Are tattoos the next advertising phenomenon? : PF Weekly grab a brew #65

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You are either someone who loves tattoos or hates tattoos because they tag along with you everywhere you go.

Are you looking for a cool tattoo idea? I think I’ve just found one! At least I think I have although I may be behind with the times.

Some people don’t worry about what others think of tattoos and others have felt the wrath of discrimination just because they are “different from others when they really aren’t. We are all human with a heart after all.

I find that many people who love tattoos have them as a way to express themselves or their creative side just as a photographer might with his/her portfolio or an artist with his/her paintings etc.

The only difference is tattoos are for the most part permanent unless you want to have tattoo removal. I’ve heard it’s not only as time-consuming as getting a tattoo or worse it’s costly and painful.

Why would you want to get it removed after spending all that money to get it put on? Some people do because they make split second decisions and down the line change their mind.

A relationship might end and you have your names tattooed on your body and you want them gone, that’s understandable and probably why I’d never bother getting that done.

Tattoos have been around for years and years now and some of the best and brightest men and women in our country sport some of the most creative tattoos.

I’ve seen some pretty outrageous tattoos in my time and although I don’t have any tattoos I won’t say I’ve never thought about it. I have never really had the urge to get one done though.

Some of my friends have tattoos all over their body or tattoo sleeves on their arms and some of the ladies have tattoos. Tattoos appeal to both sexes and with a tattoo comes a potential high price tag and some pain, so I’ve heard.

I’m pretty tolerant of pain but some of the stories I’ve heard make me wonder just how “not so bad” it is.  Tattoos can range in price from something reasonable under $100 to thousands of dollars especially depending on who your artist is and of course the tattoo you want done.

 

Tattoo advertising

 

I’m not talking about your everyday type of advertising here for a tattoo company. Tattoo advertising goes deeper than this but potentially something that might take off, if it hasn’t already.

There are people in this world that would do just about anything for money or a freebie and with that opportunity advertisers might come knocking.

Advertising is big business and there’s not many places we go today where we don’t see .com plastered on billboards, street signs, magazines, newspapers, cups and just about everything out there.

What about the human body?

I was having my morning coffee today and reading Yahoo as always (You know I say this every weekend) when I came across this post that caught my eye. It’s not something I normally read but it was talking about tattoos, teens and McDonald’s so I just had to click on the post to read it.

I’m actually glad I did because I realized that teenagers are still making those split-second decisions and in some cases not thinking too hard about them but this one might be a golden ticket idea.

This Norwegian teen had the choice of either getting a Barbie tattooed on his butt or his McDonald’s receipt on his forearm. He of course chose the McDonald’s receipt likely because he didn’t want to be seen with a Barbie doll on his rear-end.

Who tattoos a receipt on their forearm? Someone who is willing to tattoo another on his other forearm that’s who… read on!

The tattoo establishment called Sabelink Tattoo was likely not shocked but shocked at the same time with this request, then it must have hit them.

If this teen is willing to tattoo a McDonald’s receipt on his arm would he have us tattoo our receipt to his other forearm free of cost? See, this is a business who is thinking smart and went from turning a free small tattoo idea into a marketing idea.

As long as he is old enough to consent to getting a tattoo and he accepts his free tattoo this business has a walking human advertising their business everywhere he goes.

Same goes for McDonald’s although they don’t need much in the way of advertising because even babies that can’t talk get excited when you say McDonald’s, it’s like a household name. Besides he got the McDonald’s tattoo on his own without any influence from the restaurant.

 

Free tattoos

 

tattoos receipt teen McDonaldsThat is a photo I found on Sabelinks Facebook page that I linked to above of the actual tattoo. The fans had lots to say about this and I’m not surprised.

So that left me to wonder if other businesses out there would follow suit with this idea and start paying humans to do permanent tattoo advertising for them if they paid the cost of the tattoo.

I’m sure there are loads of people out there that would love to get a free tattoo and support the tattoo advertising movement. If there was some other perks involved even better or a small cash payment.

I could see this is being one of the best forms of advertising especially for those who live in warm climates and don’t have to bundle up and hide tattoos in the winter.

