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5 Things I’m Thankful For Everyday And Not just on Thanksgiving Day : The Saturday Weekend Review #142

Happy Thanksgiving 2015 Thankful THE MEANING OF THANKSGIVING IS YOUR OWN


On Monday October 12, 2015 Thanksgiving Day Celebrations in Canada will begin and we will be spending it as a little family for the second time. This time around though our son will partake in the festivities especially the eating part. 

Aside from all the Fall and Thanksgiving decor we put out we know that we all interpret Thanksgiving Day differently from one another. What I mean is that we all give thanks for different reasons and some of us give thanks everyday not just Thanksgiving Day. I’m that person.

We won’t be going home to see the family like we typically do because of my work schedule so we are spending the day as a family without the massive turkey dinner. The good part is that we will be enjoying a small dinner of roasted chicken, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables and homemade brownies. No pumpkin pie for us this year I’m afraid but I do have some pumpkin puree I might sneak into the batter to jazz it up a bit.

It seems the focus of giving thanks is always based on the calendar and If we could only spend a few minutes everyday thinking about all the positives in our life I bet that we would have a happier outlook. I don’t know about you but when I’m happy I accomplish more so I aim to keep that happiness going all year-round.

If you are one of those people who wake up miserable and negative for whatever reason and allow that negativity to fuel your day, try something different. You have choices and if you choose to be miserable then you will be.

What I do is set my alarm 10 minutes earlier so I can lay in bed and either cuddle my wife or stare at the ceiling to think about all the reasons I’m thankful for waking up for another day. This is sort of my time to embrace my day with a clear mind and it allows me to wake up without jumping like a maniac because I’m in a rush.

So, for all of you reading this post today I wrote down the top 5 things I thought of yesterday morning during my quiet time ritual to share with you. I want you all to know that being thankful for all the things we get to experience in life means we should be thanking ‘ourselves’ first. We need our own motivations to carry out our goals.


Thanksgiving Day is everyday


Hanging with Mr.CBB at 4am in the morning…

My alarm goes off in a fury and my wife smacks me in the arm most times because our son is sleeping and she hates my alarm. I keep telling her I will go buy a new one but I like this one because there’s no way I will sleep through it.

As I lay in bed listening to the soft rain hit the window these are the blessings I thought of and are thankful for everyday. I don’t limit my thankful thoughts to 5 every morning but just as an example I wanted to share with you how I fuel my day on a positive note.

  1. My Family (My wife and Son) , Relatives and Friends
  2. Myself for not giving up when the going gets tough in all aspects of my life
  3. My career for challenging me to strive to be who I want to be
  4. The blog and my amazing fans who are always there for me
  5. The roof over our heads, food on the table and the love that surrounds us all.

I believe we are fortunate to live in such a wonderful country here in Canada and with that we are given freedom that we should respect and appreciate. I know that I may not be a Canadian citizen yet but I consider this life in Canada to be home.

I’m thankful how my life has turned out because it was all up in the air when I got here and without so many people pushing for me behind the scenes and my motivation I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I live through this crazy schedule everyday to create a better life for my wife and son. Thankfully my schedule will eventually tone down in the next year as I hopefully transition to one full-time job. I’m so thankful for the support from my wife even if I am away at work most days, up late blogging or working out. She’s my rock and my son is my light.

What are some things you are thankful for everyday and not just for Thanksgiving Day?


CBB Week At A Glance


This week we picked up our cheap $1.50 pumpkins to carve on Halloween Day with our son. We only buy the small pumpkins because that’s all we need. Buying monster pumpkins only means more work cutting them up to put it in the compost heap.

I did however get some pumpkin inspiration from my fans who shared some ways I can use the pumpkins since they are not sugar pumpkins. The sugar pumpkin also known as the pie pumpkin are what is used to make pumpkin puree. I think next year I will just invest our money in a couple of sugar pumpkins.

Two years ago we went to a pumpkin farm and spent $12.99 for a regular pumpkin. It was so pricey but the grounds were beautiful and they have plenty for the kids to do. Honestly though the kids looked like they were having so much fun on the hay rides, viewing the animals and picking out their Halloween pumpkins.

It’s all a ploy though to get people through the gates to buy pumpkins and all the desserts they sell on the premises. Marketing at it’s finest. The desserts look divine and they do have some pretty amazing pumpkins. If we go this year I will see how much the sugar pumpkin is so I can budget a couple in for it next year.

Around the house I’ve pretty much put most things away for the winter months so at least that is done. All I need to do now is change over the winter tires and we are good to go. Other than that I’ve been working pretty much non-stop the past two months. I also just found out that I get more hours starting in November but I’ll make the best of it.

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 are looking for past Saturday Weekend Review posts scroll down to the bottom of this post where I will list up to 5 previous weeks for you to read.

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 words and lots of 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) < remove brackets) or fill out my contact form by Friday each week to have your brag considered for the Saturday post.

Today the budget brag belongs to the CBB family because we wanted to share just how easy it is to get free stuff. Below is another box of free children’s books we picked up for our boy from Kijiji. We now have well over 100 children’s books all of which we picked up for free or for about $0.25 each at garage sales.

If you read the back of the books the retail price will blow your mind as would any book. What we got for free is my brag but also something to consider the next time you plan to buy your kids books. Check the second-hand shops, garage sales, Kijiji, Facebook auctions, garage sale and frugal free pages for the best deals and free stuff.

Free Children's Books


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.

