New Year’s Eve Food, Family, Fitness + Finance

New Year’s Eve is a night of fun for party-goers who enjoy food, family time, fun and end the night with fitness chats.

Starting in January, the fitness bug rings in, and most people start thinking about getting into shape.

A couple of weeks before the end of the year, it’s important to create a financial plan.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I didn’t include Finance in the 4 F’s, and that’s because your budget should be ready to go.

There’s still time to bake and set up your New Year’s budget plan so you don’t have to stress about it after.

Today, let me show you some of the most delicious foods and desserts to serve at your New Year’s Eve party.

New Years Eve Finger Foods Including Keto Recipes
New Years Eve Food, Family, Fun and Fitness


If you’re wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve, I can’t offer you specific advice. However, I can tell you what we’re doing, and it all starts with the letter F.

New Year’s 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 that just passed.

How often do you seriously do a year in review? I’m not talking about a glance over but a detailed audit.

Every year, we do it with our life, finance, and family responsibilities.

Costs Of Staying Home For New Year’s 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 Year’s Eve Parties.

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

The Four F’s of New Year’s

The 4 F's Of New Year's Eve are Food, Family, Fun and Fitness.
The 4 F’s Of New Year’s Eve

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

Before we ring in those New Year’s Eve Resolutions it’s time to eat and be merry.

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

Resolutions For New Year’s Are Not A Must But Finance Is

Come January 1st it could be an easy ride or a bumpy road ahead if you haven’t thought about goals.

Both personal and financial goals are essential to anyone who wants to get fit and financially fit at the same time.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions will be to get back into running on a regular schedule since I’ve been lagging the last year.

The more you wait, the worse it will be to organize your finances, create a budget and stick with it.

New Year’s Eve at Our House

The best New Year’s Eve parties are those spent with the people you love.

This includes just the three of us by the fireplace watching the countdown and cuddling under a thick blanket in our home.

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

Besides, he has no school in the morning, so he might as well countdown with us and enjoy a splash of apple juice cheers.

New Year’s 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, Fun, Fitness and Food with a bit of Finance.

  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 for  small gatherings
Foods for New Year’s Eve Party or small gatherings

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 adapt 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
  • Blackberries

Maple Bourbon Bacon Meatballs

Mini Meatballs 
Maple Bourbon Bacon Meatballs great for a New Year's Party
Maple Bourbon Bacon Meatballs great for a New Year’s Party

Crock Pot Bacon Bourbon Meatballs

Keto Meatballs Done In The Crockpot

Keto Meatballs made in the crockpot for New Year's Eve
Keto Meatballs made in the crockpot

Keto Meatballs for the Crock Pot

Chocolate Chip Cookies Two Recipes

new york times chocolate chip cookies
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies or Mr. CBB’s Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keto Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies

Keto Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies
Keto Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies

Keto Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies

Quick and Creamy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms


Quick Creamy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip
Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip or try my Keto Bacon Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers Baked

Keto Pork Rind Nachos are the Best!

Keto Pork Rind Nachos are the Best low carb or keto snack. Perfect for New Year's, Christmas and parties.
Keto Pork Rind Nachos are the Best!

Keto Pork Rind Nachos

Italian Cannoli dip with Graham Crackers

cannoli dip with Graham crackers can be served at a New Year's Eve party, Christmas Eve or any holiday
Italian cannoli dip with Graham crackers

Cannoli Dip

Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites

Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites
Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites

Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites

Italian Zeppole Potato Donuts

Strawberry Satsuma Champagne Sangria

Strawberry Satsuma Champagne Sangria for New Year's Drinks
Strawberry Satsuma Champagne Sangria

Strawberry Satsuma Champagne Sangria

Limoncello Raspberry Prosecco Cooler

Limoncello Raspberry Prosecco Cooler perfect New Year's Drink or Christmas Drink
Limoncello Raspberry Prosecco Cooler

Limoncello Raspberry Prosecco Cooler

Keto Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies-Sugar-Free Gluten-Free

Keto Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies -Sugar-Free and Gluten-Free
Keto Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies -Sugar-Free and Gluten-Free

Gooey Soft Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keto Maple Bourbon Pecan Roasted Almonds

Keto Maple Bourbon Pecan Roasted Almonds -Sugar-Free the perfect keto snack for the holidays.
Keto Maple Bourbon Pecan Roasted Almonds -Sugar-Free

Keto Maple Bourbon Pecan Roasted Almonds

Keto Crispy Baked Chicken Wings New Year’s Appetizer

Crispy Keto Baked Chicken Wings

Keto, Low-Carb Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders

Crispy Keto Chicken Tenders

Gourmet Keto Bagels Are Simple To Make

How To Make The Best Keto Low Carb Bagels
Gourmet Keto Bagels

How To Make Gourmet Keto Bagels

Keto Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Tater Tots

Keto Baked Cheese Cauli-tater-tots

Crunchy Pan-Fried Parmesan-Crusted Hard-Boiled Eggs Low-Carb, Keto, Gluten-Free

Parmesan Crusted Hard-Boiled Eggs Keto

Keto Deep-Fried Pickles

Keto Deep-Fried Dill Pickles

Crispy Baked Pepperoni Chips And Queso Dip

Crispy Keto Pepperoni Chips

Keto Bacon Mozarella Bombs

Keto and Gluten-Free Mozarella Bacon Bombs
Keto and Gluten-Free Mozarella Bacon Bombs

Keto Mozzarella Bacon Bombs

Your New Year’s 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

You’ve noticed that I’ve had it redesigned on the blog, 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 instead of 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 Year’s 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 repainting the house.

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

What a great idea using hangers to thin out your closet- Out with the old and in with the new
What a great idea using hangers to thin out your closet- Out with the old and in with the new

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, which means closets full of clothing, boots, shoes, and accessories.

Clean out your closet

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 we could donate.

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

Mr.CBB’s Motivational Corner

Self-Care Promise Quote
Self-Care Promise Quote

When life gets in the way, many of us forget self-care, which 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.

I plan to get back to myself and add some self-care into my life, even if it is only 30 minutes each day because sometimes we need just to 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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