I mean, why not get in there and pay off some debt or get a free tattoo if they offer you cash or opportunity. I know I’m being a bit sarcastic here but the reality is there are people who will take this seriously. So if you are in the market for a free tattoo you might just get your wish but just not your choice of tattoo.

Would you consider free tattoo images with perks advertising a business on your body?

What would it take or cost them for you to take this on or consider it

 

Top recipe

 

confetti cookie bars

If you don’t already know I have a second Facebook page online called The Free Recipe Depot where I share recipes from other Foodie Bloggers from around the world.

Once a week I pick one recipe that has been submitted as my Top Recipe of the week. Trust me when I say this is no easy task as some of these foodies can cook up a storm.

This week that recipe goes to a food blog called “Baking In A Tornado” with their Confetti Cookie Bars. When I saw it this morning I actually wished I had a big slice with my cuppa tea.

 

Weekly CBB posts

 

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Weekly reads

 

Every week I share a few of the best personal finance blog posts that I read online over the past week with all of you so please enjoy my top picks.

Well, that’s a wrap for this PF Friday’s Grab a brew #65. Happy budgeting and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.

-Mr.CBB

 

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Your minimum wage job might be your success: PF Weekly Grab a brew #64

grab-a-brew-online-reviewREFUSE TO GIVE UP

 

We all want to be successful yet for the average person success comes from hard work and never giving up.

Never giving up are powerful words and I’m sure many of you out there have said them to yourselves time and time again. I know I have.

Whether it was while I was running or having to prepare for a job interview or meeting someone very important and I was nervous like the CEO of my organization.

Preparing your resume is only one part of getting a job, keeping the job and moving up in the company requires a set of skills only you can provide as your negotiating platform for the bosses.

I’ve always tried to be a leader in everything that I do which even includes motivating myself because I believe that success doesn’t come from others strengths it comes from your own.

If you want to be successful in your career you have to get rid of that negative mindset that so many people carry around with them. Remember that we all have problems. It’s how we choose to deal with these problems and whether we allow them to affect out life in a negative way which is key to success.

 

Negativity hurts

 

You bet it hurts and if your plans were to be more successful than your parents, to set stepping-stones for your children or for your own satisfaction you MUST get rid of negativity. Nothing ever comes from thinking negative except for failure. Yes, you read that right failure.

You see when we start saying, I can’t, I won’t, I don’t know how, I probably can’t, there is no way or even harsher words you’ve already failed before you began. Success is not built on negativity rather it’s built on elbow grease and positive attitudes.

If you are a follower of this blog you know one of my favourite television shows is Undercover Boss. Why?

The show appeals to both my wife and I because for one our parents both owned businesses when we were younger and if we could go back there would be a million things we’d do differently.

For all we know we’d be the CEO of those businesses by now with what we have chosen to learn over the years from a business perspective and from our current careers.

 

Grab success

 

When I was watching Undercover Boss the other day I notice a trend mainly in the USA in minimum wage jobs where the employees knock it out of the park with their enthusiasm.

Throughout the show we learn about how life has given them a bad card, someone has passed away or is very ill, they are in loads of debt or that they want to own their own franchise, business or work at head office.

I’m not lying when I say my jaw hits the floor when I hear these employees show such get up and go for a minimum wage job but you know what, they are happy they even have a job.

In today’s economy it’s tough to get a job with a degree let alone with no degree so appreciating where you are is important. I often say if you don’t like your job, leave so the rest of the employees don’t have to listen to your negative attitude which most times shines through like a bright star.

Feeling sorry for your situation is NOT going to bring success to you. Getting out there and showing the world what you are made of will. One day the right person is going to come along and change your life.

Not everyone in high paying careers have a degree either. Many of them worked their way up, were educated along the way and believed in the company so much that they did anything they could to show the top leaders what they were made of.

Ask anyone on Undercover Boss if they thought that anyone would ever appreciate the motivation they put into their job in the way the CEO of the company has? I bet many will say they didn’t know but dreamed.

Most undercover CEO’s are amazed at how their employees treat their business from a positive aspect and learn of ways to improve by going undercover. That’s a boss you want to work for and someone you should look to as a leader.

If you don’t let them know what your goals are how will they ever know? Don’t be shy, say what you want to say and say it loud with a smile.

