The Saturday Weekend Review #26- Canada Day around the mulberry tree


A Day To Celebrate Canada 

It’s Canada Day on Monday July 1, 2013 which is also a statutory holiday in Canada. We will be celebrating what will be 146 years of beauty in this land we call home on that day. Last year I wrote a blog post about Canada Day where I talked about wanting to explore more of this country but sadly we haven’t had the time. Maybe it’s more about not making the time because we keep letting everything else get in the way.

With me finishing up school we thought we could plan a few days away but we’ve only managed to take some day trips to explore surrounding cities. One of my favourite trips so far was a trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the lake. There was something familiar about staring down the main drag down-town at Niagara on the Lake that reminded me of the UK. The small shops, narrow streets and flowers in bloom no matter what direction I would look was a bit nostalgic for me.

Niagara Falls was, how shall I say, amazing. I know many of you that grew up in Canada may think, ah it’s only Niagara Falls big deal, but it is a big deal. Niagara was named one of seven wonders in Canada and we should all be proud of the beauty each city has to offer including, the Falls.

My favourite parts of Niagara was the Maid of the Mist, the walk under the falls and the butterfly conservatory which was out of this world. Walking around down-town and checking out all the little shops was fun especially when the town is painted in bright colours and the night-time air is filled with music and laughter. You can’t go wrong if even for a frugal romantic getaway for a few days with your loved one.

Although there are things I miss about the UK there is plenty I enjoy about Canada. Even though there are pros and cons living in Canada in comparison to the UK there are always going to be differences no matter where anyone lives. Home is where the heart is and I have two homes now, and I will always hold true to both.

This Canada Day we are celebrating with the family which means I’m on vacation, so just in case you think I am MIA I’m probably hanging out by the water enjoying a few beers and backyard BBQ. I imagine we may take in the Canada Day parade followed by good eats and fun around the city as Canada Day submerges the community where we will be.

What are your plans for Canada Day?

What is open on Canada Day?

There are stores open on Canada Day but not many so you might have to do an online search or make a phone call. Since Canada Day is a stat holiday most stores and government agencies will be closed. That also means the LCBO will be closed so get your booze this weekend if you want some “liquid courage” as my friend John calls it. You may find smaller corner stores open, gas stations and of course Tim Hortons will be open Canada Day. There are some groceries stores that are open on Canada Day.

Check the list for 2013 Canada Day Stores open for Food Basics and  Home Depot Canada Day 2013 Hours. All RONA stores will be closed and Wal-Mart will be closed from what I read online. Is Canadian Tire is open on Canada Day? Good question but the website is vague in answering and only states, Holiday hours may vary, please call ahead to confirm, so call.

What would be great is if all the stores would have a holiday hours tab for the customers to simply click on. That would eliminate phones calls to the stores and taking up time of the employee who could be doing something else for in-store customers waiting for customer service.

Let us know in the comments what stores you find open on Canada Day!

Gardening and Landscaping

Fresh Basil Weekly Growth Comparison

If you missed my Saturday weekend review post last week where I showed you photos of our garden and how much growth it has had since the beginning, it has done even better this week. The rhubarb is massive as are the raspberry plants which are just as tall if not taller than I am at 6 feet. The tomatoes and peppers are coming along but as always they take their time but give us plenty of vegetables in and around August or September.

The basil, what can I say except it’s out of this world awesome and we can’t wait to make our basil cubes. Just look at the photo above just one week since I took the previous photo and the plant has gone bananas. Not literally, I’m not doing any funky scientific gardening but I’m happy to say the garden is moving along nicely.

Our mallow is getting bigger and we should start to see beautiful pink and white blooms in the next month or two, which are absolutely gorgeous. The lime tree is now in the barrel and seems to be loving it although I keep a watchful eye on it behind the scenes just to make sure it survives my wife and her newbie green thumb. (love you darling)

Canada Day around the mulberry tree


I won’t be spending Canada Day around the mulberry tree but I’m betting with the amount of berries on our tree this year I could spend all day picking them. Our mulberry tree is enormous, and like you might have guessed we have what seems like millions if not billions of berries on the tree. The birds just can’t get enough of them nor can the wife who keeps picking them and eating them on the spot.

