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The Saturday Weekend Review #29: 6000 Facebook fans, figs and a Contest

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When I started my Facebook page in early February, 2012 I remember getting excited to have a few followers come on board.

As the months crept on I found my Facebook page growing not only with the Facebook marketing, blog marketing and other social media and contests I was doing but from the fans and other bloggers that I follow.

Over the past year and a half I have met some amazing people and those fans are still with me and take pride in Canadian Budget Binder, helping me to build our community day after day. Nothing makes me happier than to see my team of fans champion our page to grow by participating and sharing every day.

They take control and they help each other out, they welcome new fans in and it’s overwhelming for me at times. I wish they could see the tear in my eye just to know I’ve made such an impact in their lives with this blog and page.

Just as I have for them, they have affected my life. I want to take a moment to thank all of you. Each one of you know who you are because I talk to you all every day, so thank-you from the bottom of my heart.

At times when the page would get stuck in a rut my fans would encourage me to say “they will come”, and they did. I set a goal for 2013 of 5000 Facebook fans and surpassed that earlier this year. I set a further goal of 6000 Facebook fans and we have now achieved that as well.

New blog and self-hosted

I know I’ve said we are going to get a new blog design and trust me we are. I’ve run into problems that were beyond my control and my new designer is working with me. I’ve seen the new site and we are working to get it up for all of you as soon as possible.

I hope you love it as much as I do. Note: If you are a Word Press follower please subscribe via email so you don’t lose my posts when I move my blog to self-hosted where I am hosting with Blue Host.


I’ve also made friends with many new Foodie bloggers who share my recipes and I have gone on to start a second Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot which is growing day by day. So to all my Canadian Budget Binder fans from around the world… keep on doing what you are doing.

If you are not a Facebook Fan yet, please do join us.

Enter to win!

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Vanhoutte coffee prize package contest 2

Contest Rules:

  • Must be a Facebook Fan and/or Blog Subscriber for your entry to be valid.
  • LIKE the Facebook Post
  • Canadian Residents Only
  • Must be a Coffee Drinker … OK, this is not mandatory!
  • All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post sharing your most memorable moment at CBB or what advice you have taken from CBB that has motivated you the most.
  • Contest closes Monday July 22, 2013 Midnight EST

I’ve set my next Facebook goal for 6500- Let’s do it!

Katrina and I both thought that it would be a great idea to give something away since we met our milestone. Together we have a Keurig K-cup Van Houtte Coffee Package, Sample Product Package and a Coupon Envelope stuffed with Canadian Coupons up for grabs.

Please follow the rules above and Enter to win today!

Good Luck~ Mr. CBB and Katrina 🙂

Gardening and Landscaping


This week I wanted to share with you our lovely figs on the fig tree that we take such good care of.  My wife treats this tree like it’s her baby and wants to see it give us the best fruits every year.

This year we have loads of figs and I noticed one that was soft and that it had turned a white-yellow colour. My wife picked it, washed it and sliced it open.

She was going to add honey on top but decided not too. We added a few slices of aged Australian cheddar and some kalamata olives and this snack plate was perfect for mid-afternoon cravings that we were having. We are currently enjoying our first crop of figs which started in the Spring and already see new figs starting to grow for the second crop of the year.

If you have never tried a fig the have a sweet flesh inside with tiny seeds and you just eat the entire fig as is, just not the stem. I’m not sure of the kind we have but it may be the Italian white fig, but there are many variations of figs around the world.

We also enjoy the black fig as well. If you know, please let us know as the tree was given to us.

What are Figs? 

Figs are also known as Ficus Carica or the common fig which is native to the Middle East and western Asia but is grown all over the world, even in my back garden in Ontario, Canada. Figs were also a common food source for the Romans. – Wikipedia

The fig tree is grown for its fruit or for ornamental appeal as the leaves are large and shaped with 3-5 lobes which make the tree unique.

