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A First Father’s Day Gift A Dad Could Wish For: The Saturday Weekend Review #126

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The Saturday Weekend Review logo- First Father's DayI DON’T HAVE TO WONDER ANY LONGER


This will be my first Father’s Day with our son and as a new dad I’m not sure what to expect.

I’m not talking about “stuff” either. I’m not worried about whether I get Father’s Day Gifts from my boy.

I really don’t need any more ties to add to my collection of about… two or maybe three.

I know as our son gets older if he makes me a Father’s Day craft or card I will cherish it forever. I look forward to the moment he shares his hard work for me, with me.

I’ve just never bought into the hype behind these occasions when it comes to spending money. Some of my friends get golf packages, hockey tickets, concert tickets, clothes etc. Not this guy, at least I don’t expect any thing of the sort.

My life has been filled with miracles this last year and I’m honoured that one day soon I will hear my son say “Dad”. I wrote a post last year about Father’s Day gifts and whether they were just another marketing ploy to make us spend money in the budget.

I’ve never bought anything for my Father on Father’s Day rather I cherished the times I spent with him and the lessons learned. I wouldn’t be the handy man I am today without his guidance growing up.

I’ve always been the son who says “Happy Father’s Day Dad” and the bond we have created all these years was all we needed. We just get it, I guess.

My dad just left Canada last week and seeing him after many years was the best gift.

Although our son can’t talk I’m pretty sure this will be the best Father’s Day ever for me and when he gets older he can reminisce with the photos we take of the day.


First Father’s Day


My son and I have a close bond and when I come home and his eyes light up and he walks over to me with that big smile I get this warm fuzzy feeling throughout my body. That’s my boy, I say to myself.

Father’s Day is not until Sunday June 21, 2015 and I’m tearing up just thinking about our son as now I’m the Father. I wonder if I have given him all he needs in the 9 months that he’s been on this earth.

I wonder so much but the reality is that you can’t plan parenting you just have to learn from your mistakes and do the best damn job you can. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had in my life, if you even consider it a job. It’s more just a lifestyle.

My amazing wife takes on the brunt of the parenting tasks although I help out any way possible. I do change diapers, lots of them. M y mother told me when they were here that my Father has never changed a diaper in his life.


My wife and I found that to be a bit strange but it’s true that many men don’t go near a poopy diaper let alone a wet one. Diapers don’t scare me away neither does washing and folding clothes or anything related to parenting or just being a good husband.

Marriage is a partnership, parenting is all that and more.

I love being a Father and I hope that one day our son will come up to me as I did my father and tell me how much he loves me and that he appreciates everything I’ve taught him in his years.

I promise to never let him down, I promise to teach him everything I know, I promise to be by his side when he needs me, I promise to be the best Father I can be to him.

I don’t know what my wife and son have planned for my First Father’s Day but what I know is that I have been given the best gift of all, one you can’t buy and that’s our son. I love him with all my heart and soul.

As I look in his eyes as he curls up with me every night for bed I kiss him gently on the cheek and whisper in his ear, “I Love You Son” and rub my cheek gently in his perfectly soft hair.

Then drift off to sleep as another day comes to an end with our little miracle.

Happy Father’s Day to all!



CBB Week At A Glance


This week was a super busy week for me as I get moving on the renovations before the snow starts falling and I’m back at my second job.

I don’t have much time left so I started to get the landscape lighting completed. I have 3 more lights to get in and that job will be completed. It’s taken me 2 half days so far and has went fairly smooth.

I’m also working on sanding and staining our sons wood kitchen table that my wife picked up for free from a Facebook Group. It’s solid wood but has a bunch of wonky colours that were painted on the table with a sponge so I’ll be taking all that flashy stuff off.

We also are looking into buying our son a Radio Flyer Tricycle, actually 2 of them that are in excellent condition and second-hand. I will be picking them up early next week.

The one bike has no pedals so we will start him on that one first. Since he has already mastered walking we figured we might as well give the bike a go.

I do have a helmet I bought him brand new on sale last month but we will start him off inside the house to learn and maybe in the next couple of months move him outside on the bike.

Next week I will be finishing up the landscaping lighting then heading to the back garden to lay the weed barrier and mulch. That will take me a couple of days as I will dig deep and remove any weeds I can find like I did out front. The hard work has paid off because there is not a weed in sight in our rock garden.

There’s never a dull moment!

I have a few more weeks of vacation to book for 2015 so we’ve been talking about where we will go and what we will do. Are there any awesome places in Ontario that you recommend going to see?

That’s all for this week!

How was your week?



Published This Week


Just in case you’ve missed any of my blog posts this week I will share 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 via a Fan Question only please ensure that there is minimum 500-1000 words and details… we love details!

Right now CBB is posting Tuesday (Grocery Game Challenge) , Thursday (Personal Finance Post), Saturday (Personal Finance and Weekly Wrap-Up and a recipe on Sunday!


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.

Jen Peacock is back with another awesome garage sale brag! I believe she is the Queen of negotiating at a garage sale. She certainly does better than we do.

ens garage sale finds June 6 2015Hi Mr.CBB and Fans,

I went to garage sales this past weekend and these are the deals I found 🙂

  • Art work $2 (they were asking $3) – I bought this for my sisters new house
  • Curious George $.25
  • Formula dispenser – free
  • Water shoes $1
  • Plastic clothes pins $.50
    Total spent $3.75


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.

Today I’d like to welcome my blogger friend Michelle!

Hi CBB Readers!