I was told to lay some sheets down and shake the tree as they would easily drop to the ground. It sounds like a smart way to harvest these purple berries with a sweet red juice that stains your hands (and my path) but seems to be worth it with all the health benefits of mulberries. We do try to pick the berries but there are so many and it’s a bit awkward to pick them under the canopy, so I might try the, shake the tree route.


What are the health benefits of mulberries?

Good question and I had to go hunting for the answer because I’m not quite a dietician but I am rather curious about this mulberry tree that we have growing rapidly year after year on our property.

Mulberries are no doubt good for us and for many reasons as they are jam-packed with vitamins and even iron which is unusual for a berry, but this bad boy had it all. The mulberry tree is what they call a silkworm tree belonging to the family called Moraceae also known as Moras berries in Spanish with the scientific name being called Morus Nigra.

Mulberries contain the following benefits listed below, but if I were you and you want to know more about mulberries, check out Nutrition and You. This is where I learned all of my mulberry information you see here today but in greater detail.

  • Iron
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Lutein, Zea-Xanthin, B-carotene and A-carotene
  • Resveratrol (polyphenol flavonoid antioxidant)
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • B-Complex vitamins
  • B6, Niacin, Folic Acid (better get the wife out there eating away), riboflavin
  • Vitamin K

Free stuff


This is just another great find for free in the trash this week from another neighbour who moved out. Although we don’t need any gate hardware at the moment as I replaced it when we moved in, you never know when it will come in handy. I figure there is about $30-$40 worth of hardware here.

We also picked up another item from the guy that was moving from the same house. The wife noticed the item and went and knocked on his door to ask if he could hang on to it until I came home from work. I get the feeling when you see what it is you will know why she didn’t want to wheel it home. Once we get it all cleaned up and put it back together, I’ll show you what it is.

I also picked up one flat beer can in the middle of the road and the wife found a beer bottle on the boulevard while out for a walk with the dog. If my neighbours or whoever it was wants to throw away their beer cans and bottles, I’ll take them. A dime is a dime to us, it all adds up. (that and it goes towards my beer fund)

What did you find for free this week? 

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Jen’s garage sale finds


Jen and her husband have made many improvements to their shopping habits and their budget. You can read all about it in her post, Budgeting With Mr. CBB Got Us Back On Track. Jen shares her weekly garage sale finds with us for the summer to show just how much she can save for her family.

Today’s garage sale finds:

  • Very large storage tote which can be used outdoors $5.00
  • Thermal gloves with grip (Ken uses these at work – they cost about $7-8 at Mark’s) $.25 (brand new)
  • 2 x Fleece once piece PJ’s for Adam $.50 for both
  • New track to fix kitchen drawer $.50
  • Bag clip $.25
  • Pouch for my sunglasses $.25
  • Total $6.75

Making a difference


Hi, my name is Lindsey and I blog about my journey to becoming debt free over at Canadian Cents & Sensibility. I started my family early and had my daughter at age twenty. At that point, I had started college and her father and I tried to discuss our future. Dazed and confused, we managed to avoid the marriage pitfall and decided that we would be better parents apart, rather than together.

I went both to College and then University. After about seven years of majoring in this and that, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (in Psychology) and a monstrous $45,000 student loan. As it turns out, trying to go to school and raise a child can be an expensive endeavour to undertake – especially when paired together.

Over the years I accrued credit card debt and every other kind of debt for most of my twenties. I used to spend money to distract myself from difficult emotions and stressful situations – I used it like a crutch. It wasn’t until I hit my early thirties that I realized I had a real problem and needed to change my life and my finances.

Success is as much in the trying as it is in the achievement.

I worked hard to learn and grow from my past decisions – both good and bad. I started my blog to share my experiences about learning how to manage my money differently. My goal is to help empower others to take control of their financial futures and understand that it’s okay to try things, mess up, and then try things again. I believe I can learn as much from my readers as they might learn from me.

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I really appreciate when other blog owners recognize my hard work here at and share my posts with their fans.

