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How getting rid of junk will make you happier and richer : The Saturday Weekend Review #117

The Saturday Weekend Review logo-junkYOUR JUNK IS WORTH SOMETHING

 

It’s true that your junk might just be worth something although that something might not necessarily be for you.

You’re not going to become a millionaire by getting rid of your junk unless tucked away you have something rare that you didn’t even know you had.

If you are like most of us getting rid of junk especially if you sell it will net you a some form of profit which you can use to pay down debts or bring more junk into your home. The reality is that most people are happier with less stuff.

The more stuff we acquire over the years and pack away in our homes tends to cause stress for some people who have an urge to want to keep everything clean but they simply don’t have the time. My wife is like this because she is what one would consider a clean freak.

Yes, she loves everything to be clean before we leave the house. That means we make the bed in the morning, vacuum, clean the floors, no dishes in the sink and tidy up. I’m not talking about a deep clean just an organized clean that is liveable without chores piling up every day.

Trying to forget about all the junk you have is not easy because you have to live with it so the next best thing is to find a way to make your junk someone else’s junk.

Now that  Spring cleaning is in full-effect many of you are ready to clear out the old so you can bring in the new. I don’t blame you though because the more stuff you have the more work you have especially if you want to move.

 

Admit you have junk

 

If you are someone who has a house full of junk and when I say junk I mean stuff you don’t even know you have or has been left to collect dust. I will be the first to admit that we have lots of junk that we can get rid of and this includes lots of clothes.

Now that we have our son there is so much baby stuff around the house adding to the clutter although we are the type of people where everything has it’s place. The only problem is there aren’t many places left to hide our junk.

Plus, don’t underestimate the power of having doubles of items. You know the extras you have just in case the first one breaks. We all have something! You don’t need 3 lawnmowers or 4 sets of dishes.

We all have junk in our house whether you want to admit it or not. Our neighbour up the road has his house for sale and is tasked with getting rid of junk that his late wife and himself have collected over the years.

It’s amazing how much has come out of that house but it’s not a surprise at all.

The hardest part about junk is getting rid of it because so many people come up with a solid excuse of “I might need it some day” and then it goes right back to taking up space in your closet, under your bed, in the basement, in the attic, garage or shed and so on.

My wife is that person and although it’s hard for her to let go I have to step in and take charge.

Someone has to.

Don’t get the impression that our house is like a hoarders house either, it’s not. Far from it. It’s so neat and tidy that before we had our son we used to get compliments about how we should have the inside of our home in a magazine.

My wife and I like to decorate the house on a frugal budget but lately we’ve just run out of space. We knew it was only going to be a matter of time and it’s happened.

I was thinking about building storage above the garage to free up space but that is just another job to add to the already growing list of DIY I need to get done around here.

What we need to do is create a junk removal action plan which includes any or all of the following below to get rid of junk in our house. You might even consider doing the same if you feel you could use a Spring clear-out.

 

Have a garage sale

 

Garage sale season typically gets a rolling start during the May 2-4 weekend in Canada but now that Facebook Garage Sale and Auction pages are alive and kicking there’s nothing stopping you from selling your junk 24/7 around the clock all year-long.

The best part is there is no set-up, early rising and dealing with hoards of money-saving people in your face. It’s simple, you hide behind your computer and sell your stuff.

Although Kijiji has been around for many years it seems that many Facebook users are gearing more towards auctions because they can potentially get more money for their junk.

Go check it out you might even notice some are getting more for a product they likely got on sale or what it’s worth. I’m not joking, I see it all the time. I wonder if people do their homework to find out how much something is worth that they are bidding on.

If you’re not a fan of selling on Facebook get your junk ready and some tables because the nice weather is here to stay and you don’t have to wait for a special weekend to hold a garage sale.

Make sure you follow these easy garage sale tips to get the most money for your junk.

Here are some other important garage sale posts that might help you

Happy Selling!

 

Give it away

 

This won’t net you any profit but if your goal is happiness and you just want to de-clutter your home give the junk away. Most homeowners that I’ve seen put their junk on the curb with a Free Sign and away it goes.

When you’re not looking someone will salvage your junk and believe me you’ve likely made someone else a happy curb shopper. Some people do this for a living then re-sell it online. Imagine that!

The other option is to donate your junk to a community organization or The Goodwill, Value Village or wherever you wish. Sometimes even offering your junk to friends and family first might even help someone you know and love.

 

Stop buying stuff

 

The only way to combat junk in the house is to stop buying stuff. If you are on a budget control it even if your budget tells you that you have money to spend on junk, don’t do it.

Now you’re wondering where you will make money from this tactic?

