How to turn bad habits into positive goals: PF Weekly grab a brew #77

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LOOK UP AND BE AWARE   I don’t care who you are we all have bad habits in our lives whether it be smoking, drinking, drugs, over-spending, laziness, etc.  The list of bad habits can go on and on and what I never gave much thought to was how we tend to focus on the “good habits” rather than the bad habits. Why? We like to feel better about ourselves so focusing on the good and forgetting about the bad habits is much easier to do. I don’t know the exact psychology behind the way the human brain works but when I read an article about what Dean Hovey who met with Steve Jobs in 1978 to design the first mouse for the Apple computer had to say, it made me realize that I needed to make small changes in my life. To paraphrase Hovey felt that although we do something over and over it doesn’t necessarily mean we are aware of our surroundings. Interesting, I thought but true. He used an example of riding his bike to University every day and not being able to recall the roof’s shape, colour or composition when his Stanford University professor asked him […]

Is Father’s Day another marketing ploy to eat into your budget? : PF Weekly grab a brew #76

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STEPPING AWAY FROM THE NORM   Father’s Day is just around the corner and for many that means heading out to the shops to find a gift to give to dad. While reading the weekly flyers last night it’s becoming apparent that that Father’s Day is just another scheme to get more money from us.   Father’s Day   I’ve never bought my dad a gift for Father’s Day simply because we never grew up like that back home in the UK. So how come we have to buy gifts just to say I love you? Some of the best gifts for men aren’t bought at the shop rather they are shared through words and telling your dad just how much you love him. My father always had an important message to teach me and one which stood out in my mind, “You only get one shot” and he’s right. While my parents taught me to save money and to spend it on things that I needed and not wanted I’ve learned why as I’ve gotten older. I’ve also learned that you can make things using creativity and imagination to give to loved ones rather than spending money on them […]

Would you pay to watch a new movie in premium Cineplex seats? :PF Weekly grab a brew #72

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CINEMA MOVIES ARE A LUXURY   Watching a movie particularly at the Cineplex theatre may cost you approx. $2 more if you are hoping to take in a new movie and opt for new premium seats. Cinema movies are just as popular today as they were many years ago even when the drive-in theatre was a popular night out. You might still find the odd drive-in movie theatre still in business but for the most part people head indoors in bunches every night to take in a new movie or two. With new movies coming to theatres often movie fans want to get their fill of seeing the best new movies on the giant screen while being able to pick the best seat in the house. Cineplex like any other business is looking for ways to increase customer service and of course revenues even though most people cringe at the prices they pay to snack on movie favourites such as buttered popcorn, nachos and cheese and large-sized pops. Just ask CBB blogger Katrina who went to the movies last week and I believe she mentioned she spent around $40 in snacks to bring her kids to see Rio 2. She […]

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

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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 […]

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Does your meal plan include a new recipe each week?: The grocery game challenge #2 May 5-11, 2014

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A GREAT RECIPE IN EVERY GROCERY CART   Including a new recipe when writing up your meal plan and grocery list is a great way to expand your own personal recipe index each week. I know many people who love to experiment including myself so it’s no surprise that Canadian Budget Binder has a free recipe index that includes easy recipes for your family to enjoy. If you follow the Sunday recipe post you likely know Nicola who has shared her recipes on the blog for about a year now. She’s such an inspirational woman and mom who loves to create new recipes, try recipes that others suggest and most of all share them. What I like the most is that her grocery list each week is a bit different from the last because of the variety in her meal plan. I know Mrs. CBB and I can easily get stuck in a food rut and each week you might see us buying the same grocery items mainly because we think trying a new recipe might take up more time. Lately we’ve been so busy that we need to remember that we can’t forget about us in the process. Making […]

Would you quit your job to travel the world for free? : PF Weekly grab a brew #69

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AROUND THE WORLD   If you were wondering how to travel the world for free you don’t need much but a desire to get to your next destination, patience and elbow grease to make extra cash along the way. This morning I read about a couple who left the USA to travel to Nicaragua for a few years to experience the lifestyle and in search of comparable healthcare in the USA. I thought it was brilliant that they would take such a chance as to pick up and move from where they were comfortable to a place where they had to learn from the bottom up. They seem to love it in Nicaragua and of course have learned what they can and can’t do but for the most part they said living was much cheaper. Who could complain with a beer for under a $1.00, right? The article reminded me of my friend Pauline who blogs at Reach Financial Independence who now lives in Guatemala and is doing very well for herself. You can follow her adventures on her blog and she even wrote a lovely guest post here at CBB about making the best of what is available. Sometimes […]

Holiday gas price increase hits the wallet: PF Weekly grab a brew #68

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DON’T WAIT TO FILL UP   With every holiday in Canada we see a gas price increase at the pumps but that’s only the beginning of what to expect. Although the gas price increase seem to be a tradition here in Canada there are no real Easter traditions for myself but the Mrs. likes to spend time with the family around Good Friday and Easter. This year is no exception and we have enjoyed a couple of days away and will eat lots of fish for our Good Friday meal today.   Gas price increase   While we have been off from work we noticed a sharp gas price increase, in fact where we are it shot up 10 cents per litre overnight. I was quite lucky because we had just filled up the day before the gas price increase which is fine for now but what about continuing on? Apparently the gas price increase is supposed to be hitting the $1.47 per litre mark sometime soon and people will have no other choice than to pay it. The other option is to get rid of the vehicle and ride a bike, take the bus, walk or car pool. This increase combined with the new […]