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What is a blog carnival?

Some fans have asked me just what a blog carnival is 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.

A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals

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What are Google keyword search terms?

Keywords for search engines help me to understand what people are looking for at Canadian Budget Binder. Although I get thousands of  keyword searches from Google users that come in each week I pick out a few that catch my eye and make me smile.

Top pick- “True Leaders Don’t Create Followers, They Create Leaders”- Awesome!

  • House making- I’ve never heard it called this maybe home building.
  • Best Financial Advisor’s in Canada- I’d like to know too!
  • Oreo Brownie with Chocolate icing I think I know what I’m going to make next, thanks for the idea.
  • The Cadillac Budget- It there such a thing?
  • British donuts- If I make them are they considered British then?
  • Sensual Man and Woman On a motorcycle- I guess they weren’t going for the rough and tough look.

That’s all for this weeks edition of the The Saturday Weekend Review. Thanks for stopping by to read and please join me again next week when I do it all over again.

Happy Canada Day!


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The Saturday Weekend Review #20-The Young Cookie Selling Entrepreneur

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No Cookie Monster hiding in this post.. just cookie selling and one interesting day. Since it’s the Victoria Day long weekend we decided to get up early and battle the garage sales. I spent 10 minutes last night jotting down the info in our garage sale route list so we knew exactly where we are going. Half of the battle is getting to the garage sales the other half is finding something you need for a great price.

As we made our path from sale to sale and picked up a few items that we could certainly put to good use we stumbled upon some other experiences along the way. The first garage sale we stopped at was raising money for cancer research. Each year a garage sale  is organized with a few neighbours who bring all their unwanted luxuries to to sell.

We found most of the garage sale items reasonably priced and for good reason, overpriced items end up back in the house. They also had some amazing baked goods up for offer such as monster cookies and brownies. Selling cookies for Cancer research seemed like a great way to help spread awareness in hopes one day they can find a cure. It was so nice to see all the kids pitching in for this event.

We also found another garage sale where the mother was putting her daughter to work starting up her own cookie business. It was the cutest thing we had seen in ages. This little girl had to be around 4 years old with a pink flower headband and a yellow jacket waiting to open shop.

She smiled with a large grin while anticipating the arrival of her mother bringing the homemade cookies that they had baked together for the garage sale. Today was the day she was going to become a young cookie entrepreneur, CEO of her own little homemade cookie business.

My wife reminisced with me at that moment about a time when she was young and she would sell cups of Kool-aid in her front yard. Some neighbourhood pals would set up a small table with pitchers of different varieties of  juice for $0.10 a glass. “There was something powerful about sitting behind that table with the money, especially when the other kids came over to check out what all the excitement was about”, she says.

Although the juice sales didn’t amass the amount needed to pay for her education she remembers that she gave the money to her parents. Her mother saved the money in a small change purse so she could use it for an upcoming class trip to some museum which she vaguely remembers. I guess it wasn’t all that memorable but the money came in handy to buy souvenirs, candy and a drink. At the time she says it taught her that if she wanted to go on trips she needed to save money to be able to spend money.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie Selling

So this pretty little girl all dressed up sat at a tiny table with a huge dish of homemade chocolate chip cookies waiting for her first customer. The cookies for sale looked delicious and very tempting but everyone knows that I have a sweet tooth. The sign in front taped to the table read “Chocolate Chip Cookies $0.25 ” as it flapped in the wind. Her mother handed her a change pot and reminded her to say thank-you to every customer.

The little girl says, “Mommy, how do I know how much money to give back?” At this point I turned my head to be nosey as an older gentleman approached the cookie stand. The mother explained and showed her what to do and spoke up with a cheerful voice, “don’t worry dear, this is a quarter worth $0.25 and every cookie will cost a quarter. If your customer hands you a different coin then you call me and I will help you”.

The little girl nods and says, “I got it, now I’m ready to sell my cookies”, although she seemed a bit shy we think it was all an act, she was a pro. Her first customer, the old man says, “I’ll take 4 of those cookies young lady with a smile” and she says, “I’ll need 4 quarters from you then sir, thank-you” and my heart just smiled for this little girl.