 

Smile

 

If there is one piece of advice I can give and I’m sure many others will it is to always smile. Getting rid of the negative attitude is a start but leading yourself to success starts with-in. You never know who will be your boss one day.

It could be the new guy that just got hired to flip burgers with the infectious laugh and the customers adore him. He may well be running the company one day so if you want to follow him up the ladder you best be showing how much you want more from your career. You get out what you put in, so smile. It won’t hurt you, besides people warm up to you when they see you smile.

If you want someone to remember who you are then smile and don’t be shy. Come out of that shell and if you are shy start working on ways to improve what you really want, to be outgoing and not worried about what others think of you.

Being shy is easy to do but putting yourself out there is certainly a challenge so challenge yourself. Start small and work your way up to something bigger.

 

Embrace failure as motivation

 

If you fail don’t let that failure get you down, set new goals and fire away at success again. Use your failures as your motivation to push beyond the threshold that you set for yourself even if others laugh at you.

You might just be the one laughing at the end like, Chief Operating Officer of McDonald’s Tim Fenton who is set to retire this year. Don’t think that he waltzed in the door waving a degree to get that role either. No Tim’s success with McDonald’s came from working his way up from a teen burger flipper in 1973 while living in Utica, NY.

There it goes back to what I said above you never know who might be your boss one day. You also never know if your boss will show up undercover to see if they have the right employees working for them.

I’m pretty sure that if I was undercover I’d be looking for employees that employed the mission and values of the organization, embraced success and believed in the company. There are so many positive words you could pump in here but the best thing you can do is plan your success around what you want in life.

If you are at a point where you aren’t going anywhere find a way to get on the path to your success and don’t stop fighting until you get where you want to be. Sure it may take years, education, new roles and dealing with difficult people but if you want it that bad you’ll work your way through it all.

Have you ever had a minimum wage employee become the CEO or head of an organization where you work?

What type of employee would you be if your boss showed up undercover?

Take a look at the way you act during your shift and if you aren’t smiling, motivating yourself and others then you might want to re-think where you work, talk to a manager about concerns or find a way to improve your attitude so you can become the success you’ve always dreamed of.

-Mr.CBB

 

Top recipe

 

Indian style fruit custard

 

If you don’t already know I have a second Facebook page online called The Free Recipe Depot where I share recipes from other Foodie Bloggers from around the world.

Once a week I pick one recipe that has been submitted as my Top Recipe of the week. Trust me when I say this is no easy task as some of these foodies can cook up a storm.

This week that recipe goes to a food blog called “Poetry of Food” with their Indian Fruit Custard recipe.

 

Weekly CBB posts

 

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Weekly reads

 

Every week I share a few of the best personal finance blog posts that I read online over the past week with all of you so please enjoy my top picks.

 

Well, that’s a wrap for this PF Friday’s Grab a brew #64. Happy budgeting and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.

-Mr.CBB

 

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Bounced cheque for Girl Guide cookies not so sweet: The Saturday Weekend Review #62

cookies and milkSTICK TO CASH FOR COOKIES

 

Think twice if you thought bouncing a cheque was a great way to get what you want now and pay for later, even if it’s for Girl Guide cookies.

Some people do play dirty and know they have no money in the bank and use a cheque as if it was a credit card.

The sad reality is no matter if it’s a cheque or a credit card the interest or fees will mount and continue to grow until you pay for your debts.

You also don’t leave a very pretty trail on your credit report either if you are bouncing cheques or not paying off loans that you promised.

I bet after reading this story you will think this guy will start baking his own homemade cookies (try my cowboy quickies) instead of going through this again.

 

Girl Guide Cookies

 

This morning I had a bit of a laugh at a story I read about on Yahoo about a guy who apparently has a bounced cheque for Girl Guide cookies. You know those famous cookies which everyone loves. You can buy Girl Guide cookies in the USA and in Canada and they sell like hot cakes apparently.

Well, it may not come as a surprise when I tell you I still haven’t tried Girl Guide cookies but if I do you can bet I’ll pay cash. A Colorado man who bought $42 worth of cookies which seems like lots to me paid and for the sweet treats by cheque.

