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The Saturday Weekend Review #32: Define pay it forward

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Don’t Say Try, Just Do It

Any time I read one of these ‘pay it forward stories’ it does remind me that there are good people in this world.  Our minds become clouded watching the darkness of negativity in the news whether it be in print, television or listening on the radio.

That is really part of what sells in the media and most people although saddened thrive on what’s going wrong around the world and forget about what’s going right.

When reading a positive story it simply lightens up the world just a bit brighter than it was the day before.

We don’t often hear of all the good Samaritan stories but when we do in most cases it touches our hearts and makes us wonder how we can give back if we aren’t already.

This morning I read this pay it forward story on Yahoo which was a nice change from all the crap we get to read on a daily basis in the news.

To paraphrase what happen, some guy was checking his baggage at the Tampa International airport when his credit card was declined.

While he was trying to sort out the problem one of others standing in line overheard and kindly paid the fee and left him a lovely note scribbled on the back of a receipt asking him to pay it forward.

This guy named Andy was so touched more so from the generosity of a stranger as opposed to the monetary aspect that he said thanks by posting the receipt on Reddit in hopes he/she would see it.

Photo: brbmycatexploded/Reddit

When Andy said that he got goosebumps from reading the note it gently reminded me that not everything we do in life has to be monetary in nature to make someone happy. Now Andy plans to pay it forward with a random act of kindness but like he says……

I think it will be a random decision, a spur-of-the-moment type thing,” he explained. “I really don’t think that that person walked into that airport, saying, ‘I’m going to pay someone’s baggage fee today.’ So neither will I.”

How do I define pay it forward?

There are times when we should be thankful for those that pay it forward whether it be a share on Facebook or Twitter or even helping you out with something that you never expected them to do.

Not everyone expects paying it forward to mean you will spring for their coffee at the Tim Horton’s drive thru which we heard about last week when a person paid for $500 worth of customer beverages; it means just be you and be kind to others in ways that they would never imagine.

Has anyone ever done something special for you that was a big surprise for you but helped you immensely?

When was the last time you paid it forward?

Gardening and Landscaping


If you are laughing at my green pepper, stop it! That fine beauty of a pepper is going to grow into one lovely vegetable that I’m going to turn into a stuffed pepper in about 2 months time.

Our garden is on the go but since we started from seed the tomatoes and peppers always tend to lag behind the rest.

The green onions are all up now but again they will need another good month or so before we can start picking away at them.


Crab Apples

Crab apples are ready to be picked all over Ontario right now and boy are they ever bright red, juicy and oh so tart this year. In the entire time we have lived in this house I don’t think I’ve ever seen our crab apple tree lean over to one side because there are so many apples on the tree. Our tree is busting with crap apples and are begging to be picked.

If you remember last year I gave you a couple of photos of me up in the tree picking them. You bet it’s tedious, my goodness, one crab apple, at a time…. but what you make with them apple jelly, apple butter, apple jam, apple fritters, apple sauce… the list is endless.

I’m not sure what I will make with them this year but I do know that I am kindly giving them away to whoever would like them. I hate to see food waste so if someone can use them up I’m more than happy to pay it forward and let them go home with whatever they desire.

Blog update

I saw the new blog yesterday and am very excited to get it over to self-hosted now and move on from free WordPress. It’s been fun here at WordPress as they have been excellent to work with but I need to do more with the site that I can’t do here.

We are currently putting the finishing touches on the new site so you can expect it to be moved very shortly. Excited is hardly a word to describe my feelings as it’s been a whirlwind from start to finish but my new designer made it super easy for me. I’ll let you know all about him when the site goes live.

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.

Blog posts of the week

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.


  • Potty seats 2 x $.50=$1.00 (that was asking price)
  • Zippered binder $.50 (that was asking price)
  • Brand new bottle of nail polish top coat $.75 (asking $1)
  • Brand new bottle of nail polish remover $.75 (asking $1)
Total $3.00

Making a difference

Each week I like to showcase a blog that I follow on a regular basis and today The Great Jollyhoombah Tammy and CJwill make you laugh and sometimes cry because you are laughing so hard when you read their blog posts. Don’t be shy, head over and say hi and tell them Mr. CBB sent you.


Hi, we are CJ and Tammy, and we are totally nuts about each other and we blog at The Great Jollyhoombah!  We completely revamped our lives so we could spend as many moments together as possible.

Just like most newlyweds, we were excited about the rest of our lives together.  We were ready to dominate the world. By our first anniversary, we found ourselves in a new city with new jobs. Then began the long slide into mediocrity. We worked too much, ate too much, and exercise meant strolling through Pier 1 on a Saturday afternoon.

It was our wont to count down the days to the next long weekend or the next vacation because those were the only times we truly enjoyed. Those precious few days off and the hype leading up to them were The Great Jollyhoombah.