Something so simple as a cookie stand may just teach her the value of money, the importance of talking to her customer and saying thank-you for the sale. If only she had understood the art of up-selling maybe offering a glass of milk for $1.00 or other sales techniques then she may have been able to sell the whole lot of cookies o the first buyer.

I walked over to make our purchase of 4 chocolate chip cookies and I asked the little girl what she planned to do with her cookie sales. This was money to my ears. She told me that she was going to save it in her piggy bank but she didn’t know what for yet.  Who knows maybe we will find out one day that she is the CEO of her own famous cookie company bragging that her first memory of baking and selling cookies was at a garage sale.

Smart kid!! I think she is well on her way down the personal finance road, at least that’s what we hope for these kids. Getting the kids involved is part of building memories that will last forever, that is until they need mom or daddy for back-up advice, potty break, play or nap time!

Question: Do you remember selling cookies or juice at a stand on your front yard when you were young? or Do your own kids do this today?

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Other than that the blog has been peaceful but busy with many new fans here and on Facebook where we are nearing close to 5400 fans. I’m grateful for each and every one of you who champion this blog and take it under your wings as a team and fly with it. It’s with your support and dedication that we continue to grow, so thank-you.

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What a crazy week it’s been for me. I’ve worked like mad around the house and even managed to slice my finger quite well when I harvested our rhubarb a few days back. My fault, bloody knife sharpener works well… ya, I sharpened the knife before I went out. Apparently I’m not allowed to use knives any longer without adult supervision.

All the summer lounge chairs and tables are now outside and the ready for our next backyard BBQ with our friends. We also picked up a handy deck rug that ties in perfectly with our table and chairs.

This past week we received part of the landscaping materials so I’ll be digging up the grounds in the next couple of weeks and working some magic outside. I’ll be talking more about that in upcoming posts as I detail how the owner of this company nearly lost a $1000 sale as we nearly walked away from them because of one error.

Hopefully the neighbours will stop thinking we are the weed house (not puffin the weed, I mean lawn weeds) and can breathe a sigh of relief that the young punks are finally taking care of their property. Ah well, it was more important for us to save the cash first then do the work, rather than put it on credit or use the money we were saving to pay off the mortgage.

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Making A Difference

Making A Difference My Own Advisor

I’ve talked about how important it was to “Make a Difference” not only with my life but with this blog. I put out a call for other bloggers to email me a few paragraphs about why they are making a difference with their blog and to share what that difference was.

This week I bring to you fellow Canuck Mark from My Own Advisor who is making a difference in many people’s lives. I know when I first started following Mark I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’ve come to enjoy reading his posts because he keeps them simple even for the investing newbie like me. Mark is a great guy always willing to help out and I encourage you to head over and say hello!

My name is Mark and I’m in my late-thirties and blog at My Own Advisor.

I started investing when I was in my early 20′s, after reading David Chilton’s The Wealthy Barber.

I started my investing journey, albeit blindly all those years ago by putting my hard-earned money into big-bank mutual funds and paying high management expense fees (MERs) in the process.

Little did I know how much these fees would kill my portfolio returns over the years.  I also didn’t know there was another option…I could learn to invest for myself, become a do-it-yourself (DIY) investor and forget most of the financial noise around me. I’ve heard of these people, folks who “went it alone” and became successful investors but thought it was far too fetched for me to do.  Not anymore.

Over the years, I’ve read books, I’ve studied the markets and I’ve learned to pay close attention to where, how and when to invest my hard-earned dollars.  I’ve also learned to be wary of the financial industry. Why? The way I see it, nobody cares more about my money than I do.  You should feel the same about your hard-earned dollars.

My Own Advisor is a personal finance and investing blog dedicated to chronicling my journey to financial independence.  I’ve got ways to go to reach my financial dreams but I’m on my way, investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and dividend paying stocks.

Personal finance and investing is a growing passion of mine and I will be using this site to post my thoughts, opinions and journey to financial freedom being my own financial advisor. I encourage you to follow my financial journey and interact with me along the way.  This way, we can learn together. 