 

Bounced cheque

 

Girl Guide Cookies paid with chequeNot many people use cheques these days that I’m aware of except for maybe rent and other odds and sods.

My understanding is that if you bounce a cheque in Canada you may have to pay a Non-sufficient funds (NSF) fee to the place you purchased the items from as their bank likely charged them plus your own bank will charge you for bouncing a cheque.

Oh, yes the items will get pricey in the end so I hope it was worth it to you.

I guess we can consider Girl Guide cookies the small stuff that people still use cheques for. Personally I only ever use a cheque if it is requested of me other than that I use my credit card, debit card or cold hard cash.

When the Girl Guides went to cash this cheque for the cookies it quickly was returned as a bounced cheque. Oh oh, everyone’s worst nightmare.

It shouldn’t be though if we are managing our finances properly although accidents do happen. People should know exactly what is in their bank account and track the incoming income and expenses so they know what they can and can’t do.

This reminds me about a conversation I had with someone who told me they didn’t need to budget because they did it all in their heads. Well, good luck with that.

It didn’t work out so well for this man who after $450 in legal fees and a $100 to file a response he now owes $739.85 for these Girl Guide cookies.

Can you see where I’m going with this. Many people want stuff now but don’t have the means to pay for it. If you are living pay to pay you have to be even more diligent with your finances because one slip could mean not buying groceries or paying for a bounced cheque or late fees.

The same goes for those who make lots of money but spend it like water. You’re not safe no matter how much income you earn. Look at all these celebrities who are going broke or the tax man is chasing after them. There is no easy way around finances unless you track your money, full-stop.

Some people manipulate their own minds into buying something telling themselves they will have the money or they will juggle money to make it work so they can own something that they simply can’t afford.

These are the people who will never get ahead in life because they live a financial lie or roller coaster. It has nothing to do with how much money you earn it’s how your spending it.

I’ve said it time and time again so listening to people say they can’t afford something when they own smart phones, cable or live in a city where the cost of living is so high that the income they do have won’t cover an apartment blinds me sometimes.

We all have our own situations but unfortunately if we have to rent a room and not an apartment than so be it. If we aren’t earning the money for whatever reason and there are plenty of reasons than compromise has to happen. There will always be those exceptional situations though.

 

Prove it

 

Now this guy says he can prove that his bank had adequate money to cover the cheque and that the Girl Guide cookies bank has made an error. What I don’t get is how long is it taking to figure this out?

It really seems like a silly situation that didn’t need to make headlines and now I’m covering it because I need to share with you how something so small can turn into something so big.

It’s not that difficult to do, or is it? I would call up my bank tell them about the cheque I wrote to the Girl Guides where their bank said had bounced. I would question why this happened or if it even was processed on my banks end when clearly I have the money in the bank.

I think it should be up to the bank institutions to sort out if this guy does have the money in the bank because one of them made the mistake. They should be paying all the bounced cheque fees for these cookies so this guy can go sit in a corner with a tall glass of milk, his Girl Guide cookies and celebrate.

Now if he is feeding them a line well it won’t be that hard to track in the banking system (at least we should hope with today’s technology) either he has money or he doesn’t. The morale of this story is pay cash or debit for small stuff unless you can pay off credit cards if you use them for rewards points.

If you use a cheque make sure you have the correct amount of funds available and at least track your finances so you know what’s going on and there’s no guessing.

If you are being told that your cheque bounced get on the situation asap and demand to speak to the highest person you can at your bank to solve the problem fast.

If you really did have the money there you won’t back down. This guy is waiting to go to court now over a bounced cheque for Girl Guide cookies.

Yes, I think it’s a waste of money and time for something that should or could be solved without this drawn out process. I’m sure if he is found guilty of not having funds in the bank when the cheque bounced he has to pay the final price.

If in fact the Girl Guides bank caused the error I hope they apologize to this guy for putting him through this stress of a bounced cheque and time wasted to solve the problem. To be even nicer they could at least throw in the Girl Guide cookies for free. ;-)

Do you still use cheques?

Why do you think cheques bounce?

What would you have done if you were told your cheque bounced but you knew the money was in the bank?