Now The Great Jollyhoombah is the fun in our daily lives. We work together, exercise together, and goof around together. We are committed to doing that which makes us feel alive – together.

Our goals are to pay off all our debt, invest, write more books, and travel – a lot.

Through our site we hope to help people have a look at the lighter side of life and to see what happens to a couple in love when they learn to prioritize fun over obligation.

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- The Budget Binder Family- Awee…. we are a family aren’t we!

  • Where can I buy tater tots in Canada? – I don’t know why I thought this was funny but it just seemed to stand out
  • Poor people Value Village- Too bad that people associate used and re-use with poor people, hardly the case
  • No Frills In A Box– No it’s No Frills Box stores
  • Cute Candy Table for a BBQ– I’ve never been to a backyard bbq party with a cute candy table, I’m missing out!
  • I have lost my wife to someone else and I need her back please your help is urgent- Wow… now words.
  • Tim Horton’s Poem- Do they even have a poem lol..

That’s all I have for this weeks edition of The Saturday Weekend Review. Please, join me again next Saturday for more life updates and what’s been going on in my world. Have a great week.


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  1. Mr. CBB! What a story about the receipt! Thanks for sharing, man. My college guitar professor let me borrow his Ramirez (an extremely expensive guitar) for my senior recital. Mine was a mere piece of drift wood and had a weak, tinny tone. That meant quite a bit to me.

    Speaking of paying it forward – thank you for sharing our story and our site on your blog, Mr. CBB. That means quite a bit to Tammy and I too;)

  2. I enjoy paying things forward where I can but these days it’s not as easy to make it cash but I can give of my time and experience. It’s what I can share, so I do. 🙂

  3. Thanks for The Great Jollyhoomba. I’m needing some smiles this week. 🙂

    Interesting post on paying it forward.

    About a month and a half ago I decided that my doctor’s solutions to my health problems just weren’t doing the job and embarked on a journey to find other ways to improve my physical and emotional health. One of the goals I set myself as part of that process was to perform one small, anonymous act of kindness each day.

    I’ve faltered on my exercise goal – some days I do great and some days not – and although I’m paying more attention to what I eat, I still retain my deep, abiding love of exercise, but this one goal – this aim to be kind – I’ve succeeded at.

    I don’t need to share what my daily, random acts of kindness have been, and I don’t need for all – or even any- of them to be grand gestures. Just making a conscious effort to remember to be kind has improved my outlook immeasurably. I’m sure the fellow who helped at the airport received that same, immediate, lift in spirits.

    My grandma used to say “Kindness is its own reward,” and she was right. 🙂

      1. Oops! Just re-read my comment and realized I made a big typo. I meant to say “my deep and abiding love of ice cream,” not exercise. lol!

        Thanks though. I’m glad you got the meaning despite the error. 😉

  4. I love the whole idea of paying it forward and thank you for sharing that story with us, Mr. CBB. We received a free book from a blogger. She didn’t ask us to review it or for anything in return. She just said she appreciated our reading and commenting on her blog and sent us her most recent book.

    We have coffee at the same place almost every morning. My pay it forward is cleaning up around the coffee area – spills, straw papers, etc. and I also do it in the restroom. I’m not sure why people can’t place their paper towels in the garbage, but I do it so the guys who clean the tables and restrooms don’t have to come upon a mess. We always stack our dishes on top of each other at cafes and never leave any crumbs or spills on the table. I was a bus girl and waitress, and I know that I would have loved that!

    We so appreciate your mention. It means a great deal to both of us.

  5. We have had this kind of help, from friends. Last December a friend called on a Saturday to ask if I was going to be home in a little while, I thought she was coming for coffee as we have done that many times over the years. Nope. Her and her daughter showed up and started unloading groceries and dropping them in my kitchen…….. Bags and bags of groceries. She knew things were tough for us as hubby isn’t well, we had no money coming in and were hanging on for dear life. Her family went together to buy us groceries. We figured later there was likely somewhere around $200.00 in food. We were floored to say the least. All I could do was stand there and cry I was so overwhelmed by their generosity and the love from them all. Things still aren’t easy for us but we have something coming in now and we have some of the most awesome friends around. Both online and offline.
    No matter how hard things get we have always managed to help others through the Salvation Army. The boys and I help out at the kettles every year and I bake a load of goodies for the bake sale in June….. I try to pay back what I can, when I can and however I can. And will continue to do so…..

  6. That “pay it forward” story really made me smile. Often at my job I go above and beyond for non-customers of our bank. When some of them come back and open accounts because I was nice to them, it really makes my day! Whenever I’m having a bad day at work, I always think, “today my goal is to make someone’s day better.” I hope I do that.

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