I welcome your comments, questions and the opportunity to answer any questions you might have.

See you around my blog!


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Free Wedding Gift Idea


My friend Anne at Unique Gifter approached me with this cool make your own fort building kit she has put together. The best part is you can download it for FREE! It’s a great Wedding gift to give to someone with a luxury sheet set.

Anne explains the kit in great details so head over to Unique Gifter and check it out. Let Anne know Mr.CBB sent you!

web search terms

Google Search terms really help me to understand what people are looking for at Canadian Budget Binder! Any typos below are simply how the person who searched Google and typed it in search incorrectly, or me ;-) Another week of thousands of search terms but only a few good ones worth mentioning.

Top Pick: CBB Mixer- No I haven’t started my own Kitchenware line yet like Mario Batali, Rachael Ray, or Jaime Oliver… I’m pacing myself. 

  • Why is Shoppers Drug Mart so expensive?- Good question, who would like to answer that for us?
  • Paid Off My Debts Using EBay- Now that would have been a nice story to hear about….
  • Men sexy- Amazing how the mention of one book brings alot of sexy here…. not that I’m complaining
  • Pasta al Pesto Mr. Loto- Nope, wrong Mr. again…
  • Money Moron Spreadsheet- Nope, wrong site, but I’m sure I can hook you up with a budget.


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The Saturday Weekend Review #19- Mothering Sunday Is Mother’s Day!

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Mothering Sunday is what we call Mother’s Day in the UK, the equivalent of Mother’s Day In Canada and other places around the world. In the UK Mothering Sunday is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent.

In 2013 Mothering Sunday in the UK (Mother’s Day UK) was celebrated on March 10, 2013 where Mother’s Day in Canada and the USA is celebrated on the second Sunday in May which is May 12, 2013. I call my mother my mum where in Canada my wife says her mom. I try to stick to mom so I don’t confuse people but sometimes I forget but I’m sure you all get it. We only celebrate Mother’s Day during the Canadian celebration date and my mom is fine with that.

Some day soon she will get me in the flesh and blood as we hope to make a trip back to the UK very soon. We are hoping to plan something very special maybe visiting our friends in Spain, Germany and Italy. Yes. I will take lots of photos when we go and make sure we hook up with the best eats around. I’ve been to many places in this world but the wife has only been to a handful of countries so I want to plan something special for her so we can celebrate our time together.

My wife had never heard of Mothering Sunday but that is what we call it and it’s a celebration of our mother. My mother loves flowers so I would always get her a bouquet of mixed spring flowers and a card as a mother’s day gift. Flowers in the UK are a must for anyone with a garden, well at least in our house they were and still are at my parents.

I have a passion for gardening especially growing flowers of all descriptions because flowers to me symbolize so much in my life especially memories. My mothers knowledge of the the Latin flower names is brilliant in which she taught me. My wife tells me it’s  sexy hearing me name the flowers. I’m no pro by any means but I can spot flowers and tell you what they are but am always willing to learn. We also grow many vegetables from seed and continue to grow our organic garden a bit more each year.

I’m always getting creative finding ways to grow flowers and vegetables in a small space so I built wooden garden boxes and have the wooden barrel that I found and restored as well that I will put to good use. The compost heap is overflowing and it’s pretty much supplied all the nutritious soil that I will need this year.

I still have many bags of rotting leaves to dump in. The most important part about gardening is protecting your investment and educating yourself about how to care for your plants and even finding out the type of soil you have in your garden.

As you know I don’t often get to see my mom but I do speak to her on the phone quite regularly. Mother’s Day for me is just another day because I celebrate love and life with my mom every time I think of her, talk to her and see her. Now that I’m older and understand life a lot more than when I was a kid, especially about finances I can see how much love, effort and support my parents put in to give us kids the life they did.

We don’t have a large garden but I do get around to planting some flowers here and there as well as beautiful hanging baskets which I will have out later next month. Not all of our flowers are out yet but they are coming out in full force. In our garden today I have some Lavandula, Lilies, Tulips, White Geranium which bloomed all winter indoors, Gerbera Daisy and Hostas. I also have a sneak peek below at our figs and our incredible rhubarb that is growing so fast.