Hello to all the CBB Readers,

Before I begin I want to thank Mr. CBB for giving me the opportunity to share my story with everyone here at the Canadian Budget Binder. My name is The DeLeon and I am from the United States and write a blog over on Building Your Net Worth (BYNW). This actually is awesome that my first post on another blog is on a Canadian blog as I was born and raised just outside of Toronto and lived there for seven years.

I am a millennial who graduated from university in 2013 with minimal student debt. It was manageable and I paid it off within my first year. I never had credit card debt but do use a credit card to my advantage. I did however spend much of my youth and time in university using different methods to make money and save money. I invested that money and leveraged debt to my advantage. This is my method of building my future over on BYNW.

My blog developed from the horror stories I would hear from my millennial friends about how they managed their money, debt and their outlooks on finances in general.

I would hear too many say…

  • Saving money is pointless
  • They don’t need to think about retirement
  • The stock market is a scam
  • Real estate is a terrible investment
  • The government is only out for the big guys
  • They will never pay off their student debt

Mostly they wanted to spend their money on experiences and things while they were young. I got tired and had to share my thoughts to counter this trend that seemed to be forming.

I do not believe in overall frugality but focus on living life based on priorities that we each define. I own nice things but also skimp on other areas. I enjoy shopping at high-end stores, eating out at restaurants, and driving nice cars but those are the areas I love. The other areas of my life I focus on eliminating excess because it is not helping me live the true life I want.

Overall, I believe the #1 priority is to build a career around our lifestyle and not our lifestyle around our careers.

I use my blog to share my thoughts on…

  • The economy
  • How to invest money
  • How consistency builds wealth
  • Thinking big-which we all need to do!

Thinking beyond millionaire status and thinking much larger to live a fuller life. My goal is to never ‘retire’. I love working and I love making money to use towards dream material items, dream experiences, and dream businesses.

I promise to be completely transparent of how I battle my internal debate on when to splurge on items I dream about and when I believe it is necessary to save or invest further into my dream business. It will all be chronicled and for everyone to see.

My goal is to show everyone that it is possible to create financial freedom through a multi-purpose system while balancing a healthy lifestyle.

I would love for readers to chime in with their views to help challenge each other which will lead to a greater understanding and observations of the world and others.

I hope to:

  • Inspire everyone to feel better about going after that raise
  • Taking risks in investments
  • Starting their own full-time business or side-hustle
  • Using the financial system to your advantage
  • To build a net worth for your future generations. Thanks for having me on M.A.D and come on over and check out my blog!The DeLeon


Top Recipe


recipes-carmel-apple-cheesecake-barsFood  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 also share recipes on the blog once a week on Sundays either made by my in-house home blog cook Nicola Don or myself. So we’re not just a boring personal finance blog. This is a fun, interactive blog where we talk about everything that happens in our world.

This week our Top Recipe Pick goes to Jus Saying Foodie Website for this amazing Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars recipe. I hope you enjoy. Boy does it ever look so good.


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 pick (That’s me Mr.CBB) goes to Think Save Retire for a post they recently wrote titled “How much is your job costing you?” This is a topic my wife and I have discussed many times because there are pros and cons to staying home and going to work. It all boils down to how much debt you have, how important time is to you and is it really worth it for you to go to work? Going to work costs money and this post doesn’t skip a beat.


How people find CBB


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 do people need to budget groceries in Edmonton – Money is a good start.
  • Meet rich people who I can borrow from today – Best of luck to you
  • How to make fast money as a teenager – Great topic idea so I’ll write about this soon!
  • Husband won’t talk about money – Did he not talk about money while you were dating?
  • I have a rock garden full of weeds– Time to get weeding and read this post about rock gardens.

That’s all for this week friends but be back here next Saturday to enjoy the next edition in the Saturday Weekend Review Series. Don’t forget to subscribe to my daily blog post by entering your email address on the home page and verifying the subscription email once it is sent to you.


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  1. We’re having our turkey tomorrow and I have started working on it. Things like the cranberry sauce and turnip get cooked up ahead.
    I’m thankful daily for my kids helping me out with things.
    I’m thankful that hubby is still around. He had serious health issues back in 2012 and we didn’t know if he would make it but he is still here to drive me batty…often on an hourly basis.
    I’m thankful for those little boy hugs and smooches I get from my grandson, the light of my life!!
    I’m thankful I still have my Dad here, he will be 84 Nov 1. I lost my Mom almost 10 years ago and miss her daily.
    I’m thankful for the family I inherited when I married hubby, his parents were great people and his sister’s are wonderful for being there when I overwhelmed with hubby’s illness.
    And I am thankful daily for the friends I have here and the support I get from my friends……Love you all.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend and get some time with your family, enjoy that chicken!!

  2. You are so right to encourage people to be grateful every day and not just on certain days. My marriage was dreadful as my ex was a violent, alcoholic who spent every penny we earned and more. Although I could be bitter about all the years I lost with this loser, the one thing that horrendous experience gave to me was amazing gratitude for what I have now that he is out of my life. Many people my age I believe are married but not necessarily happy. I would say just comfortable, not that theres anything wrong with that. And many more are indifferent to each other. But because of my dreadful marriage, I am so very very grateful for the life, peace and contentment I have now. I am lucky enough to have a job which allowed me to buy him out of our home and keep the kids in the only home they have ever known. And because I am frugal, I am able to save money where it doesn’t matter and spend it on things that make us happy. It truly feels like I have been given a new life to enjoy all over again, and for that I am eternally grateful. Anna

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family! We’ll be celebrating with our little turkey dinner Monday 🙂 Thank you for reminding us to be thankful everyday and for your wonderful recipes every week!

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