You Won’t Believe The Year CBB Had In 2017 : The Saturday Weekend Review #246

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY SIDE TO OUR BLOGGING JOURNEY   I’m not sure if magical is the term I’d like to describe 2017 for Canadian Budget Binder like it was in 2015-2016 but I will say it was challenging and we conquered it. We may not have reached all of our blogging, personal and financial goals but there was no way in hell we were going to give up, and we didn’t. There is no good, bad or ugly to CBB rather we tend to view it as opportunity to do better, learn from our mistakes and take on new challenges. I’ve grown so much as a blogger over the years and the most important thing I’ve gained is a reminder that this blog is MY opinion. I don’t get bothered as much when people say what they want to say like I used to. You can take it, or leave it. Isn’t this the way we should look at most things in life? If it adds value stick around but if you’re not willing to change your financial situation or don’t care then leave it. One of the coolest things we did in 2017 was take […]

Santa, All I Want For Christmas From A to Z : The Saturday Weekend Review #246

NOT EVERYTHING FOR CHRISTMAS COMES WRAPPED IN A BOX   I often reflect on just how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family and know that I don’t need anything more but happiness in my life. Money is nice too BUT it won’t make or break what it is inside my heart. This has become my new rich and because of the way my financial mind has changed over the years no one can stop me from putting family first, not even money. I won’t make this a long post today because I realize most of you will be out doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, baking, drinking, partying and maybe even catching up on sleep.   Just more smiles   Funny how the mind of a child works. Perhaps adults could learn a thing or two about looking outside the box, literally. Yesterday as the doorbell rang and Mrs. CBB opened it to find more Amazon deliveries waiting to be brought in the house. If you’ve ordered from Amazon Canada you know that every box comes with the signature arrow from A to Z. Our son can’t understand why Amazon keeps sending us boxes of smiles. […]

How A Gift Closet May Be Your Secret Source For Savings : The Saturday Weekend Review #245

FINALLY A CLOSET THAT YOU’RE NOT AFRAID TO OPEN   I’d like to introduce you to our new savings source, The Gift Closet. Just about everyone I know has a junk drawer or closet where odds and ends gets tossed in hopes it may get used again. You know what I mean right? However, last week one of my readers gave me this idea about getting organized with our junk closets and opening up a gift closet. Sounds like you’re starting your own business but in a way, you are. If you consider savings for your bank account a business then you’re in business. It’s that simple. Not everyone has gifts they need to buy for people during the course of a year but there may be those odd times you find something that is too good to be true and you buy it. You may not want or need to use it right away so instead of it getting lost in the dust pockets of your home you open your gift closet. A good example for us are dish towels. Mrs. CBB has a love for dish cloths and towels and quality products are expensive to buy. When she […]

Extraordinary Co-workers Christmas Adopt A Family Story: The Saturday Weekend Review #244

IT’S AMAZING HOW THIS GROUP OF CO-WORKERS CAME TOGETHER TO ADOPT A FAMILY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.   I’ve always wanted to learn more about the Christmas Adopt a Family program in Canada and when a Canadian Budget Binder fan mentioned that her company participates, I wanted to learn more. So far, I’ve learned that there are a multitude of Adopt a Family Christmas programs in just about every community across Canada. That’s amazing! There’s nothing and I mean nothing that feels better than giving during the holidays or any time of year. Mrs. CBB and I often reflect on how fortunate we are and often donate time or money to services in our community to help those in need. In Toronto alone there are over 5000 homeless people living on the streets hoping to get into a warm shelter this holiday season. On top of this there are families that are struggling to put food on the table and individuals that have no money or limited resources to get them on their feet. During the holiday season it’s terrible to be alone with no family or Christmas dinner and cheer to participate in. Some parents may feel sorrow because priorities […]

Homeless Care Package Ideas To Spread Christmas Cheer : The Saturday Weekend Review #243

MAKE ‘GIVING’ A FAMILY TRADITION FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS   As the weather in Canada gets colder the need for more shelters, beds and warm clothing is dire for the homeless in every community. Creating a homeless care package is not only simple and relatively inexpensive but life-changing for someone who has no one to turn or talk to when their cries for help are silent. I know that many of you reading Canadian Budget Binder love to save money using coupons and other means to stockpile family product essentials so I’m reaching out to you. Even if you’ve never seen a homeless person I can guarantee you there are many living on the streets where you live. I’ve only lived in Canada for 11 years and I’ve seen my fair share of homeless hovering in corners around the streets of Toronto. Just this past week we had an old friend of ours pass away from cancer only to find out that two years ago she was homeless and living on the street. She did not reach out to anyone and no one knew the status of her world. Although that troubles us and in ways we feel guilty we […]

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