 

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I wish I had some exciting news for you but to be honest not much has been going on here. I’ve been working quite a bit and trying to keep the fort going. I have got out to visit a few surrounding areas to take photos of nature, waterfalls and snow of course but that’s about it.

I’m expecting the next month of so to get even busier for me with the start of Spring just around the corner and all of the renovations I need to get done in and around this house.

March is also coming to an end which means I need to get my butt in gear and deal with paying off this mortgage in full. I’ll talk more about that next week in our net worth update for February.

Other than that, let’s just hope the snow continues to melt and that we don’t have any more surprise snowfalls to add to what we are losing. It’s been beautiful outside the past few days and I hope the sunshine plans on sticking around.

Don’t forget to Spring ahead with your clocks this weekend!

 

Fan deals and inspirations

 

Facebook Auction Sales Jen March 8 2014

Submit your Brag or Inspiration If you have a brag that you want me to share email me at canadianbudgetbinder (@) [yahoo] [.ca] or fill out my contact form by Friday each week to have your brag considered for the Saturday post.

This week Jen Peacock shares her scores from selling items that she no longer uses around the house in a Facebook Auction.

Hi Mr.CBB,

When my parents return home from Florida in April my dad says he will start on finishing our basement so we need to start cleaning it out. We started to sort through it and decided to list what we don’t want/need on a local Facebook auction group.

Here is how we made out:

  • Cupboard with frosted doors $32
  • Buckley’s lozenges $1.25
  • White shelves $10
  • Baby gate $10
  • Pillows (memory foam) $30
  • Coca Cola Calculator $12
  • Hall table $34
  • Baby clothes $32
  • Stuffing $3
Total Made: $164.25

Just from getting rid of stuff I had sitting in my basement. I started all of my auctions low and just sat back and watched. People end up getting caught up in the moment and bid like crazy. I ended up getting more money for all of the items then what I originally paid for them.

It was a good week because I also made some extra cash by returning beer bottles found at my parents house from a party my younger sister had. Returning the beer bottles made me a whopping $32.50 from out of nowhere.

I also received a Checkout 51 cheque for $52.51.

What is Checkout 51? Read all about it here and join today to save money like Jen does every week!

In one week I made my family $249.26 extra income!

 

Making a difference

 

the four hour work day logo

 

I’m Mr. 4HWD, I started The Four Hour Work Day site because I believe it’s possible to work less, save more and still achieve financial freedom. There’s no way I’m going to work 8 hours a day in a cubicle for the rest of my life.  That just sounds way too depressing.

I’ve worked in the corporate environment for a while and I’ve also worked for myself and I choose the latter.  Finding a hobby that can turn into a viable business isn’t something to be taken lightly though.

Being an entrepreneur is a lot harder and a lot more work than working a day job.  But the rewards are beyond anything you’ll ever get grinding it out in a cubicle all day.

I like seeing a correlation between how hard I work and how much money I make.  And the flexibility that working for yourself provides is one of the number one reasons why people like starting their own businesses.

 My site aims to help find you a job that lets you work less but be more efficient in the hours that you do work.  Most of us don’t actually work for 8 hours straight so why sit in the office for that whole time?

 

What is a blog carnival?

 

Some fans have asked me “what is a blog carnival?” so a little explanation is due here for anyone reading for the first time or for my long-time fans.

A blog carnival is where a blog or website hosts what we call a carnival of blog posts from around the web. Most blog carnivals have a theme and certain rules for submitting which must be followed.

If you are a blogger and would like to learn what blog carnival directories I submit to each week you can find the information in a previous Saturday Weekend Review post that I wrote.

 

Carnival glory

 

A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals and/or sharing my blog posts with their fans.

Carnivals

Blog Mentions

 

Google search terms

 

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Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. Keep in mind any spelling errors below are because I share with you the exact way they typed their search engine query to land on my blog.

Here are a few of my favorite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.

  • Should landlord discount rent for a frozen toilet: I’d be more inclined to get the problem fixed rather than trying to find a way to get cheaper rent. Sorry it doesn’t work that way.
  • I  luv you ma wife hava a nise Saturday- Ha, sounds like someone trying to find a quote for his wife.
  • Preet Banerjee girlfriend: Ha, wrong website. Sounds like Preet is a sought after man ;-)
  • Best things to steal from stores- Ummmm NOTHING.. omg really someone searched this!!
  • Millionaire Budget- Nope, not this blog yet.

