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The Saturday Weekend Review #35: It was a start the car moment day today

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Summer Is Coming To An End

While enjoying the last weeks of summer we decided to head out this morning to garage sales. It was one of those start the car moments at the very first stop and we weren’t the only frugal deal seekers that thought so.  

As usual I was the sensible driver and she was the erratic wife, yelling, “stop the car” lol… that’s OK I’m used to it now and on more occasions than one we have found some great deals so I’m not going to complain.

Since it’s the Labour Day long weekend this weekend there weren’t many garage sales in our community so we thought we would go to a couple that were close the house. The very first one we hit at 7am had plenty of cars parked outside and for good reasons; the garage sale prices were amazing.

We actually were fortunate to find a garage sale that had literally shelves of phenomenal books. The owner said that the books belonged to her father-in-law who had since passed away.

He was an avid reader and collector of books and they wanted to get rid of them for ONLY $1.00 EACH or MAKE AN OFFER!!! OMG… I think I was looking at books for over an hour as if I was in heaven.

Some of the books I picked up run for hundreds of dollars but if you would have seen what she had you would have been in awe. Everything in this photo she gave me for $3.00.

 I KNOW!!! Even if I read the books and re-sell them I know I will make a profit on them so my return on investment for these books will be worth it to me. I wasn’t the only one in awe with the books she was selling. The brand new dish set alone is worth much much more than I paid for it.

One guy says to me, “it’s a start the car moment”. No kidding he had just as big if not bigger pile of books and every few minutes you’d hear a gasp because he simply couldn’t believe they were selling them for so cheap.

One guy had his kids with him who were moaning to leave but he kept telling them to relax he must look at all these books.

I mentioned to the seller that if she didn’t sell them all she should consider donating them if she doesn’t worry so much about the money. I’m sure there would be many school libraries that would love to have new books on the shelves for the children to read. She told me this, “if someone can get good use of the items I’d rather sell it to them cheap to get the items out of our house and into theirs”.

When I heard her say that I knew that the garage sale she was having today had nothing to do with making money but more about finding a home for items she no longer wants in her own home. It’s great when you come across someone who just wants to give like she did today.

Have you ever had a start the car moment before and saved a tonne of money?

Garage sailing with Mr. CBB


This weekend you are going to be seeing what I picked up while out at garage sales as Jen is taking a garage sale vacation this weekend before the school year starts for her. A big thanks to Jen for sharing her garage sale finds with us all summer long and we look forward to what you will find to end the garage sale season in the next few weeks.

  • Leonardo Da Vinci  > Amazon (Exquisite, very hard to locate. 1635 Illustrations,35 from the newly discovered MADRID)
  • The Complete Work Of Michelangelo if Collectible $295+
  • Birds Of The Northern Forest
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Company is coming: Casseroles by Jean Pane
  • Mastercraft glue gun and refills both New
  • S. Cleuieut Vintage Hand Painted Dish Set  Made in France New
  • Larousse Encyclopedia of Animal Life Collectible $50 +
  • Bag of Incense and shells

Total $3.00

Gardening and Landscaping

The tomatoes and peppers are chugging along trying to keep up but the weather has had a significant impact on their growth this year. Next year I’ll be making some changes to the garden to clean up, get rid of many plants we don’t need or don’t like and give the existing plants some room to breathe.

I’ll be on vacation soon so I’ll be pulling all the parsley to process and hang to dry and make more basil cubes with what is left outside. Once the summer garden is over I’ll work on Fall gardening and cleaning up the yard so it’s ready for next year.

Blog update

Well, I’ve seen the new website and I can’t wait to show all of you!!! Make sure you are subscribed via email because once I leave free WordPress if you are not subscribed via email you may stop getting my posts in your inbox.

Other posts I wrote this week

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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 IndexYou 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.

Making a difference


Hello! My name is Michelle and I blog over at Making Sense of Cents.
On my blog I talk about everything, but try and relate it back to personal finance in some way. I post about my student loans (which I finally got rid of in July), budgets, travelling and mainly my extra income. 

I started my blog two years ago not even knowing anything about blogging. I then got hooked on blogs that talked about paying off debt fast and making money on the side. Before I started blogging, I didn’t even think about making money on the side. Now my side income far exceeds my income from my day job.

I am now in the process of leaving my day job and turning my freelancing into 100% self employment for myself. I plan on making the self employment switch within the next couple of months and I am very excited for this.

My main goal for right now is to build up my emergency fund so that I can be prepared for freelancing and having a less stable income. I also started a second blog, Diversified Finances, which details my switch and how I’m preparing for it.

I hope that my blog inspires others to work on building their side income. There are many positives of side income including: being able to pay off debt faster, being able to save more, being able to retire earlier, and so on.

Google search terms

Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog.

Here are a few of my favourite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.

Top Pick of the Week: Karamell Muffins haha enough said!

  • Mr. Sixpet – No idea
  • What to wear to a backyard bbq- umm clothes?  
  • Formula for couple managing finances: 1+1= 2 There is no formula other than working together.
  • Dollar store ones work fine: sure they do… whatever it is you are talking about lol
  • Marrying Illegal immigrant in Canada: Now is that such a good idea?
  • Scams gone wrong: Ya because you want them to go right don’t you.. some people never learn.
  • We renovate for free: I bet you do and when you’re not home we steal everything that’s not nailed to the wall or the floor

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review… join me here again next week when I bring you the best of the best in personal finance.


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