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The best of Canadian Budget Binder 2013

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The 2013 year has gone by so fast and with 2014 looming around the corner I am looking forward to our third year here at Canadian Budget Binder.

Over the past two years I have been met with many ups and downs here the biggest being re-designing the blog which took nearly a full year.

Personal finance has been a passion of mine for many years now and it’s been wonderful learning about Canadian personal finance and reading what others have to say while sharing my personal insights and stories. I especially love to share fan stories because the blog is for the fans, this is what I’m here for, you.

A huge positive for Canadian Budget Binder in 2013 was bringing Katrina and Nicola on board with me to share their insights and recipes. They are both my rock here and committed to helping others as much as I am and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Although Canadian Budget Binder is all about personal finance we all have to eat and eating costs money.

Food is a huge part of the success of this blog and it’s here to stay. The Grocery Game Challenge 2013 in my eyes was a huge success in 2013. We have many fans that post their grocery shop every week, faithfully and track their grocery budget along with us.

I am thrilled to have so many fans dedicated to their personal finance and hope in 2014 to get more fans on board posting their shops with us.

I love sharing ways to save money in the grocery budget and experimenting with new recipes from scratch while keeping the costs low in the budget.

I was even able to complete a full Free recipe index on the blog to make it easier to find all of the popular recipes that are posted every Sunday.

The blog re-design was a success finishing up near the end of September and I absolutely love the way it turned out. I hope to see this blog continue on the upswing as it has since it has begun.

What I love about the new blog design is that it allows me to create recipes that my fans can save and print for their own use which was something the fans were asking for and now I know why. It’s a simple feature that keeps recipes organized for anyone wanting to use them.

I went on to create a new Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot where I showcase other Foodie Bloggers and fan recipes along with Canadian Budget Binder recipes every single day.

That page has grown to over 1000 Likes in a very short amount of time and I know it will keep on growing. Word of mouth advertising and free advertising is a great way to help each other out and that is my way of giving back to the foodie community and foodie lovers like me.


The fans


I started the blog not thinking that anyone would want to listen to what I had to say although I am an optimist my persistence and positive attitude towards the good and the bad has led to having thousands of fans.

I’ve come to realize that not everything we want in life will come easy but if we push through those hurdles people will see your dedication and they will want to join in and help others along for the ride.

I’ve said it a million times but my fans.. they are amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better crowd of fans who aren’t shy to give their honest opinions and to help me when I’m in need, so thank-you..


The bloggers


I’ve also been fortunate to connect with many new personal finance bloggers in 2013 and it’s been great getting to know them.

I’ve been doing my best to try and feature as many of my favourite blogs in the Saturday Weekend Review post for my Making a Difference section in hopes that my fans will give their blogs a read as well.

If you would like to be featured and you own a personal finance blog that I follow please contact me today.

Thank-you to all my personal finance blogger and non-personal finance bloggers for all your continued support over the year and moving forward into 2014. You can expect the same support from this guy.

Today’s post I wanted to keep it simple and share with you the Top 10 Blog posts for 2013 here at Canadian Budget Binder. I hope you enjoy your New Years Bash…. and set goals for 2014 and work hard at sticking with them, I know I will be.


Top ten blog posts 2013


These are in no specific order…..

  1. Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) In Canada…. Did you know?
  2. How much should your grocery budget be?
  3. Dollar store pregnancy tests… do they work?
  4. Free Downloadable Money Saving Tools
  5. Canadian Law: Jury duty can take it’s toll on your budget
  6. How I paid off my OSAP loan fast
  7. Easy Chicken Curry in a Hurry
  8. The best seasoned crispy sweet potato fries
  9. Haggling the best deal with your communications company
  10. The Grocery Game Challenge Rules


Top social media


  1. Pinterest
  2. Facebook
  3. Twitter
  4. Stumble Upon


Top referring blogs


  1. Frugal Rules
  2. Modest Money
  3. Coupon Christine
  4. The Frugal Farmer
  5. My Own Advisor
  6. The Brighter Life
  7. I Heart Budgets
  8. Lil Suburban Homestead
  9. Simply Frugal


Top searched words


  1. Canadian Budget Binder
  2. Grocery Game Challenge
  3. Scanning code of practice
  4. Dollar store home pregnancy test
  5. Simple chicken curry recipe
  6. Garage Sale
  7. Budget spreadsheet
  8. Budget Binder
  9. Frugal living Canada
  10. Lemon Fridge Cake

Thank you all for your continued support here at Canadian Budget Binder and I hope to see the new year bring lots of new changes for all of us.

Happy New Year 2014 to all!

-xo Mr.CBB




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  1. Happy New Year Mr CBB!!!! I’m looking forward to the ongoing battle to get things organized and on budget and I know I will get all kinds of help here from you and everyone else!! The Grocery Game Challenge has been a lot of fun and quite the learning experience!! There is still lots to learn and I’m looking forward to it! Hope the new year funds you and the Mrs feeling better finally… Thank you for everything you do for us and all the support !!!!,

  2. I’m grateful we connected this past year, Mr. CBB. You’ve got a great site and an incredibly loyal fan base. 🙂 And now I have to take a peek at your season sweet potato fries recipe. Sounds delicious! Happy New Year!

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