What Does Affordable Housing Really Mean? : The Saturday Weekend Review #257

AFFORDABLE RENT AND AFFORDABLE MORTGAGES   I’m betting that everyone reading this today can tell me that they’ve heard about a certain area in the city they call home to stay away from because it’s sketchy. Most often you will find housing projects, low-income housing and government-funded or geared to income housing for people in need. There seems to be a stigma around housing projects such as low-income or no-income, disability or other health related issues. To be honest I couldn’t tell you anything about living in Ontario and what areas to avoid but back home, you just knew. Now, I had plenty of mates that lived in council estates and they are still my friends today. Don’t let income level and where someone lives dictates whether they are a good person or not. Just don’t do it. Affordable housing doesn’t always mean what it seems especially when dealing with different pocketbooks and perspectives. Let me explain. Affordable housing should be attainable by working full-time earning a living wage a wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living., but is it really? I’m sure you’ve toggled with the should I rent or buy question in your […]

14 Flowers and Herbs That Repel Mosquitoes : The Saturday Weekend Review #256

MOSQUITOES WILL CRASH YOUR PARTY AND FOLLOW YOU AROUND UNLESS YOU TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF   I love gardening but what I don’t love are mosquitoes so I’ve decided to fight back to try to keep our property and bodies free from the pests that can cause an itch and potentially serious disease in humans. One of our biggest concerns when it comes to mosquitoes is the bite and not so much for the itch that follows but because of illnesses and diseases linked to mosquitoes such as West Nile Virus and Encephalitis. Although not all mosquitoes carry a disease it’s still important to protect yourself and through research I’ve found plenty of simple ways you can do that. There is a West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases national surveillance report that you can follow with the Canadian government if you’re interested in being in the loop of these pests. What is West Nile Virus? A bite from an infected mosquito can cause infection with West Nile virus. Infected mosquitoes can spread the virus to humans and other animals. Source- Canada.ca You can buy all sorts of products that claim to help rid of mosquitoes from coils to […]

The Ultimate Guide To Prevent Garage Sale Theft : The Saturday Weekend Review #255

BE AWARE WHAT IS HAPPENING AT YOUR GARAGE SALE BECAUSE THEFT IS A BIG ISSUE BUT NOT WIDELY DISCUSSED.   Spring and summer is the perfect time to de-clutter the house but before you host your garage sale this weekend keep garage sale theft and scams on your mind. There comes a time when even blogging about garage sale theft is a hot topic because it happens and it occurs more than you think especially to unsuspecting sellers. The problem is homeowners don’t know about it, aren’t aware or don’t care to discuss it because they are embarrassed. How would you feel if something you worked hard for was swiped when you turned your back or if someone went a step further and had a master plan with a few friends or family members? It really boggles my mind how far someone will go to get stuff for free at the risk of getting arrested and charged with theft at a garage sale. How bad do they really need it? Typically garage sale prices are already super low so why does someone steal? Because they can. I’m the type of person who would say if someone really wants something and […]

Should There Be A Garage Sale Return Policy? – The Saturday Weekend Review #254

GARAGE SALE BUYERS AND SELLERS CAN BOTH PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM  RETURNS AND EMOTIONS IN A FEW EASY STEPS   A garage sale return policy isn’t as bad a bad idea but if you do it right nothing will have to be returned. If you’ve ever had a garage sale deal gone wrong or felt ripped off because the item you purchased didn’t work I have some ideas so it never happens again. For the sellers, I’ve also got you covered with ideas that might offset any potential issues at your garage sale. Should you expect what you purchase at a garage sale to work? Of course it should especially if the seller assures you that it works. The problem with trusting what someone says is that they aren’t always sure themselves and there are shady people out there that don’t care if you aren’t smart enough to ask about testing the product. When you spend your money at Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire and so on if something doesn’t work you return the item with the receipt and they will refund you the money as per their return policy guidelines. When you go to garage sales there is no return […]

How Canadians Are Saving Money By Online Shopping : The Saturday Weekend Review #253

Over the past decade, online shopping has drastically re-shaped the retail landscape in Canada, introducing greater savings and more convenience in shopping and helping struggling families make their dollars go as far as possible. With cheap, fast delivery options available and less overhead than traditional retailers, online stores are able to offer much lower prices than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. And as online shopping re-shapes shopping behavior, brands that used to draw most of their profits from traditional outlets are now moving a growing part of their business online to stay competitive — which in turn is expanding the number of options available and keeping costs down. Most shoppers now understand that they can save significant amounts of money by shopping over the Internet, which is why e-commerce is now the fastest-growing segment of the $23-trillion global retail market. However, as more and more retail businesses develop sophisticated online sales strategies, navigating the sheer volume of e-commerce sites has become a challenge in and of itself. This has spurred the rise of a number of online shopping tools and marketplaces that allow Canadians to find the best prices for the products they need without having to spend hours scrolling through different […]

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