The Saturday Weekly Review

The Saturday Weekly Review #17- All Mouth And No Trousers!

The Saturday Weekly Review
Behind Closed Doors With Mr.CBB

It’s Saturday, so close the door and come on in, sit down, grab a cuppa tea, relax and hang out with me for a moment. No, nobody is going to massage your feet and take the tension from your shoulders and rub hot oils all over your body to take the worry from your mind here at CBB.

To make up for the lack of spa like atmosphere at this moment If I can have your attention for 5 minutes I promise I will make you forget about all the crap you have to do this weekend. If not, go have a beer or cocktail with an olive and suck it up!

 It’s not every day on the blog I get a chance to kick back and wind down for a bit with everything that’s going on in my life.

With a newish career, the blog and working hard to renovate around the house life can get a bit hectic for me. I haven’t even factored in the wife but she gets me when she wants so I try not to bundle her in with “stuff to do” list or I may find myself in a tent in the back yard.

This past week I have been working on a secret project in my garage which you will learn about shortly. No, it’s not going to make me a millionaire but it will save us a few bucks and get the neighbours talking.

Yep, I’ll be sharing my neighbours junk and what I’ve done to bring it back to life. Sometimes I am amazed at what I find and I hope you can trail along with me to see what I do to transform or bring back to life junk my neighbours don’t want.

Since the weather is heating up I’ll be tackling my fence shortly as well as making the deck all pretty so I preserve it’s beauty year after year. Amazing what a bit of elbow grease and $25 can do for your deck.

I’ll be filling in some crack on the drive and giving it a lick of black, working on the new landscaping project and the list goes on.

All Mouth And No Trousers

Do you know someone that you want to slap around a bit to wake them up?

I do, and pretty soon he’s going to be driving the lawn mower home and not his Mercedes (just having a laugh).

He’s a good mate, a bit arrogant and sometimes drives me around the nutter because he’s all mouth and no trousers (a little too full of himself). 

If you promise someone you are going to do something, just do it and be done with it.

Don’t give them the run around with excuses.

Canadian Budget Binder Weekly Review

Mortgages Toronto Star April 25 2013

What an amazing week on the blog with lots to say and plenty of comments from the fans.

I really do like when you toss in your two cents because that not only shows me that you read what I spend hours putting together.

The other part I enjoy is that I get to learn more about you and your opinions as my readers. So, don’t be shy, leave me a comment.

PLUS…. Canadian Budget Binder made The Toronto Star in which I am so grateful that they reached out for me to ask me some questions about how we were able to save and why we wanted to pay off our mortgage.

It’s not going to make CBB famous but what it will do is share our reasons for paying off our mortgage and hopefully motivate others to think about their own finances.

It’s a great read with a couple of other families that shared what they did to save in order to pay their mortgage off. If you missed this past Thursday’s Toronto Star it’s my understanding the article will be online in the upcoming week.

It’s difficult to read the one part of 2 that I scanned but you can double click the photo to see if you can read it from that point.

I’ll keep you posted as soon as I see it, I’ll let you know.

Facebook has heated up this week as well, my What’s for Dinner post is still on fire as my top post of the day and the fans dive in and share their favourite recipes, frugal living tips and what’s hot in the kitchen.

I’ve decided to continue every Sunday on Facebook as “Frugal Food Sunday” with Mr.CBB.

One thing about personal finance that I’ve learned is money isn’t the most exciting topic but we all love food.

Food is love and here at CBB we take food seriously and if we can make a meal that we love and can share it with the fans that’s what we are going to do.

So, if you have a recipe you want to share, pop around and share your recipe link every Sunday for my fans.

Tomorrow I’ll be rolling out my Homemade Crockpot Lasagna which turned out surprisingly good! Don’t Miss this recipe if you like quick and easy in the kitchen!

Not alot to report back on the blog design front but I’m hoping to get my arse in gear with the new design as we roll it out shortly. I’m on the hunt for a hosting company at the moment and then we will turn Old CBB into New CBB with a bit of magic.

We are now full speed ahead with the CBB Facebook fans who call themselves “The Cheerleading Squad” who lead the way championing for CBB as we strive for 6000 Facebook Fans. You all know who you are and you can bet I appreciate every single thing that you all do for me and CBB.

So, if you aren’t following Canadian Budget Binder on Facebook.. head on over and LIKE my page!

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Making A Difference

Making A Difference Wise Dollar

Last week I 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 sentences about why they are making a difference with their blog and to share what that difference was. I want to host this every Saturday and our first Blog to Make a Difference goes to Jose at Wise Dollar.

I’ve followed Jose for a little while now but one thing that caught me about Jose was his willingness to share and to comment on posts that he can add something of personal value to. Jose is making a difference not only for his fans but for his children. Today I ask you to head over to Wise Dollar and check out his blog that he works very hard on for all his followers. If you like what you see, hang out with Jose, just like I do. Well done Jose!