You will because when you don’t spend money you are allowed to spend you’ve just saved yourself some cash. Now put that money away for a rainy day or pay down some debt.

 

Stop picking up free stuff

 

We are guilty as charged for this especially since our son was born. We haven’t spent much money at all on our son in terms of toys, clothes, formula and anything else baby related because we’ve picked up for free.

As our son gets older it seems that more and more stuff keeps coming into our home and it’s only going to get worse. We are doing fine keeping the house tidy even though at one point we were considering hiring a house cleaner to come and help us out.

There are so many Facebook Freebie groups that give away baby items for free that it’s hard to say no. It’s not just baby items though, it’s everything. You can find just about anything you need second-hand for free even if you just ask.

We are at the point that we have packed stuff up and giving it away for free to another mum just to haul it away out of this house. You won’t make any money if you give your junk away for free BUT think of the money you saved from not having to pay for it in the first place. A win-win situation if you ask me.

 

Sell our house and buy a bigger one

 

We have talked about buying a bigger house now that we have paid off the mortgage because space is always a good thing. Our house is spacious as it is but we would like a bigger property and more storage of course, lol.

The only problem with this is that junk can’t be the only motivator to buy a new house. Going from having no mortgage to getting a mortgage just for space because you own too much stuff is a huge waste of money.

If you are pushing yourself out the door because you have too much junk in the house, get rid of it. Spending thousands to get a bigger house just to store all the stuff you don’t really need makes no sense. Let’s not mention the time and money to move junk from one house to another.

When I moved to Canada I practically sold everything I owned. It made no sense paying to bring over my forks, dishes, furniture and other junk I had collected over the years.

The only things I had shipped on a container were my personal belongs and other items that had importance in my life that would be used. I had to pay to ship it so if I could get it cheaper in Canada brand new rather than shipping my old junk why wouldn’t I just do that?

 

Buy a shed

 

If all else fails you can buy a shed and fill it to the top with all of your junk and that way no one will notice if it’s neatly kept in the back corner of you garden.

If one shed isn’t enough, buy two or three. I’m joking but this is what many people do just to move junk out of the house. I am not a fan of sheds but you might be so do what works for you.

If it helps you to clear out junk from your garage then it may be the option for you but keep in mind storing junk you don’t use is a waste of energy, space and money.

 

Organize your junk

 

My mum and dad are currently on a house sit for a family friend who is a multi-millionaire in the UK living in a mansion that is literally filled from top to bottom with junk. Mind you it’s expensive junk but the owner couldn’t possibly fit any more into the house.

We were talking to my parents on Skype and were lucky to get the grand tour of the home which seemed like it never ended. Every room had boxes or just filled with furniture in every corner.

Most of the decor was dated and the wallpaper would blind you but the years of rich living in the home was very clear.

My mum told me that she hired a professional organizer who came and alphabetized her book collection in the library as there were books everywhere. The organizer spent 2 days cleaning up the library and was paid VERY well for her service.

I said to my mum, “Why doesn’t she just get rid of the books?” I mean, it’s not like she’s reading them as they are all dusty. It seems she struggles to get rid of stuff so instead of moving junk out of the house she’s paying someone to organize her junk so she can keep it.

IF you have the cash to do so and you don’t mind having organized chaos in your house then so be it. Most people don’t live in a mansion so we are our own organizers and for Mrs. CBB and I this summer we plan on making sure our junk makes its way into someone else’s hands.

You never know who might think your junk is worth a fortune.

What are you doing to clear out junk from your house this summer? If you plan to sell it how will you use the extra money you will earn?

 

CBB Week At A Glance

 

blue flowers spring timeYou know Spring is finally here when you start to see beautiful flowers popping up from the ground.

I was thrilled to see new blooms when we went for our walk the other evening. I don’t know why but flowers just make me smile.

I won’t be planting as many this year as we have plans for the summer which may take us away from the house for weeks but I will plant some that won’t need much maintenance while we are away.

This week was fairly quiet although we took a trip downtown Toronto to go to enjoy a picnic in the park and a visit to the Ripley’s Aquarium.

It was nice because it wasn’t packed like some people said it might be although there were still a fair amount of people visiting. We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Other than that I managed to rake the lawn and pick up the dead grass and leaves so I can start working on bringing up the green lawn that I’ve had the past two years.

Oh, and I finally got our garage door opener from Sears which I’m thrilled about because it was an excellent price. It will make opening and closing the door much quieter so that’s another job for me to get done.

The list never ends!

How was your week?

 

Published This Week

 

Just in case you’ve missed any of my blog posts this week I will link to them all below.

If you have a question that you would like to ask Mr.CBB fill out the Contact Mr.CBB form on the Home Page and send in your questions. If you want to share a story please ensure that there is minimum 500-1000 words and details… we love details!