The tree or shrubs can grow as tall as 10 meters high and has very fragrant leaves. It prefers light-medium soil that is well-drained.

We keep our fig tree in a large 1/4 barrel with holes in the bottom that I drilled. We picked the barrel up at Home Depot last year I believe.

Although commonly referred to as a fruit, the fig is actually the infructescence or scion of the tree, known as a false fruit or multiple fruit, in which the flowers and seeds are borne. It is a hollow-ended stem containing many flowers. – Wikipedia

Since the fig tree likes hot and sunny during the Canadian winter we bring our fig tree indoors.  Some people cover them up to over-winter them as well or bury them underground.

Do you like Figs? How do you use them?

Next week… I will show you what new plant we purchased at the nursery for a bargain basement price and how our raspberries and rhubarb are coming along.

Weekly blog post review

You can now follow Canadian Budget Binder via Bloglovin and continue to get my daily posts in this reader.

If you are a regular reader you would have already received these awesome posts in your email or reader but just in case you missed reading one I’ve put them all together here just for you.

PLUS…. check out the NEW FEATURE I’ve added which is my New Free Recipe Index! You get all the recipes that I have posted here at Canadian Budget Binder in one spot so you don’t have to go looking for them.

Garage sailing with Jen

Jen and her husband have made many improvements to their shopping habits and their budget. You can read all about it in her guest 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.


  • Silver Coors Light beer cooler $.50 (they were asking $1.00)
  • Smaller blue cooler – free 🙂

Great deal on the cooler bag for $0.50 Jen as they can get a bit pricey and are great for grocery shopping as well in the summer heat.

Making a difference

Making a difference is a part of this post where I share a personal finance blog that I interact with daily and has made a difference in my life. I have asked the blogger to introduce themselves, their blog and how they want to make a difference with their blog for the fans and for themselves.

Today, I bring you my good friends, fellow Canucks from The Outlier Model.

They live by the example they set and that is CBB and why I am passionate about their journey and I hope you are as well.

outlier model


Greetings to all the Canadian Budget Binder fans out there! I hear there are a lot of you, and we wanted to congratulate Mr. CBB on reaching over 6,000 fans on Facebook this past week. We are CF and Brian, who run The Outlier Model – a blog about living life just a little bit differently. We’ve been blogging for over two years and truly the best part about it has been the connections we’ve made with like-minded individuals, both locally and from afar, like Mr. CBB!

So, how do we make a difference? We live by the example we set. We are very public about our Master Plan, aren’t afraid to set tough goals and show you through our blog how we are achieving them. Hopefully, we will be inspiring enough to motivate some change for those who wish to be a little bit different and get control of their finances (and thus their life!).

Thanks to CF, we have a lot of great recipes to share which help us eat healthy and frugally. I swear I would be 15 lbs heavier if I didn’t have CF’s inspiration in the kitchen! We’ve taken a strategic investment in real estate and have lots of great tips for becoming a landlord and managing your own property.

In the end, we hope to be financially independent in less than 10 years from now – come along for the ride as we challenge the norm, achieve the impossible and help you live a better life.

Google search terms

web search terms

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- Nosy Neighbour Signs- I wasn’t sure if they meant to put up an actual sign or they were looking for signs their neighbour might be nosey. Almost all neighbours are nosey, admit it! You know at least something about someone on your street that you don’t even know. 

  • Ran out of money renovating house– I guess you will have to save up some money now. While planning a realistic budget is important once you tear down the walls you might just open up a can of costly worms.
  • Mensexmen– not here we’re a family financial site.
  • Canadian Budget Binder App–  now that’s interesting
  • Loving smoking-  if you love it then you accept the consequences
  • Financial Advisor waste of money- What do you think?

That’s all for this weeks edition of The Saturday Weekend Review. Join me again next Saturday to see what trouble I’ve gotten myself into during the week and some awesome updates. Have a great week.

-Mr. CBB


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