Why Jose Says He’s Making A Difference

I started my blog for my kids, particularly my 20-year-old son has always had a fascination with my investing activities. I’ve slowly, over the years given him tidbits of information on how I invest, what I look for, etc. I have never really had the discipline to document everything.

Creating the Wise Dollar Blog has given me a vehicle to document how I invest and pass that legacy on.

Even if the Wise Dollar eventually goes away, I will have put down in words the information that my kids will need to be successful investors and better money managers. A secondary objective? Yes, of course.

I would like to make the Wise Dollar a successful Personal Finance (and more) blog) to provide extra income when I semi-retire!

 

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: How To Make A Home Pregnancy Test- Now there’s a science project I never thought of.

  • Sexy Men, Sex Men Over 60- Nope, none of that here.. maybe almost half that age!
  • Cash For Beer Cans- Crap, they’re catching on
  • Animated Pizza Tossing- Because that’s what we do here…
  • Why Man Like Money– Oh, I don’t know maybe because, it pays the bills.
  • Hiding Spots In Homes- Part of  The Burglar Research Academy

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22 Comments

  1. Thank you for the spot of Honor Mr CBB! I really appreciate it and your support as well. As you probably know, I haven’t spent much time in the blog world lately, I try to play catch up whenever I can though. I expect that as I settle in to my new job and get through the first couple of months of training I’ll be able to focus a bit more on the blog and in particular, on other blogs as well. Oh, and keep them recipes coming! I may not get a chance to try all of them, but every single one of them look awesome!

    Congrats on making the Toronto Star! That is absolutely fantastic!

    Cheers,
    Jose

  2. Wow, you’re almost famous! Don’t forget us little people when you hit the big time. I can’t wait for crockpot lasagna. I’m still on a soft food diet, and that sounds right up my alley.

    1. Oh I don’t know about famous lol.. The lasagna is coming up tomorrow…. and I made a Banana Nutella Cake.. which turned out more like a heavy pudding cake.. and tonight avocado fries… so decadent!!

  3. This has been quite the week Mary!!!! Looking forward to looking over the new reading list!! Already checked out a couple…. At least we are finally getting some nice weather and I even managed to get out and rake up the mess in the flower beds in back to clean things up. That was a bit tricky as the grass is still too wet to walk on so I was walking around on the top edge of the walls of the raised beds!!Things look so much neater now, a number of snails were tossed toward the road and a few weeds (already!!!!) were ripped out by their roots…..

  4. Hey, friend! Congrats on the Toronto Star article – yea!!! Love the little blurb about Jose’s site too – he has great stuff over there, doesn’t he? Can’t wait to hear more about your new secret project. 🙂

  5. We use two cheap things for the deck or anything wooden, kerosene+vegetable oil, will make it shine and preserve the wood, about 3/4 kerosene and 1/4 oil. The other thing we use is burned oil (when you do an oil change or you can go to a mechanic and they’ll give you oil for free) and it gives the wood a nice dark color on top. Have a nice weekend, can’t wait to hear about your project!

    1. Interesting idea, I’d have to try that first with a cut off from the deck to see how it works. I’m guessing if you mixed used motor oil with kerosene you’d end up with something similar to creosote which would kill anything in site but it will keep the fence in A1 condition.

        1. What do you want to do to your deck? Is it grey looking now? I usually sand the entire deck to get rid of the grey then I put a Thompson’s water seal with a slight tint. We have a pretty big deck so it will take me at least 2 days.

  6. Mr CBB…I feel I need to tell you my husband says I am not NUTS afterall! Isn’t that nice to know after almost 25 years togerther? LOL

    I woke up the other night thinking I heard dripping. I checked every tap in the house, the washing machine, the dishwasher and under the sinks. Nada. I mentioned it to him in the morning. He looked at my like I was crazy.

    Ha! Today he went down to the crawl space to get the summer tires, on his way to the car servicing, low and behold… there’s an elbow joint leaking. I have called the plumber and arranged for him to come at about noon.

    What an expensive day! Car servicing $500, plumber $500 no doubt, exterminators $500 and then we get to eat dinner out $30. Thank God for an Emergency account!

    Hubby is a trooper though, we just cut his 9 night vacation in the US to a single night on either side of my week in California. That will save us about $250-$300 at least in food costs and we put almost 100,000 SPG points back in our account. I feel horrible he doesn’t get a nice get-awy this time but we do have a nice trips coming in August, October and December. 🙂

    So, are you sure there are no spa treatments here?? I could use one!

    1. Wow, that was one expensive plumber but I guess any tradesmen are expensive these days and with good reason. You have so many vacations coming up you are both so blessed but it all takes a certain dedication to finances which you both have.

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