Mr.CBB (that’s me) will look in his mailbag weekly and pick a question to answer on the blog.

This week on Canadian Budget Binder:

 

Budget Brags

 

Submit your Deal or Brag:

Saving money while grocery shopping is essential in the CBB family and that’s why we share our grocery shops every week in The Grocery Game Challenge 2015.

What I love the most is when my fans share their amazing shops with me whether it be groceries or other deals they find at a garage sale, online or freebies!!!

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.

meat savings receiptThis week the brag belongs to Mrs. CBB and I. It’s a bit coincidental actually with this brag as I just wrote a post about How to save money buying meat at the grocery store two weeks ago.

We need to run into Zehrs to buy our son some Camilia because he is teething so bad right now and it was on sale. While we were in the store we did what you’re not supposed to do and that is look around.

This time however we got VERY lucky because Mr. Butcher reduced loads of meat by up to 75%!! We couldn’t believe our eyes.

I will have a full break-down in next weeks Grocery Game Challenge on Tuesday but this was so exciting I had to share it today.

The French Rib Roast we bought was over $20 and we paid $8.26. We also bought 6 packs of ground pork ranging in price from $7-$8 and we paid under $3.00 a pack most were under $2 a pack. Then there was the Blue Menu turkey breast strips which my wife was happy to see.

Although it may be cheaper to buy an entire turkey we don’t have time to butcher it up and package it so this was a huge savings for us. Most of the 6 packs were over $13.00 each and we paid just over $4.00 a pack but a couple were under $4.00.

There was one Club pack of Halal chicken legs that were reduced to $3.48. Finally we found 5 packages of Blue Menu chicken breast strips ranging in price from $10-$13 and we paid just above $4.00 or less per pack.

There were lots of steaks as well but they weren’t 75% off but still a great deal if you were a beef lover. We don’t each much steak although we do buy mince from time to time.

The only time we really want a steak is when someone else is cooking it on the BBQ and we can smell it. It’s just so pricey even at a reduced cost I wasn’t prepared to pay $25 for 2-3 boneless steaks.

The funny thing is that each pack of pork mince had a $1.00 off coupon peelie for the next pack we buy along with a Knorr product. We typically buy Knorr chicken cubes if they are on sale for $0.79 so that’s what we will use that coupon for.

Overall we were thrilled to save money on meat because with the BBQ season here it’s time to get grilling!!

 

Making A Difference (MAD)

 

Note: If you are a personal finance blogger (anywhere around the world) and would like your blog to be MAD featured simply drop me an email and I’ll explain the process to you.

This is my way of giving back to the personal finance community through networking and sharing knowledge with my fans.

frugal dad of daughter blog

Hi Mr.CBB and Fans!

My name is Kevin and Frugal Dad of Daughter is my labor of love. Before 2013, I never would have considered blogging, but then I became a father and began researching more about frugality.

My passion for the subject has led me to a good amount of research and investigation. Though I’ve made my fair share of mistakes in the financial realm, I’ve always aspired to be debt free with the added want to retire early so I can spend more time with family and on housing projects.  With the birth of my beautiful daughter I am determined to march on to financial freedom.

In my quest as a Christian husband to a beautiful wife and father of a beautiful little 17 month old girl as well as a Veteran who currently works full-time (with a two-hour daily commute) and attends school, I want to leave more to my daughter than just a TV addiction.

Now, I want to share what I have learned despite the limited time constraints of my life, to show you don’t need all that much time to make a difference in your budget or your family life.

My passion is to help your family and mine provide healthy ways to eat and live on a limited budget. My research that I seek to share includes; homemade vs store-bought foods, cutting out processed foods and added sugar, re-growing produce, reusing scraps, gardening, coupon/cash-back stacking, and all things frugal.

Join me and find how you can provide healthy ways to live for your family on a tight budget!

If you have a question about finances or any of the related subjects, ask me! I welcome the opportunity to research whatever topic you have in mind and look forward to the challenge!

Thanks,

Kevin

 

Top Recipe

 

midnight fudge cake(1)Food  and grocery shopping is a BIG part of CBB because food is a large part of the budget which people struggle the most with.

If you are someone who would rather buy convenience meals or products consider cooking homemade meals or baking from scratch.

Not only will you save money but you will be proud of what you accomplished and you’ll see that from the smiles on those you feed.

If you don’t already know I have a second Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot where I share recipes from other Food Bloggers from around the world.

I created this second Facebook page because I love food so much and I wanted to showcase only food 24/7 and this is where I do it.

I also share recipes on CBB once a week on Sundays either made by me or my in-house home blog cook Nicola Don!