 

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #62. Have a great week and catch me here again next Saturday with more updates.

-Mr.CBB

 

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Free love with a post-it note no calendar required- The Saturday Weekend Review #59

I love you pink post-it noteLOVE DON’T COST A THING

 

The written form of love even on a post-it note is easy on the wallet and the heart will embrace your uniqueness.

Not everyone is comfortable sharing their feelings so writing them down is a great way to express love.

No, I’m not busting out into the Jennifer Lopez tune telling the world to put the money away because it’s not what love is all about, but in a way I am.

I’m sure you’ve heard enough about Valentine’s Day and how much money men and women spend around the world for this one day every year.

Sickening really, to see how we put a date on love and romance when every day should be filled with expressions of love.

I wasn’t going to write anything about Valentine’s Day this year because, frankly I didn’t have anything to say that I hadn’t said before.

Related: Budgeting for Love on Valentine’s Day

I was contacted by The Brighter Life who wanted my Valentine’s Budget ideas so I fired them off in an email and they shared my thoughts on their website yesterday for the world to see.

You will notice none of it entails spending money on going out, roses or chocolates. Rather, I aim to keep it simple because I enjoy sharing love with my wife every single day of the year.

You don’t need to buy love nor do you have to feel obligated to rush out and purchase something just because everyone else is doing it.

 

Post-it note

 

While reading my morning dose of Yahoo news today an article caught my eye. It is about a man Jess Hale who lives in Kansas that started a 100 day project of writing his wife free love letters on post-it notes, sticky-notes whatever you want to call them.

Why stop at 100 days when you could do it all year-long, no calendar required?

Day 22 You are the reason couch manufacturers designed snugglers

What a brilliant idea and I know if my wife read that she would push me in that direction because she is a visual type person. She likes to create memories through photographs and feeds her heart through word and touch, so loving her is very easy.

This man has got it right and I’m sure his wife is loving every post-it note.

I think we over-think what love is supposed to be when love really should be natural, do what your heart tells you to do and that doesn’t always mean spending money. That wears off, trust me.

 

Love on social media

 

It was great seeing all the love on my Facebook page yesterday and although no one is perfect when it comes to love, it’s about learning and growing with someone you are compatible with.

More importantly wasn’t the photos of the flowers I saw but what was written. It is the written word that keeps card shops in business but if we dig deep inside our hearts we can do just the same for free.

Free love on post-it notes, all-year long. The best part is you can read them over and over and they won’t die or end up flushed down the toilet.

 

Meaning of love

 

Being in love to me is a connection with someone who understands you and can hold your hand through any storm. It is also someone you feel comfortable with, who is your best friend and lover at the same time. You have no fear telling them your darkest secrets because you know they won’t bite you rather support you.

It’s about all the little things like a kiss on the forehead, holding hands or doing things together that you both enjoy like walks in the park or road trips to sight see. The love letters even if written on post-it notes or scrap paper will create memories that will last a life-time.

My wife really likes the love letters and she should because they are free just like Jess Hale says and it shares your inner most feelings with someone about them. Saying you are in love is big business and for those that are true romantics say it because they mean it.

You can buy all the Hallmark cards you want but nothing says I’m in love with you than the written word followed by actions of being in love.

I love being in love just like the next person and trust me when I say you know when you are in love because you feel it. You can’t stop thinking about that person and all you want to do is make them happy even if they are a million miles away.

Happy doesn’t have to cost money either. Happiness should come simple and easy and when I read this story it made me realize that my wife really is someone who is simple when it comes to love because she embraces the world like nature.

Just like most woman a man loves to read about love even if they claim they don’t, they do. Most men love being in love and they want to hear from the person they are in love with and what they have to say.

It goes both ways in love, it’s never one-sided.

Never let the flame die because once it’s gone it may just become a memory. It’s hard to have someone you are in love with find that special place again but if it’s meant to be it will be just don’t push it in the wrong direction for no reason.

Using a post-it note love system is a great idea and maybe an important message to send to all those couples out there who are in relationships.

