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The Four F’s Of New Years Eve – Food, Fun, Family, Fitness

New Years Eve Finger Foods Including Keto Recipes


If you’re wondering what to do on New Years Eve I can’t offer you specific advice about where you live however I can tell you what we’re doing and it all starts with the letter F.

New Years’ Eve events at the CBB house are fairly quiet because we have a 4-year-old but also because it’s a time for us to relax and reflect on the year just passed.

How often do you seriously do a year in review?

We do it every year with our life, finance, and family.

Costs of staying home for New Years Eve

I also find that many of our friends who used to go out to ring in the New Year are opting to stay home or are hosting their own New Years’ Eve Parties.

To be honest, it’s far cheaper to stay home than to be out and about once you factor in the cost of entrance fees, drinks, attire, babysitter (if needed), and transportation for the evening.

The Four F’s of New Year’s

the four f's of New Years Eve

The new year brings new beginnings and for many people finance and fitness top the list.

In our family, before we ring in those New Years Eve Resolutions it’s time to eat and be merry.

We keep our New Year’s Eve dinner meal plan simple, finger foods that are keto-friendly for Mrs. CBB and standard for the little guy and me.

Resolutions are not a must

One of my New Year’s Resolutions will be to get back into running on a regular schedule but before that, I’m ringing in with the Four F’s.

It may sound daft but why not end the year off on a delicious note and start with a challenge to motivate and be better than ever you.

New Years Eve Activities at Our House

The best New Years’ Eve parties are those spent with the people you love and for us, that’s by the fireplace watching the countdown and cuddling under a thick blanket.

Yes, that means our little boy will be snuggled up under the blanket too if we can keep him still as he has so much energy.

New Years Eve Fun with Kids

New Year’s eve activities in our house will be school-age related and we’ve narrowed them down to the four F’s

Family, Finance, Fitness, and Food

  1. Hungry Hungry Hippo, building Lego and playing with cars.
  2. If there’s snow outside go sledding as a family or maybe a snowball fight or making a snowman
  3. Counting the money in Jr. CBB’s Piggy Bank (The big reveal)
  4. Dancing to Justin Bieber and Wheels on the Bus CD, Playing Instruments
  5. Baking Keto homemade chocolate chip cookies and eating Pannetone

Budget Friendly New Years Eve Keto Finger Foods and Drinks

I went on a bit of a Pinterest hunt looking for some of the best New Years’ Eve finger foods and drinks to make at home to keep our celebrations on the frugal side.

As you can see I was consistent with delicious dips, hearty proteins, delicious desserts and inexpensive drinks with fruits for added colour and flavour.

Keto New Year’s Eve Foods

I’ve also added some keto-friendly recipes or ones that could easily be adapted into Keto such as the mac n cheese bacon bites. 

You can switch them up and make cauliflower bacon cheese bites.

If you are keto and want to enjoy some drinks on New Year’s keep it simple with Vodka, Soda Water and berries.

Types Of  Low-Carb, Keto Berries

The best low-carb, keto berries to use would be:

  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • BlackberriesMaple-Bourbon-Bacon-Meatballs

Crock Pot Bacon Bourbon Meatballs

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Keto Meatballs for the Crock Pot

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New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Keto Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies


Quick Creamy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms


Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip


Keto Pork Rind Nachos


Cannoli Dip

Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites

Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites

trawberry satsuma drink

Strawberry Satsuma Champagne Sangria


Limoncello Raspberry Prosecco Cooler

Keto Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gooey Soft Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Keto Maple Bourbon Pecan Roasted Almonds

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Crispy Keto Baked Chicken Wings

Baked Coconut Cashew keto Chicken Tenders

Crispy Keto Chicken Tenders

How To Make The Best Keto Low Carb Bagels

Mini Keto Bagels

keto cauliflower tater tots

Keto Baked Cheese Cauli-tater-tots


Parmesan Crusted Hard-Boiled Eggs Keto


Keto Deep-Fried Dill Pickles

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Crispy Keto Pepperoni Chips

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Keto Mozzarella Bacon Bombs

Your New Years Eve celebration can be fun and frugal at the same time whether you are with friends, family or spending time by yourself.

Remember self-care involves participating in what makes you happy even if it doesn’t conform to what others do or believe.