If you are a chocolate lover like I am brace yourself for this super easy Midnight Fudge Cake from the Oh Bite It Recipe blog. It was just after 11pm when this beauty graced my timeline on Facebook and I knew this was going to be the top recipe for today.

 

Editor’s Pick

 

Every week I will pick a blog post of the week from around the web that I found interesting and want to share with you and an Editor’s top blog post pick.

Editor’s blog post this week is quite fitting considering the topic of this post has to do with getting rid of junk. Over at Don’t Pay Full they share a list 20 Reusable Household Items that you should keep.

We actually do many of the suggestions on this list. What I found interesting is just how many things I never thought of. It’s great to read what other people do with junk they would typically toss, give away or sell.

 

Google search terms

 

Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. Keep in mind any spelling errors below are because I share with you the exact way they typed their search engine query to land on my blog.

  • Overpaid for my house– That sucks but you must have wanted it bad.
  • How to keep your yard free by Mr. Lemons– Haha, I love when I get odd Mr. searches.
  • My wife spends too much damn money– I love when people type with emotions but I think this person is pissed off.
  • Clever budgeting for one– Oh we are VERY CLEVER at CBB!! 🙂
  • Missed 7 condo fee payments should I foreclose on the mortgage?– You are in some big troubles!

Thanks for reading The Saturday Weekend Review and Welcome to 2015 on Canadian Budget Binder!!

-Mr.CBB

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3 Comments

  1. My household has been in the spring cleaning mode. I’ve being selling DVDs that we either have doubles and items that we no longer need on a FB site. I’ve also taken a car load to Talize for them to sell the items again. We left TVs and DVD players and a fan at the curb and they were all gone within 24 hours. We still lots left to dispose of and probably will look at them as the seasons progress and look at getting rid of the rest this fall. We are realizing that we don’t need so much stuff around the house.

    Back when my daughter was a baby, we would circulate the clothes around the family since the clothes were barely used and it saved all of us extra money. The kids got some new clothes which were added to the circulation when we were done with them. Until my daughter was around a year old, a cardboard box was her toy box but she like playing with the laundry basket and my banana comb. She had more stuff animals than she did toys.

  2. Back when my kids were much smaller their clothes came and went on the family hand-me-down trail. Some rolled through from my sisters-in-law and some was from cousins. Between myself and my two sisters-in-law we had 7 kids within 7 years(4 boys and 3 girls) so there was a lot of traffic there.
    As my grandson has grown my daughter trades clothes with friends and such as well as toys. She works in a daycare so there is access to lots of things there. As well, as he has outgrown toys she takes them to work for the kids there.
    When we get rid of things here, and that is an ongoing process, we take it to the local Thrift store. We get clothes there as well and a lot of the assorted stuff came from there and is going back there. Books roll in and out of there and the local library’s book sale. We inherited a lot of things from hubby’s Mom when she passed and I’ve been slowly clearing it out or using it. A lot of yarn and craft supplies. Mom always bought extra yarn for something just in case so there has been a lot of yarn to use up. I’m getting there. I hate to think what it will be like when I have to clear out my Dad’s place.
    I got a nice deal on some lean ground beef the other day at No Frills. Not quite the pile of goodies you got but I was happy to get what I did.
    Have a good weekend!!!

  3. my DIL uses eBay to buy and sell outgrown clothes and toys for my 2 grandsons. At every age, especially at first when they change so very fast, her technique was to sell a box full of either outgrown clothes or toys, not mixed. She tried to include at least 10-15 items per box, and priced them in line with other sellers of similar used items. She made sure they were clean and folded, and when an item had a small problem, she called it “worn” or described the issue (frayed on cuffs, a little ordinary wear and tear, etc). But she tried to include mostly things outgrown but not damaged. She took pictures to include, sometimes of all in a group shot. Sometimes she included a brief inventory in the listing, eg. 4 jumpers, 6 diaper shirts with no stains, 2 snuggly one piece sleepers, etc). She had great success, not so much making a fortune, but clearing out things no longer used while making a little money on it. Things she would have donated otherwise.

    She said she bought most all their clothes the same way. She was always excited.when a box arrived with maybe a very nice branded item or two. He attitude was if she spent $25 (US) on a box of 25 items, she was happy if she found 5 or 6 she could use, $4 – $5 each. Usually she got many more useful items per box, and my grandsons always looked really nicely dressed, and had new (to them) toys frequently at very low cost. And, she avoided having to keep items no longer used due to development of the child.

    Maybe this is standard procedure for today’s parents, but it was a new approach to me. After all, very few young babies or children wear out anything before it’s too small or they are past being interested in it. It’s used to you, but new to another set of parents!

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