My name is Michelle and I’m the sole blogger behind In 2010, I was newly divorced and on the cusp of major change in my life.

After spending many a night awake until 2AM reading personal finance blogs on how to get out of debt, I finally decided to take charge of my finances and start a blog about my own debt journey after divorce. It took me a while, but in 2012 Budget Bloggess was born.

My desire and determination to get out of debt has led me on a 3 year journey to learn all I can about budgeting, managing my finances and controlling my arch nemesis, Spenderella.

Did I mention I do this all on my own? Single income earner, 9 to 5 worker, who moved back in with family to rid herself of debt; that’s how I roll. Slightly embarrassing maybe, but it gets the debt job done.

It’s no easy picnic being a reforming shopaholic on a budget. You quickly realize that consumerism isn’t the way to go and a life of loving clothes, shoes and purses is no life at all.

Casting off consumerism and embracing a life of living with less is the way to go.

I believe in being a strong, independent, educated woman who can take care of herself and her finances, all while having a sense of humour about it.

The main goal behind Budget Bloggess is to help others who may be having similar struggles with their finances. To help other women (gents you’re included), pay attention to that inner Spenderella and learn that she/he doesn’t have to rule your finances.

I’d love for you to stop by, read a Spenderella fairy tale or two and join me on my journey to Spenderella and debt freedom.


Top Recipe


Twix cookie cupsFood  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!

This week our Top Recipe Pick goes to Becky at The Cookie Rookie for these delicious looking Twix Cookie Cups. If you love cookies, caramel and chocolate you should check these out!


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 pick this week goes to Financially Blonde for her touching post “Never Too Old For Dad Lessons“. Her dad may not have taught her about finance from a young age but like she says, he’s made up for it. A great read and lots to be thankful for.


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.

  • What makes green grass?– Food and water and get rid of the weeds.
  • Ways to get extra money from the government when on maternity leave?– You get what you get. I don’t think you can ask for any more than that.
  • How to get rid of student loan Ontario?– Pay it off. Why is this such a difficult concept?
  • Neighbours won’t cut lawnRent a goat and set it free… that should take care of it.
  • Do Canadian men cook for their girlfriends?– No, we starve them.

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  1. You asked for places to visit in Ontario – Port Stanley on Lake Erie, Goderich area, Midland, Kingston, Ottawa, Haliburton area, and of course Niagara Falls!

    1. Hi Nancy,
      We’ve done Niagara. We were thinking about Ottawa. Have you been? Any suggestions? I’m going to look into the other areas. Thanks so much.

      1. Have been to Ottawa three times and love it. You can tour the Parliament buildings (or you could before the shooting there, security might be tighter now). There is a big market area – kind of like St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. Check out their tourism website – you will find lots to do and it is so beautiful – I love it – a big city but feels more like a small town atmosphere. I was born and live in Niagara Falls, so that is why I threw that in. Still love it here – so much beauty. Wherever you go, Ontario is a beautiful province, so enjoy.

        I have been reading your blog faithfully for over a year now and find lots of good information. Thanks!

  2. Hope you have a very Happy First Fathers Day!!! I love that eyes lighting up when they see you feeling!! I get that with the grandson. Back when he was in daycare I picked him up a couple of times a month as my daughter had staff meetings. He was always waiting at the door for me those days!! If they were outside his daycare provider had to hold onto him as I pulled up so he stayed safe from Moomah’s big truck!!As soon as I had the truck stopped and in park she let go of him and he came running!! I love those little boy hugs and snuggles!!! He and his Mom will be showing up here to wish hubby a Happy Fathers Day Poopah!!! No idea where he came up with Moomah and Poopah for us but I don’t care.
    Hubby changed diapers here but only when I was at work and he was looking after the two older kids. Our daughter had a habit of saving her stinky diapers for her Dad….. I thought it was funny but he didn’t so much.
    Jen got some nice deals as usual…. There is a town wide garage sale next weekend I believe here I might look around at. Not sure what my chances are but I want to see if I can get a pet clipper for Molly. As a long hair she tends to get mats in her fur that need to be clipped out. This, in spite of being brushed daily… Wish me luck….
    Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

    1. Hi Christine,
      I can’t wait for those moments that you talk about. It’s a love that’s so amazing and pure. Moomah and Poopah.. hehe I love that! You should go to the garage sale you never know what you will find! A great way to save $$$ rather than buying retail. Jen always finds great deals. I might have to go to her town and garage sale one weekend that I have time off haha! What kind of dog is Molly?

      You too… enjoy your weekend.

      1. Molly is our Maine Coon cat!!!! Had to take her to the vet once to have her butt shaved and it was $42.00!!! At that rate it shouldn’t take long to recover the price at all, depending on what I get stuck paying!!
        I love what my daughter did with her phone answering set-up….. instead of a voice message she held the phone in one hand to record and tickled the grandson!! So if you call her number and it goes to the answering service you get to hear a little boy giggle!!!! Brightens my day so much to hear those little boy giggles!!!!

  3. Happy early Father’s Day and sorry to tell you, but I see many ties in your future. Don’t worry for any gift from your little boy will be special, especially the handmade ones that you cannot figure out what it is until he tells you. Enjoy your day!!

    1. Haha…I don’t need to ear ties unless I’m going to a special event in my line of work. I just need to look good plus a uniform! 😛 I prefer those handmade gifts. Those memories will last forever. Thanks Petrish for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing my post about my dad. While I certainly wish he shared more with me growing up, I am thankful for the money conversations we have as adults. Happy Father’s Day!!!

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