a box is currently hoping they find the golden ticket like Charlie and the Chocolate factory. The winner gets a dollar reward though but no chocolate factory tour unless of course they fancy a few chocolate bars for compensation. Honestly, if it were me I’d just give it back and (I’d take the chocolate and run).

Who has the golden ticket?

Although he is offering a reward not quite equal to $23,000 but a plea to the lady who bought the valuable box with his wife’s wedding ring inside. Any married couple would know that this is a big deal, sentimental and part of their union as husband and wife. I am going to be optimistic and say that the lady buyer will do the right thing and bring back the wedding ring to this couple.

Mistakes Happen

The morale of the story is we all make mistakes and sometimes costly ones for that matter. All we can do in life is learn from our mistakes because that is what helps us grow. If the buyer turns around and says you sold it to me, tough-luck buddy, well he just sold a box worth $23,000 for ten dollars. He will have to live with that decision for the rest of his life. I’m pretty sure he won’t be holding a garage sale on his own any time soon though.

My advice, next time you plan to have a garage sale and you are in a relationship or live with others in the home, do it together. If you have expensive items or cash in the house at least make each other aware of where in the home you stash your cash and valuables. If it’s not yours to sell, don’t sell it. That’s the easiest way to stay out of trouble.

Always make sure to have your valuables insured and/or leave them in a lock box at the bank for higher security measures if you only use the item once in a while. The price you pay for these services might be worth it in the long run. Short of cash, buy a vault, just one that you can’t move or sell at a garage sale. That’s a good way to make sure no one gets their hands on it, not even your spouse. I’m pretty sure insurance won’t cover, oops I sold my wife’s wedding ring at a garage sale a potential claim.

He made a mistake, it happens let’s just hope they both have a happy ending.

You can read the full story here.

Have you ever sold something worth money by accident?

Have you ever bought something for cheap at a garage sale worth alot more than you paid for? 

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If you haven’t had a change to check out my New Facebook Page titled The Free Recipe Depot please come around and Like my page. It’s a place where I share recipes and only recipes from blogs and websites from around the web. You come share your recipe and I’ll share it with my fans. It’s that easy.

Since the page went live I’ve had one page that has passed by every day and I want to recognize her. Her name is Bunny from Bunny’s Warm Oven and she shared this lovely Chocolate Cream Pie that I knew would be my Top Recipe today. Check out Bunny’s recipe and indulge, you deserve it.

Don’t forget to pass by my Canadian Budget Binder Facebook Page every Sunday for Frugal Food Sunday to share a blog recipe so I can share it with my almost 5700 fans!!

PF Weekly Reading Line-Up

Here are a few blog posts that I thought were worth mentioning this week.

Top Story: A Sad View Into Making Ends Meet- Debt Round-Up

Have a great week everyone and I hope you enjoyed this edition of my PF Weekly Reading #24 Grab a Brew.


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The Saturday Weekend Review #8 December

Saturday Week In Review Mr.CBB


Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review

It’s Saturday and that means working late and sleeping in for me. The best part of waking up this morning was that last night I made Walnut and White Cheddar Biscuits a recipe from my mate Aunt B and they turned out amazing. The goal was to use them with my homemade Pulled Pork that I put in the crockpot this morning. Yep, the house smells.. well. porky!  I couldn’t take it any longer so I had to test a biscuit when I woke up this afternoon so I fried a couple eggs with a huge slice of ham and this is what it looked like…..

Ham and Egg On a Walnut White Cheddar Biscuit

Ham and Egg On a Walnut White Cheddar Biscuit

So keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for my homemade pulled pork recipe on the blog tucked in between the cushions of this lovely biscuit! Ok now that we have the food out-of-the-way this week I did alot of Christmas baking as you know….

Mr.CBB's Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB’s Peanut Butter Balls

I also went down to the Ministry of Transportation to pick up a $15 temporary sticker for our winter vehicle. On the way there some donut decides to run a red light and do a right hand turn as I’m going 80 up a highway (brilliant) hand on horn and Mrs. CBB could practically touch the car if she opened her window. Didn’t have a minute to live I guess. No accident thank goodness but if there was someone in my left lane things would not have had a happy ending I can assure you. (Anyhow…. while at the Ministry) Upon asking if there was a cheaper way to do this  to eliminate the cost of the temp sticker as we had to get an E-test first then come back and get the actual sticker.  She tells us, of course. Did you know that your E-test lasts for one year? Nope, I had no idea. We didn’t have all of this in the UK so it’s all new to me.  Now I know that I can get the E-test done before I park my vehicles that way I won’t have to waste $15 on a Temporary sticker (money grab ) just to drive the bloody thing to the garage to get an E-test (money grab) and back to the Ministry to get a sticker.  Everyone wants money…. and it’s only bound to get worse.