I’m going to need to start experimenting with Rhubarb more in the CBB kitchen this year so expect some new recipes to come your way. Tomorrow I will be sharing my Toasted Coconut Custard Tarts with Whipped Cream something I know my mother would enjoy with a hot cuppa tea! So to celebrate Mother’s Day I share some flowers from our garden into your home for all the Mother’s and Mom’s to be… Happy Mother’s Day 2013!

Mother’s Day 2013
Happy Mothers Day 2013 I love you

Mothering Sunday

Rhubarb 2013 wm

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2013 Figs From My Garden

Hostas 2013 wm

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Making A Difference

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I’ve talked about how important it was to “Make a Difference” not only with my life but with this blog. I put out a call for other bloggers to email me a few paragraphs about why they are making a difference with their blog and to share what that difference was.

This week I’m pleased to bring to you John from Frugal Rules who I have had the pleasure of networking with for many months now. You can catch John nightly posting his dinner on my Facebook page- What’s For Dinner post and interacting with my fans. I agree with John when he says that comments from the fans shows that he’s making a difference. John has always taken the time to chat and throw ideas around with me and  he’s certainly a PF blogger with a great online presence and personality with lots to say…. so let me introduce to you… Frugal Rules!

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share the vision and passion fueling Frugal Rules. There are an abundance of personal finance blogs providing helpful information and opinions; what sets Frugal Rules apart is the holistic view of money I try to promote with every piece of content I write.

Where others focus on investing or couponing or even budgeting, Frugal Rules presents a broader view of what your money can do for you. I try to help others by sharing my own exodus from credit card debt and journey toward financial freedom so they can avoid making the same destructive financial mistakes I made.

I’ve discovered that most financial mistakes are made from ignorance so I try to help others by educating about a wide range of financial topics, all with the ultimate goal of showing others how to enjoy freedom from debt and develop a plan for the future that will keep them from having to work until they drop. I do my best to respond to every comment and question readers submit.

Their responses show me I’m making a difference. I care deeply about helping others, particularly my own children as well as future generations to manage their money wisely and make it work for them. While it’s a lot of work, creating, managing and publishing content for Frugal Rules is the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.

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web search terms

Google Search terms really help me to understand what people are looking for at Canadian Budget Binder! Any typos below are simply how the person who searched Google and typed it in search incorrectly, or me ;-) Another week of thousands of search terms but only a few good ones worth mentioning.

Top Pick: Italian Pooding…. self explanatory but I did get a good laugh out of it… make sure you stretch the word….like Pooooding…. for the full effect. 

  • How Many Weight Watchers Points Are In A spudnut- My guess… lots! (That’s a donut for all of you scratching your heads)
  • Cana dian Bu dget Bin der- Let’s just see if it will work if we leave spaces in between… pass me another cold one would ya!
  • Not enough money to run business this month- Sounds like someone has decisions to make
  • Ways to Save Water on Rainy Days- Besides using a rain barrel or a bucket if you really want to save a free shower is a free shower.. grab the soap and get at it.
  • How To Formulate A Sausage- Hmmmm … I’ll just leave that one alone

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The Saturday Weekend Review February #6~Well Behaved Kids Score Their Family A Dining Discount!

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You never know where or when you will get a discount, even on your restaurant bill as one family received from Poulsbo, Washington. This has to be one of the most unusual of Yahoo articles I’ve read in a while and I really wanted to share my thoughts on it.  Competition for business especially in the restaurant industry is tight-fisted but for this owner the kids struck a chord with him. A family of 5 was eating at a little Italian Restaurant called Sogno Di Vino and because Laura King’s children were so well-behaved during the service they were rewarded with ice-cream, but that’s not all. When Laura received her receipt for the dinner she noticed a $4.00 discount for “Well Behaved Kids”.  She posted the photo on her blog and she shared this dining experience with the world. What a lovely gesture on the part of the restaurant owner, Rob Scott to recognize his patrons this way. He went on to say in the article the children were well-mannered saying “please” and “thank-you”. It’s spread like wild fire and was a great PR move on his part if you ask me.