Be You, Enjoy You and Celebrate your Wins!

Happy New Year’s Eve to All!


CBB Home and Blog Update

Hey Everyone,

Well, Christmas is over but I can assure you in our house it was filled with lots of laughs, cries, and bouts of anger as it has been one of the toughest years for our family.

To be honest there’s not much more to say except that dementia is a disease that robs not only the person but the family.

Finding the strength for yourself and family

We did have an amazing Christmas dinner with all of the fixings and the kids had a blast opening their gifts as any kid would.

As parents, we enjoy seeing the happiness on our son’s face even for the slippers and socks that he got.

For us, that means he understands that not everything under the tree has to be a toy and he appreciates the small things.

New Year Blog Post Schedule

On the blog, you’ve noticed that I’ve had it redesigned which I love.

This has been one year in the making and we’re still updating it.

I’m hoping to have the recipe index changed so we can see photos as opposed to just links in the main index which will be far more exciting visually.

As for blog posting in the new year, the grocery game challenge is no longer but I will still be posting the same schedule for now.

Tuesday and Thurs, every other Saturday (weekend review)  and Sunday (recipe).

Monthly Budget Challenge

I’ve asked all my Facebook fans if they would be interested in joining Mrs. CBB and me for a 12-month Budget Challenge and the response has been great.

If you are a reader of the blog and not on my Facebook page and would like to join please email or message me with a comment.

The idea is when I post our monthly budget update on the blog I expect all of those participating to email me their blog update for the month.

Challenge Your Financial Strengths and Weaknesses

You don’t have to send me any financial figures, rather just an update on how your budget month went, improvements for the following month, and anything else you’d like to add.

Win cash

For those who participate and review for the 12 months, I will enter them into a draw for cash via Paypal at the end of the year to put towards debt or savings.


I really would love to hear from all of you for blog topic ideas in 2019 especially under grocery, finance, frugal-living, relationships, budgets, and the Saturday Weekend Review.

What would you like to see different in the Saturday Weekend Review? Drop me a message with your ideas.

Happy New Years’ 2019 everyone!

Mr. and Mrs. CBB

Finance Canada Read of the Week

paint colours to help sell your house fast

Photo Source: Dreamstime

We will be doing lots of renovations in 2019 and one of them will include painting the house again.

I found this article about the best paint colours to use if you plan to sell your house fast and for more money.

Simple Is Best

Although we don’t plan to sell our house I was intrigued to see what colours professional designers recommended but was not shocked to see white and grey colours as top picks.

Keep in mind bold, dark colours are hard to re-paint and most people want to envision their space in your home when they come to an open house.

Anyone who has watched real estate shows like House Hunters on HGTV knows that buyers don’t always have the imagination to see past your personal design choices, like a bright accent wall in the family room.

DIY For Less

good will clothes

A fan on my Facebook page Michelle sent me this and I thought it would be great to share with all of you since New Years’ is around the corner.

One of the biggest investments people make with their money is in themselves and that means closets full of clothing, boots, shoes, and accessories.

Clean out your closet in 2019

I knew right away that this would be a great way to figure out what we wear and don’t wear and a simple way to weed out the clothing that could be donated.

Related: How to use the Konmarie method to organize your home

Mr.CBB’s Motivational Corner

Ring In Your New Year With A Promise To Self-Care in 2019

When life gets in the way many of us forget self-care which is something I put on the back-burner this past year.

With death and illness in the family, a new career, and a massive blog design update most of my time was devoted to everything BUT me.

In 2019 I plan to get back to me and add some self-care into my life even if it is only 30 minutes each day because sometimes we need to just sit and stare at a wall and breathe for a few minutes.

Happy New You!

Saturday Search Term Giggles

Every week I get tens of thousands of people who visit Canadian Budget Binder because they searched online and found my blog. (SIC) means I’ve copied the text exactly and it has spelling errors.

Most times funny, Sometimes serious.

  • Wife Spends Too Much For Holidays– This is a new one, the holiday part that is.
  • Will Food Basics Have Self-Checkouts?– To be honest, I don’t know but I can’t see it happening.
  • Mr. Christmas Lights– Haha, that’s a new one. It always amazes me how many people come to the blog looking for a Mr.
  • How to steal grosery– That’s a new way to spell grocery

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