Financial News Mr.CBB

What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder

I’ve noticed a nice little spike in traffic for CBB so I’m hoping it’s only up from here. It’s great to have so many fans and Personal Finance and Foodie Bloggers that support CBB because you are all the reason CBB is gaining support amongst the fans and our peers. If you’re not a fan of Canadian Budget Binder on Facebook please head over and give us a LIKE. My goal is 3000 by the end of 2012 so I could use all the support to get me there!! *WINK* Don’t be afraid to come chat on my wall like John at Frugal Rules, Glenn at Monster Piggy Bank and others. My fans like to mingle with other Bloggers and that my friends is how we network!

Did I tell you how excited I am about……..

I know I’ve mentioned it before but I thought I should mention it again to keep everyone in the loop.  Canadian Budget Binder will be going through a facelift… Botox and all.. plump this site up, get it ready for some action. I’m just as excited as the fans are so keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for this! It will also be our 1 year anniversary at the end of January so I’m looking to gather some neat prizes for the fans. Nothing big as I’m just starting out but just something to say thanks! If you want to add your name to the give-away list, contact me today!!!

I’ve also been collaborating with one of the top sites that I like to check out for finance news and more…. but that’s all I’m going to say. I’m happy to be teaming up with such a friendly bunch of people.

That’s all for now folks… carry on down this post .. you haven’t even gotten to the good stuff…. those search terms! 


Canadian Budget Binder’s Weekly Post Recap

Guest Posts I Wrote:

Top Blog

This is where I will share the top website that sent me the most traffic for the week! The Top Blog To Drive Traffic To Canadian Budget Binder for this week goes to…  Modest Money who is coincidentally holding an amazing contest you might want to check out!! It’s a Cash Giveaway! Good Luck and thanks Jeremy for sharing CBB with your fans!

Weekly Top 2 Honourable Mentions

Top 5 Blog Commenter’s- Imagine that the same as last week!! Gotta love it when the fans take a minute to comment on your hard work. I sure know it makes me feel good when others read my work and have something to say about that is meaningful!

Blogs That Shared Us With Their Fans This Week!

I know many of my fans read this post as they tell me they wait for it each week. To all of my fans please check out these personal finance Bloggers below and follow them. I read their Blogs everyday and I know that you will benefit from them as well.  Come back each week as I will name other Blogs that I think you should follow!

Thanks to all the Bloggers that link up and share my posts and this is why I do my best to share your posts with my Fans via social media, so thanks! -Mr.CBB

(If I miss You..please let me know as I didn’t get the Ping and I will include your post next week as this runs Sat to Sat so if you linked me on Sat it will show up next week)

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web search terms

What People Searched to Find Canadian Budget Binder on the Web

Search terms of the week are really a hoot! Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.  What are you saying about them? Any typos below are simply the person who searched who made the error or me ;-)

Top Pick- Can you pee on a dollar store pregnancy test?- Well I’m sure spitting on it won’t work. Read the instructions that always helps.

  • Babies room with five senses- Better than having six I’d imagine… 
  • Mrs. Fresh Twinki-  As opposed to Mrs. Day-old Twinki haha always like my Mrs. to be fresh..
  • Costco Welfare Diet- I did say buying in bulk would save money for those on welfare as they build their pantry.
  • Sexy and Intelligent Guy- Well you’ve come to the right place…  ok, tootin my own horn, hey nothing wrong with a bit of confidence!
  • Mess with My Family Quote- oh oh lol.. someone’s up the crapper
  • I need my ex back- I need a lot of things to but my ex ain’t one of them.
  • Lawn Darts For Babies- Now there’s a genius idea.
  • Bathtub of hummus-  Ya that’s where I want to dip my nachos..
  • Looking for Mr.Santa- Well mate, hate to break it to you, you’ll be waiting a long time, how about you go grab a $7 Starbucks coffee…
  • Ideas to Decorate Pasta Salad- What, like with a bow? lol…

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