When I hear about business owners taking a vested interest in their customers outside the “plate of food” it makes me happy to know there are establishments that take pride in the overall experience while taking it to different levels. We tend to stay away from establishments with the production line mentality, get em in get em out, there’s a line-up after all. It’s not always just about the money, word of mouth goes a long way just as in this case. The personal touch is always so welcoming when you have staff who genuinely care about your dining experience. It’s not everyday you hear stories like this so kudos to Mr. Scott and to Laura and her husband for teaching their children the importance of good behaviour and manners.

At the end Laura offers some tips for eating out with kids such as making sure your kids are well rested, have had a snack and to make sure you are giving them your full attention while dining out. It’s also important to “notice your surroundings”, she says. Although we don’t have any kids I’ve seen my fair share of kids that misbehave but I’m not one to judge as we never know if there is an underlying problem or concern. I wouldn’t expect something like this if we had kids and went out to eat but once in a while it’s nice to hear of someone doing something special for their patrons. I wonder if he will start a trend now and up the playing field for bigger restaurants to give back to their customers even if it is an ice-cream cone. Maybe a “Well behaved Discount Card” for restaurant and retail shops?

Has anything like this happened to you while dining out or in another situation?

How do you teach your children about their manners?

You can read the story in full here.

receipt well behaved kids discount

Photo Credit: Reddit

What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder?

Now that the happy part of this post is done, let’s move on shall we to the part where my water softener decided to crash on us. I’m moaning about it because the bloody things are not cheap but I’m getting a discount (of course). Who pays full-price for anything these days, not this guy.  I did a bit of research the past few days and will be sharing this expensive experience with all of you in an upcoming blog post. Other than that I’ve been shovelling for the past few days. All I’m going to say is thank goodness I did winter maintenance on my vehicle as it was some rough driving yesterday morning.

The New Website is almost completed and will be up and running very soon, exciting, you bet. Andrea is just fine tuning it because she’s thorough that way and doesn’t like to put out anything but her best work. That’s when the real magic happens and when all the great people that have surrounded themselves with CBB over the past year will be rewarded.  I’ve been branching out and connecting with other Bloggers around the web and it’s been fun getting to know other site owners who share a passion for helping others like I do. It’s amazing just how many personal finance sites there are and I hope to feature some new sites for all of you in the upcoming weeks.

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Canadian Budget Binder Mentions Around The Web

Canadian Budget Binder is fun place where people come to not only learn about personal finance but also to share. Thanks to these sites who linked up to Canadian Budget Binder this past week. 

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What People Searched to Find Canadian Budget Binder:

Search terms really help me to understand what people are looking for at Canadian Budget Binder! Any typos below are simply how the person who searched typed it in search, or me ;-) There were thousands of searches this week.. but not too many juicy ahahaha ones.. so I picked out some of the best ones for you.

Top Pick: What will housing prices to in the year 2016 in BC?- One sec, let me grab my crystal ball… 

  • Horrible Credit Want Mortgage- Say that 5 times… although there are such things as Bad Credit Mortgages.
  • How can you make a woman from Canada love you- Hmm, buddy I’ve learned you can’t make a woman do nothing! If she doesn’t love you for you why would you even want to try and “make” her.. silly.
  • Do I have to say I Love You on Valentine’s Day?- You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. People that date each other buy gifts, go on dates but it doesn’t mean they are “IN LOVE” with the person.  Chill out!
  • Trick, keep a bottle of Vaseline In your pocket.. that will- That will WHAT? Then again, do we really want to know, lol?

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Canadian Budget Binder-The Saturday Weekend Review #3 November 2012


Saturday Week In Review Mr.CBB

Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review

Well, Halloween has come and gone but I did promise that I would post a picture of the pumpkin I carved. Please don’t mind the obvious blurry picture as clearly I would have gotten out my tripod. Mrs.CBB said, “nah, it will be OK”. So this is her version of “OK” in the following pictures (after a few drinks).

