The Saturday Weekend Review #51: Extreme couponing 16 yr old and the holidays



After Sunday I’m officially on holidays which means we’re going home to see our friends and family to celebrate Christmas and New Years for the next 2 weeks.

Christmas is one of those times of years that our families can actually all get together in one room and celebrate with the drinks flowing and the chestnuts roasting in the fireplace.

Yes, we love roasted chestnuts. In fact it’s hard to stop eating them once you start as long as you have a cold beer in your hand.

What I love to hear about most of all is how giving people are over the holidays. I am a firm believer that we should all give to others in any way we can be it time or even donations like 16 Jordan from the UK.

It’s not everyday we read about extreme couponing in the UK let alone it being a teenager.

Heck, I’ve tried to get my sister on the coupon bandwagon with no success although she has always been surprised at how well we have done using coupons over the years in Canada.

Jordan started clipping and saving coupons all year while helping his single mother to shave money from the grocery budget. At the end of the year now he went to Tescos with his coupons in hand and his master plan.

With almost $1000 worth of groceries that he paid for with just 7 cents the cashier who has worked there for 19 years said she’d never seen anything like it. To be honest I’ve never heard of anything like that back home but it was nice to read about. Jordan went on to donate all of the groceries to a local charity.

It’s true that you can save hundreds if not thousands using coupons on every day items as long as you are willing to do the work putting it together. In time it gets so easy you do it without thinking.

When I hear about a teen who is money smart like this it makes me happy to see young people of today understand or begin to understand the value of money. His mother seems very proud of him that he understands money so well and is able to save.

I’m sure she won’t have to worry so much about him and finances down the road because he’s getting it now.

I don’t reckon Jordan will stop couponing but what I do know is that he surely has inspired others around the world to take some time to think about others in need and what you can do for them not only at Christmas but all year-long.

Do you know someone who donates using coupons?


Canadian Budget Binder this week


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Well, Christmas is around the corner so home-bound we are going starting on Monday. I presume the week will be filled with love, laughter and tears of joy. So much is happening in our lives right now that it’s going to be a great time to sit around and chat with our loved ones about where we are at and what the future might hold.

The dog isn’t doing so well at the moment and it’s hitting us pretty hard, so much it’s difficult to talk about right now. The gifts are all wrapped and I started making my traditional Christmas balls for friends and family last night.

I started with my Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls which is a tedious job but someone has to do it. It’s worth the effort.

Today I’ll be working on my Festive Coconut Balls and a small batch of Snowballs to finish off the holiday baking. I’m afraid I didn’t have time to venture into different types of holiday recipes this year due to going away for a few days and falling ill this past week.

I trust 2014 will be an even better year and I look forward to what is down the road.


Fan deals and inspirations



Submit your Brag or Inspiration

If you have a brag that you want me to share email me at canadianbudgetbinder (@) [yahoo] [.ca] or fill out my contact form by Friday each week to have your brag considered for the Saturday post.

Hey Mr.CBB

I have a brag for you and the fans that I’m excited to share today.

Back in September/October Leon’s launched a giveaway where if you were one of the first 60000 fans to like their Facebook page you were eligible to request a voucher for 2 free pillows valued at $39.99.

I received my voucher via email and walked into Leons on December 6pm (redemption dates were December 6-8) and with no hassle whatsoever walked with two very comfy pillows. Cost:Free…. A good night’s sleep: Priceless 🙂

-Katrina B


Making a difference


michelle fitnpoor

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 friend Michelle from FitnPoor who shares a little about what keeps her blogging at FitnPoor and how she was able to help a friend in financial need. If you want to read more of what Michelle has to offer head over to her blog an check it out where she blogs about her unemployment, journey out of debt and buying all the shoes she can handle.

Hi Mr.CBB and Fans!

My name is Michelle and I run the blog FitnPoor. I hope I am making a difference in my readers lives but below is what I’ve done for a friend that needed some help.

A friend of mine happened upon my post about wanting to be honest about my debt. She sent me an email the next day asking if we could sit down and talk about her money issues. She felt that no one out there was in the same position as her, and she was excited to see she wasn’t alone. Frankly, so was I!

Without our talks and my ability to research plans for her, she most likely wouldn’t have decided upon a debt repayment plan that worked for her or decided to find a side hustle to pay her student loan bills. In turn, she inspired me to keep going with my freelancing and to continue writing our stories.

Come by and check out the blog!


Blog post sharing


I really appreciate when other blog owners recognize my hard work at Canadian Budget Binder and share my posts with their fans or even mention my blog on their blog or website.

Here are the blogs that did just that this past week, so please head over and check them out. If I’m missing you it’s because I didn’t get a ping back so please send me an email and I’ll add you next Saturday.


What is a blog carnival?


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


Carnival Glory


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



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 favorite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.

  •  If I ain’t got a pregnancy test can I use an ovulation test?– I can’t even believe I read this
  • Can Starbucks run out of product and give raincheck? -hmmm what??
  • Something worth $85.60 for girls– That just seems odd to me…
  • CBB potato– Are you calling me a potato? lol



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  1. My congratulations! Finally you have time for spending with your friends and relatives. I’m waiting for this moment! I’m so glad to hear that people don’t stop to donate to a local charity. Christmas is the season for charitable giving. I like your story and to say the truth I haven’t heard about other people who donate using coupons. It’s a great idea! Most people help kids without parents. You can also create and deliver gift baskets full of stuffed animals, books and small toys or dress up as Santa on Christmas Eve and hand out toys to all the kids. Go in a couple times a week and read to them as a group. Thanks for sharing with us! Wish everyone happy Christmas holidays!

  2. Quite the story about the young man and coupons!!! That’s one boy that will go far I think!!! It’s awesome that so much was donated and I’m very sure that those that will benefit from this donation will be very happy!!!
    I’m sorry to hear about Poochie not doing well……. give him a pat and an ear rub for me. I understand your pain, we have always had fur babies here. They are members of the family.
    I’ve been doing round two on some of the baking here and I’ll be setting up the crushed pineapple to drain tonight so I can make another batch of pineapple squares tomorrow. They are very popular here!!!! I need to find room in the fridge for the turkey to thaw in time for the big day. I’ll be cooking up the cranberry sauce and the turnip on Christmas Eve and cutting up the bread for the stuffing. That will mean a freezer dive for all those bits of bread I’ve been tossing in there for just this reason. Our daughter and grandson will be coming here for the day. My Dad and Uncle were supposed to be here as well but neither one is feeling well so they won’t come. I’m not happy about that for a number of reasons but there’s not much I can do about it. I enjoy putting on the meal on Christmas, also means I get all those yummy leftovers!!!!! Our daughter will bring the birthday cake and the ice cream is in the freezer now.
    I heard about that promo for the pillows that Katrina got but I have no idea where the nearest Leon’s is. Maybe London….. It was a sweet deal!!! Those pillows look good!!!
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a lovely holiday~!!!!

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