Money and debt may be a huge reason why relationships fail but that’s also followed by falling out of love with the person you claim to be in love with because you gave up or got too comfortable with them.

Never give up.

IF all it takes is a minute to write a quick love message on a post-it note every single day then you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Like a photograph that stands out in your mind forever so do the words of love that live in your heart.

Now, let’s hit the dollar store and load up on those post-it notes, shall we?

How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?

 

Canadian Budget Binder this week

 

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CBB at home and the blog

 

Not too much going on this week except I was being a nosey neighbour and went to an open house with my wife down the road.

The house was a flip so I wanted to see the kind of workmanship that went into 3 months of house flipping. To say I was shocked and surprised is about right. The materials they used were top of the line for the most part and the kitchen was amazing with quartz counter-tops and dark wood cabinets.

The railings were new and also a dark solid wood with wrought iron that were stunning. When I got down on the ground though it was all the things behind the prettiness that makes me wonder.

I could easily see where corners were cut and they did cheap out on some things just to get the job done. I’m going to start the renovations on this house so I don’t want to over-renovate our home so seeing what’s in the neighbourhood is important to me.

The house is on a decent lot and was selling for over $600,000 although it is a bit bigger than ours. It’s about 600 sq. feet bigger upstairs with a larger basement so we should be ok with what we want to do.

Sometimes spending more money on your home than what others in your neighbourhood are doesn’t always net you the best return so take caution.

Other than that it’s almost time to get the garden seeds going, how about you? I’m sure Katrina will have lots of great landscaping and gardening tips for us all summer long.

Are you excited to get rid of this snow, I know I am. I’ve had just about enough of it.

 

Fan deals and inspirations

 

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Submit your Brag or Inspiration If you have a brag that you want me to share email me at canadianbudgetbinder (@) [yahoo] [.ca] or fill out my contact form by Friday each week to have your brag considered for the Saturday post.

This week CBB fan Jen Peacock shares how Facebook can save you money with online-auctions.

Here is my organizational deal:
  • Little Tikes toy chest bought from a local Facebook auction site: $19 (retail unknown but newer versions are approx. $80)
  • Shelf with bins bought from a local Facebook for sale site: $25 (retail on sale at Canadian Tire $39.99)
Now Adam’s toys are organized!  (the Little Tikes bin is FULL of Mega Blocks that I got at a garage sale for FREE!)

 

Making a difference

 

If you know a personal finance blogger that is making a difference and want to nominate them please send me an email so I can reach out to them for a feature story.

Note: If you are a blogger who gives back and would like to be featured by all means get in touch with me as I am filling spots up for the rest of 2014 and they are going quickly.

Problem:  I had a Blog all lined up for today however the document sent over was corrupt so I couldn’t load it to the computer. If you are sending over a write-up for Making a Difference simply send it in an email. :) Hopefully we can have her blog photo and write-up ready to go for next Saturday.

If you want your blog featured email me now!

 

What is a blog carnival?

 

Some fans have asked me “what is a blog carnival?” so a little explanation is due here for anyone reading for the first time or for my long-time fans.

A blog carnival is where a blog or website hosts what we call a carnival of blog posts from around the web. Most blog carnivals have a theme and certain rules for submitting which must be followed.

If you are a blogger and would like to learn what blog carnival directories I submit to each week you can find the information in a previous Saturday Weekend Review post that I wrote.

 

Carnival glory

 

A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals and/or sharing my blog posts with their fans.

 

Google search terms

 

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Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog.

Here are a few of my favorite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.

  • How to pay off $100,000 in one year?- Either you better have a huge salary, win the lottery or have wealthy friends and relatives who don’t want you to pay them back.
  • Snow storm meals- That’s new to me…. I wonder what they cook when it rains?
  • Imagine Dragons Net worth- Nope, won’t find that here. Amazing how people want to know how much others have.
  • Canadian Budget Binder Retirement plan- I don’t think I’ve really put a plan out there for all of you yet
  • Sexy Men’s kitchen tool- I can only imagine

 

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #59- Free love with a post-it note no calendar required.

Have a great week and catch me here again next Saturday with more updates.

-Mr.CBB

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