Halloween Pumpkin

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I also scooped out the pumpkin seeds like others said they do. I know it sounds strange but it’s only my third pumpkin that I’ve carved. I cleaned the seeds, added some sesame oil, salt, pepper, paprika and steak seasoning lol.. (gosh I hope that’s not odd). Then I roasted them in the oven 2 days after Halloween so I could let them dry out a bit.

That’s not entirely true. The tray was taking too much room up on the counter so we tossed it in the oven. Well 2 days later Mrs.CBB says, “Babe, I think we forgot to roast the pumpkin seeds”. They don’t look so appetizing in the picture but I’m currently munching on them as I type this and they aren’t so bad, if you like cardboard. A nice cold beer to wash these beauties down sounds good to me.

Sample Source 2012 Samples

On a final note our Sample-source package came in the mail (can never have enough razors) in the house. I like that Downy Unstoppables sample as it really jazzed up the smell of my socks.’-)

That’s all for now, this week I’m working on some final yard work and then it’s indoor renovation time! Are you all ready for this, Mr.CBB and his tools?

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What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder

First I’d like to say Happy 1 year  Blogoversary to my mate Jason at Work Save Live. Head over to his site to ENTER his awesome give-away  to win an Apple Ipad Mini, $100 Amazon GC and $50 PayPal.  Check it out!

This week at CBB has been busy with lots of great guest posts coming in which we love here at Canadian Budget Binder. If you want to guest post or share a story send me an email today. I’ve also been working slowly on transforming CBB into a brighter environment for all of us. More on that to come.

The Grocery Game Challenge is growing and I’m thrilled to share with all of you that do post your weekly shops how impressed I’ve been with your progress over the course of the year. For those of you that just started to post your shops keep at it and keep those dollars in your pocket.

Canadian Budget Binder’s Weekly Post Recap

Top Blog

This is a NEW Feature I started last week on Canadian Budget Binder. This is where I will share your website so my fans can check you out if you send me the most traffic for the week! The Top Blog To Drive Traffic To Canadian Budget Binder for this week goes to…… Mark at My Own Advisor! Check him out!

Weekly Top 2 Honourable Mentions

  1. How To Save Money.CA

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Blogs From Around The Web That Shared Us With Their Fans!

(If I miss You..please let me know 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)

Top 5 Recent Blog Commenter’s- These are my top 5 fans that read and comment on blog posts at Canadian Budget Binder. Thanks :-)

  1. John at Frugal Rules
  2. Christine Weadick
  3. Plunged in Debt
  4. Jen Peacock
  5. Mary F. Campbell

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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 8 How we found Mr.CBB>>>>>>Only 8 that caught my eye this week.

  • Canadian Ladies what they want from men- well, you’ve come to the right place.. have a read and you shall know.
  • A Sausage Cabbage Tomato- That must be one of those rare types of tomato breeds long and round. You should always watch who your tomatoes are hanging out with.
  • Sower Cream… at least it wasn’t spelled sewer (like I’m one to talk about typos, I’m rubbish with my fingers sometimes (get your minds out of the gutter lol)
  • How much is one pound of walnuts in the supermarket? Oh crap where is that magic wand, I’ve lost it again. Sorry can’t help you mate.
  • Unusual frugal recipes- So what do you mean like unusual, banana peel nut loaf…  I’d call that unusual, wouldn’t you although common in India and South East Asia ! Banana Peels also aid in digestion and bowel movements  so it’s doubly unusual. I think I just learned lots about Banana Peels, did you?
  • Can You Eat Too Much Fresh Basil- Yup and if you’re not careful you’ll start growing it out your nose and ears (now that’s organic).  Did you know basil is considered a “holy herb”  although I knew it was medicinal. Me either. I don’t think basil will cause you any problems, so eat until you just can’t take it any more.. yum,yum,yum.
  • Turkey Costs $4.99 a pound, About How much would 2.79 pounds calculate- I wonder if this was on a math exam….
  • Scary Picture of Vegetable Carvings- Oh ya, that would certainly freak me out!

That’s all for this weeks “The Saturday Weekend Review” tune in next week when I bring you more of the best and worst from around CBB!!

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